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“Dahab Curse”
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San Francisco, California
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
16 helpful votes
“Dahab Curse”
Reviewed July 14, 2010

I spent just over a month traveling alone back in late February and March of 2010 and some how ended up in a sleepy beach town called Dahab.

Of all the places I traveled as a solo female traveler I felt most at home in Dahab. Easy to meet other travelers, though for the most part I was one of the few Americans enjoying the crystal blue waters and views of Saudi Arabia across the Red Sea.

You'll find a lot of "international" restaurants along the boardwalk, but for the most part their food is average, instead explore a little away from the main strip and try the Kosheri House for traditional Egyptian Kosheri, there's also a Kosheri man who walks around with his cart full of kosheri and rice pudding that can't be missed. Not far from the Kosheri House is a place that sells roasted chicken and kebabs along with falafel that can't be missed. Also near by is a coffee house that serves up LavAzza coffee and German baked goods...not bad, but I still think the place needs American baked goods...yum.

I was convinced by a new friend to get my PADI open water certification here and I couldn't think of a better place to be introduced to scuba diving. The water is mostly calm and there's a ton to see among the coral reefs. For a girl who used to hate even snorkling to now be hooked on diving, there has to be some credit given to Dahab for contributing to that addiction.

So why title this the "Dahab Curse"? Well everyone I spoke to referred to the Dahab Curse, where you go to Dahab intending to make it a stopover, only to find yourself there two weeks, two months, two years there. I was there ten days and now I can't wait to go back to Egypt, mostly because I can't wait to go back to Dahab.

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London
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
24 helpful votes
“Developing town with a magical charm.”
Reviewed June 30, 2010

Not as busy as Sharm El Sheikh but still has a good energy.It is developing so is rough around the edges and its best to avoid the pushy shop sellers unless you like bartering for half an hour and being man handled.
The best restaurants are in Lighthouse which is at the very end of the road.Taxis drop you at the bridge so turn left and keep walking until you cant any more.Eel Garden Stars was fantastic and chilled.
Pay no more than four Egyptian pounds for bottled water.The supermarket next to the bridge sells it for £2.
Be prepared to share your dinner with cats, dogs and sometimes children.We didnt like this so went to the quieter areas.

The people have a cheeky charm but they are definitely up for fleecing you every which way they can so be tough.It is all in good humour though.

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england
1 review
“Best Chilled out holiday ever”
Reviewed June 23, 2010

Just spent a week in Dahab with the perfect balance of beach and pool reading and relaxing with exciting affordable trips. Quad biking in the desert, yoga, snorkelling, coco nut body scrub and massage and a camel ride in the desert where we had tea with the most lovely bedouin guy Mohammad and his cat. He played a drum and sang to us, the most peaceful place ever.
Ate every night at the Eel Garden Star Resturant as the atmosphere was chilled out looking out to the sea with delicious food at good prices with no hassle. the staff were lovely and very kind to us and the kids.
Will go back....for christmas sun hopefully

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UK
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
13 helpful votes
“Complete package - location, people and price”
Reviewed May 27, 2010

Dahab is a brilliant place and a must visit for anyone doing an Egyptian trip. We stayed there for a week after a long previous week visiting many temples through Egypt and found Dahab quite and relaxing compared to the hustle and bustle of Cairo and Luxor etc.
I completed my open water dive course over 3 days and again was an amazing experience and much cheaper than doing the course anywhere else in the world (£200 GBP). Everyone should visit the Blue hole for snorkelling or diving a seriously amazing experience!!
The small but adequate main street lies right on the ocean front and has everything you will need from supermarkets to gift shops and best of all many great restaurants that serve fresh seafood and ridiculous prices. Be sure to visit Ali baba restaurant the best in town, the service was great and the food second to none. We chose our own fish, squid, king prawns (shrimps) and these served it all on a massive plater with fruit, veg, chips and all the fresh flat bread and dips you could eat............for a grand total of £20 GBP per person.
Best piece of advice would be to try and stay somewhere where you can walk into town. Most the hotels are 10-15 drive outside of town and we were constantly getting taxis (jeeps) backwards and forwards.

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Cairo, Egypt
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
“My happy place!”
Reviewed May 24, 2010

Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo? Needing to relax and find restoration? Dahab is the place for you!

When it comes to getting a chance to chill and breathe - Dahab is heads above Sharm, Hurghada, Alex, Luxor or Aswan. Whether an experienced diver, looking to get your certification or simply grabbling a snorkel - this is the place you want to be! Kite boarders and windsurfers also find it a great place to ride the waves and catch some air. Locals and foreigners alike are all of the same mind - life is what you make it. And in Dahab, it's laid back and easy.

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