Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure in Dahab, Egypt? In this Dahab Egypt itinerary, we will guide you through the must-see attractions and experiences that will make your trip truly remarkable.
From exploring stunning beaches and diving into crystal-clear waters to discovering vibrant coral reefs and immersing yourself in local culture, this itinerary covers it all.
Get ready for an action-packed journey filled with beauty, adventure, and endless possibilities. Let’s dive in and uncover the wonders of Dahab!
Things to Know Before Visiting Dahab
How to Get to Dahab from Europe
To travel from Europe to Dahab, you have a few options:
By Air: The best way to reach Egypt, specifically Dahab, from Europe is by flying. There are several international airports in Egypt, with Cairo International Airport being the largest and most well-connected.
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From Europe, you can find direct flights to Cairo or Sharm El Sheikh, which is the nearest airport to Dahab. From Sharm El Sheikh, you can take a taxi or arrange for a private transfer to Dahab, which is approximately a 1-hour drive.
By Bus: If you find a good flight to Caira, you can also take one of the regular bus services operating between Cairo and Dahab. Buses usually depart from Cairo’s Turgoman Bus Station and take around 10 hours to reach Dahab. It’s a budget-friendly option, but the journey can be quite long so I’d do it as a night bus journey! There are also buses from Sharm el Sheikh to Dahab which leave twice a day and take about 2 hours.
By Car: If you’re very adventurous and like to explore a country on your own, you can also rent a car and drive from Cairo/Sharm el Sheikh to Dahab. Make sure to have a valid international driving license and follow all traffic regulations.
The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). While cards become more common in Egypt, it’s important to note that cash is still widely used, especially in smaller establishments.
Major cities and tourist areas generally have a higher acceptance of cards. I’d advise having some cash in local currency for small expenses, as not all establishments accept credit cards. ATMs are widely available in Egypt, and you can use your card to withdraw cash in Egyptian pounds. As for all my trips, I’d suggest signing up for a prepaid Wise card to withdraw money abroad and save of additional costs. It’s advisable to use ATMs located in secure areas such as banks or well-known establishments.
The best time to visit Dahab is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These months offer pleasant temperatures, ranging from 24°C to 29°C (75°F to 84°F), making it ideal for outdoor activities like snorkeling.
The weather is generally sunny, and the sea is calm during this time, allowing for excellent visibility underwater. It’s worth noting that Dahab can be visited year-round, but summer months can be very hot, while winters are mild but can be a bit cooler for water activities.
Internet & SIM CARD
In Dahab, the major mobile network providers are Vodafone, Orange, and Etisalat. These providers offer various prepaid SIM card options for visitors. You can easily purchase a prepaid SIM card straight at the airport or in town from official stores. Just make sure to bring your passport as it is required for SIM card registration!
If you want to plan ahead, I suggest looking into getting an eSIM Card to have a connection right away!
Is Dahab Safe
Dahab is generally considered a safe destination for travelers. The town has a low crime rate, and tourists are welcomed warmly by the local community. However, it is always recommended to take common-sense precautions while traveling. Just be aware of your surroundings, keep your belongings secure, and follow any local guidelines or advisories.
Can You Drink Alcohol in Dahab
Yes, you can drink alcohol in Dahab. It’s important to note that Dahab has a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere compared to other areas in Egypt. Alcohol is generally available in some restaurants, hotels, and bars in Dahab. However, it may not be as widely accessible or as prominently advertised as in other tourist destinations.
Dahab vs Sharm el Sheikh
Dahab and Sharm el Sheikh are both popular tourist destinations in Egypt, but they offer different experiences.
The town is known for its laid-back and bohemian vibe. It has a more relaxed atmosphere and is favored by travelers seeking a tranquil beach getaway. The town itself is smaller and has a more authentic feel, with beachfront cafes, Bedouin-inspired shops, and a friendly community.
On the other hand, Sharm el Sheikh is a larger and more developed resort city. It offers a wide range of luxury resorts, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment options. Sharm el Sheikh is known for its vibrant nightlife, bustling markets, and extensive tourist infrastructure.
