Dahab is currently on 'stop sale' for to Foreign Office advising against travel to this region. We have alternative dive resorts in Egypt including Soma Bay and Hurghada, which are both arguably better than Dahab in many ways.
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"Just wanted to say great holiday - just got back and it was all completely perfect - hotel, weather, food and of course the windsurfing."
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During the winter months of November to March the Red Sea coastal spots of Egypt offer a very comfortable 22 - 28 c, ideal for a bit of winter sun. As you head into the summer months the temperature rises steeply, peaking to around 40c in August! However, the high temperatures are made more comfortable with very low humidity and a constant seas breeze. During the winter season we would recommend between 7 and 5 mm wetsuit but then only a 3mm shortie for the mid summer season.
A Windsurfing Holiday in Dahab is very unique as it offers 3 different sailing spots in 1.
The “lagoon” is a protected bay with a shallow water areas which is perfect for beginners and blasting. The wind blows cross-off shore from the the lagoon which means that close to the shore line the wind is very gusty.
Speedy - leaving the protected lagoon, you will reach the “Speedy”: a perfect shallow water area for advanced windsurfers. The wind here blows constantly and is a bit stronger than inside the lagoon. A Rest & Rescue Island offers you the possibility to take a break or call for help if necessary.
Baby Bay - The third spot is behind the Napoleon Reef and suitable for ambitious wave novices. The swell is up to four metres high (no breaking wave) and comes from a perfect direction, thus creating fantastic jumping conditions. As the wind is off-shore you must only sail here with an instructor from the windsurf centre or with a radio given to you by the windsurf centre.
The wind at the main Dahab windsurf lagoon blows cross-off shore making it quite gusty close to the shore line. At the Dahab Le Meridien Hotel, which has it's own windsurf cemntre, the wind here is side shore and the best location for confident water start windsurfers.
The wind in Dahab tends to be at its best in the mornings but can blow into the afternoon during the best wind months of the summer.
There are two principal areas to rest in Dahab; the Lagoon or Masbat (the local beach front town). We work only with hotels on the Lagoon as in Masbat the standard of accommodation is very poor. On the Lagoon you will find several excellent 4 and 5 star hotels.
With the hotel standard around the lagoon generally being very fairly high, there is lots of pampering on offer, especially for non windsurfing partners to indulge in. The Red Sea is one of the worlds best scuba diving destination, where you will find several schools running courses for all levels. Or snorkelling is also a must, with various deserted bays boasting some stunning underwater sights.
Alternate land activities are Yoga, Belly Dancing, Quad Biking, Camel Rides, Bicycle Hire, Tai Chi, and visiting the luxurious spas
Other watersports available in a Dahab windsurfing holiday are Kitesurfing, Diving, waterskiing, and wakeboarding. You can’t get better conditions for wake boarding and waterskiing for when the wind doesn’t blow, with water so flat, it’s definitely something to take advantage of.
A trip out into the desert at night to a Bedouin Village for dinner and some stargazing is an interesting way to spend the evenings. Or there are lots of bars and restaurants to relax at in Dahab. You could head into Masbat which is an exotic blend of Bedouins, Egyptians and Backpackers.
Dahab has some of the most perfect conditions available for teaching kids to windsurf. The early morning light winds, and specialised kids equipment mean they will be up and going in no time. With the wind increasing throughout the day, kids can also start windsurfing in slightly stronger winds, so they’ll be pro in no time!