Abu Galum is a divers and snorkelers’ ultimate paradise, but also provides beachside camping, various watersports, hiking, and stargazing; every kind of explorer will find something to love about Abu Galum.
Home to the globally renowned Blue Hole and Three Pools dive sites, Abu Galum is a tourist favourite, especially because of its proximity to the city of Dahab. Abu Galum covers an area of 500 km², and was declared as a protectorate in 1992. This region boasts a collection of coral reefs unlike anywhere else in the world, also housing the infamous Blue Lagoon, a stunning natural saltwater pool surrounded by climbable mountaintops. With foxes, vultures, and ibexes, Abu Galum’s rugged terrain provides the ideal environment for a lively collection of wildlife. The surrounding mountains are also home to various other reptile, bird, and fish species such as the Sinai Agama, Grey Heron and the Giant Moray Eel.
Natural Phenomena, Animals and Plants
Local People, Tribes
You will meet two distinct sets of tribespeople while visiting Nuweiba, each with their own unique cultural heritage. Considered one of the largest Bedouin tribes in the Sinai Peninsula, the Tarabin Tribe is particularly famous for their rich culture and genuine hospitality. While touring Abu Galum, don’t forget to break for a meal alongside the Tarabin people, whose local fettah dish Qorsa is cooked with unripe watermelon and eaten with chili peppers – not for the faint hearted Abu Galum is also inhabited by the Mazayna, a large tribe with Saudi Arabian origins. As with all Bedouins in Sinai, the Mazayna are known for their hospitality and will likely offer you some of their signature Marmaria tea, made with sage. The Mazayna people are also particularly fond of the Habaq herb, which they use to make another peppermint-like tea – a Bedouin favorite. Clothing and crafts-making is a pillar of Bedouin cultural heritage. Women among both the Tarabin and the Mazayna tribes produce traditional craft items with striking decorative embroidery and beadwork in distinctly stylized motifs reflecting the local area’s flora and fauna. This is a wonderful opportunity to find gifts for friends or source authentic personal souvenirs, all while benefiting the local community.
Places To Lodge
The nearby city of Dahab is a thriving tourist center, with countless hotels and comfortable accommodations lining its beaches. If you prefer to stay in Blue Lagoon itself for a few days, locals have set up a number of basic camping facilities along the beach, which provide a more minimalist experience.