Wow what can I say about Sharks Bay...
We stayed in Nabq about 10mins taxi away and wanted to do some serious snorkelling in the Red Sea. All of the guided tours or hotel tours came in at around £90 for three of us; being me and my two teenage boys. We asked one of the waiters at our hotel and he suggested Sharks Bay would be the place to try..
Believe it or not you have to pay to enter the semi-self-contained area that is the bay, but being only £2.50 each, this gives entry and a sunbed for the day; not bad really.
On the beach-front you have a selection of areas to choose from, all with beds and canopies. We found five bars to eat from, and all at reasonable costs. We have a 3x large burger/chips, 1x tuna wrap/chips and 4x drinks all for £12. Toilets are also available.
Now the best bit.
With your snorkel and shoes you enter the sea beside the jetty as the main beach area is fronted by coral reefs, and you're not allowed to walk on them. As soon as you enter the water a myriad of tropical fish are on view, within arms reach.
It took us about two hours to float along the 500m reef front just breath-taken with the spectacle of what we were seeing. It's just like being on TV with fish swimming right past your eyes.
As far as depth goes, it's about 50ft deep, but because you're breathing normally through your snorkel you float without even thinking about it, and you can easily see the sea bed, with yet more fish and scuba divers having fun.
We did get involved in some tourists feeding the fish, which I'm told is not allowed but it did offer a strange experience. We floated into the shoal and actually had fish bouncing off our goggles and hands; weird feeling.
Once we'd finished watching them we swam away and the whole shoal followed us all the was along the reef; awesome.
To get out of the water, you swim up to the floating jetties to get out.
In all a truly amazing experience that will live with me for many years to come.
Fully recommend a visit to Sharks Bay to see for yourself..
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