Dahab is one of the most beautiful tourist friendly places in Egypt. Its rich culture, pristine beaches, and exciting desert safaris will surely make you consider staying longer. This city was actually once a Bedouin fishing village which has transformed into a tourist city over the years. Dahab is located on the southeastern coast of the infamous Sinai Peninsula. It’s located about 80 km Northeast of another well-known tourist destination in Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh. Lately, it’s been attracting a lot of digital nomads because of the low cost of living and laid back atmosphere. Dahab is best known as a must see destination for any amateur or professional diver who wants to have the experience of a lifetime. So what are the top three things to do in Dahab?

Islands

 The Islands dive site in Dahab is a must see site if you ever plan to visit. Even if you don’t like diving, just visiting the St Catherine’s Monastery is more than worth the trip. The dive site itself seems like something out of a fairy tail. It consists of a coral maze which is easily accessible from the shore. Because of its depth, roughly five to ten meters, it is considered a novice site that anyone can come and enjoy. It consists of three large peaks which have merged together over time. This has formed a maze of beautiful lagoons and valleys that are full of exotic coral and hundreds of different reef fish species. This is one of the few dive sites in the world which will always have something exciting to offer. Years ago, there was an earthquake that destroyed sections of the reef and created various holes and crevices that have added new habitat for the coral to expand and grow.

Safari

If you like adventure then you will love this suggestion. Safari’s in Dahab are unique because of the different things you can do. You can ride 4 x 4 Wheeler, camels, motorcycles, go dune surfing, snorkeling or even camping. These safaris are great for anyone who is traveling alone, with friends or even families. One of the most amazing and relaxing things you can do in Dahab is probably the camping excursions.

You will be taken just deep enough into the Egyptian desert where you will be able to see the milky way without even using a telescope. Apart from camping out in the desert, you can find excursions that will include any of the activities that I mentioned above along with the trip. So if you enjoy camping and extreme sports this option would probably be best for you.

The Blue Hole

 The Blue Hole is widely regarded as the number one tourist attraction in Dahab. Thousands of people from all over the world visit Dahab just to see this jaw dropping sinkhole. Some people have estimated that the Blue Hole is over 130 m Deep. These depths are only for experienced divers though so if you are not trained its best to stick close to the surface. Luckily, there is plenty to see close to the surface, you don’t even need heavy equipment to see some amazing creatures that live in this sinkhole.

The variety of fish will leave you breathless as you admire their vibrant colors. You can find species such as Clownfish, Wrasse, Sea anemones, Grouper and Angel fish to name a few. This is a perfect spot for snorkeling because of the calm water which is as clear as glass and boasts a temperate climate. Because of its world renowned status, the area surrounding the Blue Hole is full of great restaurants, modern supermarkets, and accommodations that can fit into any budget. If you want to explore a city of coral unlike any other you have ever seen then The Blue Hole just might be your dream destination. The affordable accommodation also makes it one of the cheapest trip options you can find in Egypt or any other country that has pristine waters like these.

Bonus: Traditional Bedouin Hostel

 If you don’t want to stay in one particular place while you are in Dahab and you want to experiment with different options then you should try this. Staying at a traditional Bedouin hostel is a unique cultural experience that you do not want to miss out on if you are ever in the area. The Bedouin people have their own customs when it comes to daily life. The Bedouins who live in Dahab are known for their hospitality and good nature. They are very kind people who are more than willing to take you out to the desert for a traditional meal. You might also have the chance to experience firsthand their unique cultural practices like poetry, music, dancing, desert camping and even camel riding.

It’s always nice to break away from day to day life to experience a different culture and learn from it. A late night dinner in the desert is one of the most romantic things a couple could ever experience because of the beauty all around you. The Bedouins don’t usually carry lights with them, they use candles so you can always see the stars as clearly as possible. You are also allowed to bring your own liquor so you are more than welcome to bring a bottle of wine to set the mood.

The tourism in Dahab and Egypt as a whole has been steadily declining because of false news and rumors that have made this country seem more unstable and dangerous than it actually is. The tourists that are still coming are enjoying some of the cheapest prices and exceptional service that they have ever seen. Even Egyptians enjoy coming to this place for vacations because of these advantages. Don’t miss out on the chance to visit this beautiful city, plan your trip ahead of time and be ready to have one of the most memorable travel experiences you will have in your life.

