We've just got back from an 11 night stay at OONAS and had a fantastic time. We spent 4 days on their boat, the Obi Wan and couldn't have been in a happier friendlier place if we'd tried. The staff at the dive club are warm, friendly and welcoming and they made us feel like old friends from day one. Our instructor, Bea, was awesome, and not only made us feel safe in experienced hands, but was obviously experienced and extremely knowledgeable. She had a real love of the natural environment and never failed to point out the most interesting and elusive animals.
I would spend every day of my holiday on the boat if I could. If anyone is thinking of taking a non diving partner, they are also welcome on the boat for a days snorkeling. On most of the dives the snorkeler could follow the divers from above and jump in with the rest of us and then climb back on the boat at any time they felt like it. It's a much better way to spend the day than to just lounge on the beach.
I'll be doing everything I can to go back one day.
Book direct with the hotel for a dive package and get an extra days boat diving included in the package. Their communication is excellent, so just email them any questions you have. They also offer discounts to repeat customers so if you're thinking of doing your PADI open water course, then it works out really cost effective to then go on and do the advanced course as well. It actually worked out more cost effective for me than just going boat diving as all the equipment and dive guides are included in the course price.
There were some divers on the boat with over 20 years experience and they were more than happy with the diving, so they cater for everyone from beginner to advanced.
The hotel itself is basic, but has everything you need. The prices are more than reasonable. A spaghetti bolognaise in the hotel bar was just £3 and a beer was just £2.10 so you won't spend a fortune. There are loads of bars and restaurants along the promenade as you walk into the main resort centre so we were really spoilt for choice and you can go as near or as far as you want for an evening meal. They had a full size fridge in the room so we had plenty of space to fill it up with fruit juices and water bottles etc. There are tea and coffee facilities as well, but the coffee was nescafe original so you may want to take your own jar of coffee if you're fussy like me. The air con was good too.
Excursions ( A couple we went on, nothing to do with the hotel )
The go kart track is within walking distance and is a good £5 cheaper if you walk in, also you can chose a 9bhp kart, rather than the 6.5bhp karts that you get if you book through one of the excursions companies. They were fast enough for us to have fun on, and we've done a bit of karting before.
We also went on the desert quads, which was a trip through the desert for 45 mins or so with a stop for drinks and photos etc along the way and then a return journey. If you want to simply have a look at the desert then this trip may appeal to you, but it was shear boredom for my friend and I as you have to follow the leader at only about 15 to 20 mph and if you dare to move out of line they immediately tell you off. They charge £2 for a 200ml drink of fizzy orange which is a rip off in any country so take a big bottle of water with you. You can wedge it under the luggage rack on the quad so you don't need to carry it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Superbly situated at the beach at the quieter end of Na'ama bay Oonas Dive Club's spacious, air-conditioned, and comfortably furnished accommodation offers a choice of suites, single and double rooms, with some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Na'ama Bay and the back drop of the Sinai Mountains. With bar and restaurant facilities on site, free wifi and only a short walk to the main centre with all its attractions, Oonas is an ideal hotel for those seeking personal service and a relaxed sociable atmosphere. Our PADI Dive Centre provides an extremely popular choice for groups, individuals, children and families who seek a friendly, informal and professional environment in which to experience the best the Red Sea has to offer. Sharm El Sheikh Airport is only a 20 minute drive away and an airport meet and greet transfer service can be provided at a reasonable cost. ... more less
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