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About Dahab

Dahab, previously a small sleepy fishing village, and then a hippy colony twenty years ago, is now a charming divers paradise with a few smart hotels popping up alongside some chic sea-side apartments. Diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sun bathing, and desert safaris/mountain climbing in neighbouring Sinai are amongst the main attractions. The best places to stay in Dahab are those chic low-key and low budget hotels and apartments that provide perfect bases for enjoying its various offerings.

World-class reefs in nearby Ras Mohammed National Park are but a short jeep ride away. Dahab sits at the south Sinai peninsula so the famous Mount Sinai and St. Catherine's monastery are not far away. You can organise a camel or jeep safari into the desert towards Sinai from the centre of Dahab.

There are many seafood restaurants on the shoreline, so candle lit dinners on the beach will be a main feature of the evening. Most of them are excellent value.

There are good bus transport links to Luxor, St.Catherine's Monastery, Sharm El Sheikh and Cairo.

Dahab is unique on this line of the Red Sea's coastline in that independent travellers are in the majority. Dahab is laid back, cool, and idyllic for its fabulous crystal shores, tropical fish, and coral reef. Three days would probably be sufficient but you might find you just cannot leave this relaxed paradise. It's is definitely recommendable if you're not after a high maintenance holiday which is why self-catering apartments and simple beach hotels are the best places to stay in Dahab.

Beachside hotel:

  • Dahab Paradise in Dahab – charming beach front rooms with balconies on the coast of this sleepy fishing village. Direct access to the beach, triple rooms, traditional food, not too far from buzzing nightlife.

Best Hotels in Dahab

  • Dahab Paradise 35 rooms from £38


    A charming beach front hotel at a bargain price. Charming traditional rooms and triples have private balconies. Lovely circular swimming pool, direct access to the beach, and good traditional cuisine. Close to the desert, nightlife, and many water sports. Perfect for families, excellent value.

    Diving  -  Dahab is considered to be one of the Sinai's most treasured diving locations. Both the Canyon and Blue Hole are close by.
    Beach Life
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Mount Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastery.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Acacia Dahab Hotel 43 rooms from £38


    A charming family-run hotel located just outside Dahab overlooking the sea. Simple yet functional rooms are light and airy with crisp white linen and the best lend superb sea views. A bedouin style seating area gives an authentic touch to the restaurant and the palm-fringed pool is a real draw.

    Families  -  With triple rooms on offer, a cost-friendly price tag and close proximity to the sea this is the ideal spot for a family holiday
    Beach Life  -  Located within walking distance of the beach this is a laid-back hotel perfect for a beach escape
    Diving  -  Dahab is renowned for its fantastic coral reef and there are around 50 dive centres in town
    Sights nearby  -  Spend a day exploring St Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Moses
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