The wind blows for an average of around 270 days a year in Dahab, making it a haven for windsurfers and kiteboarders. Five Square/Go Dahab (t 0122 756 8358, w go-dahab.ru), based at the Panda Resort by the lagoon, run beginners windsurfing classes (€40/1hr or €145/3 days) and kiteboarding (€90/2hr), and rents out equipment (from €10/day). The Hilton, Iberotel and Le Meridien hotels also have windsurfing/kiteboarding centres.

Riding, rock-climbing and desert safaris

If you fancy riding on the beach, local boys rent out horses or camels (around £E50/hr); they tend to hang out by the restaurants in Masbat. Alternatively, Blue Beach Club offers more organized horse rides down the beach (£E100/hr), as well as lessons (£E150/hr); you can also do overnight trips into the desert and the mountains.

A more exciting option is to sign up for trips into the rugged interior, which can be organized at most hotels, travel agencies and dive centres. Trips can involve trekking, camel rides and quad biking, cost around €40–50 per day, and range in length from a single day to around two weeks. Desert Divers also offer a range of rock-climbing courses and day-trips for both beginners (from €65) and those with previous experience.

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