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“Alternative Sharm made possible by Umbi Diving Village” 5 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 #102 of 229 Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh
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Rome, Italy
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39 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Alternative Sharm made possible by Umbi Diving Village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2009

We stayed in Umbi 1 week from 29 March to 4 April 2009.

THE HOTEL enjoys a nice and cozy atmosphere that is made possible by its wonderful staff. No animation, no disco music, no noise, very laid back place with a nice beach bar and a good restaurant. Excellent prices for drinks, food and other stuff to buy at the shops. A little supermarket is also available, where water can be bought for just EGP 3 per bottle.

THE DIVING CENTER - I enrolled in the Open Water Diving course (3 days), and not only I can recommend Umbi for their very serious and professional approach, but also for their commitment in making the experience as enjoyable as possible, in particular for the newbies like us.
Alex and Ahmed are great people, the prices for the diving and excursions are more than reasonable (and transparent -- check their website). I also loved Adel and Nur (on the boats), who are extremely knowledgeable and serious about diving.

THE EXCURSIONS on the boats are a great plus. Not only are the boats fantastic. The lunch that is served on board is amazing, the people who work on the boats are really nice, and the price for a full day of snorkeling, tanning, swimming and relaxing is just EUR 22 + lunch (50 EGP, 7 EUR). If you want to dive, you have to spend a little more of course, but as a general feeling, all prices seem very honest and reasonable.

THE ROOMS are really nice and clean. We got one of the rooms in the bedouin village. All rooms are different from each other and some have a terrace/balcony from which you can enjoy great views.

FOOD is really enjoyable. There are three places in total where you can eat in the whole Sharks Bay, so I would recommend you do not pay for a full/half board supplement, since you can easily eat in other places or get to Old Sharm for dinner (= more freedom).
A great plus for their breakfast (included in the room price).

THE BEACH is nice and simple, and it was not crowded as we had been advised by other travellers (maybe because of the crisis...). It was anyhow sad to see the usual tourists stepping on the coral reef, feeding the fishes and spending the day with their beer cans (that, of course, were left on the sand and cleaned by the Umbi staff in the evening). The jetty is just there, so you don't have to get by car in the morning for your boat excursions.

I will get back for sure to get my Advanced Open Water certificate.

Really, we had a great stay and experience at umbi. I would highly recommend this place for "normal" people who do not want to stay in a 5 star, all-inclusive resort, with music and animation the whole day.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2009

We stayed here in 2008 and had a wonderful time. The hotel is small, chilled out and cosy and we couldn't fault anything.
There is a small restaurant which serves good food at lunchtime - wraps, burgers etc although you can also order from the main menu. And fantastic pizzas in the evening amongst other food. Nama bay is about 5 mins taxi away. There is a cash point at a local hotel which I forget the name of but any of the guys will point you in the right direction.
The diving was great, really well organised and a huge bonus having the jetty right on the door step - none of the hassle of travco jetty!
Big thanks to Bev, Alex, Ahmed and Noor who were great and made us feel right at home. We will definitely be coming back.
(and sorry for not posting this sooner)

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank DizzyDarling
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2009

A trip of a life time to come the Sinai Pennisula & Red Sea. Let alone being able to scuba dive too. It was a GREAT week. My husband and I backpacked around Eastern Europe before we traveled to Egypt to scuba dive the Red Sea. Our plan was keep everything on a tight budget and stay on a low budget. We came across this terrific location that not only offers high end & medium range accomodations but also budget. PLUS, it was close to high end/glitzy Sharm El Sheihk. The "rooms" we stayed in at Umbi Village are similar to a hostel in that we shared a bathroom. But, different in that we had our own little hut to sleep in. It was VERY peaceful and VERY basic. But, it fit our needs perfectly. See the pictures that we included here. As we mentioned we were in a hut, with 2 twin beds, electrical outlet and fan. The bathroom and shower were private stalls, with western style toilets, in a community area. Everything was kept quite clean. The huts are at the "top of the mountain" as the staff called it. We counted the steps 700+!! By the end of the week we were in pretty darn good shape :)! That may have been the only draw back. But, being on top of "the mountain" offered beautiful views of Shark Bay, the stars at night, sunrise and sunset = terrific. It was quiet and peaceful while we were there )BUT that may change as a club was being built just a block or so away. So sad). You can snorkel off of Umbi Village. They offer: great food; a pretty little area to smoke sheeshaw; the dive staff is great; the dive boats are GREAT; the diving was spectacular; beach chairs (but we never used them); A bit tricky to get to a ATM but still doable by taxi. We hope to go back and do more diving with Umbi Village. Hi Ahmed, Alex and Nour! My husband and I hope that all of you Trip Advisor fans find this information to be helpful. We also hope that you have the opportunity to someday visit Egypt and meet the wonderful Bedouins and Egyptians at Umbi Village.

