Top 22 Things To Do In Dahab, Egypt - Updated 2021

Things to do in Dahab

Dahab was once a beautiful fishing village. Today, however, Dahab has become a relaxing beach town that is especially popular for backpackers who are looking for a scenic place to take their time off and indulge in exciting water activities all at the same time. Scuba diving is definitely something you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Dahab, but apart from that, Dahab also has a range of activities that are also inspiring for the creative minds. Dahab is not only beautiful, but it is also one of the most welcoming places in the world. It’s an excellent place for lone travelers or friends and families. To find out what exactly that you can do in Dahab, we have come up with a list of things to do in Dahab, Egypt for your reference. Read on to discover more.

1. Challenge yourself by diving into Blue Hole (from USD 35.0)

For divers, this day diving tour to Blue Hole is something you absolutely cannot miss! You will be able to enjoy an enchanting exploration down the depths of the sea as you explore the breathtaking underwater sights, all the while surrounded by beautiful marine life. The Blue Hole is a very famous diving destination in Dahab, made better when you have a guide that can help you explore all the good things in one go. Once you are done with your diving adventure, feel free to also enjoy a good lunch, prepared for you before you are sent back to the hotel by a specialized transport service.

Day Trip to The Canyon and Blue Hole from Dahab

Duration: 1 day

2. See the underwater world of Dahab without getting wet on this glass-bottom boat (from USD 30.0)

If you are not a fan of the underwater adventure but would still love to enjoy the beautiful underwater scene, do not fret. This glass-bottom boat will allow you to witness all the colorful corals alongside buzzing sea creatures that will make you feel just like you are immersed in the depth of the water yourself! Of course, if you wish to jump in, the on-board snorkeling equipment is all for you to use.

Glass Bottom Boat in dahab

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

3. Feel the breeze while riding horseback (from USD 30.0)

For those who are looking for something a little different from water activities, how does enjoying a breezy ride all over Dahab on a horse sound to you? In this three-hour horse riding experience, you will get to ride across the golden sands of Blue Lagoon, desert canyons, or, alternately, you can also take a break from the horse riding and go snorkeling in the Blue Hole when you are done with the dry land adventure. This horse riding experience is a relaxing experience recommended especially for those who would want to spend the least effort while enjoying Dahab all at the same time.

Horse Riding in Dahab

Duration: 3 hours

4. Witness the captivating marine life on a lively snorkeling experience (from USD 20.0)

This is yet another snorkeling experience that we would love to recommend for those who want to enjoy a great underwater experience in Dahab! Unlike the first one, this snorkeling experience will take up to six hours where you get to immerse yourself in the coastline of the Red Sea, catching glimpses of the fascinating sea creatures and plants at the same time. Lunch will also be provided so feel free to get a bite in the midst of your underwater exploration.

Blue Hole Snorkeling with lunch from Dahab

Duration: 6 hours

5. Tour St. Catherine’s Monastery (from USD 46.0)

When you are in Dahab, the Sinai Desert is a place you definitely should not miss. On this tour, you will be guided through St. Catherine’s Monastery as well as Sharm El Sheikh. The tour will last for eight hours. By the end of it, you will get to enjoy the relaxing sea breeze by the sea, as well as enjoy the well-prepared lunch that is part of the tour. The 6th-century church is definitely worth a visit. Don’t miss it!

Mt Sinai Sunrise and St Catherine Monastery Tour from Dahab

Duration: 12 hours

6. Try the treats at Ralph's German Bakery

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If you are in Dahab for the food, don’t forget to try out all the goodies in Ralph’s German Bakery! This bakery serves traditional Bavarian bakery that you can get elsewhere. The loaves of bread are all freshly baked and are all home-made. The bakery’s cozy environment also makes it a good place to hang out in the midst of exploring all the good things in Dahab.

Ralph's German Bakery

Address: Lighthouse & Assalah Square 46617 Dahab

Website: Ralph’s German Bakery

Opening hours: 7am - 8pm (daily)

7. Explore the scenic Sinai desert on a quad bike (from USD 35.0)

Alternately, you can even explore Sinai Desert on a quad bike! Yup, you heard that right. This two-hour tour allows you to experience not only the scenic view of the desert but you will also get to enjoy a thrilling quad bike trekking experience all at the same time. This is the perfect experience especially for those who intend to catch the panoramic view of sunrise or sunset on the desert itself. If you don’t have any experience with quad bike trekking, no worries. A professional guide will be guiding you throughout the whole tour so sit back and just enjoy the experience!

