Sandboarding, scuba, desert and beach: A family break to Dahab

Today a rather exotic location for you all, the town of Dahab located on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.  A great option for those who want to escape the shiny resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and enjoy the laidback vibe of this former Bedouin fishing village.  Ortal, over to you!

Dahab - Vincent & Ortal

Dahab.. I’ve been with a boyfriend, a best friend, family holiday, pregnant, with a 7 month old and….. And now, drum roll…. A 2 3/4 year old….!!!!

I have stayed in hotels, guesthouses and then once family holidays began – renting apartments.  This year we stayed at Villa Sarda which even has it’s own Facebook page!

It had everything we needed in the kitchen but it needed sprucing up and it would have been nice to have a contained outdoor area.

Dahab is perfect for mooching around- Easter time is hot but not too hot.

Dahab - the beach


We stayed on the beach so had a half hour walk into the main town which was perfect for tiring out little feet and all the restaurants are sooo accommodating and even made fish fingers for us!!! Horse, camels, cats and dogs are everywhere which means not getting anywhere fast.

Sand boarding was a great activity for every age from my 63 year old dad to my son, who thought the dune was just a massive sand pit, but did go down on the boarding sitting!

Dahab - on the beach

We took a boat out for the day, which had a glass bottom, so my son was hooked!

I took him to the Dolphinarium in Sharm el Sheikh, an hours drive away.  It was nice but to be honest even though it was the only specific child activity, we could have left it!

We also hiked in the desert and did a night BBQ in the desert, all of these were adapted for my son, and our guide even carried Vincent in the desert so I could scale the rocks!

It was a great holiday but I wouldn’t call it restful. Dahab is totally child friendly but it’s not child specific! (although I did get one scuba dive in!)

Dahab - in the sea

Dahab Tips

  • Dahab is dry and sunny all year round but very very hot in summer months!  March/April and October/November are considered the best months to visit.
  • To get to Dahab, fly in to Sharm El Sheikh airport and take a taxi or bus (90 mins)
  • If you’ve got older kids, you could combine a trip to Dahab with an overnight Sinai desert safari
  • Dahab is famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling.  Some companies offer introductory courses to those as young as 8.  Great if you want to sneak off and get your own scuba dive in!
  • Following the political instability in Egypt, do pay attention to Foreign Office warnings on travel to Egypt

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