03 February 2010
There is always that place on every trip that you’ve heard about a million times. People have said it’s “perfect” and “wonderful” and “amazing” and “so unique.” When you arrive it’s often all of the above but the hype is just so high it’s hard for the whole thing to live up to the pressure. Dahab on the Sinai peninsula is not one of those places. Instead, it seems that when the Earth was doing its dance and deciding where to create heavenly, awe-inspiring and comfortable (yet affordable and enticing) places, Dahab came to be.
Imagine a semi-circular cove lined with jagged rocks and filled with the bluest water imaginable. Dot that shore with tiny beachside cafes filled with enormous cushions, topped by thatched roofs and filled with delectable food from all over the world. Now insert a calm breeze and the sound of waves lapping against the rocks, people walking right into the ocean clad head to toe in “real deal” scuba gear, that one perfectly placed fishing boat complete with picture-perfect local fisherman and free wifi internet. That’s Dahab.
At $6 per night for a private room and and bath with windows that open to the sea, $3 American breakfast and $2 happy hour specials, Dahab just might be the most perfect place on earth. If only I could stay forever. At $180 a month for “rent” and a daily food budget of around $5, I could have stayed for 2 years on the amount spent on this trip. How insane is that? I wonder if they rent rooms long-term...
Bottom line, come here and stay for a very long time.