We are going to Sharm for a week at Christmas - and our main focus is that of diving - Paul is a rescue diver already (which is useful for me!) but lve only ever snorkelled so l plan to do my open water when there.
What l want to know is about Sharm - what can l expect we are in a basic 3 star hotel in Naamam Bay - whats the restaurants like, night life - l quite fancy going out into the desert quad biking but it depends on my dive course l guess.
Are there any other sites that really should not miss or is Sharm as l expect basically there as a sunshine resort and catering for scuba enthusiasts?
What should it be like over Christmas - lm a bit bah humbug but can we expect anything festive?
Also weather wise what should the weather be like late Dec? Ive been warned to pack lightly - so l guess l cannot bring 5 pairs of shoes!
Hi Heather, Although I've never been to Sharm el sheikh, everyone I know who's gone to that area has done the requisite climbing of Mt. Sinai along with a visit to the nearby St. Katherine monastery. It's a couple hour hike to the top of the mountain in the early hours of the morning to arrive in time to watch the sunrise. There's also a nearby protected area, abu galum, where you can visit local bedouin tribes. Good luck on your open water cert. Have an awesome time! Holly
Thanks Holly def fancy the Mt Sinai hike just to watch the sunrise!
Cant wait to get some sunshine!
I was in Naama Bay about 2years ago with my boyfriend and we stayed at a 3 star called Haloumi (pronounced Halmony) it was a comfortable little place at the end of the bay and I couldnt have asked for a better location. It took 2 minutes to walk into town (it was on the right side of the bay as being on the other side would have meant at least a 10 minute walk) and it had it's own private reef around it where I spent hours snorkelling. The beach was also private and there was no access for anyone else to walk through it - I was quite shocked to see the beaches in the centre of the bay which were just miles of sun loungers and beach traffic.
As for the night life there is plenty of it from market shopping at night to clubs like Pacha and TGI Fridays, there are hundreds of fantastic restaurants and I was so glad we didn't go all inclusive at the hotel as we ate out relatively cheaply every night ranging from Lebonese, Mexican and Chinese to local Egyptian cuisine.
Mount Sinai is a must but be warned that they are not joking when they say dress warmly. I wore trousers and a hoodie and have never been so cold in my life. It is also quite a trek, 7000 feet if I remember correctly but there is the option of taking a camel which I ended up doing because of the cold but it is a nerve racking experience as you cannot use a torch because it confuses them but when I did switch it on every now and then we were on the edge of massive drops into the valley below. Well worth it tho when we got to the top for sunrise.
There are too many activities to mention but I guess only being there for a week you won't have much time with your diving course to do anything outside of the bay. If you are getting your open water then a day trip to the Raj Mohammed National park is a must as there are the most stunning reefs out there. I would advise you to walk into town and see what the tourism offices have to offer as it ends up more expensive organising it with a rep from the hotel.
I wouldn't count on anything too festive over Christmas although im sure there will be a few things set up in bars and restaurants.
As for the shoes, flip flops and a good pair of walking shoes are about all you will need. We went in feb which is winter there and I managed fine in the evenings with sandals and a light cardigan. The days were still baking hot.
Have a fantastic time