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Diving Holidays to Dahab, Red Sea

About 90km north of Sharm el Sheikh lies the town of Dahab. Dahab means 'gold' in Arabic. In Sinai, however, it actually means golden sands, turquoise sea and off-beat cafe life. The town itself mainly consists of two villages; the Bedouin village of Assalah in the southern half, with the business and administrative center of Dahab to the north.

Dahab is one of the few remaining towns on the Red Sea that has not yet been ruined by vast hotels and mass tourism. Tarmac roads are a relatively new addition, goats owned by the bedouins still roam the streets and it is NOT an expensive tourist destination. It is, however, the focus of future tourism development which will mean that in years to come it is likely to be turned into Sharm el Sheikh as it is today. In the meantime, Dahab should be experienced for what it currently has to offer; Egyptian and bedouin culture, exquisite diving and its beautiful setting with swaying palms, fine sand and wonderful snorkeling and diving opportunities.

Diving in Dahab

The diving should not be missed as the corals are beautiful and one can also dive crevaces, caves, canyons and a blue hole. About 95% of the dive sites are accessible by jeep (and/or camel) which gives you more flexibility as to when and where you want to dive each day. Dahab has excellent hotel accommodations, but also affords less expensive housing in the village, or camping. Diving World offers accommodation in the 5* Hilton Resort and in the 3* Yasmina hotel which really is great value for money.

Entertainment in Dahab

Eating out in Dahab is cheap as chips. Unless you stay in one of the mainstream hotels where HB is available, we strongly recommend that you visit some of the local restaurants along the waters edge where the atmosphere is chilled out and a range of food is offered. Away from the beach front in town one can also find many back streets where locals eat - these are well worth a visit!! After dinner there are a couple of places which offer live music or some truelly classic dance tunes until the early hours. Totas is a MUST for at least one night where you can glug beer watching the sunset over the Red Sea and then dance to your hearts content until about 3am. Other hot spots include The Blue Beach Hotel, the reknowned Fury Cup bar and Sharks alongside the waters-edge. Don't worry about finding these places as your guide at Poseidon Divers will make you feel most welcome and show you around town.

Activities in Dahab

Additional activities can be arranged in advance so as to avoid disappointment should they be fully booked. All the activities are provided through The Blue Beach Resort who are fantastically well organised. The quad biking into the desert is awesome, the horse and camel treks into the desert are unique and one can also partake in arabic classes, yoga classes, windsufing, waterskiing, climbing, dinner in the desert and excursions to Mount Sinai and St Catherine's Monastery.


Whether a diver or a non-diver, Dahab has something for everyone. The town is generally crammed with divers and windsurfers so people generally have something in common where ever they go. For families, the destination is ideal, particularly if only one member of the family dives. With shore based diving only half of the day could be taken up diving which would mean that the rest of the day could be used for sunbathing, other activities, shopping or just spending it with the family.

If you would like any further information about Dahab, please call us on 020 7407 0019 or e-mail here.

 
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Accommodation in Dahab, Red Sea

Yasmina Hotel 
Hotel Yasmina is in the heart of town with the hustle and bustle all around. It offers air conditioned rooms and a swimming pool to relax in at the end of the day. The rooms are clean and tidy with fridge, tv, phone, and it offers an option between the Bedouin camps and the Hilton style hotels. Specify if you want a twin or a double.

Hilton Hotel
One of the first 5* hotels in Dahab with a natural bay ideal for sunbathing and accessing the water for a swim. Situated a short drive outside Dahab town centre (about 10LE / £1GBP) taxi ride, this magnificent hotel offers superb services which one expects of a Hilton hotel. There are spectacular views over the beautiful azure of the Red Sea and the tranquil waters of Dahab's natural lagoons, which provide the opportunity to enjoy a wealth of water-based activities. Experience the wonders of the sea with the water-sports team, who organise activities such as snorkelling trips to the excitement of windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing and banana boats.

