Egypt has much more to offer than pyramids and faraos! Dahab is filled with gorgeous snorkelling spots, delicious food and desert views?. Discover the Top 10 Things To Do Dahab, Egypt has to offer right now.
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Snorkelling In The Eel Garden
The eel garden is a very unique snorkelling spot in the Dahab. Straight from the beach you walk into to the ocean and find yourself surrounded by corals. But what’s most special about this snorkelling spot are the eels. From the beach you can snorkel through a narrow channel towards the edge of the reef. In the sandy bottom of the ocean you will see hundreds of eels sticking out of the ground. These eels almost look like trees moving in the wind, which is pretty cool! Hence the name eel garden.
The eels themselves reach approximately 1 m above the sand and are about 5 cm thick. When you swim towards them, the eels will instinctively shoot back into the sand and slowly peep out when they feel it’s safe.
The eel garden is very close to the city centre of the Dahab and can be reached from multiple restaurants along the water. You will see plenty of signs in front of the restaurants to guide you.
Go On A Camel Safari In The Desert Of Dahab, Egypt
If you go to Egypt there is one thing that is an absolute must: going on a camel ride or do a walk with camels. It is super fun to see these beautiful animals up close and it’s a lot wobblier than horseback riding haha.
There are a few routes you could ride with the camels, so best ask you hotel to arrange something. You could also combine a camel ride with a desert safari or a bedouin dinner.
Fun fact ➳ Did you know that a lot of people who live in Egypt own camels and let them wonder about in the desert? And when they need them they will drive around the desert to find the camels and pick them up.
Drive A Quad In The Desert
Just as you can do a camel ride in the desert, you can do a quad ride. Drive over the sand dunes and enjoy the view during this ride. Drive to the oasis just outside of Dahab or cross along the beach. It’s all possible.
Have A Bedouin Dinner In The Desert
Dive into the Egyptian culture by experiencing a bedouin dinner in the desert. The bedouin people are the nomads or desert dwellers in Egypt. When doing a bedouin dinner you will drive into the desert and eat as the nomads did when people were living out in the desert.
Gaze at the stars while enjoying foods like rice with chicken, a great salad with tajine dip, bread, fruits and much more. Everything is prepared for you one a fire in the middle of nowhere.
Pro Tip ➳ It cools off very quickly in the desert and the temperatures can even drop under the 0 degrees from the moment when the sun is down. So bring a long pants, socks and a thick jacket.
Snorkel In The Blue Hole In Dahab, Egypt
The Blue Hole is one of the biggest bucket list dive sites in the world. Many scuba divers and snorkelers dream about exploring the Blue Hole for themselves. The blue hole is literally a hole in the ocean floor. The thing that makes this blue hole interesting is the edge of the hole that is covered with many species of corals that are in great shape. And swarming around the corals are thousands upon thousands of fish ??.
Read ➳ Everything You Need To Know About A Day-Trip To The Blue Hole
Eat Hawawshi At Hotel Daniela
Hawawshi is a traditional Egyptian dish. Pita bread is filled with a mix of meat, spices and veggies like paprika and unions and it’s delicious. Hawawshi is definitely one of the Egyptian dishes worth trying.
In Dahab the best place to have Hawawshi is at hotel Daniela. Sit outside at the pool, enjoy the ocean view, cuddle Bella the dog and let your tastebuds have a party.
Do A Desert And Canyon Safari
The landscape of Egypt consists for a huge part of deserts. From the plane you can already spot these vast sand lands. A great thing to do from Dahab, Egypt is to explore the desert during a fun day-trip safari.
During this day-trip we drove to one of the nomadic villages in the desert where we met our guide. He showed us the varieties of plants, told us all about the land, and took us to a spectacular canyon in the desert (In my opinion maybe more beautiful than the famous antelope canyon in the US).
After the canyon our guides made a traditional lunch with bread baked in the sand. Everyone relaxed for a bit and after, our guide took us for a hike up one of the mountains. Which gave beautiful view overlooking the desert. We walked up another hill from where we could watch the sunset and whilst we were watching the sunset the other guides were preparing another delicious meal for us consisting of rice, chicken and some great salad.
It was very special because only a handful of people per year actually came there.
Watch The Sunset From The Dahab Harbor
The harbour In Dahab is a very pleasant place to relax and enjoy some great food. But besides the food, the view is amazing. Especially during sunset set the the colourful sky reflects in the shimmering water.
Try the ice cream at Shells. It literally is the best I have ever tasted, served with amazing fresh fruit and very funny and friendly people in the restaurant.
Pro Tip ➳ If you’re going to watch the sunset here, try and pick a restaurant in the northern part of the harbour. Here you can see the sun go down beautifully and enjoy the sun the longest.
Eat Local Fish At Darwish Fishmarket (It Looks Like Shit But The Food Is Amazing)
Dahab is also a great destination to eat fresh fish. In my opinion the best way to do that is to go where the locals go. Darwish fishmarket is a little restaurant just outside the centre of Dahab.
At first you wouldn’t expect that this is a real restaurant, but don’t let your first opinion take the better of you. Ask the people in the restaurant about the fish and they’ll show you all the fresh fish they have that day. Pick and choose what you want and they will prepare it for you then and there. They ride out a big bbq and prepare a full meal for you, with rice, salads, bread, tajine and the fish. Yummy!
Get Your PADI Dive Certification In Dahab, Egypt
Dahab is a well-known scuba diving destination in Egypt. The corals are magnificent and there is a wide array of fish species, like the lionfish and many more. Therefore, Dahab is a great place to improve your driving skills and get your PDAI certificate.
You can literally take a diving lessons in the centre of Dahab, as the little harbour is a great beginners dive site. Ask around which dive school the locals recommend and sign yourself up for your PADI dive course.
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