Quad Biking in Dahab

Duration: 1 to 3 hours

8. Take belly dancing lessons from the locals

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For those with an adventurous soul, you can also try out a sensual belly dancing session during your free time. The locals are very friendly when it comes to giving you free lessons on belly dancing so you will definitely enjoy a lot and learn a new skill at the same time! Don’t forget to try out the local clothing that you might not be able to get to wear elsewhere, too. While you are at it, remember to take a picture and record a video of your dance so that you can show it off to your friends and family when you return to your home country.

Belly Dancing Lessons

Address: Classes available at Hotel Blue Beach Club and Swiss Inn Resort

Website: Belly Dancing Lessons

Opening hours: Vary depending on session

Price: From 17 USD

9. Have a soothing yoga session amidst the dunes and canyons of Sinai Desert (from USD 334.0)

For a therapeutic experience, try doing yoga in the midst of the dunes and canyons of the Sinai Desert! Unlike the experience you will get when you practice yoga under a roof, the natural setting of the desert provides you with a much spacious spot to clear your mind and soothe your soul all at the same time. Besides, you don’t really get a lot of chances to be immersed in such a beautiful desert so why not make full use of it while you are here?

Yoga Desert Safari Sharm el Sheikh

Duration: 3 days

10. Immerse in traditional Bedouin lifestyle by riding on a camel's back to Blue Lagoon (from USD 25.0)

This is yet another camel ride we would like to recommend but this time, this camel ride takes you on a ride through the traditional Bedouin lifestyle, which is a unique experience of its own! Throughout the ride, you will get to learn why camels are important to the locals as well as get to know more of their beautiful history with a professional guide who’s both friendly and helpful. In the midst of the tour, you can also choose to venture deeper into the palm-fringed oasis of Wadi El Badi or if the oasis is not your cup of tea, you can also choose to stop by the Blue Lagoon to enjoy a breathtaking sunset.

1-Hour Camel Safari to Blue Lagoon Beach from Dahab

Duration: 1 hour

11. Hike Mount Sinai and watch the spectacular sunrise over the Sinai peaks (from USD 42.0)

Hike up to Mount Sinai and catch the beautiful sunrise where you will be able to witness the beauty of the Sinai Desert alongside the Gulf of Aqaba all in one location. Dahab is well-known for its jaw-dropping landscape so Mount Sinai is definitely an ideal place we would love to recommend for those who intend to capture this very spectacular view of the desert landscape while you are here.

Mount Moses Trekking, Sunrise and Monastery Visit from Sharm El Sheikh

Duration: 16 Hrs - 17 Hrs Duration

12. Sip on some great cocktails at Yalla Bar

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Nothing beats being able to witness beautiful scenery over some great drinks, and Yalla Bar is definitely an ideal place for it! Yalla Bar is located at the Bay of Dahab, serving local-made food as well as refreshments such a coffee, fruit juice, and cold beer. Here, you will be able to catch sight of the crystal clear water and enjoy the cold breeze after a good day of exploration in town. For those who are looking for some good European or Egyptian dishes, this is a place you might not want to miss as well!

Yalla Bar

Address: Al Masbat Street, Dahab, South Sinai Governorate 46617, Egypt

Website: Yalla Bar

Opening hours: 8:30am - 12am (daily)

13. Hop onto a bicycle and ride through the scenic beach

Dahab Beach
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If you are not in the mood to join any tour, you can also choose to hop onto a bicycle and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the beach as you cycle along the coast. The beaches in Dahab are clean and the water activities are plentiful. So if you are on your bicycle, you can always stop by one side and join one of the water activities if you feel like it. One advantage of this experience is that the time is completely in your hands so you can fully utilize your own schedule without being restrained by a tour schedule. If this is your ideal way of exploration, then hop on and cycle away!

14. Interact with the local over a cup of coffee

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One of the best things about Dahab aside from its beautiful sceneries is their local stories, made better when the locals are mostly friendly and ready to share their stories over a cup of coffee. Find yourself a comfortable cafe, like local favourite Yambo Cafe, and you will see how the locals come along to talk to you about all the great things about Dahab. In return, you can also share all the unique things in your home country with them! What makes a traveling experience fruitful is more than just the travel destinations, it’s also the people after all.

Yambo Cafe

Address: Saint Catherine, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt

Website: Yambo Cafe

Opening hours: 10:01am - 12am (daily)

15. Stroll along Dahab's streets at night

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With its unconcealed open-air environment, Dahab is an ideal place for one to take long walks, especially at night. Under the starry sky, you can enjoy your me-time as you revel in a breezy environment, letting yourself be swept away by the cooling night air. This is also a fascinating experience to be shared with your friends and family, especially when you might not even have the chance to spend time in such a solitary way in the midst of your busy lifestyle in the buzzing city.

