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esfahani Dahab - A travel report by Ralph
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Egypt - Sinai - Dahab

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Probably the best place to stay in Sinai: less touristic than Sharm-El-Sheikh, but not too quite - guests are mostly independent travellers.

Surfers Paradise
Surfers Paradise
Usually you do not need a visa for Sinai. If you plan to travel around the country get the stamp at the airport into your passport for USD 15. If your are staying only in Sinai without Ras Mohamad National Park you get into the queue not buying the stamp! We stayed in Pinguin Village in Dahab for about EUR 10 per night sea view room with fan only, even in august it was okay. Before you check in, have a look into Bishbishi Camp opposite the road. Its a pleasant palm tree garden with different room standards. (belongs to Penguin) I found the place recommended from Lonely Planet, and we did not make bad experiences as a member in Globo was writing about. Anyway there are plenty Hotels around to change. By the way: Jimmy the manager arranged our pick up from the airport by taxi for EUR 20 wich is okay, and just perfect after I have seen Sharm el Sheikh.

Favourite spots:
to the dive sites
to the dive sites
Coloured Canon: near Nuweiba - we rented a Toyota car at the Hilton Hotel in Dahab for about EUR 40 per day, the better way is to join a tour in a 4-wheel - we stuck in the sand 5 km before the canon in the midday heat. The place is about 15 km away from the main road and quite difficult on a normal car!!! St Catherine Monastry, Moses Mountain: (probably the most touristic highlight there) - its definitely worth to rent a car to go by your own (km get extra charged the car was in total around EUR 100, gasoline is dirt cheap) the road to the monastery is superb. Don’t forget passport and driving licence. Take a whole day time to do some walks in the amazing dessert on the way or dry to get to the villiges nearby. We have always taken the people hitchhiking on their way home, so it gets more easy to fing the places. We arrive at 4 pm on the monastery without any other foreigners around (very surprising), asking friendly is opening doors... we could enter after the visiting hours.

What's really great:
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On our way back the sunset between the colourful rocks was breathtaking! So I recommend to take your time their instead climbing Moses Mountain with thousands of tourists. By the way: there are Bedouins on top serving tea and snacks as well as simple mattresses to spend the night (the walk up takes about two hours) What else? Snorkelling: if you still not have a dive certificate, go snorkelling best to take own equipment from home and plastic shoes to walk in the water is also recommendable. Diving: all places are shore dives, my 1st time experience, and I did not liked it!
Everywhere its crowded, the top places as CANON or BLUE WHOLE are packed with up to twenty jeeps each, at least 4 divers or snorklers even tourist busses are there.
I wish you will make your own - better experience, if you are going there.

Dahab travelogue picture
Plenty along the beach and the central road of dahab in different categories. Actually its a good idea to stay in a guesthouse along the mainroad, because they may quiter than along the beach walk, they are cheaper - and another reason: most of your day you are out anyway! - The "Penguin" for example is devided in "Village" (along the beach), and "Bisbishi" across the road, which is actually not more than a 100 meter away, but definitely a pleasant stay.
The prices on their website are negotiable (of course)!

Other recommendations:
DIVING: In SharmElSheikh I were asking around for the best offers to the Thistlegorm ship wrack:

100 USD for a trip (one day/ two dives), egyptian visa is required - plus USD 15, plus NP fee USD 5 plus equipment USD 25 ... AND they told I need to go at least for one extra dive with them, to prove my experience which is charged extra of course:

USD 20 for the dive and another USD 25 for equipment again...

Are the crazy ???

Most of cafes, bars and restaurants along the beach signing the pricelists out in EUR or USD mostly 100% more expensive than Dahab...

Published on Tuesday October 19th, 2004

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Wed, Feb 21 2007 - 05:30 PM rating by travler

I have been here and you are quite right about it being the best place in the area.

Fri, Feb 02 2007 - 06:07 PM rating by mrscanada

I agree with you but I was here when Nuweiba was part of Israel

Fri, May 19 2006 - 05:30 AM rating by marianne

Good information for divers. I like your photos of underwater creature. What are their names? I was a bit baffled by SES in the introduction, but when reading on I relised it meant Sharm el Sheikh.

Tue, Feb 21 2006 - 11:44 AM rating by morc66

Hi! Nice to see you actually did something else than diving here. Diving is popular around here. I really disagree on your Thistlegorm piece. You have not been there, I guess!

Thistlegorm is not an easy dive accidents DO happen there. I think you are wrong in assuming they are crazy. They want to be sure you are up to it. (off course they want to earn extra money as well)

Tue, Sep 27 2005 - 08:59 PM rating by eirekay

Ralph, I enjoyed your report! Great dive photos!

Tue, Sep 27 2005 - 12:48 PM rating by isaacmolina

Good report and useful info. Better than a turist guide. Thanks you and congratulations.

Mon, Apr 25 2005 - 04:02 PM rating by carolr

Hello Ralph,I enjoyed your report very much. I agree with takingthe trips to coloured canyon, some of the bedouin drivers are very exciting to drive with and of course know their country!
Thinking of taking daughter and grandchildren to dahab - any children friendly ideas?
All the best

Mon, Jan 31 2005 - 09:15 PM rating by gloriajames

cool interesting report! btw.. cant wait to get there soon, !! will be in egypt from 5 to 17 feb but my tour only takes me to sharm el sheikh and not the place u mentioned.

Thu, Oct 28 2004 - 02:36 AM rating by picasso

Ralph,thank you for such a great report,it was very interesting to read with a lot of information as well-*****


Fri, Oct 22 2004 - 06:03 PM rating by jelloo

What a great report, very informative, enjoyed reading it! Thanks !!

Wed, Oct 20 2004 - 12:47 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

hii ralph,egypt is very interesting place ,and you have taken a effort to write this report but i beleive you can improve it further.

Tue, Oct 19 2004 - 06:30 PM rating by fieryfox

Interesting insight and perspective to a trip in Egypt. I hope you will consider to add some photos to the report. It will definately boost the ratings and make it more presentable. Thanks for sharing the experience with the community.

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