All rooms are designed with comfort in mind. Facilities include adjustable air-conditioning, a direct dial telephone, electric smoke detector, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, minibar, satellite TV channels, bathroom telephone and voicemail. All feature stunning balcony views of the Sinai Mountains and the surrounding lagoons and all are fitted weith hammocks.

The hotel boasts a range of restaurants to choose from. If you are staying on half board basis, breakfast and dinner are provided in the Mirage restaurant on most nights (special events elsewhere) where there is plenty to eat in the form of a buffet. If you ever fancy a change, there is the Neptune Restaurant adjacent to the beach wehich serves fresh seafood daily and is really worth a visit. Prices are very reasonable and a three course meal and a bottle of Egyptian wine would cost about £15 - £18 per person. Slightly more expensive than eating out in Dahab, but the food is absolutely fantastic and served in a beautiful setting.

The other restaurants and bars in the resort include:

Coconut Bar
Situated above the Neptune 's restaurant, indoor and outdoor seating. An unparalleled view of the Red Sea and Sinai Mountains makes this the best location to watch the sunset while enjoying a drink. Daily happy hour!

Windjammer Bar
The main bar with indoor seating and open air courtyard, with a warm delightful atmosphere in nautical theme. Enjoy a drink while watching sports on big Screen TV or listening to music. Outside, the staff serve oriental specalities like Turkish Coffee, tea and Shisha (Waterpipe). Daily Happy Hour!

Portofino Restaurant
Italian specialty restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, impressing the typical Italian atmosphere with the spectacular view of Dahab Bay, while enjoying famous Italian dishes.

Mirage Restaurant
The main dining venue offers indoor and outdoor seating with charming views over the gardens and lagoons. Enjoy the famous Hilton Breakfast buffet and a themed dinner buffet every night.

Le Meridien Dahab Resort

LE MERIDIEN Dahab Resort, affiliated to the Starwood Hotel group, has opened in Dahab on one of the best spots along the Gulf of Aqaba. It is located 5 minutes south of Dahab's town centre, closer to the World famous Blue Hole. Diving is by boat from the hotel’s private jetty under the supervision of Poseidon Divers.

The resort comprises 182 rooms and suites overlooking the sea and literally sits at the base of Sinai's rugged mountains. It has a magnificent one kilometre long private sandy beach. The five-star deluxe resort is stunningly designed in and out by French architect and interior designer Alain Jaouen.

Luxurious spacious bedrooms are decorated in bright colours with flatscreen TVs, fridges and air-conditioning as standard. All room feature private terraces complete with an outdoor shower, too.

Le Meridien Dahab features 5 swimming pools (1 heated in winter) including an infinity pool overlooking the sea and a children’s pool plus a dive centre and windsurfing centre. The Resort also offers 2 tennis courts, billiards plus table tennis, as well as a state of the art spa and wellness centre including a gym, sauna, steam and massage treatments (pay locally).

Le Méridien Dahab Resort also offers a choice of superb restaurants in keeping with its elegant surroundings, with the highlight being Vie, the first Asian Fusion restaurant in the city of Dahab.

 
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Poseidon dive centre, Dahab, Egypt (Red Sea)

Poseidon Divers

Poseidon Divers, Dahab have been awarded the status of a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Instructor Centre (IDC) and a TDI Instructor Facility (the only one in Dahab, and one of only 4 in the whole of Egypt). They can ensure facilities to rival any other dive operator, and offer top class recreational and technical diving education from beginner to Instructor, as well as well trained professional guides for all you qualified divers.



With TDI and PADI instruction, Poseidon is the best place for novices and tec-heads to dive the Red Sea and relax. Offering a comprehensive full range of PADI courses from Open Water to Instructor and beyond and TDI courses taught by the very best, They have courses from 1 day introductions to over 6 weeks in duration for Career Development levels – Kick start your career in diving and learn your trade with Poseidon before going out and working in this exciting and sometimes exotic industry. For all you backpackers or soon-to-be backpackers, can you think of a better profession to work with while travelling around the world ..... Poseidon is by far the best place to learn to dive in Dahab.