16. Get your adrenaline fix and try kitesurfing

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Dahab’s beaches are an excellent place for beginners to learn how to start out on water activities due to its shallow area of water. Of course, aside from water activities, you can also try kitesurfing. The beach here is also clean and the sea is very beautiful; it makes a great place to not only enjoy kite surfing but also to just relax and wind down.

Kitesurfing Dahab

Address: Kite lagoon، South Sinai Governorate 46617, Egypt

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

17. Dive deep and marvel at SS Thistlegorm

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SS Thistlegorm is yet another travel destination in Dahab that one should not miss. Here, you will get to witness one of the world’s best-preserved shipwrecks, buried underwater. This is a fascinating place for those who would like to catch a glimpse of history through the water activities they enjoy most. Don’t worry if you are not an expert diver. Professional guides are always on standby to assist you so don’t hesitate to seek out for help if you need any.

SS Thistlegorm

Address: South Sinai Governorate, Egypt

Website: SS Thistlegorm

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

18. Appreciate the spectacular sunset at Laguna Beach

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If you are looking for a nice place to watch the sunset, then perhaps Dahab’s Laguna Beach would be where you could hang out. Not only that you are able to enjoy the breathtaking views, you can also take your time to immerse yourself in the cooling sea breeze, all the while taking in the enchanting view of the sea as well. Laguna Beach is also a nice place for many water activities so why not enjoy the sunset here, in the same place, while you are at it?

Laguna Beach Dahab

Address: Laguna, Baby Bay, South Sinai Governorate 46617, Egypt

Website: Laguna Beach Dahab

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm(daily)

19. Shop for souvenirs at Dahab Community Market

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There are many shops from which to buy souvenirs, but if you intend bring some home as a remembrance, why not choose community-made crafts and goodies? Dahab Community Market might just be the place you need to drop by for great finds made by Dahab’s own. The place is also lined along a long beach, making your shopping experience even more unique having been surrounded by such a beautiful nature. You can also stop by some of the restaurants nearby for a quick bite in the midst of your shopping!

Dahab Community Market

Address: Sheikh Salem House Beach

Website: Dahab Community Market

Opening hours: Fri: 12pm - 6pm (closed from Sat - Thu)

20. Join a fitness class at Coral Coast Hotel

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While you are in Dahab, you can also learn new skills and engage in fitness classes at Coral Coast Hotel! The hotel provides fitness and dance lessons throughout the week in an environment that is nothing but soothing and relaxing. These classes are also a good way to help you relax after an exhausting day out. It’s also healthy, making it beneficial in multiple ways!

Fitness at Coral Coast Hotel

Address: Eel Garden, South Sinai Governorate 46000, Egypt

Website: Fitness at Coral Coast Hotel

Opening hours: Check website for calendar of class offerings

21. Embark on an adventurous jeep safari to Ras Abul Galum

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Not fond of horse-riding? Then how does riding on a jeep sound to you? In this eight-hour tour, you will be sitting in a jeep that will bring you around the Sinai Desert, alongside Ras Abu Galum and the Blue Hole where you can catch glimpses of enchanting underwater landscapes and sea creatures. If you would like to try out more exciting experiences, don’t forget to also try the fish dishes by the beach or you can also ride a camel that will bring you along the coast. At the end of the tour, feel free to drop by Dahab Town to pick up some souvenirs to bring home as a remembrance of the trip.

22. Experience an authentic Bedouin dinner in the heart of the mountains (from USD 35.0)

For the ultimate local indulgence in Dahab, join this two-day experience where you will get to enjoy local Bedouin hospitality in a desert camp. This is not the usual camp-out experience you are familiar with. Here, you will get to sit in the middle of the desert, ride on a camel, and even get to eat local dishes that are prepared by the locals themselves. Take this chance to enjoy sunrise and sunset on the desert and admire the clear sky filled with glimmering stars during a peaceful night with absolutely no distraction whatsoever.

Bedouin Dinner Tour In Sharm El Sheikh (Quad Bike & Camel Ride)

Duration: 6 hours

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Magical getaways at Dahab

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As you can see, Dahab is a magical place. It boast beautiful natural settings and it also preserves great traditional cultural elements that are astounding to learn about. Come over to Dahab for a wonderful and relaxing time out of town!

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