This weekend we took a vacation to Dahab! Dahab is located on the Red Sea. The view is beautiful! You can see the Red Sea, mountains and Saudi Arabia across the sea!
There are two different ways to get to Dahab! You can fly (for around 200 Canadian dollars) or you can take a bus (for around 30 Canadian dollars). The bus ride is around 12 hours, depending on the length of checkpoints. We decided to take the private bus with 6 of our friends. Although it was significantly cheaper it was quite the disaster. You pass over 30 checkpoints on the drive. Our driver would usually handle these, giving them our passports and dealing with the paperwork. These could range from one minute to half an hour. We reached one checkpoint where we didn’t have the correct paperwork and had to wait an hour for a new bus to take us. On the way back we were turned away at one checkpoint and had to travel all the way back and take another route which added an extra five hours to our journey.
Dahab is a tourist area! It has a shopping strip with markets where you have to barter for everything you buy. We bought various small items at the markets as souvenirs! I bought a pair of Egyptian Harlem pants that are very popular in Egypt!
Our hotel was located right on the water. Breakfast was included and was delicious! The waiter surprised us one morning and wrote our names in arabic in chocolate sauce on our pancakes! A major part of their breakfast is falafels! Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas! Being from a farm that grows chickpeas, this was very neat to see.
Our hotel had a beautiful view!
Enjoying the Red Sea
The first day we spent the day swimming in the Red Sea. The sea is very salty! It is easy to float! The water is very clear and you can see fish swimming around you!
The second day we went on a Bedouin dinner! We rode camels through the desert to a campfire they had set up. They cooked us dinner under the stars.
Bedouins are wandering tribes in the Red Sea and Sinai Peninsula. Dinner was at a camp set up as an exhibition of Bedouins’ lifestyle and culture. It contains a tent, low tables and a man wearing galabia and a black and white scarf around his head serving you tea. The open buffet dinner is an exceptional one. But coal is the key. Chicken and kofta are grilled directly on the coal, while the rice and potatoes are cooked over the coal fire too. We then spend the night star watching (we saw many shooting stars) and experimenting with light photography.
Heading through the mountains
Taking the jeep to the Bedouin Dinner
We used a flashlight and a slow flash setting to write 22!
Throughout the vacation we ate at various restaurants along the strip! All of the restaurants were located on the sea and had a beautiful view! We tried milkshakes with original flavors such as fresh oranges and mangoes.
Mango Vanilla Milkshake
We tried many different kinds of food! We tried seafood linguini, sushi, chicken swarma, and many other dishes. We ate the Egyptian desert referred to as Hot and Cold. It is a very thin pastry with cinnamon and vanilla ice cream. We also ate at a bakery that had amazing deserts such as blueberry cream pie and chocolate banana brownies.
There are stray cats and dogs all over Egypt! They were very friendly in Dahab and seem to be very well groomed.
View from the restaurant
Day and Night View
The second day we went snorkeling in the Red Sea! We started at the world famous spot called the Blue Hole! Blue Hole is a diving location on east Sinai, a few kilometres north of Dahab,Egypt on the coast of the Red Sea. The Blue Hole is around 94 m (300 feet) deep. There is a shallow opening around 6 m deep, known as “the saddle”, opening out to the sea, and a 26 m long tunnel, known as “the arch”, whose top is at a depth of 56 m (184 feet). The hole and the surrounding area have an abundance of coral and reef fish.
Next we took a boat to a National Park! There we went snorkeling and were served a lunch buffet of traditional Egyptian food such as fresh fish, chicken and rice. The location had a variety of different kinds of choral! We also saw rainbow fish, sting ray, angel fish, star fish, and many other!
Next we took a jeep to a smaller area with a sandy beach for swimming! It was a long day, but an amazing experience
We spent a day relaxing at the pool with a view of the Red Sea and climbing the mountains behind our hotel!
Climbing the mountains behind our hotel!
I was lucky to have the opportunity to celebrate my birthday at Dahab! We spent the day quading through the desert and along the Red Sea! The tour guide was definitely not used to Saskatchewan girls who knew how to drive a quad. We watched the group before us and they had to spend half the trip trying to teach the ladies how to drive in a straight line! We had supper at a restaurant recommended as having the best food in Dahab! A large group of my teaching friends came to celebrate. I really appreciated spending the day with my new family overseas!
Overall we had an amazing trip! Dahab is beautiful! If anyone decides to come to Egypt I would love to be their travel guide…..