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Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh December 10th 2015

We arrived in Sharm El Sheik just before midnight and checked into our hotel, the Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village ($40). I selected this hotel out of the multitude of all inclusive mega resorts because it was out of the main tourist area (which resembles Cancun), that it was locally owned by a Bedouin, and the rooms are in a Bedouin style hanging off a cliffside overlooking the Red Sea. We spent the first day just relaxing, enjoying being able to unpack our bags for once. We got our diving kits for the remainder of the week and snorkeled off the floating dock directly in front of the hotel. We were amazed at the local "house reef" and immediately realized why the Red Sea is considered by many to be the best diving in the world. ... read more
Adel, our Bedouin Dive Master
Twilight over the Red Sea
The Straits of Tiran

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh April 29th 2013

Sharm el Sheikh I do not understand why we sailed past this point on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula coming from Aqaba and went down to Safaga first before sailing back across the Red Sea to here. We docked early this morning and watched the hordes of folks get off to see the sights—mostly going to the sandy beaches and looking at marine life and coral reefs from boats fitted with glass bottoms out of Na’ama Bay. That is what we planned to do here, but we were pooped from the long day, heat, and exertion from the previous day, and stayed on board to nap and read and recover. As you can see from the photo, Na’ama Bay is close enough to walk to if you were willing to walk a mile in over ... read more
1304-357 toward entrance of Sharm El Sheikh port
1304-358 Na’ama Bay beyond gate (notice couple in lower right for scale)
1304-359 Pleasure craft and diving boats on left side of ship

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh May 3rd 2012

I will be raiding Egypt in July/August, visiting Sharm El Sheikh. Really excited!! I will try to keep a constant blog going, offering tips and advice as I find it out. This will be my first ever trip to Africa, therefore I am incredibly excited/nervous. If there is anything people could recommend to do while there, this would be hugely appreciated! If this helps, I have booked the trip through www.directline-holidays.co.uk on an all inclusive deal, 5 star hotel for 14 nights. I can't remember the name of the hotel, but it was called something like iberutal (i'm sure I could google it :p) . A number of the hotels had really bad reps on trip adviser, while this one seemed to be good, albeit a bit far out comparitively. The cost was about £880, which ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh April 2nd 2012

Dear All Greetings from Egypt! Country number 68, and to be honest I’m surprised I’ve left it so long, being so near to Europe and so many things of wonder to see. But alas, I have made it now, so no complaints there, and the next 2 weeks and a bit I plan to cover quite a bit of the place. First up, the Sinai Peninsula, where I am right now. This amazing piece of bottom-up triangular-shaped land forms the bridge not only between the African and Asian continents, but also the link between the Mediterranean and Red Seas, and beyond these, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans respectively. A major crossroads throughout the last few thousand years, and steeped in historical and military importance as empires and armies trekked along the north Sinai coast towards North ... read more
St Katherine's Monastery
Bedouin Boy and Camel
The Red Sea

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh January 28th 2012

Monday 23rdJanuary: We didn’t play tennis as it was a warmer day than usual so we decided to get some sun down by the beach. There was a bit of a surprise when we arrived at the beach as the tide level had dropped by about 4 feet leaving the pontoons high and dry and a large expanse of coral exposed. I took the opportunity to head off along the exposed beach towards a nearby headland to see what lay beyond, and to have a look at the pools left behind by the receding tide. We had an early dinner and were in bed by 9pm on account of having to get up at 1.30am on the Tuesday morning as we were due to be picked up at 2.15 am for the bus journey to Nuweiba ... read more
Coral at low tide
Eilat (in Israel) from Aqaba port
Queen Nefertiti at Aqaba

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh January 15th 2012

After seemingly spending all of December and January (so far) in the rain and chill we decided to head off for some sun; this time in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.We flew from Birmingham after a 6.15am departure from Cardiff. The flight took 5 hours and we arrived at Sharm el Sheikh at 6pm local time. Our hotel, the Savoy, is located only 6 kms from the airport so we were checked-in by 7pm local time and then went out for a meal at one of the restaurants in the pedestrian mall outside the front entrance of the hotel. All very easy though the temperature was rather cooler than we had expected. Friday 13th January: After a leisurely breakfast we looked round our hotel, the Savoy, which is very nice consisting of sprawling low rise accommodation with ... read more
Savoy Beach
Moonrise over Sharm el Sheikh
Savoy Hotel entrance and Soho Square Mall

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh January 5th 2012

Geo: 27.8518, 34.305After a peaceful cruise along the Nile interspersed with temple visiting, we flew here yesterday . This is the resort city of Egypt, filled with visiting Europeans, especially Russians.There are many huge resort hotels next to each other along the foreshore. We walked along the beautiful path between these and the beach checking out the many restaurants. At Naama Bay at the end of the strip there are many souvenir places all filled with the same tacky gear. It is certainly the Gold Coast equivalent and has nothing much to do with Egyptian culture. One aspect that is striking is the number of restaurants and bars where you can sit and smoke the water pipes which look like hookahs.We ate a a great seafood restaurant last night and there were several men sucking on ... read more
The beach at Sharm el Sheikh
Looking along the beach to Naama Bay

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh November 17th 2011

In December 2011 Shark Attacks hit the news. Sharks were attacking tourists in Sharm el Sheikh and people fled in fear. Beaches were closed, boats lined up in the bay's stopping people going deeper than there ankles. It was chaos. Then the revolution hit in January of this year and Egypt's well built up, distinguished tourist industry came crashing down around Mubaraks ears. Divers stopped visiting, sight see-er's stopping visiting. And a huge majority of Egypt's workers lost their livelihoods. But the country remained strong. Its people didn't give up, they fought for their rights and they are still fighting today. In Sharm in a little dive centre called Oonas 4 guys came up with an idea to get people back. Make an underwater video featuring four grown men, acting like prats infront of the camera ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh November 16th 2011

We are now at the Red Sea/Sinai Peninsula resort of Sharm El Sheik and it is 6.30pm as I start trying to catch up on the last couple of days. It looks as though we might get a decent internet system here, even though it is very expensive so I’ll try to get this typed up and cut and pasted onto the website tonight – if the internet works out!! To say we are both physically ‘shattered’ is probably putting it mildly as the schedule has been just crazy over the last 2 days. I left things last as we waited on Sunday night for a call from a doctor to give Joy her B12 injection. WELL, that didn’t work out!!!! After sitting up late waiting I went down to reception at 11.30pm to discover that ... read more

Africa » Egypt » Red Sea » Sharm el-Sheikh July 22nd 2011

My Egyptian travels are finally over! In the 3 months I was there I managed to vsist Sharm, Dahab, Cairo and Luxor and Egypts become one of my favourite countries. However sadly the people are suffering. 80% of Egyptians in Luxor rely on the tourist industry to survive and there are simply not enough tourists visiting. PEOPLE ITS SAFE! In Cairo I actually went to Tahir Square and wandered around the protestors in a state of wonderment. They returned fascinated stares and I had a few people come up to me and thank me for visiting their country. In fact they were almost protective of me, my Cairene friend Ahmed took me to see the protest and we had to go through a civilian security check. The police dont dare go near the people at the ... read more
Snappers
Butterfly Fish
Obiwan




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