Scuba Diving in Lebanon

Lebanon, or the Lebanese Republic, is located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The Mountainous terrain is characteristic of the republic. There are no large water bodies, but tourists come here for a mountain lake Bnachii, which name translates as "the beautiful lake".
Marine life is scarce here, and landscapes are flat and deserted, so sunken ships and submarines are the main attractions for divers. For instance, there is a French submarine Souffleur than drowned during the World War II near Beirut. Ten old military tanks were purposely submerged near the city of Sidon to attract divers.
Coastal waters of ancient towns like Tripoli, Sur, Jbeil and Sidon hide ruins and various antiques of the Roman era. They lie at a depth of 10 meters.

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If you are planning a trip to Lebanon, do not miss the opportunity to watch tiger sharks and rays. Even though local waters don't have a large variety of life, you will not forget the moment when you met the above-mentioned sea inhabitants. They can be found at Shark Point and Stingray Reef dive sites.
Unique natural dive sites. For instance, there are The Tunnels that can be found near Beirut. It's a nearly 7 meters wide and 100 meters long crack in a rock. Average depth here is 15–20 meters. It is suitable for divers of different levels, from beginner to experienced. Favourable local conditions attract various coral reef fish. Underwater visibility ranges from 6 to 20 meters.
Interesting wrecks: for instance, the French submarine Souffleur from the World War II lies underwater near Beirut. A torpedo split it in two, and the submarine drowned with its crew at a depth of 38 meters. Macedonia cargo ship can be found at a lesser depth (around 12 meters) at the same location. It's been there since the 1960s. And there are drowned tanks near the city of Sidon.
There is something more than shipwrecks for those who like antiques. You will take a unique walk by the coasts of ancient towns Sidon and Tyre. During your journey, you will see ruins of old Phoenician towns now lying at a depth of 18 meters, ancient columns and an ancient Phoenician dockyard with remnants of breakwaters, boardwalk, dam and harbour.
Diameter of the underwater volcano's crater is 40 meters. A volcano's crater lies at a depth of 38 meters in the south of Lebanon, near the ancient town of Tyre. Its bottom rests at a depth of 55 meters. Here, you will see multi-layered walls made of magmatic rock and will meet the crater's inhabitants, abundant fish and lobsters. Large nurse sharks doze peacefully on the sandy sea bottom.
Memo Notes
Currency LBP - Lebanese Pound
Languages Arabic
Timezone UTC +3
Phone code 961
Emergency Help 112
Electricity

Type A - 220 V, 50 Hz

Type B - 220 V, 50 Hz

Type C - 220 V, 50 Hz

Type D - 220 V, 50 Hz

Type G - 220 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Lebanon

Some nice dive shops offer their services on the north-eastern coasts. They rent diving equipment, arrange dive tours and training.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

It rains 2 or 3 days a month in Lebanon in spring. The air temperature goes up to +14-25 ˚С. Tripoli is the warmest region, and the air is slightly cooler in other parts of the country. The sea water is rather cool and reaches +17 to +22 ˚С.

Summer

Summer days and nights are warm in Lebanon. The air temperature reaches +26-34 ˚С, and the water warms up to +25-29 ˚С. It gets colder in August after the sun goes down.

Autumn

Autumn brings cool weather with it. In September, however, the air sometimes warms up to +30 ˚С, and water to +26 С. By November, the air temperature cools down to +18-24 ˚С, and the water is around +23 ˚С.

Winter

It gets noticeably cold in winter in Lebanon when sun goes down. Sometimes it rains, 4 days a month on average. The average daytime air temperature reaches +11-18 ˚С while the water off the coast warms up to +17-18 ˚С.

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The Best Dive Sites

One of the most interesting deepwater dive sites is The Lesbien ship. It's a cargo boat that went down during the war. Now it lies at a depth of 60-75 meters 2 kilometres off the coast. AUB Canyon attracts divers with its peaceful atmosphere and a possibility to watch eagle rays. Souffler submarine is the best wreck dive site in the Middle East.

Health & Safety

Before visiting Lebanon, you need to obtain health insurance and get vaccinated against typhoid, tetanus and poliomyelitis. If you are coming from a country where yellow fever is found, you must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Lebanon.
The healthcare in the country is provided at a quite high level. Many hospitals are private, so be ready to make a prepayment before your treatment begins.
The border with Israel is a danger zone due to armed conflicts. Other parts of the country are rather calm. Women should wear headscarves and avoid flashy clothes. Topless sunbathing is prohibited.

Dangerous Marine Life

When diving, be careful of tiger sharks because they are considered the most dangerous for humans. Besides, it's better to stay away from moray eels, barracudas, black scorpionfish and venomous jellyfish. Watch your step carefully to avoid sea urchins. Their stings are painful and cause inflammation.

Eat & Drinks

Lebanon has long been a commercial hub, and so its cuisine is influenced by many countries of the world. Lebanese cuisine is famous for its diversity and is considered healthy. It is based on fresh fish and seafood, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Locals also like poultry, mutton and goat meat. They use various herbs and seasonings that give the dishes incomparable taste and odour.
We recommend trying local Kebab, Meze (a selection of ten dishes served before the main course), Shanklish (sheep cheese), several varieties of Baklava and domestic coffee. It is recommended to drink only bottled water in this country.