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The Best Guide to Scuba Diving in Dahab, Egypt in 2023

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Egypt is one of the best dive sites in the world. The Red Sea is remarkably clear and the coral reefs are magnificent.

Several locations are popular for diving and offer different types of dives and environments. The four main cities are Dahab, Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced certified diver, Egypt offers amazing dives for all levels. We chose to dive in Dahab and we loved it.

Dahab is a fun dive town with great restaurants and cheap accommodation. It is perfect for the backpacker traveler. Scuba diving in Dahab is shore diving, and there are dozens of excellent dive sites located right in the center of town.

In addition to the local dive sites, groups travel daily to the Thistlegorm wreck dive off Sharm el-Sheikh, one of the best wreck dives in the world.

Read on to learn all about scuba diving in Danah!

1. Where to Dive at the Red Sea

There are two diving areas in Egypt, Lower Sinai and the East Coast. Dahab and Sharm el-Sheikh are located at the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula, while Hurghada and Marsa Alam are located along the eastern coast of Egypt.

Diving around Sinai is known for its famous coral reefs. One of the best wreck dives in the world, Thistlegorm can be accessed from this area. Dahab has many shore dives and is known as a budget city, ideal for backpackers.

For those looking for a resort with diving, Sharm el-Sheikh and Marsa Alam are the best options. Dahab and Hurghada have larger cities that can accommodate most travelers. We chose to go to Dahab as it is backpacker friendly and close to several famous sites.


2. Scuba Diving in Dahab

Home to the famous blue hole, Dahab is a paradise for snorkeling, snorkeling and scuba diving. Most dive sites are accessible from shore.

Dahab has a laid back scene and is backpacker friendly with dozens of cheap hostels and budget dive shops.

Dahab’s main street is lined with restaurants and shisha bars, so there’s plenty of nightlife even for such a laid-back city.

3. The most Famous Dive Locations in the Red Sea

  • Blue Hole
  • Canyon
  • Ras Um Sid
  • Shark and Jolanda Reef
  • Thistlegorm

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4. Choose a dive shop

Dive shops in Egypt are either independent or located inside a hotel. If at a hotel, there are often flat rates for dive and hotel stays.

This is common in Sharm el-Sheikh and Marsa Alam. Hurghada and Dahab have the most selection of independent dive shops. With many options to choose from, it is important to find a dive shop that you are comfortable with.

They range from massive dive shops with dozens of divers a day to small dive shops with only a few. We also noticed gear was something to look out for, as some stores had brand new gear, while others looked like they had been through the war and back.

5. The Cost of Scuba Diving in Dahab

Dive shops find it difficult to do business in Egypt due to the low level of tourism, so deals can be struck. Dahab has the best prices in Egypt.

We preferred to dive with the popular and fun group from Octopus World Dahab.

  • Here are some expected diving costs:
  • Fun dive 200 – 300 E£ (~$14.00)
  • Open water diver E£3,200 ($180)
  • Advanced E£2,400 ($135)
  • Divemasters E£10,000 ($550)
  • Thistlegorm day trip $110 three boat dives and two meals.

6. How to get to Dahab?

One option is to fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, a 45-minute drive from Dahab.

The other option is to take one of Cairo’s many buses. In general, with a departure four times a day, the trip lasts from 8 to 12 hours depending on the class of transport.

Buses can range from local economy class to VIP tourist buses.

Before entering the Sinai at Suez, there is a very rigorous military checkpoint (all luggage is checked). Private shuttles can be arranged with some hotels.

Cost: Economy buses start at E£100 and VIP bus prices range from E£190 to E£230.

7. Where to Stay in Dahab

Seven Heaven, a backpacker favorite, offers great room rates, great food, and an on-site dive shop. If taking lessons with their dive shop they offer a free stay in their dorms or E£20 off a private room.

Dorms cost E£30 per night and private double rooms cost between E£60 and E£80. We didn’t feel comfortable diving with them as there was only one instructor for 8-12 divers.

Another good budget option is the Deep Blue Divers Hostel whose dorms cost E£45 (USD 3) and private rooms from E£125 (USD 7).

For a mid-range hotel, check out the Red Sea Relax Resort with single rooms for E£670 ($38 USD) and double rooms for E£850 ($48 USD).

8. Where to Eat in Dahab

Seabride Seafood Restaurant – choose your fish, shrimp or calamari and choose between fried and grilled (grilled is amazing). Comes with an assortment of mezze plates. Costs between E£60 – E£90 per person.

Restaurant Nemo – Not the most amazing restaurant, but Nemo has a great team that offers top-notch service as well as a great place to hang out with a shisha. Choose from an assortment of fresh seafood for around E£60 per person or order pizza from the menu for E£35. We were able to negotiate prices.

Mariem – In the town center where the locals eat and shop there are several seafood restaurants. Mariem was our favourite, where E£50 per head will be a treat. The prices may seem the same as the restaurants on the boardwalk, but the plates contain almost 50% more food.

Everyday Cafe & Restaurant – Offers mouth-watering cheesecakes and chocolate cakes. Cost £25-30. Tip: With Egypt struggling due to low tourism, many restaurants are negotiating prices down. It never hurts to ask.

Day Trips from Dahab

Saint Catherine Monastery and Mount Sinai

Mount Sinai is a place of pilgrimage for Christians. For the rest of us, it’s famous for sunrise or sunset hikes. The tours depart from Dahab at 11pm, to start the hike at 2am for the amazing sunrise and return to Dahab at 12 noon. Although it is more common, we love our sleep.

Another and always excellent option is to go at sunset. There are only a few people for the sunset. Find a group of 3-5 people and hire a private car for the day. Arrive before noon to visit the monastery before it closes, followed by a hike to the top for the sunset. The hike took us less than two hours each way.

Cost: Night tours cost 110 E£ including transfer and entry costs. Private cars can be hired for 500 E£, an entry ticket costs 25 E£ and a mandatory guide costs 100 E£.

Bedouin Dinner

Although not at all traditional, we had a great time at the Bedouin dinner. The meal was delicious and we danced under the stars around a campfire. We also hiked up to a lookout to see the ocean.



Cost: £125

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