Cave Diving Sites in Lebanon

Posted by: Ibrahim K. Msallam

Following the previous post about Diving sites in Lebanon, here is the magnificent cave diving sites that you can visit and have an enjoyable diving experience.

But first of all, let us state for you some remarks you should know before you go cave diving:

– Never cave diving without proper training (the dive might kill you ,look at accidents reports among recreational divers).
– Never loose your guide line 
– Always follow the rule of third on your air supply ( one third of your tank for going in and two third for going out )

1- Tyre Undersea Cave (South of Beirut)

In addition to the diving site in Tyre city posted previously “Volcano Crater”, deep down in Tyre Sea at 36 meters lies a beautiful cave where all cave divers enjoy, the following some picture for Tyre Undersea Cave:

Tyre Cave 1

Tyre Undersea Cave

Tyre Cave 2

Tyre Undersea Cave

Tyre Cave 3

Tyre Undersea Cave

And if you have more time, go scuba-diving and snorkeling in the waters near the ancient city of Tyre. Divers can explore some interesting underwater archaeological Roman ruins and old debris. Do not forget to make skin diving at Tyre City for exploring the Phoenician breakwaters and jetties. Look for the Murex seashells, still living along Tyre’s shores among the rocks and sunken archeological remains. Basic equipment is sufficient to enjoy your skin diving.

Murex Seashell in Lebanon

Tyrian Murex Seashell

What is the precious about Tyre Murex Seashells?

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Tyrian Murex Seashell

Tyre juts out from the coast of the Mediterranean and is located about 80 km south of Beirut. Tyre is an ancient Phoenician city and the legendary birthplace of Europa and Elissa (Dido). Today it is the fourth largest city in Lebanon and also enjoying UNESCO World Heritage status is the seaside settlement of Tyre, which is scattered with the remnants of over 5,000 years of history.

The city of Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye, which is know as Tyrian Purple, produced from the murex shellfish, that still lives along Tyre’s shores deep among the rocks and sunken archeological remains. This color was, in many cultures of ancient times, reserved for the use of royalty, or at least nobility, that brought fame and fortune to the city. One gram of pure purple dye was worth ten or twenty grams of gold, so it is not surprising that some of the beautiful sarcophagi of the necropolis belonged to wealthy purple dye manufactures of Tyre. Dye extraction is no longer a viable commercial venture, but scientists have documented the process for historical purposes.

In addition to that, the commerce of the ancient world was gathered into the warehouses of Tyre. “Tyrian merchants were the first who ventured to navigate the Mediterranean waters; and they founded their colonies on the coasts and neighboring islands of the Aegean Sea, in Greece, on the northern coast of Africa, at Carthage and other places, in Sicily and Corsica, in Spain at Tartessus, and even beyond the pillars of Hercules at Gadeira (Cádiz)”.

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Tyre Ancient City

 

2- Selaata Undersea Cave (North of Beirut)

Selaata is a village in the district of Batroun to the north of Lebanon. A distance of 50 kilometers separates it from the Capital Beirut .It is located in a place distinguished by the presence of a complex industrial on the rib and full of forests of oaks. A big harbor resides on its beach. it has been lived by the primitive man since thousands of years, and its new prosperity dates since the year 1712 where a person coming from the village of Feghal named Nohra Feghaly bought the two third of its lands. Selaata is an Aramaic word that means the summit of the rock since the city is a gathering of rocks that touches the rib.

Selaata sea has an amazing cave, with 25 meters to 300 meters depth, and very interesting site for divers who will come out from Selaata Cave with a great diving experience.

Location: Selaata – North of Beirut

Depth: 25 – 300 meters

Salaat Cave

Selaata Undersea Cave

 

3- Adra Stingray Undersea Cave (Dbaye – North of Beirut)

This one kilometer ledge starts at 30 meters and drops to about 60 meters. Divers begin their journey by visiting the three statues and end their dive at the stingray cave, the home of some resident and very large stingrays. Keep your eyes out however, a variety of fish and turtles often peer out from within this ledge.

Location: North of Beirut (50m – 12 km)

Depth: 30 – 60 meters

Marine Life: Stingrays

Here’s some stingrays pictures observed at the site:

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Stingray Observed at Site

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Stingray Observed at Site

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Stingray Observed at Site

Tell us what you think about this post, your comments and feedback are highly appreciated. Wait for our next posts for diving sites, where you can enjoy diving in Lebanon.

Posted by: Ibrahim K. Msallam

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