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The lively centre
Na'ama bay is the centre of all action in Sharm-el-Sheikh. Everything lives to tourism and from tourism. The beach is segmented in several private concessions, with a band of less than 20 meters considered public beach, which means that you don't pay the access to a restaurant or hotel, but... to... them!
During the day it's a sleepy town, awakening at sunset to fill the bars and restaurants. Each night, the program is the usual - strolling, drinking, listening to loud music.
Go to sleep - tomorrow there will be more fish to see!
spider cafe sharm el sheihk
Cafe Hand made taking into account the energy control harmful issued from the ground and this is due to staff and visitors calm nerves full making visitors in stable psychological condition and the cafe unique drinks and treatment is of natural herbs known to all.
Markets, bars, eating out and diving.
Travel outwith the resort and explore other places after you have spent a day or two in the place because a couple of days is enough in Naama Bay and Sharm El Sheikh for anyone, unless you went simply to lounge about your hotel area and nothing much else. The diving is ok but avoid the PADI stuff, you don't need it and you will gain nothing from it either. If you really need professional diving lessons, get them anywhere bar Egypt because absolutely NOTHING should be trusted in this country, especially so-called diving qualifications and the like.
Let's be honest, if their airport officials are corrupt (i.e attempting to blatantly steal my iPhone at an x-ray checkpoint as i was leaving, be wary of taking such devices to Egypt in general as im sure they get away with it from those too spooked by the intimidatory behaviour to refuse giving up personal belongings to these corrupt so-called officials) then it doesn't bode well for pretty much anything else.
I also recommend avoiding all the market traders (hawkers) like the plague and whatever you do, DO NOT talk to them in English!! If they ask where you are from, just say 'no understand' every time and if they ask where you are from, tell them you are from Romania and say no more. Walk on and accept NOTHING in the way of their hospitality or anything else as it will only lead to an attempt to either blatantly rip you off or the other tact of guilting you into parting with cash.
If they know you are from the UK, it's simply a nightmare to shake them off and the amount of horror storoes I heard, from the Egyptian hotel staff and rep concerning British tourists in Naama Bay were shocking and i'm glad and extremely fortunate for the advice i got before venturing into town. There are the odd few traders that are genuinly decent (like the watch trader in a wee side market and the place that I organised excursions from who were fantastic as were their trips) ans bargains are to be found if you like your fake bling and watches.
Pascha and Space are mince to be honest (unless lecherous Saudi's and Egyptians sleazing over your girlfriend is your idea of a good time) oh, and there are Russians everywhere! The Russians in Sharm El Sheikh outnumber the Egyptians!
Organise a few excursions and enjoy the rest of Egypt, it's quite cheap and an ideal way to see the historical sights and places...but always be extremely wary wherever you go, do not let your guard down anywhere in this country as being from the UK seemingly means you are wealthy beyond belief and are in Egypt to simply fill the pockets of the locals, including the police and as I personaly experienced, airline security personel also and unless you want to blow you holiday budget within a couple of days, DO NOT interact with anyone apart from those essential like taxi's (taxi drivers--always negotiate a price BEFORE you step foot in the cab) and the odd trader and whatever...use common sense if you have it....if you don't, stay away from this country. It is beautiful in many respects and the weather?? Bliss!
There is so much to see and do but you need your wits about you more than anywhere I have ever travelled previously...and that says something in itself considering some of the places I have been to.
- Budget Travel
- Water Sports
- Diving and Snorkeling
Do not use the local buses or taxis in sharm, the drivers are ripping off the tourists by stating that the buses are finished at 10am and they are taxis, this is a lie. myself and a friend got on a bus that the driver stopped outside of naama bay and we were threatened to pay more money there was another bus in front which also stopped , we were 2 women over 60 and this was frightening, however we managed to get off of the bus and run into a nearby hotel for help, this bus stopped along peace road way out from most hotels. we were followed by the driver of the bus and friends from the other bus. Taxis are exploiting the english tourists and charging up to 100 egyptian pounds for a fare. Please only use hotel transport never local transport. This is the worst experience of my life and we have been going to egypt for 5 years but now I would stay in my hotel resort and never venture into naama bay again, too frightening, do not trust anyone other than hotel staff
Naama Bay Nightlife
I suggest going only at night since the place is lit up amazingly, and very very safe and comfortable for tourists. in fact it is over ridden by tourists, either arab,, european or american. I met a wonderful Libyan family just visiting Sharm as a vacation, which i though was cool that even to people within arabic world, they also love to visit egypt's treasures. its very good compared to the nontouristic cairo. Naama Bay is extremely developed and is simply a joy to walk around in. The walking paths are so great through the shops, but are neccessary due to the amount of tourists.
Sitting down on the bench i spoke to a native Egyptian teaching at Sharm univeristy, and he was telling me his anger at how his city has been tooken over. lol
Naama bay has plenty of shops, clubs, outdoor shisha bars, entertainment shows, casinos, restaurants and souvenir shops. Pasha is the biggest club in town, but cover is 26 euros, so i said screw that. other highlights include The belly dancing shows occuruing in various shisha bars or restaurants. its expensive.
