I found Blue Realm Diving through their very well-written web site and just had a good feeling about the place, which was totally confirmed in every way. The attitude here is casual, laid-back, and professional all at the same time. Although we had our own gear, looking at the rental equipment, I found it hard to believe it had ever been used, and would have been delighted to have made use of it if that had been our plan. The owners, Khaled and Sita, were knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and take care of everything. For a dive master, my husband and I were matched with Sebastian, a young French ex-pat whose style fit us perfectly. He knew his critters and his territory, and was very happy to accommodate us on every dive. We were also lucky enough to spend a day on the Aeolus, an absolutely gorgeous boat captained by Hakim, to Gabr el Bint. There were about a dozen Russians, with their dive guide, and us with Sebastian. Again, everything about the trip was first-class. As was the diving.
Being from the States, and spending lots of time in the Caribbean, the diving was really different for us, and spectacular. We’ve never seen such diverse, healthy and huge corals. Nothing was crowded, and the fish life was amazing. From Dahab, we went to Sharm for a few days, and wished we had never left Dahab, since the diving is so much better there. I can’t recommend it or Blue Realm highly enough.
We also stayed at the associated hotel, the Blue Beach Club. We were on the “other” side of the road, away from the beach, but found it very quiet and not a problem as some have suggested. Our room was newly refurbished, and very large and comfortable. The prices were reasonable, there was a pickup waiting for us at the airport, the restaurant was decent; really, there were no downsides whatsoever. It’s also nice that the operation is a little north of the main drag. It’s very easy to get to any restaurants or shops with a short walk, but you’re not in the middle of the tourist shops and crowds.
I would return to Blue Realm in a heartbeat, and thanks Sita and Khaled for such a wonderful time.
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- Quaint beachfront hotel in great location in Dahab. Warm atmosphere, great staff and loads of activities for all ages! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Beach Club Hotel Dahab
- Blue Beach Hotel
- Blue Beach Dahab