Dahab was once an isolated coastal village which first turned into a hippie hangout in the 1980's. During the 1990's the town became something of an "alternative resort", mixing cheap accommodation, laid back lifestyle and "informal" tourism with certain commercial structures, turning into the "Ko Samui" of the Middle East.
Cheap accommodation positioned right by the beach, inexpensive food and drink and a relaxed atmosphere combine with the natural wonders of the Red Sea (swimming, snorkelling, scuba- and freediving) to make it a heady enticement for the young and young at heart.
Dahab kite lagoon is a perfect place to learn kitesurfing: shallow water at high tide in the lagoon, down wind trips and wave sessions in open sea.
Nearest airport:Sharm el Sheikh
Nearest big city:Sharm el Sheikh
Trip from town:short
If you arrive at Sharm el-Sheikh airport heading to Dahab, the hardest part is to get from the airport to the Sharm bus station. Taxis tend to charge a fancy 80 to 100 LE for this 10 km ride. Try heading towards the airport site exit and say you'll pick up a taxi (or microbus) outside. They'll tell you it's impossible and that there is no bus to Dahab anymore - just go on. Many taxis don't get an airport permission. If you can talk them down to 30 LE for the ride to the bus station you're good!
Bus schedule Sharm to Dahab is 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 14:30, 17:00, 20:30, 22:00, 00:30
Dahab Bus Office:+20-69-3641-808
To avoid the hassle you can take a taxi the whole way up to Dahab (though that is WHY they hassle you), don't pay more than 200 - 300 LE for the whole cab (they'll start at 400 - 500 or higher)! Exchange money before you pass the airport customs, having only Euros or Dollars will weaken your position. Most accommodation will also arrange a pick-up on request, but prices can vary.
Buses connect Dahab with Sharm el-Sheikh (11EGP - 1h), Cairo (65/75EGP - 9h) and Suez daily. Alternatively, Eilat and the Israeli border at Taba are only around 2 hours away by taxi (300-400EGP) or 3 hours by bus (21EGP). You can book bus tickets from most of the hotels and hostels, or simply turn up at the last minute. Hotels will also arrange a taxi (5EGP) to the bus station, a short drive out of the tourist strip, about 2km.
Dahab Bus Station
Often, on arrival at the Dahab bus station, you will be basically pushed into the back of a jeep that will "volunteer" to take you to your hotel. These are not free - they will demand a ridiculous amount of money for the privilege. Dissociate yourself from the strange situation and seek out a real taxi instead. You can walk, too. Despite what you will be told: it's only a 10 minute / 1 km walk to Assalah. Standing in front of the bus station (buses arrive in the back) facing the entrance, looking at the "East Delta Travel" sign: turn right, go a few metres, turn left into "Dr. Ahmed Zwel St.", walk about 200 metres. Turn right into "El Nasr Road". After about 300 m turn left at the pharao statue into "El Mashraba St.". Follow the road. After 400 metres you'll pass a two dolphin statue, go straight on, you're almost done. Soon the road makes a 90 degree left turn, you will see construction sites and the beach. Turn left, following the road and walk into Assalah.
Also if you take the bus to Taba, the bus conductor has been known to demand an extra 5 EGP to take you to the border, from the bus station. Again avoid the rip-off and walk the all of 600m on foot.
Minibus rental from Nuweiba or Sharm-el-Sheikh costs 200 pounds.
Kitesurfing only in the shallow Kite lagoon and the open sea.
Weather:November to March: water about 21°, air 21-35°C. April to October: water about 22-27°C, air 29-39°C. Almost always sunny. In winter shorty or short arm recommended, and in summer shorts. Dahab is surrounded by mountains and desert, the climate is dry and the temperatures during the summer months can reach as high as 39°C during the day while the nights are much cooler.
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Wind strenght [Bf]:
[70% >= 4bf]
[45-70% >= 4bf]
Very windy. The wind is blowing at almost 300 days a year with 4 Bft and more. November to March: 50-70% 4-5 Bft. April to October: 80-90% 5-7 Bft. Strong and relative gusty thermal wind. Bring your small kite.
On the water
Water details:Knees to hips deep. Very flat. Small parts get more than 2m deep during the tide. The open sea with waves. Kiteboarding possible inside the lagoon not only during high tide, but also during low tide.
When is flat
Diving is extremely popular in Dahab and the reefs here are still in relatively good shape. Known dive sites includes Abu Helal, Blue Hole, The Bells, Canyon, Coral Garden, Eel Garden, Lighthouse, Moray Garden, Islands, Three Pools, Gabr El Bint, Ras Abu Gallum.
Desert Safaris are organized by loads of small safari shops all along Dahab's Masbat Bay. In addition to day tours (see Get out), you can arrange to get deep into the desert with the Bedouin, who'll take you for up to 2 weeks
Climbing is also an option in the Sinai, although the brutal climate takes its toll and this isn't particularly suitable for beginners. Deep in the desert, Mt. Sinai (St. Catherine) has incredible tradclimbing and world-class bouldering (absolutely no bolting in St Catherine please). The main area near to Dahab, including sportsclimbing (bolted routes), is Wadi Gna
Shisha try Egypts favorite pastime, smoking a shisha water pipe with flavored tobacco whilst watching the world go by.
Other: Horse and camel riding, take a break and also try sandboarding on a nice sand dune at the entrance of Dahab, kayaking, quad-bikes trips into the desert.
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There are some kitecenters availible to learn the fascinating sport or to rent equipment.
In and around Dahab there are plenty of reefs so wearing shoes or going kitesurfing with a local kitesurfer that knows the spot is recommended.
In the summer month from June/July till August/September you can expect up to 100% wind days over the month. Board short and rush west or a Shorty are way enough, because the temperature of the water is really warm (up to 28 degree) und the wind blows nonstop with 20-25 or more knots.
In autumn October/November and in the spring time from March till May you can still expect up to 70% wind days. Shorty or long john are reasonable; the water is still or already warm (20-25 degree) , but trough the wind there will be a wind chill effect.
In the winter month December/January/February you can expect up to 50-60% wind days. The temperatures of the water in the Gulf of Aquaba will never be below 19 degree. A wetsuit is still recommended.
Weather/wind forecast you will find here:
SOME SPOTS IN AND AROUND DAHAB :
DAHAB - KITELAGOON
300 x 500 Meter shallow water in the safe kite lagoon
perfect conditions to learn the kite surf sport
perfect in high tide
ASSALAH / LIGHTHOUSE - DAHAB
local ‘wavespot’ windwaves
assalah – side on wind from left
assalah - perfect at high tide
lighthouse – side shore from left
DOWNWIND KITE - TRIP - DAHAB
early morning meeting at the kite lagoon
through the windsurf area to Baby Bay, until the windsurfers wake up
afterwards kamikaze wave spot
further upwind to lighthouse or
back towards the shore to the Le Meridian Resort
passing Bay View
the next wave spot at the Gnai oasis
checkout at the Gnai Wadi
transfer back to the kite lagoon with the Jeep
The Downwind trip is tough, but one of the best kite trips you can get in Dahab.
Secret lagoon - blue lagoon
Kite heaven 500 x 900 meter blue Laguna with access to the open sea
Flat water and wind waves
suitable for kite beginner - intermediate and experts
accommodation in huts directly at the kite spot
Hope this article helps to find the perfect kite holiday in and around Dahab's beautiful landscape and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Aquaba.
Windy and sunny greetings from Dahab / South Sinai