Dahab is a place that really holds a special place in my heart. Located on the Sinai Peninsula, across from Saudi Arabia, it’s where people go to relax and enjoy nature, with all the diving and snorkeling available around. I have a few different things I can post about Dahab, but I’ll try to keep this post as a general one, giving some info. In future posts, I’ll revisit Dahab, giving as much info as possible.
First of all, while there are hotels in Dahab, most who visit stay in one of the camps. All the camps are in the same area of town, right in front of some beaches, and easily accessible by boardwalk. If you’ve never been there before, I have to recommend a couple of things. The first recommendation is actually to stay a little further from the center of all the action. Being that everything is so accessible by walking, when I’m in Dahab to relax, I like to stay sort of on the edge of the boardwalk. There’s a place called Ghazala Camp (http://bit.ly/mB8D14). It’s a pretty basic place, but they have great food, it’s cheap, and they have wireless internet as well. Oh, and the owners/guys running it are super friendly! I stayed there with friends before, and we absolutely LOVED it! However, if you’ve already got the accommodation settled, stick to it.
Second recommendation is to go to the crowded area of the boardwalk and enjoy a fresh seafood meal at one of the beach-side restaurants/cafes. They’re all pretty good, and the only real difference would be the price. Feel free to somewhat haggle with them, because they’re eager to get customers, so if you tell him that his “neighbor” offered you a discount, or included some extras in a meal, they’ll usually try to beat them! One of my favorite places is called Shark. In general, the seafood soup is amazing, and so is the fried calamari and shrimp. Enjoy a shisha there as well and just enjoy!
Third recommendation, if you’re interested in diving and snorkeling would obviously be Blue Hole. I’m not a swimmer or anything, but it really is incredible! It’s relatively inexpensive to get to (though I honestly don’t remember the cost) and the majority of the cost would be the cafes in front of the water. They can be a bit of a rip-off, so haggle and know the price of things before you order…it will save you a lot of trouble! The snorkeling is amazing there, and the water is always warm!
Other than that, there are lots of dive sites all around Dahab, and a great place to also relax would be Laguna Beach. People have these wind-boards that they ride, and when the tide is out, you’ll find LOADS of colorful starfish. It’s actually really great!
Definitely give Dahab a try when you’re in Egypt and looking for some relaxation!