Where the 10 commandments were created ... It is a nighttime hike of 4 hours to get to see the sunrise. The photo was taken during the descent. Tip: Cover up well, because in Egypt you can not even being to imagine how cold it was. And after visiting, I recommend going to Dahab to dive or snorkel in the Blue Hole.
After an tiring night march to climb Mount Sinai and to see the amazing sunrise from the top, we began a long and beautiful descent between tourists, Bedouins, and camels to get to the famous monastery of Santa Catalina, an oasis of greenery, culture and peace in the midst of the Sinai desert.
"Life on Board" traveling for scuba divers in the Red Sea. Itinerary: Hurghada for 8 days on a boat touring various dive sites in the Red Sea (Northern Route), and then 2 days in the port of Hurghada and Cairo, including visits to the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
In lived in Dahab for about 11 months or so, and so I can tell you a bit about it. Unfortunately, it is little-known for Europeans, which seems incredible, because of both the beauty of the place and the unforgettable vacation you can have for very little money. The Bedouin people are friendly and welcoming. The weather is great, and the ocean temperature is warm even in winter. It's a town that one gets to know by strolling around, not like Sharm el Sheikh ... I was the only European person here. For those who do not know this part of Sinai and those who would like to return, know that there is a person here to help you with anything you may need help with.
The Ras Abu Galum Nature Reserve covers an area of 500 square kilometers of both land and sea in the east of the Sinai Peninsula. It has a special ecosystem which is created by mixture of tropical climates with the Mediterranean climate. It's home to over 167 species of plants, 44 of which are unique to the reserve. It also has more than 150 animal species, many of them endemic to the area, including the Nubian Ibex, Hyrax (shrew mouse), striped hyena, and red fox. It also has 10 species of reptiles and snakes, including the deadly black cobra. You can do all kinds of water sports and mountain activities, and enjoy the beaches and local culture. I highly recommend going down the little path by the [poi = 358401] Colored Canyon [/ poi], climb up to the [poi = 358451] White Canyon [/ poi], visit the small Bedouin villages like the one near the [poi = 358421] Stone Tree [/ poi], dive, snorkel, or just relax in spots like the [poi = 358581] Blue Hole [/ poi] even do watersports and hiking with the Mizena (Bedouin) locals in [poi = 358701] Cannon Beach [/ poi]. Undoubtedly, one of the most diverse and entertaining natural reserves I've ever been to.
Mashraba Hill is one of the ancient Arab ports which served as a stopover on the route to Saudi Arabia. It was used between the 1st and 2nd centuries BC. During an excavation in the 1980s, a lighthouse used to guide ships was found in the Gulf of Aqapa, which as also used as a barn and granary for storage. It's open-air, but you can't visit the interior, you can only admire it from the outside.
The heart of Dahab is where the main street crosses the boardwalk. It's where you find one of the few cashiers that work, and a supermarket that has all hygiene products, sunscreen, and imported products you may need or want. For example meals of your country if the food is something you find strange, alcoholic beverages, these types of thing. In the heart of Dahab are a couple of souvenir shops, traditional jerseys that say, "I was in Dahab", and many souvenirs you can take home. All traffic diverted and the place is for pedestrians. It is where the office of the tourist police is located. You won´t need it because it´s a safe place, but just in case.
After lunch, you continue on a path, a bit shorter than that of the Colored Canyon, between high walls, which are now becoming more white to become real walls of lime. This white canyon is the one most difficult to access areas. The worst thing is that the rock dust that slips loose under your feet. The area is full of dunes, of what were once were sea water currents, and wind and sand have shaped it over time.
The Blue Hole is a tiny zone of the coast of Ras Abu Galum Nature Reserve, in the Sinai Peninsula. It forms a C and is more or less easy to access, and they have marketed the restaurants like a "chill out" Moorish style. . There is a floating platform into the ocean, because there is coral in the seal. All restaurants rent diving and snorkeling equipment. And also all of them take charge of your bike. It is about 15 minutes drive from Dahab, or an hour by bike. The last section is sand and stone and can be complicated. The highlight of this "blue hole" is flora and fauna. I spent hours there snorkeling, because besides water temperature in September, it was ideal.
