Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt (Red Sea)

Restaurant Arcade Naama Bay Sharm el Shiek Egypt
Restaurant Arcade at Naama Bay 
- Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Bedouin Style Lounge Naama Bay Sharm el Shiekh Egypt
Bedouin-Style Lounge at Naama Bay
- Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Sunning Naama Bay Red Sea Sharm el Shiekh Egypt Beach Bikini
Sunning on Naama Bay 
- Red Sea, Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Red Sea Resort Sharm el Shiekh Egypt
Red Sea Resort - Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Naama Bay Red Sea Sharm el Shiekh Egypt Beach
Naama Bay - Red Sea, Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Partying Naama Bay Sharm el Shiekh Egypt
Partying at Naama Bay - Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Egyptian Twirling Dancing Sharm el Shiekh Egypt
Egyptian Twirling - Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Russian Couple Naama Bay Sharm el Shiekh Egypt
Russian Couple at Naama Bay 
- Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Egyptian Family Playing Naama Bay Sharm el Shiekh Egypt
Egyptian Family Playing at Naama Bay
- Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Pat Dunlap Seaside Bar Naama Bay Sharm el Shiekh Egypt
Pat at Seaside Bar 
- Naama Bay, Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt
Wayne Scuba Diving Ras Mohammed National Park Red Sea
Wayne Scuba Diving
- Ras Mohammed National Park, Red Sea
Hotel Camel Hotel Naama Bay Sharm el Shiek Egypt
Our Hotel (Camel Hotel) at Naama Bay
- Sharm el Shiekh, Egypt

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt (Red Sea) (4/24-30/2010)

WE SCUBA DIVED THE AMAZING RED SEA! - more on that below.

Sharm el Sheikh - think warm weather and sea water, thong bikinis and muscled men, beautiful beach resorts, world-class scuba diving and snorkeling, romantic seaside promenades lined with nice restaurants offering all kinds of food, neon-lit shopping arcades and malls, and partying until late. GREAT FUN! - see photos. 

Your can fly here cheap ($200 round trip from London). Sharm el Sheikh is where people from all over Europe come to play and escape their cold and heat.

Scuba diving the Ras Mohammed National Park in Egypt’s Red Sea is a special experience. We witnessed spectacular displays of multi-colored corals and schools of tropical fish. Large fish and manta rays would swim by in front of your eyes barely noticing you.

Snorkeling the Straits of Tiran was also a special treat. Among a lot of things, Pat and I saw the largest parrot fish we have ever seen and a leopard shark. Even the boat trips to these places were wonderful and snorkeling out in front of the hotels in Na’ama Bay was very nice.

A week at the highly developed Na’ama Bay disappeared quickly when we were lazing and swimming during the day and wandering the romantic half-mile seaside promenade in the evening seeking another wonderful restaurant for dinner (see photos).

Sharm el Sheikh is located on the Red Sea on the southern tip of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. With its stunning coral reefs, swarms of tropical fish, and warm water, the Red Sea is considered to be among the world’s best scuba diving and snorkeling. 

Vacationers can find small hotels as well as large all-inclusive resorts and many activities such as wind surfing, kite surfing, parasailing, boating, and canoeing. 

The spectacular Ras Mohammed National Park is one of the most famous dive sites in the world with its 2,600-foot deep reef walls, coral gardens, and diversity in marine life with 160 different types of coral and 1,000 species of fish.

Some history... Before 1980, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt’s now largest resort city, was virtually uninhabited and little more than an occasional place for local fishermen. The Sinai Peninsula was captured by Israel during the Sinai conflict of 1956 and then restored to Egypt in 1957. 

A United Nations peacekeeping force was stationed here until the 1967 Six-Day War when the Sinai Peninsula was recaptured by Israel. Sharm el Sheikh remained under Israeli control until the Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egypt in 1982 after the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty of 1979.

During their second control, the Israelis started development of Sharm el Sheikh with a few hotels. Recognizing the potential, the Egyptian government encouraged continued development and foreign investment poured in. 

The total number of hotels increased from three in 1982 to ninety-one in 2000 and now Sharm el Sheikh has 1/3 of all the hotels in Egypt.

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  1. Wayne and Pat,

    The Egyptian experience (thus far) looks like great fun.

    Thanks for sharing the adventure, a little history and a couple of photos.

    Would love to dive there one day.

    Wishing you safe travels and continued enjoyment!

    Love, John and Bonnie

  2. A hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers.

    Pousada Ubatuba


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