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'''By bus to St. Catherine:''' as of the end of October 2011, there is a regular, twice weekly, minibus service to and from St. Catherine. The Bedouin Bus [http://www.bedouinbus.com] runs on Tuesday and Friday and costs are 50LE each way. Check the website for details on pick-up and drop-off points in Dahab and St. Catherine.
'''By taxi from SSH:''' An experienced Dahab traveller would never pay more than 170 150 LE for the whole cab to Dahab (bargaining generally starts at 300-400 LE, sometimes higher). Decide for yourself, but don't exceed a 250 LE limit. Agree on a price "including all taxes, tips and tickets". Exchange money before you pass the airport customs. If you're stuck drivers will take euro or $, but you might end up paying a bit more.
A tip on bargaining: enter it in good nature. It's not normal for Europeans to have to bargain for everything, but it is normal here.
If you want to avoid the bargaining game, arrange an airport pick up through your hotel or camp. Check at least one week in advance via E-Mail, responding times may vary. 170 150 LE should be the limit for that serviceas part of a package booking'''By private minibus from Sharm el-Sheikh''' [http://www.sharmexcursions.com Sharm Excursions] offer transport from the airport or city to Dahab for 35 Euros (price is total, not per person, correct as of Jan 2013)
===By ferry===
[[Aqaba]] in Jordan is connected by by ferry: * Taba is the best port (the crossing is shorter, so cheaper and less likely to be cancelled due to bad weather). There are two ferries - [http://www.sindbadjo.com Sindbad] [email protected] and [http://www.your-guide-to-aqaba-jordan.com/aqaba-ferry-to-egypt.html Babel]. * Nuweiba ferry terminal is best by taxi. The 10:30AM bus to [[Nuweiba]] arrives there early enough to be able to get onto the 3PM fast boat to [[Aqaba]]. In busy times, you can be sure the fast boat will go. In slower times, it's best to be at the ferry terminal 11AM to book tickets. Sometimes the fast ferry runs, sometimes just the slow ferry. If you're on the slow ferry, board immediately & go; if you're on the fast ferry, head off to small duna or Terabin to relax for a couple of hours before boarding. Keep your driver with you until you know which ferry you're on - it's a long walk to the nice bits of Nuweiba away from the port.
'''Once in Dahab'''
There are more than 60 diving & freediving centres in Dahab, but some are not properly licensed by the Ministry of Tourism (subject to annual inspections & fees). This is an open list - simple alphabetical order, described in their own words. Before you book, check the CDWS web site to make sure you avoid blacklisted centres: [http://cdws.travel/diving/black-list-dive-centers.aspx]
 
Note also, all dive shops can Dahab offer a trip to the Thistlegorm organised through a central agency in Dahab organised on a fairly regular basis provided they have adequate numbers. 3 dives, breakfast lunch and transportation for 110 euro, US$150 is actually cheaper than doing it from Sharm el Shiekh and also saves you on the trip down there / expensive accomadation in Sharm.
*'''Bedouin Divers''', [http://www.bedouin-lodge-dahab.com]. Familiar dive center on the coast of the Red Sea in the Mashraba area of Dahab. Bedouin Divers is in the Bedouin Lodge Hotel, which can arrange Daily Diving, PADI Courses, Camel Dive Safaris and Boat Dives.
*'''Dive Pro Dahab''', [http://www.diveprodahab.com] is a company established by divers for divers to help them get the best out of their dive vacation. Located all over the red sea enables it to supply divers with services wherever they go.
*'''Divers Down Under (DDU)''',[http://www.7heavenhotel.com], Attached to a 70-room hotel and hostel lodge, it offers a wide range of entry-level PADI courses in different languages, divemaster internships, speciality courses, as well as technical diving experiences (INTD and PADI-Dsat). Cheapest diving in Dahab US$25 per dive (Feb 2013) - equipment is not as new as the others (also because it actuallly gets used!) but all perfectly fine, along with the dive masters/instructors
* '''Freedive Dahab''',[http://www.freedivedahab.com]. Founded by Lotta Ericson (former World Record holder)and Linda Paganelli (Italian Champion). Freedive Dahab is an Instructor Training Center and SSI and AIDA school, providing all level courses and individual training. Freedive Dahab is also a freediving shop where you can buy or rent any piece of freediving equipment you can possibly need. Freedive Dahab also organizes National and World Record attempts and Competitions like the Triple Depth competition. Contacts: [email protected]; phone 002 0165093752.
*'''iDive Dahab''', [http://www.i-dive-dahab.com] Ph 01118444097 Beautiful designed dive center at the Jowhara Hotel. iDive offers all range of courses of PADI, SSI and CMAS next to daily dive trips. Safaries and overnight trips are done as well. A Marine Research center is part of the iDive center which offers a great opportunity to get an inner look into marine sciences. iDive and its Open Ocean Center are initiating several activities to protect the sea. They are hosting frequently international universities who conduct field trips or having research projects here.
 
