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Dahab Paradise

The Red Sea at Dahab, surrounding mountains, Blue Hole snorkelling, and fabulous hiking & jeeping made Dahab one of our favorite places.  Our hotel, Dahab Paradise, was really an oasis - absolutely beautiful surroundings and beautifully maintained pool, restaurant and bedouin sitting area - which had singing and dancing and a fire on our first night.  The stars are amazing too since it's far from the town plus it was almost a full moon. 

Ed & I snorkelled at the Blue Hole - which is just 5 minutes by jeep from the Dahab Paradise hotel, another 10 from Dahab town.  The others didn't go since it was a very cool and windy day (Dahab is known for being a windy area), but the sea was relatively warm and we wore wet suits.

Jeep riding!
  I found Blue Hole quite unique as the reef is in a circle and you get a great view of the coral and marine life enclosing a circle/hole of bright, deep blue water filled with dozens of brightly colored fish. 

Getting in and out was a bit tricky as there are few points of egress and we were a bit overwhelmed by the 'tomb wall' which greeted us on our arrival.  Placed on to the sand cliff overlooking the Sea is a wall of tombstones & plaques commemorating souls lost to the Blue Hole.  One that I remember had the man's name, date of death and then the phrase "Have a Fun Dive".  Luckily (not for them ) all the deaths applied to those diving and we were just snorkelling.  :-)  As opposed to Sharm, there was zero supervision - our driver waited for us in his full robe and headdress regalia and certainly wouldn't have been aware or equipped if we'd had any difficulties and we saw no other folks around.

Wadi Knai
  This may be different if you go with a tour - we just rented equipment from our hotel dive shop and went on our own. 

We also did a jeep safari and short hike into Wadi Knai  - a short drive from Dahab town.  The driver was used to tourists, not travellers, and wanted to take us to sit and drink tea at bedouin villages.  Once we made it clear that we wanted to see nature, he took us to a few oases in the Knai area and jeeping deep into a canyon.  The rock was absolutely beautiful and it was our first introduction to the Sinai desert - a grand one at that. 

While I loved our hotel & its location and the activities we did in Dahab, and definitely would have enjoyed staying for a few more days, I found Dahab town a bit shabby and one visit was enough.

The Bedouin sitting area at the hotel
  There was an overwhelming sewage smell that permeated the entire town and the string of hotels, restaurants and shops along the main tourist area were a bit shabby.  I'm glad we stayed slightly out of town (our second choice hotel was on the main drag in town) and highly recommend it.  You could make Dahab Paradise your base for touring into the Sinai canyons, doing dive/snorkelling trips, and even do a day/night trip to St. Catherine's - only 1.5 hour drive away, although I recommend spending the night in St. Catherine's. 

We used Ibrahim Salem as our driver and he is good.  If you don't hire him through the hotel, he may also be reasonable - through the hotel he was a bit pricey.  His English is good, he's a local Bedouin and very knowledgeable.  He also snorkels.  cell:  0103556241 or 0127227592

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Dahab Paradise
Dahab Paradise
Jeep riding!
Jeep riding!
Wadi Knai
Wadi Knai
The Bedouin sitting area at the ho…
The Bedouin sitting area at the h…
Wadi Knai
Wadi Knai
Wadi Knai
Wadi Knai
Wadi Knai
Wadi Knai
Tombstone Wall
Tombstone Wall
Have a fun dive!
Have a fun dive!
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