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Only four of the islands are inhabited and the total population only numbers about 2,500 of which most live on Dahlak el Kebir. The inhabitants still maintain their traditional lifestyle of fishing and herding goats and camels.
Some islands have shores lined with mangrove trees or salt bush. Shoals and submerged corral reefs, a spectacular marine life (dolphins, sharks, dugongs, turtle species, hermit crabs, fish, shells), shipwrecks and pumice stones formed from submarine volcanos make the Red Sea an unforgettable diving experience.
Dahlak el Kebir is the chief port for pearl fishing in the southern part of the Red Sea and was formally used as a military base by the Ethiopians. A more sinister aspect of the islands’ history is that they were one of the most important conduits for the export of slaves from the mainland to Saudi Arabia.