*'''Marine Garden Divers''', [http://www.marinegarden.nl]. Friendly and clean Divecenter and Bedouin Camp under Dutch management. Just 75 meters north from the Light House Reef and Masbath Bay. All rooms with fans and some with own shower and toilet, few have seaview. Prices from 3 to €10 a night for the room. Offers all diving activities and organize desert- and shoresafari's off-the-beaten-track. Offers airport transfers.
* '''Mirage Divers - Diving center''', [http://www.miragedivers.com]. Owned and run by a very professional Bedouins and they always do their best to offer a real social diving holidays which combine both safety and fun whilst experiencing a whole different culture in a truly unique atmosphere. Their groups are always small and there is a very high personal attention to all the divers, [email protected] , Tel&Fax +20693641476
* '''Daily excursions to popular sites:''' These are organized by loads of small safari shops all along Dahab's Masbat Bay & inside hotels.
* ''''King Safari Dahab'''' [http://www.kingsafaridahab.com] on the beach front is an official licensed tour agency. They arrange a large variety of tours and personalised trips, such as camel safaris.*A friendly independent tour operator is 'Dahab Safari Day Tours'[http://www.dahabsafari.info] who are very popular with able to arrange custom safaris to all kinds of tourists - individualsthe top safari destination...s throughout Dahab, Sinai, Egypt, Israel and Jordan. These include Camel Safaris, couplesJeep Safaris, groups Boat and familiesPlane..
[[Image:BedouinDesertGuide.jpg|frame|right|For a deep desert experience, go directly to the Bedouin]]
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===Yoga, Reiki, Chi Gong & more===
==Eat==
The trick to eating cheaply in Dahab is to avoid seafront establishments and use restaurants inland, along and beyond the pedestrian zone, where identical meals are regularly on offer for half the seafront price.
 
Note: some restaurants offer fishes freshly caught from the Sea. although that may sound appealing truth is this is a natural reserve and so fishing here is illegal.
Please help us preserve this diving spot by not buying fresh fish
* '''Budget places'''. In the side streets, you can eat at very low prices (4-24LE) such as falafel, koshari, chicken at the "King Chicken", though King Chicken has different prices for Egyptians and foreigners. Fish Market has fish meals for 30LE - the prices shown for fish are per kilo (not per fish), haggle for a better price. There is a falafel, foul, etc., stall on the main road (Peace Road), at 2LE per sandwich. The Koshary place on Peace Road has good koshary. In Assalah (the Egyptian side) a fish meal cooked for you will usually be between 15LE and 25LE. Agree on a price at the start.
Meet people, enjoy great food and drink, with great hospitality and atmosphere.
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*<eat name="Blue House Thai Restaurant" alt="" address="Entrance of Seven Heaven Hotel" directions="Masbat" phone="(+20) 016 717 7846" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">The best Thai restaurant in Egypt. Food cooked by a Thai family. The fresh fruit juices are delicious. </eat>
*<eat name="Al Capone" alt="" address="Masbat" directions="Dahab" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Home of the best tricolor fruit juice in Dahab. Good smile guaranteed.</eat>
==Drink==
Dahab has a plethora of cheap accommodation. All are rather the same, generally offering bungalow/chalet type accommodation at very reasonable prices. For the those on an extreme budget, most have areas where you can sleep on mattresses in the open air, usually for under a dollar a night, including a blanket and pillow.
 
