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How to Spend 1 Day in Dahab

How to Spend 1 Day in Dahab

A laid-back fishing village with a thriving scuba scene, Dahab is one of the Sinai’s gems. The key attractions here fall within two areas: the Sinai Desert, which backs the town, and the Red Sea, which fronts it. One day in Dahab is enough time to sample the joys of both. Here’s how.

Morning: Counting Coral

Spend the morning in the Red Sea, known for its crystal waters and excellent visibility. Take a ride in a glass-bottom boat or a submersible. Or, get up close to the wealth of coral and marine life on a snorkeling or scuba diving tour. (Beginners can try out the sport on a discovery dive.) Signature locations include the Blue Hole, a submarine sinkhole that’s 328 feet (100 meters) deep; the Canyon, a sculptural underwater gorge; and Three Pools, a shallow site that’s perfect for snorkeling. Expect to see clown fish, lionfish, parrotfish, and more.

Afternoon: Sandy Safari

In the afternoon, explore the Sinai Desert. Make like a Bedouin aboard a camel, ride a horse to an oasis, or kick up the dust on an all-terrain vehicle adventure. Or, join a veteran Bedouin driver for a 4WD safari farther afield. Don’t expect many dunes near Dahab. The magic here is in the “wadi,” rugged slot canyons carved out of the rock over long stretches of geological time. Colored Canyon—with walls molded into painterly swirls of red, gold, blue, and purple—is a classic choice. Visit shortly before sunset, when the colors take on a warm glow.

Night: Bedouin Bliss

Get to know the long-term inhabitants of this ancient wilderness: the Bedouin. Join a tour that takes you to a traditional encampment in the desert. Climb a hill to watch the sunset, or sip sugary Bedouin tea while sitting on carpets around a fire. (You might choose to try a shisha water pipe, filled with fruit tobacco.) Then feast on Bedouin barbecue and flatbreads. Appreciate the absence of light pollution, as a million stars appear before your eyes and, if you’re lucky, a full moon rises over the desert.

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Day Trip to The Canyon and Blue Hole from Dahab

Day Trip to The Canyon and Blue Hole from Dahab

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Take a day trip from Dahab to two popular snorkeling spots outside the city, the Canyon and the Blue Hole. Take a short Jeep ride to the Canyon, a sandy lagoon that is the result of a crack in a huge coral garden. Popular with scuba divers, the Canyon is actually an extensive underground cave system that only extended range divers can fully explore. Next, head to the Blue Hole, a 328-feet (100 meters) deep sinkhole teeming with marine life. Have lunch in the surrounding restaurants, hike into the mountains, or just relax and take in the views.
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  • 1 day
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Quad Biking in Dahab

Quad Biking in Dahab

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Feel the adrenaline pump as you embark on a classic Dahab adventure, roaring through the Sinai desert on an ATV. With at least two guides and a sturdy helmet to ensure safety, embark on your choice of three routes. For pure desert, race through Wadi Connection and Wadi Towaylat; alternatively, explore the Wadi Qunai valley and Blue Lagoon beach; or ride to the notorious Blue Hole for a snorkeling adventure.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$35.00
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Blue Hole and 3 Pools Snorkel with Lunch from Dahab

Blue Hole and 3 Pools Snorkel with Lunch from Dahab

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Dahab is one of Egypt’s top snorkeling destinations. Discover two signature sites without haggling with drivers or rental guys on this convenient door-to-door trip. Spend the morning at the Blue Hole, the 328-foot (100-meter) sink hole that’s known for its sheer coral walls. Then transfer to Three Pools, a shallow site with coral towers that tropical fish just love. Enjoy lunch and another snorkeling session here before you return.
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  • 7 hours
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Half or Full Day Boat Trip in Dahab

Half or Full Day Boat Trip in Dahab

To really experience the Red Sea’s underwater wonders, take a boat rather than snorkeling from shore. On this discovery cruise, snorkel the brilliant corals of three classic Dahab sites—Napoleon Reef, Three Pools, and Moray Garden—and look for rays, moray eels, and more. Choose between morning, afternoon, and full-day cruises: all include bottled water, a buffet lunch, and door-to-door round-trip transfers from your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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Horse Riding in Dahab

Horse Riding in Dahab

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Feel the breeze in your hair as you explore the Sinai on horseback. Spend between one and three hours trotting across the sands with a guide to any of three destinations. Choose between the turquoise waters and golden sands of Blue Laguna, the desert canyons around Wadi el Bida, or a snorkeling trip to the Blue Hole. Your tour includes round-trip door-to-door transfers to and from the stables.
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  • 3 hours
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Glass Bottom Boat in dahab

Glass Bottom Boat in dahab

Admire the underwater world of Dahab without getting wet on this glass-bottom boat tour. See multi-colored corals and sea creatures from clown fish to lion fish and rays. Visit Napoleon Reef and Lagoon Reef, and, if you wish, make use of the onboard snorkel equipment to get a closer look.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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1-Hour Camel Safari to Blue Lagoon Beach from Dahab

1-Hour Camel Safari to Blue Lagoon Beach from Dahab

Experience traditional Bedouin lifestyles—by camelback—during this exciting excursion deep into the Sinai desert. Learn the importance of camels in Bedouin history as you discover hidden hotspots along the coast. Cross sandy dunes and get stunning, bird’s eye views of Dahab and the Gulf of Aqaba. Choose between exploring the palm-fringed oasis of Wadi el Bida or the famous Blue Lagoon for an unforgettable sunset.
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  • 1 hour
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Aqua Park from Sharm el Sheikh

Aqua Park from Sharm el Sheikh

Spend a fun-filled day with the whole family at Aqua Park Sharm. Skip the expense of a taxi and take complimentary transportation from your hotel to the park. Upon arrival, receive complimentary lunch and drink vouchers to use as you please. Enjoy unlimited access to 32 waterslides, a wave pool, and more.  When you’re ready to head back, relax in a free hotel drop-off.
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  • 7 hours
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$76.93
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Submarine Tour in Dahab

Submarine Tour in Dahab

Whether you’re a non-swimmer, claustrophobic, or hate getting your face wet, experience the underwater world without touching a drop of water on this spectacular submarine adventure. Descending 10–16 feet (3–5 meters) below the surface of the Red Sea, admire colorful corals and sparkling fish as you explore the natural aquariums known as Seven Pinnacles and Napoleon Reef.
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Safari Trip from dahab to Colored Canyon in Nuweiba

Safari Trip from dahab to Colored Canyon in Nuweiba

Discovered the colored canyon and local culture of the Sinai Peninsula on an adventure from Dahab. Traverse the desert in a 4x4 vehicle to reach Nuweiba, where you can see the port, a number of Bedouin tribes, and the mountain of Saudi Arabia on the other side of the Aqaba Gulf. Then, head to the Colored Canyon and snap photos of the naturally-colored rocks before heading back to Dahab.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$145.00
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St Catherine Monastery Small Group Tour from Dahab

St Catherine Monastery Small Group Tour from Dahab

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The Red Sea is a great vacation spot, and Mt. Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery are only a short drive away. Come and visit the oldest active Christian monastery where Moses received the Ten Commandments.
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  • 7 hours
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$400.00
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