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Dahab v Taba v Sharm

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Dahab v Taba v Sharm

Hello wondered if any of guys could help me out here? I have been a couple of times to Dahab and thoroughly enjoyed it but hesitate to go again to the same hotel and same beach as world too small. However I am not sure if we'll be bored at Taba as heard there's nothing going on except hotel.As far as Sharm is concerned I think it might be too busy and Blackpoolish sorry but not into Blackpool any more. I like good food, relaxed atmosphere but at least some atmosphere whereas at Hilton dahab there's very very little atmosphere and the food not to good to mention! Can any kind soul help me out? I absolutely love the beach and snorkeling and easy access to both is a must.Thank you for reading this and happy holiday.

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I haven't been to Taba but I have just got back from Dahab. Last year I did visit Sharm El Chav, sorry Sheik, I hated the place. To give you an idea Sharm has KFC, McDs, Burger King etc. Everything in Sharm is overpriced, from drinks to taxis.

There is a huge difference between Masbhat and Sharm. You do get a little bit of hassle from restaurants as you walk on the front but not to the extent of Sharm. In Masbhat a polite No will be enough, in Sharm they do not listen to No and will walk with you for 30 yards.

Masbhat is popular with backpackers and so plenty of hostels. There are lots of hotels just outside. I stayed with Neilson Active the Coralia. The hotels is nothing special but as I was on an active holiday that didn't matter. I have heard good things about Swiss Cottage. If you go B&B or HB a taxi into Masbhat is only £1. A beer in your hotel will £2.50 but in Masbhat only £1.50, the math speaks for itself. Plenty of places to eat a good size and quality local dinner for under a £10. A mixed grill(Egyptian) and beer alone can be had for £5.

Let me know if you need anything more.

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Have been to Taba twice. The area is very unspoilt as there are only 5 hotels there and a water sports centre. The best place for snorkeling is the reef off the Hyatt Regency hotel with very easy access from a jetty. This is also the best hotel of the lot in my opinion, mature gardens, low rise buildings, good food, loads of swimming pools including a 50 m lap pool. The down-side is that the coral goes right up to the shore so its not the kind of beach for lazing around in the shallows or for kids. Hope this helps.

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Hi Undecided,

I haven't been to Sharm as I suspect that it is too big a resort for me and I have heard that it's very expensive.

However I have been to Taba and had lovely holiday swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing and eating. I stayed at the Marriott which was great and amazingly cheap. There is a small watersports centre at the far end of the beach.

and that's it. No atmosphere as there are no locals living there, just the people who work in the hotels. There are some interesting excursions altho the big places are too far away to make those outings enjoyable.

I have been to Dahab twice and am going again tomorrow this time taking a group of Yoga students on retreat. We stay at the Christina which is a small, friendly hotel with European standards. It's quiet and within walking distance of everything you need. As you know there are lots of shops, restaurants, people and that fabulous laid back atmosphere.

the snorkelling is out of this world and more varied than at Taba.

I went to Dahab for the first time when I read on Trip Advisor that it was safe for women on their own and that is very true. I know I'll be going back again and again!

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Have to disagree that Sharm is very expensive. It will be expensive for jewellery in comparison to Cairo or Alexandria & maybe som eother things too, but our sterling goes a long way. We have been 4 times for Xmas & 3 of the New Y's. Have also visited Dahab twice, just on day trips, but not been to Taba.

Sharm is commercialised & I don't like to see KFC. Maccy D's ice cream parlours etc. Unfortunately, the Egyptian Gvt thinks that's what the tourists want. I also avoid the Brit type pub, which is not under your nose, you have to know where it is (got karaoke there too! yuck!).

It's not commercialised like some Spanish places, but we have seen the change in our 4 visits & it may well become a place that we no longer wish to go to as often. It's because it's still cheap that it attracts a certain mindset; not all tho!It's not the "real Egypt" but it's quite easy to arrange to go to Cairo, Luxor, Petra, Jerusalem from there, as you will doubtless know.

