* Dahab is world-renowned for its windsurfing. Reliable winds provide superb flat water conditions inside Dahab's sand spit. Beyond the sand spit, wavy conditions couple with strong winds to provide formidable conditions for keen windsurfers.
* The SCUBA diving and snorkelling are very good, with many reefs immediately adjacent to waterfront hotels. The nearby Blue Hole and Canyon are internationally famous dive spots.
* The seafood restaurants along the waterfront of the down-town tourist area, known as Masbet, are good, with red snapper, calamari and lobster being highlights. The Bedouin-style seafood is based on baking in earthenware.
* There are camel, horse, jeep and quad-bike safaris. These are either parallel to the shoreline, up one of the several valleys or around the township.
* A two hour drive is sufficient to reach Mount Sinai and Saint Catherine's Monastery; ascents to view sunrise and sunset are popular.
* Historically, most vistors to Dahab have been backpackers travelling independently and staying in hostels in the Masbet area. In recent years, development of hotels in the Medina area has facilitated the arrival of a wider range of tourists, many of whom visit Dahab specifically to partake in the windsurfing, diving and other activities.
Fondest memory: The scuba diving and snorkelling
One of the great things- and (great annoyances) about Dahab is the numerous tourist shops and their owners vying for your attention to get you in their store. Shopping can be a lot of fun if you go in with the right attitude- and I'd like to offer some tips I've picked up...hopefully you will find these insights helpful.
1. Have the right attitude
You're on vacation - have fun! Keep a sense of humour with the shopkeeper and have a laugh. Sure, they are trying to get the highest price for their wares, but there are dozens of shops that sell the same thing usually- and both of you know that.
2. Always barter (restaurants and grocers excluded!). When the shopkeeper says 150 EGP, roll your eyes, say 20 and smile wickedly. You aren't going to get it for 20- you're trying to find the middle ground. Play the game with them. Banter and have a laugh.
3. Barter in EGP, not Euros, Dollars, or GBP.
3. A good way to make the deal sweeter to them and you is to throw in another piece of merchandise. Say you are looking at a scarf and their first price was 40. And you just can't seem to budge them below the 25 mark...offer to buy 2 scarves for 40. (Obviously, only if you were so inclined to purchase 2 scarves in the first place...)
4. Its like anywhere- if you come back again to buy after a previous purchase remind them that you have been a good and loyal customer. Smile- and ask what special price they can give you.
5. Bartering isn't about getting the most cut rate deal you can- at the end of the day its about having a transaction that both of you are satisfied with. They need to ensure a profit on the sale. And in regards to getting the "local" price- well, don't be to dissapointed if you don't. Most visitors don't get paid in Egyptian pounds. :) Convert the price in your head to your own local currency- how much would you have paid for that item at home?
There are cats and dogs everywhere in Dahab!! Especially cats (must have something to do with that whole Cat-goddess thing from the old days)!
They come out whenever you are at a restaurant and meow at you to feed them, hop up beside you, and will run away with your dinner if you're not careful ;)
One nice thing is that these strays are all healthy looking and very friendly with people. I found that great, because it shows that they aren't teased or beaten, like strays in many parts of the world.
They're everywhere, they're everywhere!!! (Da-da da dum-dump)!!
When you get to Dahab (assuming your you're staying,and even if you're not) drop the starry eyed, looking at everything like you've never seen it before look, and just get into being there.
Fondest memory: How easy it is to meet and get to know people there, Bedouins, Egyptians, and everyone else from everywhere else. I made some good friends there and look forward to catching up with them again. And, I am even keeping in contact with them, both people in business and those who come and go and come again. Fabulous, fantastic, don't miss it and, stay awhile, it will change you
Favorite thing: Here you can stop for water, cigarettes and a fizzy drink - not much else except a few Bedouin necklaces