Contrary to popular belief, Egypt is a safe country. Especially Dahab is one of the friendliest and most welcoming places on earth. In fact, it is so amazing that I (a solo female traveler) decided to live here. I feel safer than in any bigger city in Europe. I created this list of 77 Things To Do in Dahab to convince people to come to this wonderful little beach town on the Red Sea that I call home now.
It is so diverse, there is no way you will ever feel bored. If you don’t fall in love with the sea, you will fall in love with the desert. Or the people. Or the animals. Or the food. Trust me. You WILL fall in love one way or the other 😉
Here’s 77 reasons you should book your flight to Egypt right now! Forget the travel warnings and YALLA – come to Dahab!
Activities in Dahab
- Put on a snorkeling mask and jump in the water at Lighthouse or Eel Garden – the reefs are amazing! No need to take a boat or swim far out.
- Go to the Friday Market and enjoy some homemade international food.
- Take a peek into the underwater world and book a Discover scuba diving trip.
- Hooked? Then do your PADI Open Water in Dahab. You won’t find it much cheaper or beautiful anywhere else in the world!
- Experienced diver? Go on a Night Dive with Sinai Divers and explore the fluorescent nightlife underwater.
- Pet the stray animals. Dahab wouldn’t be the same without its cats and dogs. They’re friendly and won’t hurt you. Quite the opposite actually, they love to cuddle!
- Bring a bottle of wine and watch the sunset at the Laguna.
- See the Blue Hole with your own eyes. You can’t miss this 94m deep submarine sinkhole.
- While you’re there, try Freediving. Dahab is one of the most popular places for Freediving (especially the Blue Hole), thanks to the lack of current and accessibility from the shore.
- Tired of the water? Go on a quad tour into the desert.
- If you don’t like to drive and would rather move your lazy ass – go hiking! No matter where you go, it’s always beautiful.
- Stargazing! You can see thousands of stars from anywhere in Dahab, but if you go into the mountains, away from the city lights, you will really be hypnotized by the beautiful star sky.
- Take a Yoga Class at Coral Coast Hotel.
- Go horseback riding into the desert or on the beach! You can even go into the water with some horses.
- Ride a camel. You can’t leave Egypt before you’ve done that. It’s not exactly comfortable, but fun!
- Swim out to the sea around sunset to see the mountains glowing all around you.
- Sip a fresh juice at Lighthouse and watch the fish and the kite & wind surfers jumping.
- Looks like fun? Take some lessons. Dahab is one of the best places in the world to learn kite and wind surfing.
- At night, share tea over a campfire and exchange stories.
- Go rock climbing in the nearby mountains of Dahab. You’ll be provided with all the equipment and assistance you need when you book a tour.
- Take a few Arabic lessons so you can talk to the friendly locals in their language.
- Haggle over a souvenir at one of the many shops between Lighthouse and Mashraba.
- If you want to see a surreal underwater garden, rent a bike and go to Ras Abu Helal for snorkeling!
- Go paddle boarding on a day with little wind. On some days you can even see a paddle boarding dog in Dahab 😉
- Watch the sun rising over the Red Sea.
- Enjoy the view on Dahab from above. Just climb any of the surrounding mountains.
- Try an Oriental Dance Class.
- Relax at Three Pools for an afternoon and snorkel the three connected underwater pools.
- Go to Wadi Gnai (by horse, camel or car) and admire the beauty of an oasis in the middle of the desert.
- If you’re lucky you can watch dolphins! They’re often seen around Dahab, and when they’re in the mood they’ll even swim with you. In summer, your chances at seeing them are especially high around Tiran Island in Sharm El-Sheikh.
- I bet you haven’t tried sand boarding yet. Now’s your chance!
- Talk to the locals. Everyone in Dahab is incredibly welcoming and nice. It’s worth getting to know them and their stories. Many of them struggle with problems we never thought about, yet they are always smiling.
