Regardless of the many exciting things to do in Dahab and it being a spectacular vacation area, it is still greatly under-visited by travelers. While the vast majority of tourists are quite familiar with Sharm el sheikh and Hurghada, a few make a decision to vacation at Dahab.
Dahab is located nine hours from Cairo City by bus and 1 hour by flight to the Sharm el sheik airport. The one hour drive from Sharm el sheik airport by taxi, keeps you anxious to see what Dahab offers.
It is perfectly geographically located along the red sea and surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Sinai that provide a perfect view to anyone intending to have a great time relaxing. The tranquility of this beautiful area makes it a great place for a vacation. Perfectly for me, I had the golden opportunity to explore this small growing town of Dahab.
Do not be fooled by the size of this town, it has a lot of exciting activities to be done and that’s where this post comes in, to detail all the exciting things to do in Dahab.
Some people visit with the intent of staying in Dahab for a few days but end up extending their stay for weeks, months or even years. Some make it their second home and a few get a job here and end up staying permanently.
10 exciting things to do in Dahab
1. Snorkeling at the blue hole
Located to the north of Dahab on the coast of Red sea, Blue hole is believed to be one of the most deadly dive centers in the world. With the hole being 100 m deep, it is believed that this gorgeous dive site has claimed lives of over 100 people. And it is for this reason the Egyptian authorities only allow snorkeling and diving is only acceptable for qualified divers who go along with certified diving instruction. Read more about diving at the blue hole here.
However much the blue hole is mostly famous for diving, a lot of people go for snorkeling to experience and see the beauty of under water.
The under water species at the blue hole include but not limited to Red sea clown fish, sea Goldie, corals and many others
My experience at the blue hole
This might give you chills if you are planning to go snorkeling at the blue hole, but don’t freak out – I am just a very apprehensive person when it comes to deep waters.
Having heard scary stories of how the blue hole had claimed some people’s lives immediately before heading under water, you can imagine the anguish I had. I was going ballistic but I somehow convinced myself that I could do it. Even as I write this now, I am freaking out a little bit lol.
Got my life jacket & fins on and headed for the blue hole “ yay here I come blue hole, I thought to myself”.
How it went down?
It started out all fun seeing the beautiful under water species until I saw the deep sink hole. I got a panic attack immediately , started yelling to every one who cared to listen how I wanted to leave the water.
I was extremely terrified. Can I just mention that this is more of a one way, you can’t go back from where you came from, you have to swim your way to the “exit”. I couldn’t stop myself from thinking how I could be the next person to die from this deadly blue hole.
Clung onto some people’s float ( a family from Nigeria, -If you ever read this, thank you guys.) The float helped me gain my cool a little bit. I decided the only way I was going to survive this “terror” was to just swim without looking down until I go out of the water.
By the time people were appreciating all the beauty under water, I was cursing why I came to blue hole and impatiently waiting to leave.
Needless to say I was crazy to go for my very first snorkeling adventure at the blue hole. But at least I can brag that I’ve ever gone snorkeling there.
However much i had a terrible experience at the blue hole, this is one of the exciting things to do in Dahab that every water lover longs for.
Tip- If you’ve never gone snorkeling, do not start with blue hole.
2. Snorkeling at the blue lagoon.
The blue lagoon has a nice beach with different shades of blue perfect for sun bathing and snorkeling.Having had a terrible experience at the blue hole, that didn’t stop me from having a great snorkeling experience at the blue lagoon.
Snorkeling had been on my bucket list for so long to just give it up like that. The underwater species were breathtaking and I shocked myself by how calm and relaxed I was and ended up enjoying it. I can totally see myself snorkeling again at the blue lagoon – of course not at the blue hole.
Tip – Most snorkeling centers in Dahab are free. You just need to own a snorkel and glasses but if not, there are many rental places around the coast. And if you are not sure about which snorkel to buy or rent, here is the ultimate guide to the best snorkel
Diving is definitely one of the exciting things to do in Dahab and some tourists travel to Dahab with the sole purpose of diving. Dahab offers a lot of diving centers.
