Nuweiba

Go back to basics at this magical nature retreat

Located north of Dahab, Nuweiba’s stretch of coastline is dotted with camps and small hotels of varying sophistication. Rustic, straw-covered Bedouin-style huts, situated beneath a rust-colored mountain range, are a few steps away from shimmering turquoise waters, inviting you to wade in and disconnect from the world beyond shore. This area was reportedly a resting spot for pilgrims while on route to and from Mecca, holding an air of spiritual stillness and peaceful, raw beauty. Evenings give way to a blanket of sparkling stars while you cozy up around the campfire, enjoying the hospitality and stories of your Bedouin hosts.

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Explore the hard and soft coral reefs with stunning marine life, including moray eels, barracuda, snappers, razorfish, rays, and some endangered sea turtles.

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Sit with Bedouin women to learn more about their handmade crafts; they usually walk along the shore, stopping at each camp for an hour or so.

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Dive off the shore at Abou Lou Lou House, ideal for beginners and experienced divers, as well as snorkelers. You can easily spot over a dozen lionfish here on any given day, and this reef is considered a “cleaning station” for bigger sea creatures.

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Stay at one of the camps along the coast; they offer a back-to-basics holiday, with straw huts that sit directly on the beach.

Take a camel ride along the shore, as the Bedouins ride their camels up and down the coastline and love to offer tourists a ride.

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