Dahab (meaning ‘Gold’) lies just over 50 miles of Sharm el Sheikh in the Sinai. In contrast to it’s more impersonal neighbour of Sharm el Sheikh, Dahab offers friendly shops and restaurants and has a relaxed atmosphere. Dahab is divided into two main areas; Assalah, the former Bedouin village with it’s 1km long beach and the new Dahab City where the resort hotels and amenities can be found.
The main attraction of Dahab is its diving, most notably its most well known site, the Blue Hole. It is also popular with windsurfers and kite boarders and in more recent times, it is becoming popular with free divers. Originally, Dahab was a backpackers destination in the 1980s but the resort has grown (albeit more slowly that places like Sharm) and now welcomes a wider range of tourists.
Dahab’s most infamous dive site is the Blue Hole, 107 meters deep with an arch opening onto the reef face at 58 meters. This site regularly kills inexperienced and experienced divers foolish enough to risk it. In truth, a shockingly high number of instructors and divemasters have met their fate in the Blue Hole, even many who had successfully passed the arch dozens of times. Should you be interested in attempting this dive you MUST go through technical dive training and visit the Blue Hole on the correct gases. Diving this site on air alone is near suicidal, so even if a very experienced person offers to take you through, do not at any price do this unless you have technical training and are using it.
Getting to Dahab
International visitors to Dahab generally fly to Sharm el Sheikh and from there take the bus or a transfer arranged by their holiday company or hotel. Alternatively, the airport at Taba (to the north) is between 2-3 hours away as is the Israeli resort of Eilat which lies just across the border from Taba. The bus station is located in Dahab City with connections to Sharm (1 hour), Nuweiba (1 hour), Taba (2.5 hours) and Cairo(10 hours).
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