||This small Bedouin village, which
still preserves a carefree, 'hippie' spirit reminiscent of the 70's, is full of
atmosphere. The name "Dahab" is Arabic for gold and refers to the
region's sandy, palm lined beaches where the water washed into the sea from the
wadis sparkles like gold.
This desert oasis, situated in a sheltered bay, an hour north of Sharm el
Sheikh, is perfect for divers and windsurfers alike. It is also a great place
for those seeking retreat and relaxation.
Even in mid summer temperatures remain a few degrees cooler than further south.
Through the 80's and 90's Dahab became a key stop for backpackers seeking a
different atmosphere and who favored the basic conditions the place had to
offer; very much like Koh Samui in Thailand or Goa in India.
Today, however, it also offers more variety of accommodation, with many
luxurious hotels and resorts, and also some very good restaurants with a
diversity of cuisine styles.
Thanks to the special rugged topography of the coast, some of the most exciting
diving sites in the Red Sea can be found here, such as the Canyon and Three
Pools South Oasis.
Many dive sites are accessible by regular cars, while the more remote ones can
be reached by jeep or camel.
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