*<sleep name="Residence Arabesque" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="https://www.facebook.com/ResidenceArabesqueDahab?ref=hl" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Residence Arabesque is a new unique luxury boutique rental option in Dahab. Located in the central Lighthouse/Eel Garden area only a couple of minutes walk to the sea and all amenities in town. A secure compound of two one bedroom apartments and one three bedroom villa. Beautiful Islamic design; handmade floor, reclaimed antique iron work, domed ceilings and arches throughout. Private landscaped gardens with palm trees. Free WIFI and on site manager. Catering for groups from 2 to 13 people. Competitive prices starting at 45 Euro per night.</sleep>
===Budget===
Room prices for a single camp room (no AC, no bath) should be no more than 30LE., less if you book ahead for a week or longer. The budget traveller heads for the ones run by Egyptians. Some Westerners have bought into camps and try to (nearly) double prices without any noticeable reason. If anyone asks more don't hestitate to go to the next camp, there are plenty.
* '''Neptune Hotel''', [http://neptunedahab.com/hotel]. Direct to the sea, just by the bridge. The budget en-suite single rooms start from 35LE. They also offer budget sea-view rooms. Free WiFi in the lobby and in the restaurant. PADI courses and safari trips around Sinai, post office service, and bookshop. booking [[[email protected]]], tel (+2)069 3640 569 fax tel (+2)069 3640 262
* '''Sindbad Camp''', [http://www.sindbaddahab.com] Sindbad Camp is one of the last traditional Bedouin camps in Dahab. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and a full Bedouin Staff (under Dutch management). All rooms, though a little shabby, have a fan and some of them also have own shower and toilet (LE30+ for a room). Most rooms have seaview. They serve great coffee and also have a very good restaurant. The camp is located 50 meters north of Light House Reef and the bay of Dahab. But just around the corner so it is very quiet.Prices from 3 to €10 a night for the room. Offers all diving activities and organize desert- and shoresafari's off-the-beaten-track. Offers airport transfers. 
* '''Star of Dahab''', tel.+20 69 3640130, +20 10 111 3481, [mailto:[email protected] [email protected]], [http://stefaniemoehrle.de/0%20Homepage%20Khaled/starofdahabhead.htm]. A pleasant family-run guesthouse at the southern end of Assalah, offers basic lodgings at basic prices, and new, more expensive rooms with sea view. Excellent beachside location,with a sea side shade, restaurant (good food), and a dive centre as well. but it's a bit of a hike to the center of Assalah.
* '''Blue Beach Club''' is located between Eel Garden and Lighthouse. Clean ensuite, air conditoned rooms at reasonable prices and a fresh water swimming pool are available. [http://www.bluebeachclub.com]
 
* '''Bon Séjour Guesthouse''' is a modern luxurious guesthouse series built just after the Egyptian revolution in 2011. It is owned and managed by two Egyptian MBA holders. Located near the lighthouse in Al-Masbat district just few minutes from all attractions with a roof cafe with a sea view. All rooms are air-conditioned, room service and laundry are available. TVs & DVD players in every room. Their motto is "Book as a Guest, Arrive as a Friend and Leave as a Family Member". It is a mini 5 stars hotel for travellers who want to be pampered without having to break the bank. With around 40 - 50 Euros per night, this is a very good deal. [http://www.facebook.com/Dahab.Guest] [http://www.bonsejourguesthouse.com]
*'''Dahab Divers''' is a clean and obviously newer hotel and dive centre. Rooms are air conditioned, and there are excellent showers - a rarity in Egypt. Official price is €37 per night, but is negotiable. Extremely helpful staff. Also an excellent place for diving.[http://www.dahabdivers.com]
*'''El Salam Camp and Yoga Shala'''. Dahab's oldest camp has been re-opened with a yogic twist! A range of beautifully decorated yoga themed rooms are available, choose to suit your budget – en suite rooms with A/C or standard or sea view with fan and shared bathroom. Daily yoga classes, monthly ten day yoga retreats, Chi Gong, massage, desert safari trips, snorkelling and diving excursions are also available. Located right on the sea front next to the archaeological port and 30 seconds from the main supermarket...El Salam is located close enough to the main promenade but slightly set away from the hustle and bustle.
 
