Dahab Travel Blog› entry 7 of 13 › view all entries
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.
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.
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.
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