 

 One of the most common questions we have been getting about Egypt over the last few years has been, Is Egypt Safe? After the Egyptian crisis (2011-2014), many people from all over the world have been hesitant to come and visit this beautiful country. In terms of specific areas, the only real high-risk area is on the North tip of the Sinai peninsula. This area has had a few untimely militant attacks a few years ago and should be avoided if you are traveling in Egypt. Other than that, the rest of Egypt is considered completely safe and you should take advantage of the current price of the dollar in the country. You could potentially have one of the best trips you have ever had in your life. Most people seem to think this country is full of Islamic extremists who are looking to harm every tourist they see. This couldn’t be any further from the truth and I want to share my personal experience here in Egypt with you so you can get a sense of what life here is really like.

My name is Michael, and I am an English teacher/writer from Colombia. I arrived in Egypt in November 2016 with the intent to only stay for about three months. Fast forward 8 months later and I couldn’t be any happier here. I am currently living in Alexandria and I have no clue when I will return to my home country. The biggest surprise for me here has been how welcoming and friendly the locals have been throughout my stay. I have been living with a very good Egyptian friend of mine who has been showing me the ropes since I got here. He has helped me understand how much of an impact religion and culture has on society In Egypt and this is something that I have seen for myself. As a Catholic, I thought I might be treated a bit differently because I am not Muslim. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. During these last eight months, I have been treated just like any other Egyptian, If not better. I have been invited to so many family meals and outings that I lost count after my first few months here.

 It feels like all the Egyptians I meet are more than happy to show me how they live and what their culture is about. I have had the opportunity to do quite a bit of traveling too. As of right now, I have been to Cairo, Alexandria (I currently live here), Dahab, Sharm El Sheikh and a few other small towns near Alexandria. In about two weeks, I will take a trip to Hurghada and Aswan, so I will be sure to fill you guys in on how that trip goes as well. After visiting these places, I came to the realization that I honestly felt safer here than I did back home. In Egypt, I have never felt like I was going to be robbed or assaulted, whereas in Colombia you have to be very aware of your surroundings at all times. Don’t get me wrong, I love my country, but I thought it was very interesting that I felt this way after hearing and reading all the false rumors that have been going around about this country.

 I expected to have some kind of dangerous experience here but everything has been great so far. As I approach the one-year mark, there is only one thing I have found a bit dangerous here, and that has been crossing the streets. It’s actually kind of funny if you think about it. Here I am thinking about all the negative things I have heard about this country being dangerous and the only real danger are the cars and motorcycles that always seem to be in a hurry. I can’t imagine my grandmother trying to cross one of these streets, it would probably take her a couple of hours if she’s lucky. Nevertheless, if you are someone who is confident and a quick learner you should have no trouble with this either. Actually, I didn’t have much trouble adjusting to the traffic here because there are a lot of streets in Colombia that are pretty much the same.

 There are other experiences that I have had in Egypt that have shown me how goodhearted the people here are as a whole. Just like any other country on the planet, if you walk around enough you will eventually see people arguing on the street. In most of the other countries I have been to, whenever you see people arguing a fight usually ensues soon after, not here though. Whenever you see people arguing in Egypt you shouldn’t expect it to last very long. This is due to the fact that whenever there is some kind of conflict people rush over to help and try to calm the people involved down. I think this may be the main reason why I feel so safe in Egypt. I feel like if anything were to happen all I would have to do is start screaming or calling for help and instantly a mob of people would run over to see what they can do to help.

 Don’t let the rumors about Egypt stop you from coming to visit this unique country. There is so much to see here I would hate it if you missed out on the opportunity. The history here is amazing, the people are wonderful and the Eco-Tourism is starting to become more and more popular. This first post is only the beginning of what is to come for all of you who are interested in coming here. In the next few weeks, I will be talking about the best places to visit in the cities I have been to. I will also include pictures I have taken myself so you can see the beauty Egypt has to offer firsthand. So stay tuned for our next blog post, and remember, Egypt is safe!