  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2008

I love the place!
Umbi diving village have a nice relax atmosphere and only a 15 min taxi drive to the busy Naama Bay if you need nightlife. But the quiet relaxing atmosphere in the evening, a drink or dinner on the beach, makes Umbi special.
The beach rooms are fine, simpel but clean and you have everything you need, shower, toilet, airo conditioning and mini- fridge. Bedouin rooms are more specious, built in tradional style, most with sea view and balcony.

The dive center is well organised and very important their own jetty in front. So you don't have to travel to the very busy Naama Bay or Sharm jetty's. It's a 1 min walk! The boats of Umbi are called Freedom, the have 5 boats. Very good crew, captain and the lunch on board is great. The dive guides are excellent, they work in this area for many years and have alot of knowledge about the divesites.
It's a great place and lovely people!

  • Liked — The dive center, the lovely people who work there, you feel very welcome.
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank dhoni
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2008

Definitely not your 5* accommodation, but was perfect for us - a spacious, secure self-catering option right on the waters edge. The staff were very friendly and diving just out of this world!
Lots of restaurants nearby with really good food.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wishes to have an independent holiday.

  • Liked — Completely private, self catering
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2005, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank roamer28
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Yorkshire, UK
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2008

Stayed at the Umbi in August following the good review it received in the 'Sport Diver' Magazine earlier in the year.

Positive points: The rooms were quite simply furnished but very clean and lacked nothing essential. I stayed in one of the Bedouin Village rooms clinging to the hillside overlooking the bay. The refrigerator and air-conditioning both worked efficiently (essential in August), there was constant hot water on tap, plenty of electrical sockets and the rooms were serviced every other day.

There are steep steps up from the main part of the hotel which may put some people off but the higher up your room is the better the view from your balcony across the bay.

Our experience of the dive centre was good although we didn't need to hire any kit or use them for any courses. They have two very good dive guides: Adel in particular was the senior guide and was excellent. Mousas was also was very good and kept everyone smiling. They have a fleet of boats, we were on Freedom II which was fine, plenty of space, very clean toilet facilities and excellent lunches prepared onboard.

There is an easily accessible house reef.

Negative points: The Hotel restaurant is not good. There were never more than one or two tables occupied and we never spotted the same people there twice. Food and service were both poor. We opted to eat in Sharm el Sheikh and Naama Bay which took approx 20 minutes by taxi.

The Bar is also not good, there was very limited stock and it took a long time to get served (even when there were no other customers).

Many of the reefs accessible by the day boats had at least twenty other boats on them, lots of engine noise under water and constant horn blasting when they were trying to moor. So whilst there is plenty to see for divers they are not the most tranquil locations for your surface intervals.

Overall the stay was just 'OK'. The resort needs to sort out its bar and restaurant facilities particularly as eating or drinking elsewhere involves a lengthy taxi journey.

  • Liked — The Diving
  • Disliked — The Food
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank jonesy21
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Property: Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village
Address: PO Box 275, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Location: Egypt > Red Sea and Sinai > South Sinai > Sharm El Sheikh
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#62 Top resorts Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#71 Romantic Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh
#88 On the Beach 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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