Things to Do in Dahab

Need some ideas for a dream trip to Egypt? Check out our list of things to do in Dahab if you are thinking about visiting this often overlooked gem of a place. If you want to spend time on Egypt’s Red Sea coast but you don’t want to be surrounded by crowds of tourists, then head for Dahab. Although it has been attracting an ever-increasing number of tourists during the past decade or so, it is nowhere near as touristy as other resort towns like Sharm El Sheikh.

Unlike Sharm which has grown into an ultra-touristy resort town, Dahab still has a delightful “small-town” feeling to it. The words “slow” and “laid back” sum it up perfectly. And, as an added bonus, it is probably the cheapest and most affordable resort town in Egypt. Okay, let’s take a look at some of the things to do in Dahab that can make your trip to Egypt even better:

Things to do in Dahab

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Things to Do in Dahab

Located on the Gulf of Aqaba in Egypt, Dahab is a place that tourists come to in order to relax and unwind. Many also come here to enjoy world-class SCUBA diving and snorkeling, and also windsurfing. The town is located near the southern tip of Sinai.

These days, Dahab offers plenty of accommodation choices, and at really good prices. This is one of the reasons why it has also become a popular destination for backpackers.

The relaxing town of Dahab always offers people something wonderful to do while also enjoying a relaxing vacation. In fact, many people prefer to simply relax beachside or in one of the cafes and let the world pass them by.

The Lagoona

The Lagoona is a stretch of sandy beach near the town that offers great swimming, kite surfing, and other water sports. Kayaking is also a very popular way in which you can explore the area. Whatever water activity you desire, you are likely to find it in this area.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving is a very popular sport in the area and one of the main reasons why some people choose to visit Dahab. Some of the best dive sites include the Lighthouse, Moray Garden, Three Pools, the Bells, Coral Garden, and the Blue Hole. Some of the hotels in the area even offer their own dive centers, while most of the others can book your diving excursions for you.

The Blue Hole dive site is known as being a very dangerous dive site that should only be attempted by experienced divers who have had the proper training and an adequate amount of experience. The Blue Hole has claimed the lives of more divers than any other dive site in the world. It’s not the hole itself or even the depth that is dangerous, but rather its deep underwater arches and tunnels.

If you want to go diving in the Blue Hole, then make certain that you are accompanied by a professional and fully certified dive guide who is familiar with this site. If you have asked us to include SCUBA diving at Dahab with one of our Egypt tour packages, then you will have nothing to worry about. We only work with the very best dive centers in the area, so you will have a highly experienced dive guide with you in the water during any and all dives.


While Dahab is famous for its SCUBA diving opportunities, some would are that it is perhaps even more famous for its windsurfing opportunities. The great news for windsurfing enthusiasts is the fact that conditions are almost always perfect for windsurfing. If you enjoy windsurfing, you now have another great reason to visit Dahab.

Sinai Tours

Looking for things to do in Dahab that don’t involve going in the water? If so, you will be pleased to know that there are several different day tours which one can enjoy, such as a day tour to the Lost City of Petra in Jordan. You can also book day tours to places like Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai, the Colored Canyon and more.


For those who have experience climbing, Sinai offers quite a few challenging climbs. St. Catherine and Wadi Gnai are both very popular climbing sites, with each offering something special for the climber.

Desert Excursions

Desert excursions are also very popular. Heading out into the desert on a camel, on a quad bike, or in an air-condition 4×4 vehicle are all fun things to do in Dahab. You can even meet up wit some of the local Bedouin people and go camping in the desert under a star-filled sky. With Yoga being a popular activity in the area, you might even want to try yoga in the desert or up on Mount Sinai.

Of course, you will want to explore the city of Dahab as well to find even more things to do and great bargains at the markets. Everyone who comes to the city is sure to have a good time. If your reason for visiting Egypt is to see the Giza Pyramids and to go cruising down the Nile, why not visit Dahab as well before you fly back home?

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Last Updated on March 27, 2024