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    • Dahab Divers Lodge
      El Melal street,
      PO Box 29, Dahab
      South Sinai, Egypt
      Telephone: +20(0) 1003339640
      Telephone: +20(0) 1223818515

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Frequently asked questions

About Booking & Accommodation

Should I book in advance?
The sooner the better to get the best rates. But even if you show up at the counter, we can normally sort out all your diving within the hour. It would be best if we know if you require a specific language manual/instructor beforehand so that we can be prepared.
What about accommodation?

There are also a few other places in Dahab we recommend based on your needs and the budget you have in mind. Check out accommodation or send us a message with the information needed and we'll let you know what is available.

What is the refund policy?
We do not require any deposit or payment upfront. Bills are generally settled a day before your last day diving as the ATMs can be quite temperamental in Dahab.

About Egypt

Do I need a visa?

Upon arrival at Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, you will be asked if you need a "Sinai only" visa or a "full Egypt" one. If you plan on staying in Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh/Dahab/Nuweiba/St. Katherine/Taba) then you only need the Sinai one. If you plan on visiting Cairo, going to any National Parks (Diving the S.S Thistlegorm or Ras Mohamed) or crossing any borders then you need the "Full Egypt" one at 25 USD/person.

What do I need to know about Health?
There are 3 medical facilities in Dahab, all between a 5-10 min drive from the town centre. House calls are also available and pharmacies are not hard to find. Most medication is brought off the shelf without a prescription needed. Best tip we can give you when travelling to Egypt in to stay away from raw greens, ice and remember to drink A LOT of water! You'll need it!
What is the local currency?

Livre Egyptienne (L.E) – Egyptian Pound - is the local currency. However, EUROS, USD and GBP are accepted almost everywhere.

About diving

Are there any requirements for diving?
Upon arrival at the dive centre, you will be asked to fill out a customer record. Among the paper work involved are some liability releases (for courses and guided dives) as well as a PADI Medical Statement. You will be asked to fill in the questionnaire with a full 'YES' or 'NO'. If there is a 'YES' on any of the medical conditions, we call in a diving physician to do a quick check up and make sure you are fit to dive. If you know you have a condition that requires a check up, call in to your physician before your trip to get his approval for diving.
Do I need any equipment?

We have all the gear you need for rent. However, it's usually more comfortable for you to have your own mask that you know fits you well. Also, if you wear glasses, a good idea would be to either get some contact lenses or a prescription mask.
Prescripted masks are available for rent in the dive center as well.

Can I buy equipment in Dahab?
There are 4 dive shops in literally a few minutes walk from the dive centre so if you are interested in purchasing your own gear, grab one of the Dahab Divers Lodge team’s members and go shopping!
Do I need insurance?

You don’t NEED it but it is a good idea to have it! Some insurances are specific to diving emergencies and usually give great cover any place in the world (e.g. DAN, Aquamed).

Do you have rental photo cameras?
Yes – We have digital cameras with the option of photo and video. These cameras have a specific underwater housing and are available for rent. If you would like one of our instructors to take professional photos of you on guided dives (not on courses!) or teach you how to use your camera, that can also be easily arranged.
Do you offer group packages?
Yes – we normally have great offers for groups and love to tailor our trips based on your needs, whether courses, fun dives or dive safaris. Send us an email with what you have in mind and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Can I snorkel off the boat while others dive?
There are quite a few sites that are 'snorkeling friendly' in Dahab and you are more than welcome to join on most of the boat trips and even the shore dives. The instructor in charge of your group will be able to tell you if the weather conditions permit as well as the entry and exit points.
What diving certifications can I get at Dahab Divers Lodge?
We offer the full range of PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster course and various PADI Specialty courses.

About the Arrival

How do I get to Dahab?

You can fly to Sharm el Sheikh. There are direct flights from different European countries (e.g. Germania from Germany and Switzerland, Jetairfly and Air Cairo from Belgium, Meridiana from Italy/Milano). You can also check flights via Cairo (Egypt Air) or Istanbul (Turkish Airlines, Pegasus).

How do I get from the Airport to Dahab?
We are happy to arrange transfers to and from Sharm el Sheikh airport for you. Give us a call or send us a mail.

About Dahab

Tell me more about Dahab

Dahab is a very relaxed and laid back town situated 90 km north of the Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. There is a lot to do here – most travelers come for the diving while others to wind surf, kite surf, rock climb and simply unwind. There are also relaxing trips to Castle Zaman near Nuweiba, desert expeditions to the different canyons, St.Catherine's Monastery, Mount Moses or you can have a Bedouin dinner and star gaze – beautiful! The main beach promenade is full of different restaurants, bars, bazaars and little Bedouin girls selling handmade bracelets. Ladies – leave your make up and high heels are home – you are not going to need them here!
For more information see Dahab.

What is the best time of the year to visit Dahab?
It depends on what you are after. We have divers here all year round...Some prefer it in the winter when it's not too warm and not too much touristic. Others love our dry heat and come for the summer and go home with a great tan!
What are the average water temperatures?
During the winter, the air temperature is around 18-20 C and the water about the same. In the summer months, Air temperature reaches 40 C easily and the water around 29 C. Luckily, it's hardly ever humid here so we barely break a sweat even when it's THAT warm!

About dive courses

Which dive course should I select?
If you have never been diving or snorkeling before, it's best to start with a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD). This is usually a good ice-breaker and actually the first day of the Open Water Course so if you enjoy it, you can simply go on to the following day. For those of you who have done introductory dives or DSDs before, it's time to get your Open Water done! IF you are confused about what course to do next and what options you have – Please send us an inquiry and one of our team members will be able to answer all your questions.
How old do you have to be to take the course?
As of 8 years old, we can do a bubble maker course where you can get a good taster of the underwater world (maximum depth – 2 meters). As for the PADI Courses, you can begin your underwater adventure as of age 10!
What depths can I go to as a junior diver?

10-11 year old kids are allowed to dive to a max. depth of 12m, 12-14 year old kids can dive to max. 18m with a dive professional. From ages 15+ the recommended depth is 18m.

How soon after the certification can I take the Advanced course?
The Advanced Open Water course can be done back to back with your Open Water course but it's best to consult with your instructor if they feel you are ready or would be better off doing a few more guided dives before taking on the new course.
Are the courses offered in other languages than English?
With our permanent team, we offer all courses in English, German, Russian and Arabic. If you require any other language, let us know and we can sort it out for you.
How long does the Open Water course take?

The Open Water Course takes usually 4 full days and is performance based. It consists of different modules (theory, confined water, open water dives).

Do I have to be a great swimmer?
It's a plus if you are, but you don’t need to be a champ! We need you to be able to swim 200 meters comfortably.
I would like to take a course while I'm on vacation. What is your course schedule?

We operate 365 days a year so send us an email and let us know when you are coming and would like to start the course. We will arrange everything else for you!