We are fairly quiet people. There are 4 of us & even our 2 sons aren't particularly into the club scene when in Sharm. The clubs are there, but no intrusively so. We prefer quiet eves, people watching or just going bowling & the lads take themselves off to the karting track.

There are many reasonably priced varied restaurants there. We stay in a hotel right in Na'ama itself, yet once inside the grounds, don't feel we're only seconds away from the hustle & bustle of Na'ama Bay.

The vendors do hassle the toursists, no doubt, It's frustrating & some folk handle it better than others. We aren't too bothered & manage to avoid the entrapment ploys. We also don't really have any of them tag along & follow us, tho others have commented that they do. We find being firm, polite & don't give eye contact are good tactics, plus keep your sense of humour & they appreciate that. I even say that I won't go into their shop if they're going to hassle me. The supermarkets & 3 other shops are fixed price; no hassle in there & you can get most souvenirs from them.

Can't say if Sharm is for you. It may not be. Dahab isn't for me; I find it oppressive & gloomy. Can't explain why.

There are some lovely hotels along the prom in Na'ama. incl Jolie Ville Resort, where we go, Hilton Fayrouz too. The snorkelling is excellent, tho I'm not best placed to advise on that as I'm scared of water!

I'm not keen on Old Sharm; found the vendors far worse there & didn't like the atmosphere as much. Some of the items are cheaper there tho.

The taxis can push their luck re: prices & deviate greatlt from the gvt stated prices but, if you stand your ground & do some research before hand about what you should be paying, you should be fine. We wouldn't want ot be faffing with taxis every night tho, which is why we stay in the centre.

You could always pose a question in the Sharm froum to see if you can get a definitive feel as to whether Sharm is for you. Good luck.


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Hi Undecided

If you are looking for somewhere uncommercial you could also consider Nuweiba (you fly into Taba). You can do a search on the forum for info.

Sharm is sometimes tounge in cheek called Sharm el Chav as someone has posted above, but this probably refers to NB as it is very commercialised with KFC, Hard Rock, Maccy d's, Pizza Hut, TGI's, Pasha, lots of neon lights etc. Only you know how much of this kind of thing you find acceptable but it is best to know what you are going to rather than having a shock when you get there.

Also NB is a very small part of Sharm which stretches along the beautiful red sea for about 40kms, so it's possible to stay in Sharm but never go near NB, which you could also consider, especially if you are going to be diving or snorkelling a lot during the day and chilling in a nice hotel in the evening. Hope you sort something out. Titania.

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Hi all,

I too was wondering about which place would be more fun for me to go. I'd like a place that people would go out at night, but also a place that isn't a tourist trap. I assume both Dahab and Sharm have great diving, so atmosphere would be the bigger question.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the matter?

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Dont know if it helps, but of the three I would imagine that the Namma Bay part of Sharm is what people would categorise as a tourist trap. I would think Dahab and Taba are more laid back if that's what you are after, although with Taba there doesn't seem to be much life outside of the hotels.

If you read Nephs post above it gives a very accurate description of Sharm and Namma Bay as it is nowdays, so that may help decide you.

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Sharm, Dahab or Taba? It really depends on what you are looking for. Personally I don't fancy Sharm at all. It is very touristy, mainly with people on package holidays. That been said, it does have some great clubs and lovely beaches like Shark Bay.

I lived in Dahab for a year and half and it is much more laid back than Sharm. During busy periods the night life is ok. Plus you can still head down to Lagoona most days and be totally alone with a vast expanse of blue water, mountains in the background and as it is a protectrate, it is not built up at all.

Diving is good in both. Keep in mind that everything is much cheaper in Dahab than in Sharm. For instance if you want to dive the Thislegorm (off Sharm) it is actually cheaper to do it from Dahab!

Taba is more for the type of people who like to laze about in their resort. A great step off for exploring Israel though!

So really, it all depends what you are looking for. Have fun!

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