The diving in Dahab is mostly shore-based: the sea quickly drops off to great depths. More remote dive sites are reached by boat, or by camel.
The Red Sea is very salty. Its salinity reaches 41 parts per thousand compared to 35 parts per thousand in oceans. This is due to the lack of rivers adding fresh water to the sea, and the hot weather causing evaporation. Make sure you use more lead than you would normally.
Dahab means "Gold", and it was named by the Bedouin for its golden sands. Some divers consider Dahab to be a bit out of the way, but if you like relaxed diving with just short walk into the water, then Dahab is well worth a visit.
Diving generally involves a short drive up or down the coast to a Bedouin cafe where you have a cup of tea before getting changed and walking into the water. After the dive you return to the cafe for lunch.
Photo credit: Tim Nicholson
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