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Sharm El Sheikh is fast becoming Egypt’s top tourist resort, from its Beautiful coral reefs and beaches, ship wrecks, desert adventures, and ancient monastery’s, to enjoying the vibrant night life.
Here are some tips about trips; please note that not all local tour operators are licensed & cheapest is not always best.
1. Ras Mohammed National Park by Jeep (visa needed)
Egypt’s first National Park, here is one of the worlds most Beautiful places to visit, also known as the Jewel in the Crown of the Red Sea, with over 130 types of stunning coral and over a 1000 species of Beautiful fish.
The National Park is also the resting place of many ship wrecks including the famous Thistlegorm.
A Jeep picks you up from your hotel or apartment to take you to Ras Mohammed National Park (a visa is needed to visit Ras Mohammed; obtainable on landing at the airport ~ see the Sharm forum for more information). You stop at the visitors centre in the park, then on to some snorkelling in the beautiful aqua waters of the national park. After this your next stop is at the Blue Lagoon and Magic Lake. After these two amazing spots you are taken to see the mangroves which naturally grow on the coast line. Then its on to see the past remains of an earthquake which split the ground many years ago. You will need your snorkelling gear with you, or you can hire these at the start of the trip.
2. Ras Mohammed by Boat (visa needed)
This Tour is totally different from Ras Mohammed by Car as there is more snorkelling involved. The Jeep picks you up from your hotel or apartment and you are taken to Naama bay to hire snorkel equipment if needed. Then off to on the jetties of Naama Bay for your boat. The trip includes stops at three stunning snorkelling spots Gordon reef and Jackson reef being just two of them. A stop at the ghostly shipwreck Lovilla just off Gordons reef.. A full lunch is provided on board and refreshments all through your trip.
Snorkelling gear also needed for your trip.
3. Quad Biking in the Sinai Desert (no visa needed)
If you like speed and adventure then this trip is for you. Either take a quad bike for yourself or share one. Adventure deep into the interior of the Sinai desert. You will stop for a rest at the Bedouin camp for a real taste of Bedouin herbal tea. After your rest you
journey to Echo Mountain, This is the chance for you to be silly and shout into the mountains to hear the echo of your voice the Egyptian tour guide loves this one. After making a fool of yourself its time to head back home to base.
Desert quad biking can be taken early in the morning or in the evening this is so you can see the beautiful.
NB!!!!! Please arrange insurance for risky sports before you go as the local firms out there don't have it, despite what they may say & even the tour ops will refer to the customer's own insurance in the event of an accident. Thomson. Thomas Cook & similar firms will not take anyone under 16 years. The machines are generally 250cc.
sunrises and sunsets of the Sinai desert. Trips usually take around 2 hours. If you want a longer and more personal trip then this can be arrange with any tour agent found all over sharm. When arranging these special Quad biking trips always negotiate for a good price, as the prices do vary considerably from each agent. You will need to take plenty of bottle water with you, scarf and goggles are essential.
4. St Katherine’s Monastery and Dahab (no visa needed)
St Katherine’s Monastery is situated 1,1571 meters above sea level and is still home to 20 monks. Here you will find the Chapel of the Burning Bush were Moses was instructed by god to lead his people out of Egypt to promised land. Also you will see the Library of the monastery with its priceless collection of early Christian Manuscripts. The tour includes lunch at the nearby Katherine’s Plaza hotel.
After lunch you are taken to the city of Dahab here you can visit the interesting souvenir shops. When visiting St Katherine’s Monastery you will have to dress modestly, ladies no Bikinis, men T shirt or top. Take plenty of water for your trip.
5. Moses Mountain and St Katherine’s Monastery (no visa needed)
Moses Mountain reaches 2,285 meters above sea level which can be walked up or you can take a camel up there. Moses mountain was were Moses was supposed to have received the Ten Commandments. Its also a place to see spectacular sunrises and sunsets and for others who want to feel a spiritual experience.
The tour starts with you being picked up from your hotel or apartment the previous evening, depending on what time of year it is, you will be taken to the foot of Mount Moses were you will start your ascent, when you reach the top you can take a well earned rest and see the stunning sunrise after this you will start your descent. Next its on to St Katherine’s Monastery were you can explore the treasures of the monastery. After St katherine,s you are taken for breakfast. To finish the tour you can go shopping in the city of dahab.
This trip is very long and can be strenuous, please dress modestly for St Katherine’s Monastery.
6. Abu Gallum and the Blue Hole (no visa needed)
Abu Gallum Nature Reserve is home to astonishing natural sites such as the Blue Hole which is surrounded by coral and has a sheer drop of 260 meters. Your adventure starts with your pickup from your hotel or apartment by jeep, and taken across rugged Sinai desert to Abu Gallum Nature reserve here you will be met by Bedouin people with camels to take you along the beach to the Blue Hole. Here you will be able to snorkel for a while before you have a delicious fish lunch in the Bedoiun tent. After lunch you can explore the Blue Hole a little more before your departure for your last stop to Dahab city. Here you have chance to explore there unusual gift and souvenir shops
You will need your snorkel gear for this trip and don’t forget to take plenty of water.
7. Tiran Island Boat Trip (no visa needed)
Tiran island lies in the gulf of aqaba down the tiran straight, and is very popular for Boat trips from Naama Bay and Sharks Bay. Just off the island is Gordons Reef and Jacksons Reef these are very popular stops for snorklers. Your trip start at Naama Bay Jetty were you board the boat and set off for Tiran Island. You will have a couple of stops at the reefs before lunch. After lunch the boat takes a slow sail around lovilla shipwreck which got drifted on Gordon reef in 1981. One last snorkel stop at Far garden in Naama bay, here the coral reefs are beautifully coloured after this its head back to Naama bay jetty.
You will need your snorkle gear if you want to snorkel, don’t worry if you haven’t any snorkel gear you will be taken to a hire centre in naama bay. Better to bring your own from home to ensure a better fit & for hygienic reasons.
For more information about Sharm El Sheikh & general advice, (including visas) please visit the Sharm forum & see the Tips thread, above all topic listings at the top of the forum. There is more information about trips (eg Cairo, Luxor, Petra, Israel) & resort activities contained therein.