Dahab, Egypt

Dahab, Egypt

former fishing village had a lull in tourism due to
security issues, but it is slowly making a comeback and offers a
perfect escape from packed cities and over-populated resorts. Walk
along deserted beaches (away from the crowded shores of
neighbouring Sharm el-Sheikh) or immerse yourself in the town’s
Bedouin culture. A popular spot for divers and snorkellers, the Red
Sea is renowned for beautiful coral reefs and abundant sea life –
recents sightings include hammerhead sharks, giant sea turtles and
eagle rays.

Don’t miss

Riddled with biblical and historical relevance, the mountains
across the sandy plains of the Sinai Peninsula are not to be
missed. Make the pilgrimage to Mount Sinai where, according to
religious belief, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. For
those who love a view, hike up Mount Catherine – the highest peak
in Egypt, sitting at 8625 feet.

Who to take with you

A diving expert would come in handy, but if you don’t happen to
know any, a fellow intrepid traveller will do just fine.

When to go

During the summer it can reach temperatures in the 40s, but the
winter sun provides some much needed respite from miserable weather
at home. Go off the grid to indulge in serious R’n’R surrounded by
deep-blue seas on one side and desert stretching across the

Most likely to bump into

You’ll likely meet several of the world’s best freedivers.
Dahab is home to several freediving pool facilities, regular
international competitions, and of course, the Blue Hole – a
world-renowned diving spot where record-breaking freedivers come to
test their skill.

Essentials to bring with you

What better time to learn about Bedouin history? We recommend
“Married to a Bedouin” by Marguerite van Geldermalsen, the story of
how a traveller from New Zealand fell in love with a Bedouin man,
and moved into his Nabataean cave. If reading isn’t your thing, you
can’t go wrong with goggles and a snorkel.

How to get there

Fly into Cairo International Airport, then either take an
internal flight to Sharm El Sheikh or take an overnight bus to

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