I did not dive on this trip. but the snorkeling was amazing. Anywhere outside of a bay , with one exception, is a good place to go: although along the cliffs, with the underwater dropoffs and half meter waves, may be a little scary for a beginning snorkeler at first. There are many types of fish and most are not afraid of you if you do not try to touch them. If your are a beginner, try Sharks Bay. You can pay to stay on any beach in Sharm.
Another tip: I don't have pictures because underwater disposable cameras don't work well in anything less than full direct sunlight
There are many tours being sold all over the place including trips to Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor to see pyramids and museums but we wanted a relaxing holiday so did not take up these opportunities. I would however strongly recommend taking a day trip to Ras Mohammed National Park by boat. You are taken to 3 dive spots, 2 in the National Park and one outside it. The snorlkelling is excellent as is the instruction and food and refreshment provided on board.
The Red Sea has an amazing reputation for it's sealife, and now I see why! There is incredible snorkling available, often directly off the beach.
We spent a great day snorkeling the 'House Reef' at Shark's Bay, on a beach readily accessible to the the public. Although snorkeling gear could be rented for $10 US, the dive guys only charged us about $2!
The dry Sinai half-island is covered with these sharp edged mountains that are really typical.
The picture was taken when flying back from Sharm. Impressive view, huh?
On one of these mountains it is said, that the Arche Noah landed after the flood.
On another one Moses got the ten rules from god.
And Abraham spoke to the burning bush.
So you see this dry desert landscape is religiously very important land.
There are excursions to climb the mountain where the St. Catherines Monastery is. This is suposed to be the Mountain of Moses. if you do so, start in the night, watch the sunrise from the top, then get back down, before it gets too hot.
It is possible to snorkel just off the beach in Naama bay. The best way for children to learn. We tried to take our daughter onto the reef but she can't swim yet and was too nervous as the sea currents at Ras Mohammed can be rather strong. You can buy fins and snorkels in the town.
Most every day is a blue sky day in the Sinai... And as such you will get many a chance to encorporate the sun beaming down into your underwater pix....
Use it, it can create some out of this world feelings...
If there ever was to be a underwater contest for the lippiest fish, I'd say that the winner hands down would have to be our good friend the Napolean Wrasse...
I'm so hot for you... I'M SO HOT FOR YOU >>> I'M SO HOT FOR YOU, but you're SO COLD>>>>>
You gotta snorkel or dive. (I wish I was a certified diver, but alas, i never took lessons!)
Snorkeling was good enough, and better than nothing. AMAZING underwater life. They are not allowed to fish, so there are PLENTY of fish down below. Healthy colorful coral, as well!!!
We saw moray eels, and a baracuda!
Where are more fishes then in the red sea? Nowhere! I've made my diving certificate in Australia. It's one of the best things I've ever done in my life. It's just an amazing feeling you get while diving.... I love it, however as my friend Sabi couldn't dive and as it's pretty expensive to dive in Sharm-el-Sheik I've decided "just" to go snorkling. (Snorkling is great, but I wish I would have gone diving!!) In Australia the Reef is just "the thing" to see. it's perfect, but the fishes are a lot better in Sharm el Sheik... If you jump in the water, you aren't really in the water, you are just between lots of fishes... Big, small, red, green, silver, thick, thinn,... Take a camera with you, even if the pics aren't as good as reality, it's fun to have something to remember you about those fishes...
We've even seen some dolphins... (from the boeat, not while snorkling)
Those snorkel-trips are one day are half a day. Just compare the differents offers (avaiable at every hotel) and just the one seeming best for you! HAVE FUN!
Ever seen crystal clear waters? Ever been one meter away from the beach and fishes are swimming around you? The Red Sea in the area of Sharm has such warm waters which are extremely clean as hotels also protect nature and do not dumb their waste water into the sea.
Swim, do some snorkelling or make scuba diving, if you like it. It's really worth.
And as clear as the water is the air. There is no pollution as there is almost no industry except tourims industry.
the only chance you have to swim along with tropical fish on your side in the deep blue waters of the RED SEA
I just couldn't drag myself away from swimming amongst the fishes & reef.... found myself getting up very early in the morning just to get in amonst them again.
Interacting with the fish and licking off the salt from the water you swallow...
Watching the shore from the sea...
The water is 28 Celsius...
Though quite a large fish, the Napolean Wrasse glides quite gracefully through the water. Here one zooms over my left shoulder...
If you happen to go to Sharm El Sheikh, make sure to visit Ras Mohammed for scuba diving or even snorkling. A day trip on a boat would be a good time