*'''Golden Apartments''' [email protected], www.dahab.nu [http://www.dahab.nu] spacious affordable apartments situated in a unique, quiet location at astraight distance of 100 yards from the Eel Garden coastline and very close to the local Assalah market quare. Surrounded by a large secluded garden. Perfect for families, couples or groups of friends: The generous ground floor apartment is suitable for a group of 3-8 persons and there is plenty of room upstairs in the two stylisch apartments with a sunny sea-view balcony for 1-4 persons or 1-2 persons. Apartments from 35 euro per night.
*'''Jowhara Hotel جوهرة دهب''' tel 002 010 2733883/7913816, [email protected],[http://www.jewelofdahab.com/]. Located in the middle of El mashraba st. apartments with sea views, 1 minute from the beach. A nice place to relax and absorb the local culture. They also arrange safari and diving for affordable price. Double and triple rooms available with AC and private bathroom from 100-150 LE per apartment per night.
*'''Stay Young''', [http://www.fiksdal.be/] 002 010 2702770, [email protected] Is a part of Jowhara hotel that offers cheap accommodation and has hand painted murals on the walls. This is an impressive art project that just opened in August 2009. The rooms start at 60Le, 80Le, 100Le for single, double and triple room with private bath and AC.
*'''Sea Stars Apartments''' tel +2 01081770520100 8177052/+2 010 0100 8695232 [email protected] 6 stylish 2 bedroom apartments set in a beautiful planted garden in the eel garden area of Dahab, 1 minute from the beach, perfect for families, couples or groups of friends/ divers or windsurfers. First floor apartments with balcony, sea and mountain views from 55 60 euro per night, Ground floor garden apartments from 50 55 euro per night. All sleep up to 6 with a/c, welcome pack supplied. The friendly English owners also offer bespoke diving packages.
* '''Sheikh Salem House''', tel (002)0127304871, [http://www.sheikhsalemhouse.com]. Budget Boutique Hotel set in a beautiful house owned by a Bedouin Sheikh of Dahab and his family. Managed by a Bedouin team and an English lady. Set in a quiet spot at the northern end of the promenade, right on the beach with a sandy beach. Budget rooms with amazing views and shared bathrooms from 45egp, deluxe suites with air conditioning, tv and satellite, kitchen from 150egp or €23 per suite per night. Wireless internet for guests. This is a great place for those wanting to stay in unique accommodation with a home like feel, and get to know Dahabs Bedouin Community and Culture. WARNING: DO NOT GO HERE IF YOU ARE A SOLO FEMALE TRAVELLER. The room doors do not lock from the inside. They are secured by padlocks on the outside, so you can be locked in but cannot lock people out. Very creepy place.
*'''Star of Dahab''', tel.+20 69 3640130, +20 10 111 3481, ([email protected]). A pleasant family-run guesthouse at the southern end of Assalah, offers basic lodgings at basic prices, and new, more expensive rooms with sea view. Excellent beachside location,with a sea side shade, restaurant (good food), and a dive centre as well. but it's a bit of a hike to the center of Assalah.
*'''Villa Barbara''' - a big house on the beach with a big yard, a patio, a kitchen, 2 bathroms (with water accumulativ heaters), four bedrooms for 9 persons, from the terrace upstairs you can see the sea. There is only one house between the Villa and the sea, there is a reef nearby. From €25-€45 per night.
 
===Rental websites===
*'''Dahab Rental''' [http://www.dahabre.com] A website that offer listing of real estates in Dahab available for rent, it comes with many advanced search functionality
==Stay safe==
'''Snorkeling''' along/past the reef can be very dangerous when very windy: strong underwater currents develop, and it is very difficult to come back onto the shallow reef. Always ask a dive center nearby if it is safe to snorkel - they will be happy to help.
 
'''Eel Garden''' is a beautiful beach area with a wonderful coral reef popular for '''snorkeling''' and scuba diving located just north of the Dahab bay area. In calm weather it is one of the most beautiful places to relax and enjoy the sea however, care must be taken in rough weather as it becomes very '''dangerous''' to enter the water. Rip currents prevent even strong swimmers getting back to shore and there have been '''numerous fatalities''' at Eel Garden over the years. A community project has erected signs (October 2012) to warn of the dangers of swimming and snorkeling in bad weather - please read them.
Drugs, particularly '''marijuana''', are available in Dahab but that doesn't make them legal. Consider very carefully if you want to risk at best large fines and at worst lengthy prison terms in Egypt's notoriously squalid prisons before indulging.
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