Some of the most famous ones in no particular order are;
1. Scuba seekers- http://scubaseekers.com/
2. Shams diving center http://www.shamsdivingcenters.com/
3. Sea dance diving center http://www.seadancerdivecenter.com/
4. Deep blue diver http://www.divedahab.com/
5. Poseidon divers http://www.poseidondivers.com/
Other water activities to do;
· Kite surfing
· Wind surfing
· Boat cruise
· Jet ski
4. Ride on a Camel.
A trip to Dahab is not complete without riding on a camel. The most popular camel safari in Dahab is the trip from the Blue hole to Ras Au Galum which takes approximately 1.5 hours taking you along the beautiful mountains and the coast of Red sea. This can be incorporated in the trip to the Blue hole.
5. Quad Biking in the mountains.
If you are in to enjoy the thrill of driving through the mountains of Dahab and enjoy the scenic views of the desert areas, this is one of the exciting things to do in Dahab for you.
Do you enjoy taking control of the wheels and speeding away, rising up the dust into the space? This is one of the exciting things to do in Dahab that you shouldn’t miss out.
I had never driven a quad-bike before (aka ATV) and found Dahab to be the ideal place to start.
Booked a quad bike trip with the quad bike center in the evening hours (so as to catch a sunset in the mountains.)
Started the drive at the quad centre, drove to wadi connections in the inner mountains.
Stopped at wadi toilat to relax and have refreshments for a few minutes.
Embarked on the drive thought the desert and to the shores of blue lagoon and back to Dahab town.
Simple facts about quad biking in Dahab
– Anyone from the age of 15 can quad bike alone
– No license is needed
– A tour guide is provided during the trip
– Quads are maintained before the journey
– A brief lesson on how to drive is given before the trip
– You don’t need to know how to drive a car to drive a quad although experience is an added advantage.
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6. Biking at the beach.
Saddle up on a bike an enjoy an outdoor adventure on a bike. Hopping on a bike is one of the exciting things to do in Dahab to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the beach.
With many paved bike ways along the sea , biking is the easiest and common means of transportation with in Dahab town. And another fun way to exercise while on vacation.
Renting a bicycle in Dahab goes for approximately 15 Egyptian pounds for an hour or 90 Egyptian pounds for a day.
7. Relaxing at the beach.
What is a vacation in Dahab without spending a day ( or two, three…) on the beach? On a sunny day, clear blue skies in the afternoon , get the swim suit ready, sun glasses ,sun screen, towels in check and head over to the beach. With the feet in the sand and the laps on the balencia chaise, what better way to spend a day on the beach than this.
8. Walk on water (literally) – walk through the red sea.
One of the exciting things to do in Dahab is to walk through the red sea. I know what you are thinking, that it is crazy and impossible!! I am not judging, that’s what I thought when I first heard about it. I only believed after doing it myself.
The water levels at the blue lagoon are extremely shallow that you can walk from one side of the red sea shore to the other.
9. Interact with the locals.
Dahab is a small town and everyone seems to know everyone. Because of this, the locals are super friendly and always willing to have a chat with the tourists. It’s worth getting to know them and particularly this one family I met. They owned a small restaurant I ate at one time.
And what started as friendly hello turned out to be a great friendship with the whole family for the entire stay in Dahab. And they occasionally invited me to have tea with them,- for free
They taught me so much about the Egyptian culture, we shared stories and generally made me feel welcome in Dahab.
10. Enjoy the nightlife of dahab
Taking a walk at night is one of the exciting things to do in Dahab. This is a fun way to see the entire town and get the feel of the locals. In Dahab, people mostly take walks at night around 7pm. This is the time when kids come out to play, locals gather and share stories while drinking tea and smoking shisha.
Enjoy the happy hour- The happy hour starts from 7 pm at a few restaurants that sell alcohol. Sip on cocktails as you enjoy the music.
With all these exciting things to do in Dahab, your next trip to Egypt should feature Dahab in it as there is so much to do and you will have the best time of your life.
Have you been to Dahab or planning a trip to Dahab? Share with me in the comment section what you enjoyed most about dahab or what you hope to do when you reach there.
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