Want to explore the ancient and natural wonders of Egypt without heading to one of the major resorts? We’ve found a quieter option just for you. Located on the Red Sea coast, Dahab is a more tranquil spot than the popular pair of Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada. Even better, many of Dahab’s hotels are literally just a few steps from the beach. It’s a jaw-dropping setting. The towering nearby Sinai mountains look down on the golden sands of the town’s beaches. In such eye-catching surroundings, many holidaymakers to Dahab simply choose to relax in the year-round warm temperatures. We don’t blame them. But Dahab also offers plenty for those not content to stay on the sun lounger. There are several day trips to enjoy to nearby resorts, as well as the attractions of Dahab itself.
Dahab is well-known for the quality and availability of its water sports. The Lagoona is the perfect spot try your hand at activities such as windsurfing and kitesurfing for the first time. Diving enthusiasts can enjoy the exotic reefs underneath the Red Sea waters. There are also several diving spots to explore along the 18 miles of coastline surrounding Dahab. After the sun sets, try a glass of Egyptian beer at one of the many bars and restaurants open for food, drink and dancing. These range from ultra-chic cocktail lounges to grungy watering holes. The nightlife is perhaps not as lively as the bigger resorts, but we’re confident you can find something to keep you entertained.
Found at the southern tip of Dahab, Lagoona is the most popular spot in the town for kite and wind surfers. Gusty breezes provide the ideal conditions to take part in these water sports. Those looking to get away from the busier beaches in Dahab should head here. Why not hire a bike, pack a picnic and head to Lagoona for the day?
Many repeat visitors to Dahab head to the old town of Masbat. Picturesque restaurants, bars and smaller hotels can be found here in the heart of Dahab. The quaint surroundings are particularly atmospheric when you’re looking to party. After all, there’s not many other holiday resorts where you can claim to have danced into the early hours with Bedouins and Egyptians.
Holidaymakers in Egypt are never far from a site of huge historical importance. Mount Sinai is the most renowned of the ancient sites near to Dahab. According to the bible, this is where God delivered the 10 commandments to Moses. Day trips run from Dahab to the mountain, where we advise you to take some sturdy shoes. There are 750 steps to navigate to reach the summit, although it is well worth the climb to see the sunset.
The Red Sea around Dahab is regarded as one of the world’s best scuba sites. It’s perfect for both beginners and experienced divers. This stretch of coastline boasts warm waters and clear visibility. Whatever your level of experience, you cannot fail to spot some of the magical creatures living beneath the waves. Dahab’s best diving sites including the Blue Hole and the Lighthouse Reef.
One of Egypt’s biggest draws is the climate, with the sunny conditions rarely changing throughout the year. As well as being great for a tan, the warm weather and the slight breeze are also perfect to try a range of watersports. Beginner windsurfers can discover that Vulcan and Spock are not merely terms from Star Trek. Those with a deeper knowledge of these techniques can perfect their repertoire.
Head into the Sinai Desert
There’s hundreds of miles of desert inland from Dahab, so why not explore it? Jeep safaris can take you on a breathtaking tour of the valleys, canyons, mountains and temples found amongst the sands. There’s a fun option for adventurous travellers too. Camel rides are available. They might not be lightning quick and they may be slightly smelly, but we think it’s great fun.
Beaches in Dahab
The bronzed beaches of Dahab have attracted young, independent travellers for several years. We can see why. The areas around the Lagoona and Asilah are perfect for spending a day under carefully-crafted palm tree parasols. Many hotels are just a few steps from the sands. Utter bliss.
Seafood is unsurprisingly the freshest and tastiest item on the menu of Dahab’s restaurants. The locally-caught catch is served up within hours of emerging from the sea. Diners will often be urged to select a specific fish from the platter on offer before it is cooked up. Often the key to eating cheaply in Dahab is to avoid the seafront restaurants and head inland. The same quality food can be found for half the price.
Restaurants in Dahab
There is a host of international and Egyptian cuisines available in Dahab, particularly around the Masbat area. Pizza, Indian, Mexican and Chinese dishes can be enjoyed. But for a unique experience, why not try one of Dahab’s traditional Bedouin restaurants? It’s an experience you won’t forget. Diners perch on a low table or cushions lying in the sand before sampling authentic local grub.
Those looking for a quainter, more traditional and relaxing experience than Egypt’s main resorts of Luxor and Sharm el-Sheikh should head to Dahab. As a renowned water sport and scuba diving centre, it’s the perfect spot for ocean lovers. And with miles of unspoilt beaches, there’s ample opportunity to simply relax on the banks of the Red Sea. The easiest way to book your holiday to Dahab is through easyJet holidays. The best bit? You can save on your holiday when you book a flight and hotel together through easyJet holidays. If you’re still keeping an open mind over your holiday, then take a look at our other Egyptian destination guides for inspiration.