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“Good Value, Superb Choice for Land-Based Diving” 4 of 5 stars
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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   PO Box 275, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt   |  
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Ranked #24 of 233 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
Dauin, Philippines
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“Good Value, Superb Choice for Land-Based Diving”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

The Good: Value and diveboat
The Bad: Limited entertainment
The Ugly: Rental gear

This review combines the hotel, dive center, and the day boat operations. I stayed as part of package that included a Bedouin room and two-tank daily boat dives.

Location
Shark’s Bay is in a quiet part of Sharm. This has distinct advantages. One can sit by the water and read or just relax. The boat dock for many of the dive tours is owned by Umbi, so you are already there. This small fact is hugely important! The other divers come in by bus and stand in long lines in the baking sun. Umbi divers breeze right through.

The hotel, and its neighbors, have some small shops for sundries and souvenirs. For anything else- and I mean anything- head into Na’ama Bay.

If you crave some fun and nightlife (as I did on a couple occasions), the reception will get you a taxi. The cab arrived within 10 minutes each time. Fare one-way was 50 LE (<9 USD at the time).

Hotel
The hotel is not five-star by any stretch, but the Bedouin rooms were kept very clean and had everything one needs. The beach huts are cheaper and closer to the water, but I recommend paying the extra few dollars for the Bedouin rooms with AC, view, TV, and fridge. My room was well-cleaned daily.

The breakfast was included with the room. While not spectacular, there was enough quantity and variety to have a hearty breakfast before heading out for dives. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner. The food is good although the selection is somewhat limited. I found the fish and meat to be a bit overcooked. The pizza was nice and can be a fast take-away option.
Beer is available at the beach bar and the restaurant. The beer is Sakara, an Egyptian 4.0% lager. No other alcohol was available.

Service was good across the board, from waitstaff to managers, with no annoying demands for tips “baksheesh.” I was happy to leave tips for a job well done.

Dive Center
The dive center is conveniently located next to the breakfast area and beach bar, and is a short stroll from the dock. Alex runs the shop. She is well-organized and friendly.
I was traveling light, so I had to rent gear. The gear is a mix of mid-level ScubaPro and Mares, but mostly old and in serious need of replacement. I had three minor air leak points throughout the six days of diving, and the diaphragm in the second stage fluttered and moaned with every inhale. The BC was not weight integrated. There were no safety issues- I was just annoyed and having to use crusty gear.

The dive guides were somewhat hit-and-miss. Sameh was the guide we had in the beginning and end. He was friendly, delivered a clear briefing, and matched his guiding to the group’s desires. I don't like to be guided at all, but Sameh was a pleasure. Nour was the other guide. He was more reserved and tended to keep to a set schedule underwater, which forced me to pass up some photos. This was particularly frustrating as I had come for the express purpose of U/W photos. I also had a bit of an argument with him, although this might have been partly from language barrier.

Dive Boat
This day boat gets five stars even if the hotel didn’t. The massive boat had three levels and loads of room. Tanks were loaded by the crew and gear stayed onboard overnight. The boat was kept spotless by the crew. Unlike the other boats we saw- which were crammed with snorkelers as well- we had room to stretch out and nap, read, sunbathe, sightsee, or sip on tea while underway. Lunch is served onboard for 50 LE. It was great everyday and well worth the price.

The captain delivered perfect drops and easy pick-up everytime on drift dives. The crew was always helpful. Two dives are included and a third can be purchased for 20 Euro. One may as well pay the extra bit of coin, because the boat comes back sametime regardless.

General Diving
The diving is spectacular but crowded. Sharm is easily accessible and has a large airport, so every dive site has several boats jockeying for spots. If you are a die-hard diver, consider a liveaboard, maybe even skipping Sharm and going all the way to Hurghada or Marsa Alam. Ras Mohamed Park was my favorite local dive, and we did Shark Reef to Yolanda three times. There are some breath-taking walls large coral structures, especially the Acropora in some areas. Visibility was excellent everyday and usually exceeded 40 meters. We did not see much in the way of large animals, but tuna and Napolean wrasse were pretty common.

Room Tip: Pay for the Bedouin rooms, and bring anything you need/want (esp. food or alcohol) from the Airport...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

After spending a hectic week or so around Egypt Sharks bay diving village was a welcome break... Stayed in the beach cabins which are not bad at all, own toilet, clean beds, and A/C oh and a fridge which is a big plus with the heat!!!! Being able to store your own drinks is very helpful. Staff are very friendly, my husband dived with them and had a great time. He recommends the dive masters highly. The English lady at the dive reception was super cool and friendly. Food at the restaurant is good with good portions and not expensive considering the area. Would gladly stay here again. By the way when you book with them and they ask you. Would you like an airport pick up? say YES!!!! you will be ask to pay 5 euros for the pick up but trust me is will be much much cheaper than trying to get a taxi from the airport to their place which is only 10 minutes away.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

Fabulous! Another great choice of diving resort from Oonas Divers Cannot praise the place enough.
Umbi has everything you want from a dive village; professional staff, warm and friendly welcome, great food, easy access to the house reef. Choice of diving is exceptional with many famous sites in easy reach using the day boats from the nearby jetty. Shore diving, day boat diving or liveaboard safaris.... take your pick! They have great guides,crew and skippers and the food on board is always varied and plentiful.
At the dive centre, Alex, Hosna and Bev make sure your stay is all you expect - and more.