Dahab is a tiny village on the east coast of backpacker Egypt, on the Red Sea. It is a place with lots of hotels and a relaxed environment, but unfortunately did not have a development policy that was respectful to the coast. This means that in the village, there are few places where you can swim, and there are restaurants or "private beaches". If you want to be in a cafe, the terrace overlooks the ocean. But if you want sand, you have to leave the village, walking about an hour in any direction to get to a beach that you an swim at or even touch the sand. There is a part of a private beach where they rent chairs and umbrellas, which is ideal for kids.
The Tree House is on the coast of Dahab, in a place with many small bars and relaxed restaurants for backpackers. The bar is famous for its festivals, several times a week there's a DJ, and giant screens show international sporting events. The cafe has wifi access on the terraces overlooking the sea. Prices are reasonable, you can have a drink and dinner for between 5 and 12 euros, drinks 2-3 euros. If you like pool there are a couple of tables by the sea and you can play in good conditions.
Bedouin Divers is the Auski Camp Hostel's diving school. Many people come to Dahab because using Divemaster and PADI in open water is a lot cheaper here than in Europe. If you already have your diving credentials, you can go diving in the Blue Hole, it is an amazing place, but is a trip for advanced divers, and they have to explain it to you in detail. The Bedouin Divers is a serious and well-known school. They organize day trips, for 50 euros, with two dives, and then there are packages with preferential rates if you stay longer. There are night dives, wreck dives, and snorkel excursions if you don't want to go diving.
The Nesima Hotel is in Dahab, which also has a diving club. The club is located in the Red Sea, and most tourists come forward to explore the underwater world. Nesima is a reputable club, they are serious and have good equipment. They offer PADI courses up to Divemaster. Many people spend time in Dahab to take the courses since it is cheaper here than in Europe. There are courses in English and Spanish. Classes range from: Initiation courses for 50 euros, Open Water courses for 300 euros, advanced courses for 200, EFR courses for 100 euros and 600 euros for divemaster courses. If you only want to visit, you can snorkel for days and days. A half day and one dive costs 25 euros, two dives and a full day is 50 euros, and in five days, you can dive 10 times for 200 euros.
The Roof Lounge is on the boardwalk in Dahab and it is a lounge bar with various activities throughout the week. If you stay too long, they end up repeating the same things but if you come to spend a week it is a nice place to go out for a drink. End your day enjoying the sunset over the sea which is beautiful. They serve Egyptian food, and also international food, pasta dishes, which fail to do as well as the Egyptian dishes. They have a selection of fresh juices which are seasonal and vary somewhat, they cost 2 euros and are delicious. At night there is music, sometimes a party, a football games, and WIFI.
Ala kefak means "as you like" or "as you wish". It is a restaurant on the coast of Dahab, near Camp Auski. The dishes cost around 10 euros for a plate of grilled fish or cheaper if you try local Egyptian food. There is a large selection of vegetarian dishes. They serve cheap beers too. The music is quiet, which lets you hear the sound of the waves, as the room is outdoors, facing the sea. There are comfortable cushions. It is a colourful place which is great. The service can be a little slow, but the staff are nice and I could spend hours watching the sea so it does not matter much. Open for breakfast in the morning, if it's not provided by your hotel. They make a good breakfast Egyptian with ful and black tea.
For thrill-seekers, the coast must surely be top of the list of attractions in Dahab. The beatiful beaches in the city, on the coast of the Red Sea, provide you with a wealth of stuff to do in Dahab -- Diving, swimming -- this is the perfect destination for adrenaline junkies! You'll find so many things to do in Dahab: if you're daring, you can windsurf or kite surf, but if you're more comfortable on dry land, just stroll along the sand and relax in the sun with Mount Sinai as the perfect backdrop.
Wondering what to do in Dahab beneath the waves? Dahab has become famous for the Blue Hole, a sinkhole filled with corals. Strap on your cylinders and mask and dive to this spectacular place. There are plenty of other top diving spots to visit.
The city has an amazing aquatic natural heritage. So many of the best things to see in Dahab can be viewed through goggles. But there are Dahab activities above the water, too. At the foot of Mount Sinai is the Monastery of Santa Catalina, one of the oldest in the world. And the Coloured Canyon, with natural, colourful walls, is one of the most beautiful Dahab attractions, and can be visited by 4x4 or, for a more traditional experience, camel!
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