Travel to Dahab – Adventure Capital of Egypt
The name ‘Dahab’, meaning ‘gold’ in Arabic, is no doubt a reference to the stunning mountains that plunge dramatically towards the shore behind the town. Located halfway along the east coast of the Sinai Peninsula Dahab has grown dramatically over recent years and is now recognised as Egypt’s adventure capital.
A hippy-ish hangout in the 70s and 80s the laid back, somewhat funky resort of Dahab has over the last 25 years metamorphosed from sleepy Bedouin village to become the best place in the country to indulge in any number of adventurous activities, from camel trekking to diving and 4WD safaris – and even mixes of these! At the end of the days’ activities the beachfront cafés with their chill-out areas strewn with cushions and rugs are still the best place to relax.
The attraction of Dahab is not hard to see, with its dramatic backdrop of mountains and amazing sea life it is a great place to take a break from exploring the country. You can explore the mountainous interior by 4WD or camel, use Dahab as a base from which to travel to and climb Mt Sinai, or from where to explore its underwater wonders.
A wide variety of very affordable activities are on offer from the town. Dive trips can range from ½ to multi-day excursions with snorkellers happily accommodated as well. Novices can have a ‘try-dive’ or take a qualification course to become an Open Water Diver whilst there are more advanced courses on offer for more experienced divers. Why not combine diving with a 4WD or camel safari?
The Sinai offers superb walking, and treks of between 1 and 7 days can be arranged with local experts, as can 4WD trips to places such as the Coloured Canyon, Wadi Ghazala and Ein Hodra.
An overnight trip to Mt Sinai is possible when an early-morning ascent offers spectacular sunrise views across the surrounding mountains; below it lies the fortress-like St Katherine’s Monastery which can also be visited. Other activities include kite and windsurfing, quad-biking and camel treks.
Dahab is smaller, more informal than Sharm el Sheikh and is well-known for its beachside cafes where felled palm trees covered with rugs, kilims and cushions provide great places to relax.
Dahab is small enough to explore on foot, unless you are located at one of the hotels on the edges of town, in which case a taxi provides an inexpensive alternative to walking. Activities usually include transport from and to your accommodation.
- Coral gardens galore – check out some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world
- Explore the dramatic interior on a 4WD safari or organised trek
- Look over the surrounding peaks at sunrise from atop Mt Sinai, then visit remarkable St Katherine’s Monastery