- Go on a short camel safari to Wadi El-Toalat and a small narrow canyon for a panoramic view of Dahab.
- Need a time-out? Charge your energy levels by doing a Detox Retreat.
- Go to a concert and listen to some traditional Bedouin music.
- Give your body a rest from all the sports and get a relaxing massage.
- Take a free Salsa class on a Saturday night at Coral Coast Hotel
- Are you the Esoteric kind of person or just want to try something new? Get a Tarot Card Reading at El Dorado Pizzeria.
- Wave to Saudi Arabia! On most days you can see the Saudi Mountains on the other side of the sea.
- Join a Drum Circle in the desert and dance to the melodic beats.
- Need to get some work done? Visit the CoworkInn and set up your laptop with a view on the sea.
- Cuddle some baby goats. They’re incredibly soft and super funny!
- Get a private boat and spend the day on the water, fishing and tanning.
- Relax from a day full of activities with a Shisha by the Sea.
- Buy traditional medicine/tea for whatever health issue you have – Just ask a local Bedouin and they surely know what herb works best for your specific problem.
- Enjoy not caring about Make Up and chic clothes – put on some harem pants and embrace your dirty feet.
- Nothing! Yes, that’s right! One of the best things you can do in Dahab is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! It’s the perfect place to forget about work, home, stress and problems.
Food & Drinks in Dahab
- Have Bedouin dinner in the desert (you could combine this with a quad tour e.g.)
- Hungover and in need for the best breakfast ever? Ralph’s German Bakery has better bread rolls than my bakery at home in Germany. You also need to try the apple cake!
- Everyday Café will spoil you with delicious cakes while you sit on their swing enjoying the view on Dahab.
- A hot summer afternoon without Ice Cream from Ice Bubble? No chance!
- Have a delicious traditional Tajine in a clay pot at Same Same But Different Restaurant.
- Take a break from your diet and indulge in Dora’s delicious chocolate balls made of corn flour. Be warned though, it’s gonna be hard to stop!
- Look out for this food cart and take some Koshary to enjoy on the beach.
- Have Bedouin Tea every day and with everyone. No chance you’ll get around it.
- Have dinner at Ali Babas – The award restaurant not only impresses with delicious food but also the best service you’ve had in a long time.
- Try some spicy curry at Blue House Thai restaurant (Assalah Square).
- Get a falafel sandwich at Yum Yum Falafel in Mashraba.
- King Chicken is always busy – good sign for all chicken lovers!
- Try the taste of Molokhia, a traditional Egyptian stew or soup made from leaves of Nalta jute. Some people say it’s too slimy, but Egyptians love it!
- Missing some Italian flavor? El Dorado’s got you covered! Indulge in their famous pizza and feel like you’re in Rome – but next to the sea 😉
- You need to try Om Ali – a traditional Egyptian desert equivalent to North America’s bread pudding. You can serve it warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream. Or two. 😉
Daytrips from Dahab
- Spend a night in Ras Abu Galum, a protected natural area and Bedouin village. You can either walk (1.5hrs), take a camel or go by boat as it is not accessible by car from Dahab. The local families will take care of you and serve fresh fish (or veggies) for dinner after spending the day snorkeling and… well, that’s it. It’s the perfect place to wind down.
- A short drive from Ras Abu Galum is the Blue Lagoon, where you can watch kite surfers perform their spectacular jumps.
- Walk or take a camel through El Wishwashi Valley & Oasis, where you will see water running between the impressive rock formations.
- Visit Sharm El-Sheikh for a day to see the beautiful mosques and do some shopping.
- Go to Gabr El Bint by boat or foot. For a great camping experience, bring a tent and food and spend the night.
- The national park of Ras Mohammed close to Sharm El-Sheikh is one of the most beautiful diving and snorkeling spots in the world with more than 1000 different species of fish.
- Visit St. Catherine, the oldest working monastery in the world.
