Dahab is a small town located approximately 80km north of Sharm el Sheikh in South Sinai, Egypt. Formerly a Bedouin fishing village it is now a popular alternative holiday destination attracting tourists from all over the world. The Red Sea boasts some of the worlds most stunning coral reefs and in Dahab these reefs are literally a stones throw from the shore. The positioning of Dahab Bay and the Lagoona in relation to the normal north-south wind creates the perfect sheltered conditions for snorkelling, scuba diving and novice windsurfers, whereas offshore the conditions are excellent for the most experienced windsurfer or kite surfer.
The temperatures in Dahab make it an ideal winter sun destination, even in January/February average daily temperatures are 22°c (often reaching 30°c at midday) with bright sunshine, making a very pleasant change for European visitors. The heat is dry and humidity is low and in midsummer temperatures can exceed 40°c. Dahab usually has some wind, in the summer this comes as a welcome respite from the heat of the sun.
Dahab has many independent restaurants and bars, individually owned gift shops selling local wares. There are no high rise hotels and although there are some resort hotels located outside of the main Dahab Bay area the general atmosphere is one of independent travellers. Once only reached by the seasoned backpacker Dahab has in recent years developed into a more accessible resort making it hard to believe the over populated and busy resort of Sharm el Sheikh is only an hours drive away. Dahab is a popular destination for families as Egyptian culture welcomes children with open arms, with warm water year round it makes an ideal beach destination for those looking for more than just sand and sea.