I can’t believe that I have been back from Sharm for a month already! My last holiday was pretty amazing on many levels, not least because there were so few tourists. On one hand that is wonderful because the diving is more chilled as there are few boats out on the same dive site. Most of the time, our boat was the only one on the site. On the other hand, Egypt needs the tourists. It is very sad to see empty beaches, hotels and restaurants. The country needs the tourism as many people’s’ jobs depend on them.
I am not sure how things are at other resort towns around The Red Sea such as Hurghada or Marsa Alam, but Sharm could do with a few more visitors. I have been there five times in the last two years. The reasons being (just to list a few):
1) The weather is good all year round.
2) It is relatively easy to get to from the UK, about 5 hrs.
3) It has some of the most amazing marine life on the planet.
4) There are very good deals to be had on flights, accommodation and diving (read cheap in my book).
5) The people are very friendly.
Right now, divers are seeing mantas, whale sharks, white tips, eagle rays and more! If that isn’t enough to convince you, here is a little video I came across the other day.
If you don’t dive, many hotels have pools where you can lounge around and sunbathe. The weather is perfect right now, not too hot. Food and drink is inexpensive. Some of the snorkeling restrictions have been lifted (just don’t feed or touch anything) and its safe to go in the water. There are also other things to do in Egypt, see link below.
So, what are you waiting for? You know you want to. 🙂