DIVING IN SHARM-EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT
Sharm-El-Sheikh is an Egyptian coastal town located in the Sinai Peninsula, where the beautiful Sinai Mountains meet the Red Sea. This place is one of the top destinations among divers and watersports and beach lovers. It is where you find 3 of the best 50 dives sites in World, and the famous and amazing protected National Park Ras Mohamed.Sharm-El-Sheikh has an international airport, which is actually pretty busy, and flying is the best way to get there. I took a direct flight from Munich, which lasted 4 hours.I have previously mentioned about the Egyptian Visa on my post about Marsa Alam, and it works the same for Sharm-El-Sheikh. Though, if you are a diver and expect to see certain dive sites like the famous SS Thistlegorm, you will need the full visa (25 Euros), not only the simple one people normally gets.There is a lot to do there. However, since I decided to dedicate 5 of my 7 days to diving, I didn’t do much apart from riding a camel and having a weird dinner at the desert, but this is a story for another post!Since I am here to talk about diving in Sharm-El-Sheikh, then let me tell what I thought about diving there, show you a few dive sites and inspire you to get started on getting your diving license soon!
If drift diving and currents are what you are looking for, here is your place. In comparison to all other places I have been diving so far, Sharm-El-Sheikh is the one that offers more adventurous dives. I have to say that by the end of the trip I was feeling a much better diver than when I arrived, the circumstances probably influenced a lot.
Sharm-El-Sheikh has enough dive sites to keep you busy for 1 month or more. Apart from the local ones, it is also possible to dive around Tiran Island, at the National Park Ras Mohamed, and do some wreck diving at the Dunraven and the SS Thistlegorm to name a few, as well as at the dive sites of its neighbor Dahab.I only dived in 2 of the local dive sites, Ras Umm Sid and Amphoras, and I wish I did in all of them. Sometimes you can see more interesting marine animals like mantas and sharks here than in other dive sites. I do recommend diving on the local dive sites, especially Ras Umm Sid.Tiran Island has one of the best dive sites in the World, Jackson Reef. Though I only had the chance to dive on Gordon and Thomas Reefs. It is a beautiful place where sometimes is possible to spot baby sharks, eagle rays, hammerheads and white tip sharks, and it is also where the Panamanian cargo ship Loullis ran aground.