Downtown Sharm is only a taxi ride away if you want a wider choice of shops, bars and restaurants. We didnt venture until the last day as there was no need, we had everything on hand.

Will definitley be booking again and would not hesitate to take groups of students and experienced divers alike as the diving has something for all levels.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Spalding, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Cannot overstate how friendly this place is, you only go here for the diving, and this is one of the best places around. The day boats are excellent, the guides know their stuff. The food on the boats is great.
The fish retsurant at Sharks bay is good, the food even better. Alex at the dive centre was more than helpful, nothing too much trouble, especially when some of my kit broke :(
Definatley go back again, only dissapointment was the condtion of some reefs and the over trouism of the area, which is ruining the diving enjoyment a little, but still fantastic.

Room Tip: Book low lever rooms, overwise lots of steps, stay in the 200's
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

i booked my two week dive holiday with oonaseadivers who i can't praise highly enough, they tailor made my holiday to suit my needs, it was fantastic value for money, and they couldn't have been more helpful!
Sharks bay umbi village is super chilled out- if you are looking for a holiday that solely consists of diving, chilling by the beach, relaxing and having fun look no further. The accomadation was wicked, I stayed in one of the Bedouin rooms which had a spectacular view of the bay, watching the sun rise was a perfect way to start my days! the room was really beautiful and totally clean, the staff were all lovely and so accomadating, i needed a few things like adapters, phone chargers, silly stuff but they organised everything i needed ! the room was cleaned everyday and there was always plenty of frresh towels etc.
the diving was amazing weather you're looking for big stiff or macro life- there is so much to see. the dive boat and the staff were all great, i had so much fun diving with them. I dived with Adel and Nour, they were both great divemasters but whoever you dive with you'll be in good hands!!
i did a 3day liveaboard on king snefro, if you love diving a trip to the famous thistlegorm is a must, i would definetly reccomend a liveaboard, Its just eat , sleep , dive!! it was great, the boat was super clean, the food was yummi and the crew were fantastic!
when your in sharks bay you are only 10minutes in a taxi from nama bay, so if you wanna party a couple of nights theres much more nightlife there. but you can expect a lot of hassle there, everyone will be trying to sell you something on the streets, but you won't get that in sharks bay. also a trip to the old market for dinner is must.
i went to egypt as a solo traveller and i never felt alone once, felt really at home in sharks bay umbi village, and i can't wait to go back.
Enjoy!!1

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

This is the second time we have stayed at Umbi Dive Village, and as divers, we find it near perfect for our sport.
The rooms are spacious, well fitted (redecorating was going on as we were there) and as you walk down to the beach (100mtrs) and straight on to the waiting dive boats, ideal. no long bus trips, or journeys each day.
the staff are great, helpful and fun. they carry your gear for you.
one low point we find is the restuarant, when we were there 15 months ago, the food was OK, but not fanatastic, and this time, the menu is exactly the same, and the food, while edible, does not inspire. if i could encourage anything of them, it would be make the menu more appealing.
looking forward to going again soon!

Room Tip: rooms 503 - 507 are superb, with big balconys overlooking the sea, although virtually all rooms have...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

We stayed here in May 2011, went for 10 nights and even upgraded our room tot he one with the Jacuzzi bath on the balcony - that we would have said was not so good as the water pressure meant it took nearly and hour to fill.

The Umbi diving village is really great, chilled out and relaxed place to be, the staff were friendly and you'll definitely get a work out climbing the steps day in and out.

The in house restaurant was really good also with simple food that was not over complicated.

We were there diving and had 10 dives out with the team there - an amazing experience diving and would recommend to others.

The only thing we would say you need to be aware of is that there is very little in the way of shops in the area which means taking a taxi to one of the resorts nearby only 5mins away.

Great thing we liked about Umbi was that it was not like the rest of of Sharm and you don't even get hassled on the beach!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: PO Box 275, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
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Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#24 Business Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#74 Romantic Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village 2*
Number of rooms: 70
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Unique in the area, Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a friendly, relaxing place that still maintains the feel of how Sharm used to be before the arrival of large scale tourism. The Diving Village has a well-equipped dive centre, its own private jetty and a fleet of five boats. There is also a seafood restaurant, beach bar and a full range of water sports. The accommodation ranges from budget View Huts and Beach Cabins to the individually styled Bedouin Village ... more   less 
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