Booked a mini liveaboard (3 days and 2 nights) via Umbi and had a great time on Freedom III. Nour know the Thistlegorm very well and lead us through all the holds via the motorbikes and trucks etc. Good food, lots of fresh vegetables and excellent BBQ on the last night. Bathrooms renovated and better than any other liveaboard that I have been on in Egypt. Dining area could be better laid out but plenty of space (and food). If you've never been on a liveaboard this would be a good introduction to how things work etc. especially if you are nervous about being at sea for a long time. Crew very helpful and free nitrox from a proper membrane system. We'd spent 10 days in Dahab previously so this made our holiday 2 weeks and gave us a chance to see bigger stuff like a MANTA!
After the liveaboard we had a couple of nights at Umbi in the Bedouin rooms which were very nice with lovely views. We didn't do much but chill and went into Sharm by taxi (LE 50 = £5) and revisit old haunts that weren't the same as years ago.....I'd stay there next time I'm in the Sharm area as it feels as bit more local and freindly than the Hiltons etc.
Many thanks to Alex at the dive centre for her patience and Bev for the help with reservations, sorry we forget the winegums......
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village Hotel Sharm El Sheikh