Sharm el Sheikh
On the tip of the Sinai Peninsula on the Red Sea, Sharm el-Sheikh offers a surprisingly good holiday destination. Often referred to as the City of Peace, it is one of the top scuba diving destinations in the world. This, along with tours into the desert, is the best reason to visit this resort.
Na’ama Bay is the centre of the nightlife with restaurants, bars and clubs. It is midway between the Old City and the Sharm Airport. It’s a great place for people watching along the pedestrian walkways where there are coffee houses and small restaurants. There are also many hotels and spas on the beach.
Diving and snorkelling are popular in Na’ama Bay. There are boat trips that take visitors further out on the reef to see the hundreds of spectacularly coloured fish.
There are several chain restaurants, but local seafood and kebabs are also available. Pork is not sold. If it is on the menu, it is salted beef.
The underwater world of Sharm el Sheikh is completely different from the remote desert mainland. It is colourful and fascinating, full of life including schools of barracudas as well as murrays and sharks can be seen every day. There are also several wrecks including the SS Thistlegorm, which is considered the best wreck dive in the world.
When the diving gets too crowded, visitors can take a diving safari. It takes people to reefs beyond the reach of day boats. It is the same price as day diving and is much more relaxing. There are diving schools for beginners, so everyone can see the amazing underwater sights.
Other activities available are horseback riding, quad bike tours, golfing and para-sailing. Tours into the Sinai can be taken on camels. This is also considered an unforgettable experience. The stars at night are worth the trip and guests get dinner cooked by the locals.
A day trip to visit St. Catherine’s monastery with a fourth century chapel is a popular tour. Christians believe this is the sight of the Burning Bush. The fortress that surrounds the monastery was built in the sixth century. Adventurous visitors can also spend the night and climb Mt. Sinai to see the sun rise.
Trekkers can visit the White Canyon Labyrinth. A water worn canyon with beautiful sandstone walls that look like soft folds that resemble fabric. It is a four hour hike to visit these beautiful landforms and only for those fit enough. Each person needs to carry a large bottle of water.