being one of the maind destinations of the Egyptian Red Sea Riviera and having many good diving areas full of reefs and the infamous blue hole, Dahab is a swimmer's paradise and while hanging out at the Cornich of Masabat Bay, you would see lots of Tourists going on swimming and snorkelling and scuba diving along the bay and other areas of Dahab. there are many diving facilities around the corniche that supply the divers with gears and different gases for their dive.
again it's a pity that I was here for just two hours as we were bound for Cairo.
Dahab is well known as a backpacker paradise in the 1980's as it was once just a bedouin village but since the area has many wonderful dive sites and crystal clear waters and golden sand beaches, it became really popular that tourist sprouted in the 1990's and is one of the major resort towns in the Egyptian Red Sea Riviera and there are many dive sites and beaches where international tourists and Israelis go on staycations. With Masabat Bay being the central location but there are other beaches with many diving facilities for the snorkellers and scuba divers. It's a pity that we only have a short stop here as we were on a pilgrimage and not on a holiday.
the Dahab Corniche runs through the length of Masbat Bay, which is the main beach area of Dahab and the corniche stretches for about more than a kilometer in length from Eel Gerden to Mashraba and in between the corniche are tons of restaurants, bars, shisha bars, souvenir shops, convenience stores, hotels and inns. there are also stretches of Beaches where swimmers and snorkellers and scuba divers can access for the water activities as the corniche faces the Beautiful Red Sea (which is actually blue green in color and not red!).
most of the establishments here are open from 8:00 am to 10;00 pm and bars open up to 1:00 am.
Recently on traveling to Dahab, Egypt, a group of buddies and I heard that the Red Sea is one of the most fantastic dive locations in the world, so we decided to do our PADI Open Water certification. The biggest problem with Dahab is the huge range of dive centres, with locals claiming there are over 200 dive centers for different people and languages. So on our first day we went looking around the town at all the different options available to us, being aware we had some bargaining power having a group of five that all wanted to dive together.
Following a recommendation from our hotel we stumbled into the office of Ayman Shalaby, Manager and Instructor of Octopus Divers located on Mashraba Street, Dahab. Ayman did not disappoint. He is welcoming, speaks fluent English, and has a great sense of humor. By the time you get to your first confined dive in the Open Water course you feel confident you’re in very capable and knowledgeable hands.
The Red Sea was my first diving experience, so I can’t compare the conditions to back home, but the scenery just took my breath away. It was so much better than I could have imagined. There number of different coral reefs and aquatic life were simply amazing.
Everyone on staff was very helpful and knowledgeable about the Red Sea dive sites, and also pointed out some very beautiful snorkeling sites. The strength of their team comes from their instructor, Ayman, with his ability to think on his feet and quickly adapt to any circumstances. One of the girls I was travelling with had some ear equalisation problems but were quickly fixed by Ayman and his staff, and since I'm a slightly bigger build (3XL) they didn’t have a wetsuit available in my size, but Ayman managed to find one before finishing the first DVD of the PADI open water course. (Seems having 200 dive centers in one place is handy after all)
All in all, I had a whale of a time with Ayman and his staff. They made the whole experience easier than learning to ride a bicycle. I would recommend him to anyone for their PADI courses--all the way up to Master Scuba diver--or just as a guide to all the amazing dive sites Dahab has to offer. All I know is I look forward to my next dive with Octopus Divers, and many more exciting times ahead under the sea.
As they say in Dahab, “Dive Now, Work later”
In Dahab there are a lot of things to do, like diving, surfing, safaris, and much more.
You need about 2-3 weeks if you want to complete all the offerings ...
But what you should really do, even with a small budget:
* Go snorkelling at Blue Hole and Bells.
* Eat crabs and hummer at the seafront.
* buy a Dahab-camel and bargain with the salespeople until 35 LE.
* experience a bedouin-dinner in the desert - under a thousand stars.
* Visit TOTA and drink a beer on deck of the famous ship.
* Try a Galabeja (Kaftan, long clothes of the bedouins).
* Have a swim in the laguna.
* Be invited for food to an original bedouin house in Assala.
* Go to the bridge and watch sunrise over the sea and sunset over the mountains.
* Smoke Shisha in a street cafe.
* Climb a hill nearby and enjoy the view over the Dahab-Delta.
* Go to a parfume shop and smell all the beautiful odours of local parfumes
Then you will have a really nice holiday there!
More really good Info about Dahab you can find on http://www.dahab-info.com/
As you have probably guessed by now, Dahab is a place for total relaxation but with enough facilities to keep you entertained!
We used to love the scrummy western brekkies that the cafes served up!
Cats are a sacred animal in Egypt. Luckily for me I love cats, but I can imagine that if you dont the Dahab cats could be something of a nightmare to deal with!
In Cafes and Restaurants they are everywhere - and they arent shy either! Many a day I would get one on my lap whilst reading, 2 even joined us for dinner one night as you can see in the pic!!
The local restauranters have a water spray that they regularly use if the cats start annoying the customers!
And if you wanted to stroll along the waterfront and watch the sunset you could look out to the horizon and see a whole other world on the otherside of the Red Sea....Saudi Arabia sits proudly over there.
When I was eating my lunch and enjoying a drink I often looked out and thought what i would be doing if I was on the other side of that sea.....not what I was doing in Dahab was usually my conclusion!
Dahab Sunset is beautiful.
We usually sat on the cushions in a cafe along the waterfront and watched the sky turn pink over the Red Sea.
Most people tended to enjoy a drink and watch the sunset, once the sun had gone down it was still hot but nicer than the days heat....time for a shower and then go for something to eat!
Oh, and when deciding which drink to have - well your in Dahab - there really is no other choice, have a shake - Dahab shakes are like a rite of passage! We tryed so many shakes in so many different places.....they are so yum!
The Beach here was nice enough, could have been cleaner but this is Egypt you can expect everything to be spick and span!
The beach was small, although I believe that there was one further on from where we walked, The sea is nice just watch that coral.
The waterfront in Dahab is great for people watching and a nice stroll along.
Everyday we walked up and down numerous times! The waterfront is lined with cafes and restaurants so its nice to take a walk and stop for a cold drink once in a while.
If you come out of Penguin and turn left - that will take you the whole way into Dahab (Peguin in located in Assalah - a suburb??!!), turning right will take you to the beach.
Dahabs coastline is the Red Sea, the snorkelling is amazing here.
The Coral is so close to the shore that even if you dont snorkel you can still enjoy the coral.
This pic I took whilst walking along the beach when the tide was out, just shallow waters over these corals.
This is a great thing, but be warned - wear shoes into the sea.....Poor Matt cut his foot on the coral whilst we were here and it took so so long to heal.
The calm waters off Dahab are ideal for a night dive. All the predators of the reef are more active during the night and you should be able to see 100s of Lion Fish and the like. There was a bright full moon on our dive and it was amazing to see how much light this gave while underwater. We were also lucky in that there was a lot of bioluminescence or phosphorus in the water. The bioluminescence looks a little like something out of a science fiction movie, a constellation of bright, winking lights. It is caused by plankton lighting up when it is disturbed. All in all it was a brilliant dive and you get to appreciate a completely different aspect of the reef and the life that teems around it.
After hanging around, diving and snorkelling is the most popular activity in Dahab. The towns dive clubs offer many guided dives. The most important thing to do is choose a dive center wisely as safety ranges dramatically.