Dahab's sights are all underwater. Those who want to simply hit the beach may be a tad disappointed, as central Dahab is a beach town that has managed to thrive without much of a beach – instead the rocky coastline leads straight out on to the reef. In typical make-do Dahab style, the waterfront cafes have solved the where-to-sunbathe conundrum by setting up shaded loungers at the water's edge.
For the golden sands after which Dahab was named, head south to Dahab Lagoon, where the luxury resorts are clustered. Most resorts offer beach-use day access starting from LE50, and pedalos and kayaks can be hired. The Eel Garden area in Assalah (at the northern end of Dahab's shorefront promenade) has a long, narrow strip of yellow sand.