We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Sabina, a member of the Solo Travel Society . Sabina is from the United States, and submitted the following report about Dahab. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1.5 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Arabic, English
Reasons to go: Dahab is a very peaceful, relaxing and beautiful beach town on the Red Sea in the southern Sinai in Egypt. Warm and sunny year-round, this is an extremely popular spot for divers and snorkelers, as you can explore the depths of the sea right in Dahab or take day trips to other locations. Dahab is 500 kilometers southeast of Cairo and so much in its own calm little world that some people don't even consider it to be a part of Egypt.
This tourist village provides a very tranquil environment. It is so far removed geographically, politically and philosophically from Cairo that it is actually hard to believe you're in Egypt or even the Middle East while you're in Dahab – or anywhere in the Sinai, for that matter. There have been no revolutions in this area, no rioting, protests or demonstrations. Dahab hums along, full of friendly, laid-back locals living alongside Western tourists and expats. If you want to forget about your troubles and completely chill for a while, Dahab is really an excellent place to do it.
Dahab's main street, which runs up and down the beach, has restaurants, bars and shops all along its two or three kilometer length. The town has a native population of about 10,000 Egyptians and Bedouins, making this location very culturally interesting. At the same time, Dahab has a large number of Western expats as well as tourists, which, along with the plethora of Western-style dining and shopping options, makes this a very easy location for North Americans to navigate.
The quickest way to get to Dahab from outside of Egypt is by flying into Sharm el-Sheikh Airport, just one hour south, then taking a bus, private minivan or taxi into Dahab. If you want to fly into Cairo or Alexandria or are already in Egypt, a bus or minivan will get you to Dahab from anywhere else safely, easily and cheaply. Once in Dahab, there are scores of accommodations, from the very basic and affordable El Salaam Camp to the very upscale Coralia Hotel.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1.5 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)