For divers that prefer a more relaxed attitude to life. No rushing around, no getting kitted up in a rush – This is a holiday, so leave all your stresses at home. With land-based diving there are -no more long days on the boat either - with Poseidon, if you are not diving then you can walk around town, relax, or catch that elusive siesta.

For more information about Poseidon Divers and their IDC courses click here

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Activities in Dahab, Red Sea

Additional activities can be arranged in advance so as to avoid disappointment should they be fully booked. All the activities are provided through The Blue Beach Resort who are fantastically well organised.

BASIC ARABIC LESSON

This is a 45 minute fun Arabic lesson. You can learn the basic Arabic words and greetings. It will prepare you to haggle with the shop keepers in Dahab!
Price : £5GBP (minimum 4 people)

DINNER AND EGYPTIAN ENTERTAINMENT IN THE DESERT
The jeeps will depart at 7.30pm and travel to Wadi Toliat. You will enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the ‘Restaurant of a thousand stars’. Your meal will be a traditional Bedouin meal cooked over the fire. After the meal there will be Egyptian entertainment – either music or Egyptian dance.
Price : £9GBP( minimum 4 people)

MOUNT SINAI SUNRISE AND ST CATHERINE'S MONASTERY
You leave Dahab at 11pm and travel by mini bus to the base of Mt Sinai. There the 2.5 to 3.5 hour climb starts - depending on your pace and fitness. At the top of Mount Sinai you will experience an unforgettable sunrise. Once the sun is up you take a different route down the mountain and finish at St Catherine’s monestary. When the monestary opens you have time to look at the Church of St Catherine , the Chapel of the Burning Bush and the Well of Moses. As soon as you are ready to depart your driver will bring you back to Dahab – usually arriving at about 1 o’clock.
Price : £16GBP (minimum 4 people)

HORSE RIDING IN THE SINAI
Enjoy the beauty of the Sinai on horseback. Whether you are an experienced rider or new to this pastime you have a horse to suit all abilities, along with enthusiastic guides who speak English, Arabic and German. We pride ourselves on our stables where our Arabic horses are kept to European standards.

You can chose how long your ride for - a 1 hour ride will take you along the beach and into one of the local Wadi’s (dry river beds), any rides between 2 and 5 hours will take you further inland to see the picturesque mountains, for the longer rides you take a break for breakfast.
Price : £9GBP per hour

ST CATHERINE'S MONESTARY
You leave Dahab at 7am and travel by mini bus to St Catherine’s monestary, arriving just as the monestary opens. You have the whole morning to look at the Church of St Catherine , the Chapel of the Burning Bush and the Well of Moses. As soon as you are ready to depart your driver will bring you back to Dahab – usually arriving at about 1 o’clock .
Price : £12GBP minimum 4 people

WADI ARADA
A mini bus takes you an hour and a half from Dahab to Wadi Arada. This is the wadi of Fregg and his family who are your hosts for the two days. After meeting Fregg and the family and enjoying some lunch you head into the wadi to the canyon. Here you will climb the canyon and look at the rock formations and desert vegetation.

From here you head off to visit the famous ‘Rock of Inscriptions’. The rock of inscriptions is said to be the signature of every traveller and nomad to pass from the Sinai into Israel 1000’s of years ago.

Next, if you are all still fit we will explore Pigeon Canyon! We spend the evening under the stars in the desert, living as the Bedouin’s live. Fereeg will entertain you on his ‘guitar’ and we can chat into the evening before making our choice of sleeping in our Bedouin tent or outside watching the shooting stars.

Day two, you will wake naturally early and go to Nowamis where you will be shown some of the oldest graves still remaining in the Sinai from the Nabatien period. The graves were built by the same people who built Petra in Jordan.

From here you will have some fun running down the sand dune!

