the mecca for freediving
DAHAB – “GOLD”
Dahab, meaning “gold” in Arabic, is a small town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. Formerly, it was a remote Bedouin fishing village and now is one of Sinai’s most popular diving destinations.
Dahab’s known for its laid back vibe and chilled atmosphere. Many people who came to stay for a week or two end up returning every year, some even choose to stay forever. Its not easy to describe until you are here, but it’s a unique place, where goats and camels roam free, where the Bedouin kids run barefoot and where everyone lives and laughs together.
There are three main areas of Dahab; Lighthouse, Mashraba, Asalah.
Lighthouse is the very center of Dahab, it is more touristic and has considerably more hotels and still a few Bedouin camps. Freediving training can be done right in Lighthouse in Masbat bay, which offers depths up to approximately -40 meters.
Just south of Lighthouse is the area known as Mashraba which is also very touristic with many shops, cafes and restaurants. There are also hotels in Mashraba, however, they tend to be slightly more lower-end and a 10-15 minute walk from the center of Dahab and are therefore less popular accommodation options.
Just north of Lighthouse is Asalah which is a less touristic, more residential area yet still very developed. It’s a 10-20 minute walk (or five minute bike ride) to Lighthouse / the center of town. This is where Freediving.Life is located. Although, there is a beautiful shoreline in Asalah, freediving training is not viable there due to heavy winds and shallower depths. It’s still great for recreational freediving and swimming (just not great for line-diving) with lovely turquoise water and quiet beaches. Affordable apartment rentals and Airbnb’s can be easily found in Asalah, especially in the off-season (January-May) along with a few boutique hotel options.
FREEDIVING IN DAHAB
Dahab attracts large numbers freedivers because of the superb flat water conditions and the deep depths reachable right from shore. It’s also quite affordable and a friendly village with a large freediving community.
The Blue Hole
Dahab’s infamous Blue Hole is a 30 minute taxi ride from Lighthouse and offers the best conditions for freediving in Dahab. The submarine sinkhole has a maximum depth of just over 90 meters and less than a five minute swim from shore. Being that it’s surrounded on nearly all sides by a coral wall, not only is it deep but there very little current and flat surface conditions, making it the ideal training ground for freediving.
Inside the Blue Hole, there is the famous arch which is a 26 meter long tunnel, whose top is at a depth of 55 meters. Many freedivers enjoy freediving deep enough to view the arch which is penetrated by light from the other side.