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Sharm el Sheikh
The Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh situated at the southern point of the Sinai has some of the worlds most celebrated diving attractions around its shores. The world famous Ras Mohammed National Park is located at the very tip of the Sinai Peninsula where deep water upwellings generate incredible coral growth, particularly on the signature sites of Shark and Yolanda Reefs. During the summer months this area is also a hotspot for schooling snapper, barracuda, batfish and unicornfish. Marine encounters recorded by divers on these life-filled sites also include whale sharks, manta rays and dolphins.
Head north from Ras Mohammed to the Strain of Tiran and you will find a coral garden described by scuba diving pioneer Jacques Cousteau as one of the most spectacular reefs he had ever seen. The steep-sided walls of Jackson Reef are where you will find some of the most beautiful coral cover in the Sinai region, including the famous rare red anemone. Strong currents, most profuse at the edge of Jackson reef, attract an abundance of pelagic fish particularly during the summer months. In the less wind-swept and calm days of summer, boats are able to dive the north side of the reef. Although far from guaranteed, the chance to see the resident school of scalloped hammerhead sharks is well worth a dive in the blue water.
Wrecks are also a major pull for visitors, with one of the most famous sunken diving attractions located just a few hours boat ride from Sharm. Voted time over as one of the best wreck dives, the Thistlegorm alone attracts scuba visitors from all over the world to the northern Egyptian Red Sea resort.
If you dont want to travel far to a dive site, or like the idea of half-day trips, you can opt to go local. Sharms local reefs are excellent for training and photography, and at the right time of year throw up their own spectacular surprises. From the months of May to September it is not unusual to spot the odd manta ray or whale shark passing by as they follow the plankton.
There are numerous accommodation options on offer to suit every kind of budget in Sharm. Divers can usually opt for a diving and accommodation package for discount; however, all dive centres will pick you up from any hotel in the Sharm area - five star or budget.

Topside travel tips

Eating out: Sharm has a fantastic mix of eateries welcomed by most taste buds, from local to top-class international cuisine. Seafood fans should head to Old Sharm for fresh catches of the day served at reasonable prices, which includes Faros and Sinai Star. For sushi treats, Naama Bays Little Buddha is a popular choice. If you fancy a good Indian curry, check out the authentically cooked dishes at the Tandoori Indian Restaurant at the Camel Dive Club. For Thai food cooked by Thai chefs, check out The Siam at the Maritim Hotel near the International Conference Centre and the Sala Thai restaurant at the Hyatt.
If you want to experience what is slowly becoming known among Sharmers as the best pizza place in town, check out Marias beach cliff restaurant near the Ritz Cartlon area in Hadaba.

Desert: The desert is a must-see for any trip to the Sinai. As well as treks by foot, camel, jeep and quad bike, you can experience a traditional Bedouin dinner or try your hand at astrology with a bit of desert star gazing.

Cairo and Luxor: There are flights running regularly throughout the day from Sharms international airport to Cairo and Luxor. The flight time between the destinations is less than an hour each way.

Ras Mohammed by land: Ras Mohammed National Marine Park is a draw for divers by boat, but few experience the magic of its reef fringing desert area by land. Well worth a full or half-day visit.

On the town: For evening entertainment, Sharm has more than got it covered. From all-night party havens of Pacha and Little Buddha nightclubs in Naama Bay, to the more chilled out tunes and vibes of the Camel rooftop and terrace bars, you get the full range here.

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CDWS The diving industry in Egypt is regulated by the Chamber of Diving and Watersports. For your safety and quality of service, ensure you book with a CDWS member operator. All CDWS members have passed an ISO audit to meet European standards for recreational diving in order to obtain their operating licence from the Ministry of Tourism.
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