GerryM's new Egypt Page
I have been in Egypt twice now, the first time was approx. 5-6 years ago. On that trip I started out in a place called Naama Bay, nearby Sharm El Sheikh, there I had my first ever diving experience. What a place to start! The Red Sea is magical, words don't do it. You should try this, at least once. Then for the second week of that trip my friend and I caught up with some (US) Egyptians back home on vacation in a Beduin village called Dahab. They were making plans to spend New Year in the Sinai desert, over a camp fire one evening, we happened to be there and they asked if we would join. Well, what do you say to such an invitation, YES PLEASE! Again this was the most fabulous experience, in the hotel of a million stars, as we called our sleeping bag in the desert, under that wonderous unpolluted sky.
My second trip was April last year when I was taken there to celebrate my 40th in the Intercontinental Hurghada. A bit indulgent perhaps, but I wasn't complaining. Got in some fabulous snorkelling trips to some of the off-shore reefs - great! Otherwise good food, fabulous weather and a bit of local exploring. I have to say apart from our hotel and the fact that we were literally on the banks of the Red Sea, I wouldn't personally recommend going there. The othere side of the Red Sea was for me much more beautiful and the people much more friendly. I think this place is too touristy (or perhaps not enough) consequently the local people tend to be more greedy than necessary.