Dahab is a small community with the main tourist area concentrated along the sea front. Crammed with restaurants, hotels, dive shops and shops. To get to the sea there are places of public access; or if you prefer a little more comfort, you set yourself up on a sun bed in one of the cafes/restaurants. This way you can be waited on between dips in the ocean, very civilised, in addition you get to observe the dive classes and Freediving sessions taking place.
Forget long sandy beaches, the sand is under the water after a short rocky beach. The restaurants and cafes are so close to the sea that twice this week in a big tide they were closed whilst the sea washes in. Owners and staff move the seats and cushions out on to the walk way, whilst the children play in the waves coming over. Everyone smiles - it does not happen that often and in the words of one owner "it only for an hour, it is the sea. What can you do?"
|The view along the sea front|
In the other areas of the town there is a often a stark contrast between developed and developing. At certain times of the day goats roam the roads and eat anything in their path. I have not seen a camel in Dahab, they have been replaced by the pickup trucks that act as taxis, and quad bikes for exploring the mountains. If you want a camel experience most of the tours offer you a choice of journey by taxi or camel. That means they must be here somewhere. What I have seen is divers - Recreational. Technical and Free.
|Dog Boy the camel meets Tech Diver|
The diving at Lighthouse in Dahab is great. A shallow ledge drops away so you can, depending on tide, get up to 50 Metres. The sandy section along the beach attracts shoals of fish and the swim out to set up your line is accompanied with views of the fish feeding on the bottom. A great alternative to a swimming pool - the water is warm and blue and rather than swim over tiles you can swim over a fish. Whilst I am here I will snorkel the reef and let you know what I find when I go exploring properly.
My first impressions of Dahab, a warm inviting place filled with friendly people. It offers some amazing diving opportunities for all levels and type of diver. If I have found one drawback so far - it is very dusty; but then again no one minds if you have dirty feet.