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Sharm el-Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh

1. Na'ama Bay

2. Central Sharm

3. Shark's Bay

4. Ras Um Sid

5. Old Market

6. Water Sports

7. Diving & Snorkelling

8. Shopping

9. White Lagoon


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Ground base in Sinai

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm el-Sheikh was founded by the Israelis, who felt a need to improve control over the land they occupied in 1967. This is still characterizing the place. Now, when Sharm el-Sheikh is all about tourism, the only reason to go here, will be to discover the areas around. And that's a good reason, too.
Unfortunately, Sharm el-Sheikh is Egypt's most expensive resort, with restaurant prices about 3 times normal. There are no budget hotels, but a nice range of good-valye 3 star places. Sharm el-Sheikh has a ferry running on Hurghada, and good communications going up on either side of Sinai.
Diving is compulsory when around the Red Sea. The coral reefs and the tropical fish, are among the greatest you can get across. And picking up your certificate, either PADI or CMAS, might be cheaper here than in your home country, but not always. Scandinavians are among those who should avoid getting their course from Sharm el-Shaykh, not only is it more expensive, but you will get no training with cold water diving.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

By Tore Kjeilen