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Red Sea from the US??

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cdavis

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I just realized that diving in Dahab and maybe other areas of the Red Sea is very very cheap. Never considered the possibility, so I haven't paid attention to diving there. Air from the US is a big bite, but it appears that I could live and dive for 10 days or so on less than $1000 US, after air fare. Is this reasonable? I don't need fancy, simple, clean and cool to sleep in is fine.
What is the water temp in early fall? Visibility? Are free divers available for buddies? Am I assuming correctly that there is a lot of diving on high relief terrain with reef walls in 10-40+ m? Any pit falls I need to know about?

Thanks

Connor
 

DeepThought

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Dahab is pretty cheap and can accomodate any standart of living you will require probably and therefore budgets may vary from around 10$ to 100$ a day depending on your choises (and bothering for looking a cheap place). I'de say 10$-20$ a day for eveything is pretty reasonable living (not AC rooms probably). (also varies with seasons).

Viz should be around 25m. I was in Dahab last May or June and the water temp was around 24c. There were ample of freediving buddies - from residents to europeans droping by for training.

The residents I know of are Roland (Immerlustig on db) and Lotta Ericson.

All of my freediving was shore diving, there are a few walls, the famous blue hole, and some sloaps as well.
A coral reservation in the Caribieans would probably offer more marine life but I don't think one can regert getting all the way to dahab. :)

PS: let us know before you're coming, maybe we'll have the chance to dive. :)
 

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Connor, I stayed in Dahab during July '02 and we had a nice hotel on the beach with AC/TV/Breakfast for 20$US/Night. You would easily survive on 40$ US/day, living well, eating well and bringing back some nice souvenirs.
All freedivers should go to Dahab! Now if they'd only let me hunt....
Cheers,
Erik Y.
 

cdavis

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Thanks Erik and Michael, I really appreciate the info.

Dahab looks fascinating, amazingly inexpensive even with the air fare. I contacted Roland and he is getting me some additional detail. This goes on my calender for fall 2006. 2005 is already full.

Connor
 

subaquaticus

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DeepThought said:
Dahab is pretty cheap and can accomodate any standart of living you will require probably and therefore budgets may vary from around 10$ to 100$ a day depending on your choises (and bothering for looking a cheap place). I'de say 10$-20$ a day for eveything is pretty reasonable living (not AC rooms probably). (also varies with seasons).

Viz should be around 25m. I was in Dahab last May or June and the water temp was around 24c. There were ample of freediving buddies - from residents to europeans droping by for training.

The residents I know of are Roland (Immerlustig on db) and Lotta Ericson.

All of my freediving was shore diving, there are a few walls, the famous blue hole, and some sloaps as well.
A coral reservation in the Caribieans would probably offer more marine life but I don't think one can regert getting all the way to dahab. :)

PS: let us know before you're coming, maybe we'll have the chance to dive. :)

Very interesting... I am from Paris and I have already been to Hurghada...

Are there direct flights Paris - Dahab ?
 

DeepThought

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I don't think that there are direct flights to Dahab from anywhere. But there's an airport in Sharm which is ~2 hours ride from dahab.
I wouldn't know which flights go there ofcoruse.
 
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Stephan Whelan

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Michael,

You are right - there are no direct flights to Dahab - you have to fly into Sharm and then get a transfer from there.
 

subaquaticus

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Thanks... I am planning to organize a freediving trip for 5-6 people to Dahab....

thanks for your tips (planes, hotels,...)
 

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Erik said:
Connor, I stayed in Dahab during July '02 and we had a nice hotel on the beach with AC/TV/Breakfast for 20$US/Night. You would easily survive on 40$ US/day, living well, eating well and bringing back some nice souvenirs.
All freedivers should go to Dahab! Now if they'd only let me hunt....
Cheers,
Erik Y.


Things are now cheapers from the time erik was there!! The egyptian pound dropped and you can find a nice hotel room with AC and shower for 10$ a night!!
I think the right person for you to contact is Lotta Ericson!! She and her husband own a great cheap hotel there (Nubia hotel) and they also have a diving and freediving club!
If you do contact her tell her Said says Hi!!!

Dahab is great for diving and for relaxing!


Said
 

cdavis

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Thanks all, for some fabulous info. Dahab sounds great. It should be a 2006 trip. Right now, I'm getting ready for summer 2005 in the Bahamas.

Connor
 
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