Dahab means gold in Arabic and is a truly magical place located directly on the coastline of the Gulf of Aqaba. The sun is shining all year round, the water is crystal-clear. Along the shore, you will find many small restaurants and shops, nicely lined up between palm trees.
Dahab has a very laid-back atmosphere with a diverse community consisting of Bedouins, Egyptians, and Expats, who will make your stay in Dahab special. The underwater world is unique and colorful, containing world-renowned sites like the Canyon and the Blue Hole. Going inland will guide you to the stunning desert around Dahab. It invites you to wander around and see spectacular canyons and Biblical sites such as Mount Moses.
I arrived in Dahab in 1994 and fell in love with this small village…and I never left! We, who live in Dahab like to quote the lyrics from the Eagles song “Hotel California” to describe Dahab “you can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave!”
We are a PADI 5* IDC Center offering a high standard education up to Instructor level in a beautiful palm tree garden directly at the central Lighthouse dive site. All our instructors are trained at our IDC’s, most of them up to IDC Staff Instructor level. They are happy to help and assist you during your time with us and some of them will be working with you full time to develop your skills. You will find your own private study area on our IDC balcony with a breathtaking view of the ocean and the palm tree garden. From there, you can learn and study in peace and quiet but still be in the center of Dahab.
During the IDC we do all our training dives at Lighthouse Bay to get you familiar with the location of the instructor examination.
It is simple to get a visa for Egypt. If you are a citizen of the EU or Switzerland, you can buy the visa for around €25 at the airport when you arrive. It looks like a stamp, and you need to buy it at the bank counter before the passport control. This visa is called the “full visa”, which is valid for the whole of Egypt. You can easily extend this visa to stay in Egypt for up to one year.
If you fly directly into Sharm El Sheikh and you only plan on visiting Dahab for no longer than two weeks, you are eligible for the South Sinai visa. This visa is free of charge, and you will just get a stamp on your passport.
The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (LE). There are many banks to exchange Euro, US$ or British Pound. ATMs are also widely available in Dahab, where you can withdraw money anytime you need to.
In the Gulf of Aqaba, the water temperature is ideal all year round. Even during winter, the water never drops below 20° C. During summer and autumn, it is a lovely 30°C.
A 5mm wet suit is the right choice for most of the year. If you join us in December or February, you should consider bringing a 7mm.
It is no problem to travel Egypt on your own as a woman. Dahab is a touristic beach destination, and the locals are used to seeing foreign and Egyptian women dressed revealingly. It goes without saying, however, that you should be respectful of the culture, as the majority of Egyptians are Muslim.