When choosing between Dahab and Sharm el Sheikh, it depends on the type of experience you’re seeking. If you prefer a more laid-back and authentic atmosphere with a focus on tranquility, Dahab is a great choice. If you’re looking for a larger resort city with vibrant nightlife and a wide range of amenities, Sharm el Sheikh may be more suitable.
Arrival in Dahab
Arrive in Dahab and check into your accommodation and make sure your cameras are charged – the next days will be filled with too many fantastic sights to photograph!
Evening: Enjoy a relaxing dinner at a beachfront restaurant and savor traditional Egyptian cuisines like falafel, koshari, or fresh seafood.
Start your 4-Day Dahab, Egypt Itinerary to See & Do the Best Things
Dahab Egypt Itinerary Day 1
Dahab City – Dahab Lagoon – Magic Lake – Bedouin Night
Morning: Start your day with a typical Egyptian breakfast with lots of hummus, falafel and aromatic tea.
Just before it gets too hot, make sure to visit the Dahab Lagoon. Relax on the beach, go swimming, or try your hand at kite surfing if you’re up for an adventure.
The Lagoon is a picturesque coastal area known for its calm and shallow waters. It’s a popular spot for water activities like swimming, snorkeling, and kite surfing. The lagoon offers ideal conditions for beginners and experienced kite surfers to enjoy the sport.
Head around the Peninsula and you’ll eventually see it. There is one gorgeous turquoise lake that is not connected to the sea – hence the name: Magic Lake.
Afternoon: Head to Dahab’s city center to explore this bohemian village during the day. Take a leisurely stroll along the beachfront promenade of Dahab, known as the “Lighthouse” area. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, browse through local shops, and relax at beachfront cafes.
You’ll find an array of seaside coffee shops, restaurants of diverse cuisine, local bakeries and clothing shops.
Tawilat Mountain Bedouin Night
Evening: Head to the nearby Tawilat Mountain for a Bedouin show under the stars. Comfy seating arrangements on the ground, tea and shisha and music performance make this an unforgettable experience!
Mount Tawilat in Dahab offers a unique opportunity to experience Bedouin nights, showcasing traditional music, dance, and cuisine. The mountain is also known for its captivating light and fire shows, creating a magical atmosphere. Exploring Mount Tawilat at night allows for a serene and starlit experience, adding depth to the cultural heritage of Dahab.
Discover the stunning canyon, walk between the rocks and really feel the tranquil nature of the desert. A true highlight of your Dahab, Egypt itinerary!
Sunset at Dahab Lagoon
I’d recommend you visit the Lagoon in the early morning when it’s not too hot. The colours are truly the best in direct sunlight! However, you should visit a second time in the afternoon and especially for sunset. It’s a popular place for locals to go and you will get a feel for the relaxed vibes, enjoying some kayaking or horseriding.
There are also a few Bedouin women selling tea, jewelry and homemade snacks.
Dahab, Egypt Itinerary Day 2
Blue Hole – Abo Galoum – Blue Lagoon – Night Tour
Morning: Embark on an excursion to the stunning Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is a world-famous diving site located just north of Dahab. It is a natural underwater sinkhole that drops to great depths, offering a unique diving experience. Join a full-day snorkel tour to enjoy the best that Ras Abo Galoum and the Blue Hole has to offer!
Just behind the dive shops you can find a little path leading up to the viewpoint of the Blue Hole. The views are truly spectacular and let you see the grandeur of the place! Head towards the far left, you will see a memorial for the divers who lost their lives at the place. Up a few stairs and you’ll find another viewpoint of Dahabs incredible coastline.
The vibrant coral reef and diverse marine life make it a paradise for divers. However, it’s essential to only dive with a responsible instructor, the terrain can be challenging!
Abo Galoum Nature Reserve
The Abo Galoum Nature Reserve is a must-visit stop on your Dahab, Egypt itinerary. Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the untouched landscapes and enjoy the peaceful ambiance. Take a leisurely walk along the coast and soak in the natural surroundings.
