Dahab is the one town on the south Sinai Peninsula  where independent travellers are the rule rather than the exception and Dahab’s growth has not destroyed its budget-traveller roots.Meaning ‘gold’ in Arabic – a reference to the area’s sandy coastline (despite the main tourist area having no golden sands to speak of) – Dahab is the perfect base from which to explore some of Egypt’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling. A short walk or jeep ride will bring you to plenty of the Red Sea’s most memorable dive sites .

Dahab can be divided into three major parts. Masbat, which includes the bedouin village Asalah, is in the north. South of Masbat is Mashraba, which is more touristic and has considerably more hotels. In the southwest is Medina which includes the Laguna area, famous for its excellent shallow-water windsurfing.

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