After this you will visit Hodra Oasis. We will drive off-road by pickup or jeep to the beginning of the oasis and walk down or, if you prefer at a small extra cost, you can use the traditional mode of transport – by camel!

You then make the journey back to Dahab arriving around 5pm.
Price: £43GBP PER PERSON

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OVERVIEW
 

A choice of 3* and 5* accommodation

Prices include flights, transfers, airport taxes, accommodation, B&B and diving

Diving is with Poseidon Divers (IDC/TECH). Mainly land-based diving with courses available, tech diving and special excursions

Value for money diving holidays to Dahab.

 

 

CLIMATE:
Rain is very uncommon. Temperatures range from about 19 degrees in winter months to 40+ degrees in summer months. Water temperatures range from 19 degrees in winter to 28 - 30 degrees in summer

FLIGHTS:

From October 22nd 2007, flights from London Gatwick to Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh will be scheduled with British Airways. Flights will be direct. Connecting flights to Gatwick from other UK destinations can be arranged. Business class seating will be available.




VISAS
A passport is required for entry into Egypt and Sudan.  It needs to be valid for 6 months beyond your travel dates.

A visa is required for entry into Egypt and can be acquired upon arrival in Egypt at a fee. Touris visas are valid for 1 month.


PRICES
A comprehensive list of our prices for hotels and diving is in our brochure. If you would like a brochure, please fill in a "brochure request" form. Alternatively, just make an enquiry and a member of our team will respond with the details. The info in the brochure is exactly the same as
 
 

The Blue Hole



The dark hole rests in the shallows of a bright blue reef shelf. The best corals are over the saddle at the furthest point which are normally accessed by entering further north down 'The Bells' - a 30m deep crevace (great experience). You pop out at 30m alongside a vertical wall reef which is incredible. Swimming along to the blue hole the view is incredible. Keep an eye out into the blue for whale sharks, skarks and manta rays. When in the Blue hole watch your depth as hundreds have died there from oxygen toxicity and diving too deep.

The Canyon



The Canyon is Dahab’s most talked about site, and easily one of Sinai’s most interesting dives. Enterin g and exiting through a lagoon you descend to about 20m.



The Canyon, which begins with a large rock head cloven by a fissure is about 5 minutes into the dive. WEehen you get to it, you descend down to the rock and follow the fissure until you find the wide entrance. Passing through the entrance, divers find themselves in the 'fish bowl' at about 30m. This dive is just awesome.

Eel Garden
Eels as far as the eye can see on the sandy bed. Best dived in the afternoon when it is calm. On the way back look out for stonefish and red sea walkman's



The Lighthouse
A popular dive site for those wishing to learn. It's likely that you'll dive this reef when you first arrive, but don't worry that's a good thing. The visibility is great, corals are diverse and beautiful and there is so much to see. Oh, and it's only a 3 minute jeep ride from Poseidon so that's good too.

Abu Helal
Beautiful coral formations that roll over gentle slopes and have formed unique amphitheatre-like shaped valleys which are abundant in sea life.

The Hutts
A difficult entry point but well worth the effort. This reef is perhaps the best preserved in the area with massive beautiful corals in the shallows. Possible to drift dive to Abu Helal. Not frequently visited so remains beautiful with little damage to the corals.

The Islands
After an earthquake in 1994, a unique labyrinth of corals now exists. Upturned corals but heaving with life; this is perhaps the most popular dive site amongst guides (as long as they don't get lost!). Barracuda, puffer fish, snappers, turtles and many other fishes adorn this reef. Make sure you ask your Poseidon guide to take you here!!

Mashraba Reef
A two minute walk from Poseidon Divers and you're at Mashraba reef. Napolean Wrasse, Scorpion fish, Lion fish and moray eels are very common. If you're lucky you'll see a manta ray but most likely some Eagle Rays cruise past in the bay along Mashraba.

Other great dive sites:

Um Sid
The Caves
Moray Gardens
The Three Pools

Gabr el bint (accessed by boat or by camel - day trip)

 
 
     
 
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