Afternoon: Continue exploring Abo Galoum Nature Reserve! I invite you to marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the untouched landscapes and enjoy the peaceful ambiance.
If you’re up for it, take a leisurely walk along the coast and soak in the natural surroundings. Take time to relax, swim, and snorkel in the pristine waters.
From there, hop on a car to the nearby Blue Lagoon which is an absolute must to see!
The Blue Lagoon is another stunning coastal area near Dahab, characterized by its crystal-clear turquoise waters. It’s a serene spot for swimming, kitesurfing, and relaxation. The calmness and beauty of the lagoon create a peaceful atmosphere, perfect for enjoying the natural surroundings.
You’ll find a bunch of camps, kite schools and restaurants that invite people to stay for a couple of days. The camps are ideal for people looking for a kitesurfing course, a weekend with friends or just a holiday. Check out one of the local bungalow camps here.
Your driver will pick you up in the afternoon and bring you back to the boat docking station in Abu Galoum. On the way back you will pass the desert and see the occasional domestic camel or two. Back at the village, you likely have to wait until the speedboat fills up with people to catch the ride back.
However, you can also charter your own boat and make it a private trip to avoid waiting!
Dahab Night City Tour
Evening: Return to your hotel, freshen up, and take a night city tour of Dahab’s vibrant streets with colorful shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Indeed, Dahab is primarily a daytime town, known for its vibrant energy under the sun. However, don’t let that deceive you, as the town remains lively well into the night.
The shops and restaurants defy the norm by staying open past midnight. If you take a leisurely stroll towards the lighthouse, you’ll discover a hidden gem—a beachside bar that not only offers music but also serves refreshing beer.
The evening is the perfect time to experience the cheerful atmosphere and indulge in local street food of Dahab.
Dahab, Egypt Itinerary Day 3
Gabr el Bint – Napoleon Reef – City Night Tour
Red Sea Boat Tour
Morning: Head towards the Dahab harbor to embark on a full-day snorkeling tour. You’ve got the option of joining an organized tour or to charter your own boat for more flexibility.
Full-day boat tours in Dahab offer an exciting adventure to explore the stunning underwater world of the Red Sea. One popular destination is the Gabr el Bint, known for its pristine coral reefs, abundant marine life, and crystal-clear waters.
This underwater paradise offers a unique opportunity to explore colorful coral gardens, swim alongside tropical fish and large squid (!).
Head back to the boat, enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the crew and head to the second snorkel spot.
Just off the coast of the Dahab Lagoon lies Napoleon Reef – another incredible reef. Snorkelers and divers can encounter colorful fish, sea turtles, and even the occasional sighting of Napoleon fish. I’ve spent about 45 minutes snorkeling around the entire reef, mesmerized by its red-fluffy, pink, purple and yellow corals. Here and there we’d see a Lionfish, Giant Pufferfish and a variety of smaller colorful ones.
Other snorkeling spots in Dahab include the Three Pools, Eel Garden, and the Islands. These locations boast crystal-clear waters, stunning coral formations, making them ideal for snorkeling enthusiasts of all levels.
Joining a full-day boat tour is a fantastic way to discover the beauty and biodiversity of Dahab’s underwater treasures. You’ll be back in Dahab by around 4 or 5 pm in the afternoon.
Evening: Return to your hotel in Dahab and get ready for a night out. Head to the city and unwind at cute beachside cafe, enjoying the sunset with a refreshing drink or traditional Bedouin tea.
That’s a wrap on your Dahab, Egypt 4 Day itinerary and now it’s time to enjoy your last in the best way!
Dahab, Egypt Hotels – Where To Stay
Le Meridien Dahab Resort & Spa is a wonderful option right by the ocean. Experience a luxurious 5-star stay with pools, daily entertainment, and a diverse buffet offering local and international delicacies. Enjoy a lavish suite featuring a private patio, jacuzzi, spacious living room, and stunning views of Dahab bay.
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Thank you to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities for sponsoring this trip! All opinions stared here are my own.
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