Na'ama Bay: beachlife, colourful fishes
The first day at the beach I went into the water for a try-out of my snorkling gear and the new underwater cover for my digital camera. From the beach I saw two spots where some people were snorkling.
When I arrived there in only a few minutes, It surprised me to see just in front of the beach lots of colourful fishes, swimming around two small pieces of coral reefs. I couldn't recognise all the types of fish, but anyway I saw a blue coloured parrot fish, lots of black & white sergeants majors, yellow butterflyfishes and red sea banner fishes.
Of course the huge coral reefs of Ras Mohammed are much more impressive, but for me it was a nice surprise to be able to have this close encounter, just coming out of my hotelroom at the first day.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Na'ama Bay: beach life
Along the seaside of Na'ama Bay is a long sandy beach. Most hotels have their private beach, but there is also a public beach. The first time we stay at the eastern side of the bay and frequented the beach of the Sonesta Beach Resort. The second time we stayed opposite at the western side of the bay and frequented the beach of our Helnan Marina Hotel.
It's the place for sunbathing, playing beachvolleyball, relaxing, having a massage, swimming and even snorkeling (there are some minor reefs and lots of colourful fishes just in front of the beaches), but also for boating, sailing or making a trip with a glass bottom boat. It's a nice mixture of activities, but also a striking mixture of types of swimmingsuits from topless till swimming suits covering the whole body.
- Sailing and Boating
Sharm El-Sheik, Na'ama Bay
Both times we visited Sharm El-Sheik, we stayed in a hotel at Na'ama Bay. Along the bay is a nice pedestrian promenade. From the promenade you can reach all the beaches and the hotels, restaurants and shops lined along the promenade . It´s nice to stroll here, especially in the evening.
Along the promenade of Na'ama Bay are a lot of restaurants and bars. A rather cheap and popular one is Tam Tam Oriental Cafe for Middle Eastern and Egyptian dishes, drinks and shisha's (waterpipes). The bar has a relaxed and nice atmosphere.
Sharm El-Sheik, desert walk
The first time we visited Na'ama Bay we made a walk into the desert. It was a nice experience, especially because our hotel at the main Avenue (Peace Road) was situated at the edge of the desert.
We walked in the direction of the mountains. They looked very scenic, but the forms were also good for orientation. The solitary tree (picture 1) was our second orientation point. It's looked great in the surrounding landscape. In the shade of the tree we took a rest and drunk some water (picture 2).
On our walk back to Na'ama Bay the orientation was quite easy. When we turned around, we had allready a good view from a big distance at the skyline of the hotels and could easily find our way.
Nowadays most people go into the desert by quad.
- Hiking and Walking
Sharm el-Sheik, the desert
During our first visit to Na'ama Bay we could easily walk into the desert from our Oasis hotel, situated at the edge of the desert. It was an easy walk, because the surface was solid and flat. The scenery with the mountains at the background was wonderfull. We didn't see any other people during our walk, so the desert gave us a feeling of solitude and serenity. When we walked back, we saw far away at the other side of the wadi a small group on quads, four wheeled motorbikes, entering the desert.
After 11 years when we came back to Na'ama bay, we found out that at the edge of the desert along the big Avenue, called the Peace Road, new housing areas were built and many more are under construction (picture 4). Along the Avenue you have hardly any free views (picture 3)at the desert anymore. Also the view at the desert from our former hotel was disappeared behind blocks of houses (picture 2).
Of course in case you want, you can still go for a walk into the desert, but you have to walk a bit more coming from the hotel area and the charm of walking straight from your hotel into the desert is gone.
The second time we didn't go for a walk, but we were happy we could still experience the desert by the splendid view from the balcony of our hotelroom at the same desert mountains like in 1996, as a wonderful background behind the town (picture 5).
- Hiking and Walking
Na'ama Bay, cliffs and reefs
Na'ama Bay itself has some minor reefs for snorkeling, reachable from the beach. I was surprised to get a glimpse allready of many colourful fishes just a few steps in the water.
The first time we visited Na'ama Bay we walked to the Near Garden east of the beach area near the Sofitel Hotel. We could walk there on the cliffs. Also if you not go for snorkeling, the walk on the cliffs is nice. Nowadays acces can maybe be blocked by new hotels built on the shore.
- Diving and Snorkeling
shoping&clubing &smoking shisha in cafe(MARINA)
you should go to marina or the so called na'ma bay if you want to shoping or clubing or smoking shisha in cafe then marina is the best thing,you can also find there Macdonalds pizza hut ,hardrock cafe and alot of other shopping center
Naama shoping center
This is a big place , kept nice and clean , and they dont bother you that much here, not like outside. Nice chinese resturant here where Tony Blair and his family went , they have the photo framed on the wall.
Visit the Camel Bar in Naama Bay, up on the roof top you can slouch around on the sofas, have a drink some good food and of course for afters have a go on the local hashish. Im not a smoker myself but had a go. The tabaco is flavoured with things like cherry, strawberry or apple to name a few.
- Diving and Snorkeling
This bar which is upstairs in the Camel Hotel is British Run and offers sky sports and an impressive range of international drinks. Upstairs the roof top bar has spectaculr views over Naama Bay and the clear skies of Sharm. They also serve food and have Shisha and supply patio heater on cooler evenings which are a God send.
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