Cat repellent

Trip Start Dec 07, 2009
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Trip End Sep 26, 2010


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Dyarna Hotel

Flag of Egypt  , Red Sea and Sinai,
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Dahab is warm and beautiful. It is a tiny town right on the Gulf of Aqaba overlooking the water to the coast of Saudi Arabia.

The hotel is really nice with big comfy rooms and a great pool right beside the beach. It was so nice to get here after a bit of a hectic night on the ferry. After a nice American breakfast, I quickly took advantage of the pool and went for a swim and had fresh mango juice at the swim-up bar. Walking through the town doesn't take long. As I said, Dahab is very small. It is quite charming but very touristy. Tons of souvenir shops. A big sidewalk right along the beach with nonstop lounges and open-air restaurants looking out on the Gulf. They all sport big cushions to lie back on and just relax.

It was fun walking around and checking the town out but I was most looking forward to a nap. After the long night it was well deserved. Woke up in time to do some quad biking. This was good times! Alex and I and a few others hit the paved road on our quad bikes and drove out of town then got into the more gnarly terrain. Sand and rocky scrub. We stopped at some really nice places. We went right down by some palm trees on the water then we headed into the mountains for some Bedouin tea and more good terrain. After the tea break we went back a different way towards Dahab and stopped at a lagoon. The water was beautiful and even though I hadn't brought swimmers I just went in with shorts and it was great. In the distance the sun dipped down behind the mountains for a sweet sunset. Got a bit muddy heading back into town but no worries, good shower and good fun.

For dinner we found one of the many seaside restaurants and I managed to convince one restaurant owner that if a few people came to eat we would all get free appies, free dessert and free shisha with the order of any main. Sold! Good night and good food, and 4 of us sat around and smoked some mango and guava shisha to kill a few hours. On a side note, all of the restaurants that we ate at during our time in Dahab provide spray bottles. We wondered what they were for at first until a waiter showed us they were to spray the random cats who would wander around the tables. Cat repellent in a bottle. Awesome. Went for a midnight swim back at the hotel pool then more sleep. Got to take advantage of sleep opportunities when you can!

Up early in the morning for breakfast then off to the famous "Blue Hole" a few clicks out of town. Blue Hole is known worldwide for its diving and snorkeling. The weather wasn't cooperating and it was really rainy and windy so conditions weren't ideal and I didn't stay in the water very long. The Blue Hole has actually gone severely downhill in the last few years and is now more of a legend than a good thing. The actual site itself is full of dead coral and not very many fish so it wasn't very interesting. Some of the locals pointed out a spot 200m down the road where they claimed there was much better water life and snorkeling. So a few of us walked down and got in the water again. There were some divers as well and the locals were right. It was brilliant. The coral was alive and well and there were plenty of tropical fish swimming around. It was really neat following the coral along the coastline from above as we could see the divers down below us and their air coming up in front of us. Beautiful blue colors and a good swim. 

Chilled back at the hotel for the afternoon. Picked up a few souvenirs and organized myself for Mt. Sinai. We have another brutal travel day with an overnight hike up to the top of Mt. Sinai starting at 2am, then once descending down the mountain after sunrise, a 9 hour bus transfer to Cairo. I didn't nap as much as I should have. Such is life.

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