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Dahab, Egypt

“Dahab is a small Bedouin village located at the East Coast of the Sinai desert. Since the 70’s, it’s full of hippie and vagabond types. The atmosphere of the place is really nice and laidback with great music like ambient techno, reggae, 60s rock playing every where. There are several campgrounds where you can stay at rates around 1$ per night. In most restaurants you lay or sit on the floor on carpets and pillows, outdoors or indoors just by the Red Sea. There are great coral reefs a couple of meters from the shore, so many people come here for the diving.

Other activities are desert excursions to oases or Mt. Sinai, wind surfing, cheap grass, desert parties, backgammon etc. Definitely a place to visit. Dahab is a very, very special place. Those who like Amsterdam should go to Dahab in winter (Christmas, New Year). Many Divers, Surfers, Trampers. Most of them smoke, even the policeman, Bedouin people and taxi drivers are stoned. The desert is great. Imagine riding on a camel and smoking good stuff. Then go in the water and enjoy the fish!”

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Comments on Dahab, Egypt

  • Maybe Dahab was like this 20 years ago, but having travelled there twice recently all I can say is alot has changed. Dahab nowdays is mostly populated by regular European tourists and divers. While there is a more of “backpacker” vibe than in other parts of Egypt, there are few hippies left. Weed is difficult to find and not particularly great. There is, however, great diving and snorkelling, the people are hospitable, and the desert scenery is amazing. Plus its cheap; you can easily get by on $10 a day if you don’t do anything too special (ie diving or tours).

  • I went to Dahab for a couple of weeks in january 2000 and i had no problem finding tons of weed. you just need to meet the locals and there is weed in abundance and theres nothing nicer than laying out on the beach smoking all day for weeks by the red sea. ganja grows wild in the mountains and theres plenty of other stuff too, you just have to be approachable to find it.

  • Dahab is the most developed town on the Red Sea coast between Sharm El-Sheikh and Taba/Eilat. After spending copius time in the Sinai, I would rank Dahab as a fairly easy place to score recreational drugs if one is careful and asks the right people. However there is a large police presence; a fellow traveller was arrested and incarcerated for having a joint in his possession. Egyptian police have no concept of “probable cause” and can/will search one’s belongings at random. As for a “hippie haven” Dahab is rather mediocre. There are many tourists from Russia and Europe who come to Dahab to scuba and snorkel; the reef formations as well as the marine life are truly amazing. I recommend travelling north of Dahab either by camel or jeep if you are in search of a less populated vacation spot. The Bedouin are friendly and hospitable, but don’t forget to bargain with them!! All in all Dahab is a fun place and the only town north of Sharm that offers alcohol for sale; but it really doesn’t qualify as any type of haven, least of all a hippie haven.

  • Well guys, i was just passing through and saw these comments on Dahab and had to leave my experience of it. I am Roberto from California. In 1986 I went and lived in Israel for about a year. I decided
    to travel down into the Sinai because I love to scuba and snorkel. I myself came across Dahab in 1986. When i was there it was unspoiled and quiet, and laid back. I have pictures of it from way back then and
    you wouldn’t recognize it from today. I am glad i was there when it was
    unspoiled and not busy and modern. When i was there it was nothing but a small Bedouin fishing village. I stayed in a small camp ground of palm tree huts. You would take a bath from a deep well in the ground and pour the cold fresh water on you from a bucket. There was nothing but small huts of restaurants made out of palm trees, and you could have a huge full meal for less than a dollar. I remember i would get a big meal of chicken and rice and salad and boy was it good for less than a buck. Spent the day snorkeling in the most beautiful water, it was serene and just plain relaxing there. I am glad i took photos of the village, the small huts and people when i was there cause it is so different from today. My photos are of the Dahab way way back before it became modern. It was just a quiet rundown bedouin village where u could get alot for a buck. Those days are gone u guys; good luck. You can’t find peaceful places like that anymore. Imagine spending the whole day snorkeling in the most beautiful blue water, then eating to your hearts content for less than a dollar. No traffic, just quiet and layed back. At the time i was there the song “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the bangles was popular so they were playing that alot in the small restaurant huts. Before I left Dahab i remember i got up early one morning and walked to this tower at the end of the village. I guess it was like a radio tower but it had a ladder and platform. So i climbed it and from up on top took a picture of the bedouin fishing village of Dahab. In 1986 i saw a small village of fishing boats, palm tree huts, dirt roads and alot of dogs and goats. No cars, and no traffic…

  • Writing from Dahab 🙂

    Noticed that the other posts are quite old but hopefully someone will see and appreciate my post anyway.

    Arrived to Dahab yesterday and the place is great! Since yesterday we’ve been asked if we want “hashish” several times. Haven’t really dared to buy any yet though. Old habits i guess, you don’t buy weed from someone you just met 😉

    I guess they only ask people who looks a bit bohemish or seems to be a smoker..

  • anyone been to dahab recently 2009 wondered what the weed situation is like out there now know you could get it easily a few years ago but has this changed now since the bombings in 2006.
    planning on going in may and would like to get a smoke any info appreciated

  • A real hippie haven is abu ghaloum a few miles north on dahab’s coast. There you will find all the trees you need. It is just a special place for me despite the fact that it is a pale comparison to its glorious rainbow past. My Dear peace people don’t give up on dahab just yet.

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