Blue Hole is definately worth a visit. It's truly amazing to see the corals sorrounding the deep deep hole and to snorkle over and around the hole that just never end.
I also went to Three pools, which is not that far from Dahab. Three pools is perhaps more "kids-friendly" because of the low tide but the corals is very beautiful no matter what. We also saw a an Indian Lionfish :)
The went on an excursion arranged by the Danish travel agency Atlantis Rejser. You can see some photos here: http://www.atlantisrejser.dk/destinationer/egypten/sharm-el-sheikh/safari-med-jeep/fotos/
If you are in Dahab and not diving then you are missing out on a lot of fun and a wonderful experience. There are so many diving sites in Dahab and around it, if you have time make sure to arrange with your dive centre to go to Abu Galloum ... 80 Km away ...
It is worth going there for a dive. and it is such a great way to meet people ... especially those with a common interest like yours.
If you are short of time ... and may be patience ... then diving in Dahab is enough ... Don't miss out on diving "The Canyon" and the "Blue Hole".
Almost all dive centres in Dahab rent equipment out for something around 20 Euros or 29$ ... but Sinai divers have it reasonable ... for 5 Euros you rent your equipment for each dive. Then you pay something around 20 Euros for the dive itself
I enjoyed diving with them, they run a very professional and fun operation.
Dahab is one of the top spots for windsurfing and diving. What makes this place particularly nice is the "lagoon" which allows for fairly safe training with excellent wind and little waves - allowing you to learn those tricks easier.
Pretty much each hotel at the strip of the lagoon (Hilton, Coralia, Swiss Inn,..) has at least one station, most of them 2 which are all very well equipped. The further west you go the easier it might be to get the the spots you want to reach (there are spots outside the lagoon for the more trained surfers).
The only small downside is that the wind if offshore and due to the hotel structures it can get very gutsy close at the start of your trip.
The pricing is fairly standard from what I can tell and I paid 190euro for a week (check their webpages for updated information). The places are Club Mistral, Harry Hass, Mark Warner, Planetwindsurfing and a few others.
Intersting experience - a lot of fun - driving through the desert when a wind blows against us and the sharp sand was sticking into the skin, sometime feeling a danger - as sandy roads were between two cliffs. We had a guide who was showing us the road - first stop was at the oasis where we got the Bedouin tea, second was on a tongue of sand - just accross the surf spot.
The town beach may be nothing much, but spectacular (and quiet) beaches are never far away, where snorkelling and bathing are the order of the day and where the mountains sweep down to the shoreline (just need to get past those camels!). And some of the hotels have the best spots (and it's very easy to simply walk into them and take up a key spot...)
The cafes and bars of Assalah provide a focal point to Dhabab, and whilst they may a mismash of Bedouin tourist kitch, lining the shoreline as they do with open to the element tent 'environments', they nevertheless provide cheap options for simple food (humus, grills, chips etc), beers and accommodation. The beach itself is nothing to write home about at all, but it's there, and can be welcome during the heat of a Sinai day.
One of the greatest pleasures of Sinai is the simple life - living by the sun rising and the sun setting. And there are spectacular sunrises to be had, across the sea with the Saudi Arabian coastline forming the backdrop.
But the early morning lighht provides a dramatic and eerily calm view of the stunning Sinai landscapes. And it is generally so silent...
See St. Catherine's Monastery after the hike back down. If you're too fast coming down it may not be open yet, but you can have breakfast or coffee in the area. Admission is included in your tour price. Guided tours take groups in to the Church inside then lead you back out where you get a glimpse of a few of the rooms that form the Monastery. Most of the premises are off limits.
The hike up Mount Sinai begins at about 2:30am in the dark! So you don't get to see the landscape. The hike back down Mount Sinai after sunrise takes less than 2 hours.
Tip: Take a headlight or flashlight with you for the hike up at night.
At the top of Mount Sinai, bedouins sell the use of a cushion and blankets while you're waiting for the sun to rise. The temp. drops at night, so it's quite cold. As soon as the sun rises, it's warm again.
Since so many other tourists are doing the same thing, you'll have to find a spot to snap a photo without heads in the way.
It warms up quickly during the early morning on the hike down Mount Sinai so you'll be peeling off the layers you had on while hiking up at night.
Tip: Wear layers of clothing to keep you warm on the way up during the cold desert night, and then peel them off to keep you cool on the way down in the heat of the day.
The Sinai excursion is a night tour - hotel pick up is at 11:00pm, take your passport with you, a flashlight, wear pants, and bring very warm layers. Since it's a night time hike, be careful and make sure you have a headlight. It's cold at the top of Sinai, so bring a wrap or jacket and scarf. In morning it starts to heat up and you'll be hot by the time you return to your hotel. A Mecca of tourists will be waiting at the top, jostling for a position to snap a photo of the Sun rising. After the hike down, see St. Catherine's Monastery. I was disappointed, it's very small. Make sure you have room on your disc for pics and have spare batteries. Carry water and a few juice boxes in your knapsack, and something to eat because it's a 12 hour trip. Dahab has a supermarket for healthy snacks. There are numerous small coffee shops on the way up Sinai where Bedouins sell jewellery and places to have a box breakfast near the Monastery in morning. You'll return to your hotel at about 12:00noon - having missed one night of sleep! Very exhausting, but very rewarding.
Price: 60E + small entrance fee.
The trip was booked by the hotel manager at Monica's.
Okay so it's a little way from Dahab but if you get the chance then you should climb Mt Sinai... It's a long way to the top and it can get VERY cold (especially if you climb before sunrise like we did) but it's worth it! :) Just make sure you rug up a lot and take some water with you (although you can buy drinks and food along the way if you want)...and don't forget your camera!!! :)
When you walk the beach promenade between Masbat and Mashraba you will pass the ruins of a Nabatean harbour. There are fences around and the gate is closed, so you can only see the ruins from outside.
From the window of my hotel room (the picture is taken from there) I could see the ruins.
You can walk the beach promenade a few kilometres, from one side of Dahab to the other. It can be a nice walk where you can make stops in some the shops in Assalah or make a rest at one of the many waterfront restaurants with cushions. At night there are lights.