You can usually find the entrance hidden behind a row of parked coaches and minibuses and behind it you will see the beach, often crowded with sun worshipers and snorkelers. It might not seem like the sort of wild place to find endangered exotic marine animals but fortunately and, despite the occasional crowds, it still is.In fact giant green sea turtles can be seen almost every day, as can the harmless guiltar sharks, although your chance of seeing Dennis or Dougal, the famous dugongs, vary from season to season (being slightly higher in the summer), and overall on any one day perhaps less than fifty-fifty.Dugongs are sometimes tolerant of the occasional swimmer at near distance but they don't seem to enjoy crowds of overly curious onlookers.An Italian diver Roberto Sozzani describes how one Dugong at Abu Dabbab soon found all the attention too much. In order to avoid the wild crowd on the surface, the dugong dove and then emerged covering long diagonals, moving to deeper and deeper waters.
The bay is therefore fairly sheltered and it's depth descends slowly as you progress further towards the sea but typically averages 15 metres.
Futher out to sea, approximately 7km to the East of the bay, lies Elphinstone reef famed for both the variety of marine life and the frequent visits by oceanic whitetip sharks. THE RESIDENT DUGONGS The most famous resident marine animals are the two dugongs but seeing either of them is usually a matter of chance.
However if you are on a beach do keep an eye on the snorkelers as you can usually spot the excitement when a dugong is detected.
This fee also allows you free use of the lounge chairs and beach umbrellas.
You will find toilets available and the beach is kept very clean with a small bar where you can buy drinks and snacks.