Flights to Dahab On the eastern coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, Dahab is a busy tourist town. There are plenty of services for visitors and you will find many things to see and do even though it is a fairly small city.
The Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (airport code: SSH) is about 80 kilometres away from Dahab and offers the best options for flights to Dahab from Johannesburg. Though it is one of Egypt’s largest airports, your choices for flights to Dahab will actually be limited. You can book a one-stop flight with either South African Airways or Egyptair, both with their transfer in Cairo. Alternatively, you can fly with Ethiopian Airlines and have stops in Addis Ababa as well as in Cairo.
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The Tourist Attractions of Dahab:
The famous Blue Hole is not far from Dahab and a very amazing place for scuba diving though it is not for the novice. There are also numerous spots of coral reef and amazing populations of native fish. A little farther south is a good sheltered lagoon for some additional fish and usually eels. The east side of the city along the coast is packed with dive shops that can offer you equipment rentals and directions for your scuba trips. There are some very good places for snorkelling as well if you want to stay on the surface. Windsurfing is another popular watersport in Dahab, so you might want to try some of that as well. Ask at the dive shops for details.
If you just want to get out of Dahab and see the surrounding outdoors, many places offer jeep or even camel safaris out into the desert. The landscape is more of the rocky type rather than the rolling sand dunes, but it is still stark and beautiful no matter which way you go.
The famous Mount Sinai is to the west of the city and a popular place to go for a hike. You’ll have to drive to get there, but you can take several maintained trails to the top or explore the area for the archaeological sites and Saint Catherine’s Monastery.
You can easily make a trip to the larger city of Sharm el-Sheikh from Dahab for an afternoon or full day of additional sight-seeing. There is a lot of good shopping, particularly in the old quarter of the city and there are also additional places for more scuba diving. The wreck of the SS Thistelgorm is a well-known wreck that is popular with visiting divers. There is also a shoreline nature reserve where you can take a boat tour and do some bird-watching.
When Should You Visit?:
Even on the coast, it is a hot and dry city. Choosing the best time to visit will somewhat depend on what your plans are. The hottest months are not ideal for general sight-seeing but they are perfect if you plan on spending your time in the water. This would be during the summer (specifically from June until August). It will reach 40C (104F) during that season though drop to 25C (77F) at nights. If you prefer something a little cooler, visit Dahab in December or January. Then it will only reach 20C (68F) with even cooler nights.