- If you’re up for a great hike, climb Mount Sinai, the second highest mountain in Sinai. Watch the sunrise or sunset on top of the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Go on a tour with Sinai Gate and don’t feel like you’re on a tour – Bob will make you part of the family!
- Spoil yourself at Castle Zaman in Nuweiba. This place is more expensive than all other places in Sinai, but well worth the money. You get access to the castle overlooking the sea for a full day. Sweat in the sauna and then enjoy a good drink by the pool while you wait for your amazing fresh served dinner.
- Walk around Nabq National Park to the mangrove forest and snorkel as long as you want.
- See the magnificent Colored Canyon, a canyon that is 1 km long with rocks varying from sandstone to limestone and granite in all the colors of the rainbow.
- Go on a trip to the White Canyon & Salama Canyon, see the famous Mushroom rock and have lunch at Ain Khudra Oasis & spring.
- Can’t get enough of the incredible rock formations? You’re in for treat! Another magical place for nature lovers is Rainbow Canyon. Not far is the Bir El Birea Oasis, where you can have lunch and relax.
- Go on a tour to Serabit El-Khadem in the south-west of Sinai. You can visit the Hasthor Temple and Gebl el Fuga, the forest of pillars. The ancient Egyptians used to mine turquoise here.
- Go on a jeep excursion to Hududa Sand Dunes, the biggest sand dunes in Sinai and a perfect place for sand boarders. The sand is super soft and in frequent change because of the wind. You’ll never have the same view!
11 More Tips For You From Dahab’s Community (thanks guys!)
78. Dive the Underwater Museum in Dahab. The i-Dive Tribe built a museum underwater, consisting of several artworks statues made by Egyptian hands and representing the culture. Scientists expect that most of the coral reefs worldwide will die within the next 70 years, except those inhibiting the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf. This museum serves as a new home for coral reefs. Plus it looks really cool, check out this video:
78. On a calm day (shouldn’t be too windy), rent a kayak and paddle out on the beautiful Red Sea to see Dahab in its full beauty, with the mountains in the background and the water in the front.
79. Test your performing skills – go to CarmInn for a fun karaoke night. And run if you ever see me there, you don’t want to hear that 😀
79. Let someone paint a henna tattoo on your body to get the holiday vibe going. Don’t worry, it will disappear after 1-3 weeks. Be creative!
80. Visit the Art Exhibition at the Meridian Hotel that is held every three months. It’s a wonderful place where local artists share their work with everyone.
81. Go on a mountain bike adventure to Abu Galum or Nabq. It can get challenging, so you should be fit, but for sure you’ll have an awesome time and a great workout! If you’re up for a challenge, you can even go to St. Catherine. You can rent bikes from Dahab Cycling Club. There’s a Russian group called Velovuyki that organizes cycling tours in Sinai as well.
82. Get hair braids or get your headphone cables, phone charger cables etc braided. That way every time you charge your phone you will be reminded of your amazing time in Dahab 🙂
83. Dive the mysterious Caves south of Dahab and relax at the camp “The Caves” after or even spend a night, watching the stars at night and the sun rise over the sea in the morning. Unspoiled nature at its best!
Here’s some more photos of Dahab, if you’re still not convinced 😉 I sincerely hope I can welcome you at my new home soon. Just message me if you need any tips or help, I’ll do my best!
You can book a hotel on Booking.com or a private apartment on Airbnb and even get $40 Travel Credit for your first trip. There’s also plenty of hotels and camps to choose from once you get here. I’m happy to recommend you camps, hotels or tour guides if needed.
Can’t travel right now? Beam yourself to Dahab by checking out these 360° pictures!
I’m sure there’s lots of other things you can do in Dahab that I didn’t mention. Please add your favorites in the comments, so everyone can hear how amazing this place is and in the future I can update this article so we hopefully get to 100 Things To Do In Dahab, Egypt 🙂