October 2022 saw 22 Scuba Blue members jet off to the dive mecca that is Sharm El Sheikh. Sharm is located on the most southerly tip of the Sinai Peninsular in Egypt. The crystal clear aquamarine waters provide world class diving with stunning coral, supporting huge amounts of marine life.
We spent our week at Camel Dive Hotel which is situated right in the middle of Sharm, so an ideal base not only for diving, but also to allow us to sample everything else the town had to offer. The jetty from which the boats left each day was a short minibus drive away and once back after a days diving there was no better place to enjoy 'Happy Hour' than the Camel Bar Roof Terrace. We loved being in the centre of everything.
We were treated to 2 dives a day, with an optional 3rd dive for those who could just not get enough diving... we all know that the good stuff always appears on the third dive of the day!! As well as all the usual amazing sea life you expect to find in the Red Sea, we also had appearances from Turtles and even a Hammerhead Shark whilst at Tiran. The air temperature was a very warm 33 degrees but we were kept cool by the sea breezes and once in the water, we enjoyed a wonderful 28/29 degrees.
One of the many highlights of the trip was an expedition across the desert to Dahab, where we dived the infamous Blue Hole, followed by the stunning "Canyon" dive. These two dive sites are right next to each other so a perfect dive combination, followed by a fantastic group lunch in Dahab itself.
Sharm provided a huge choice of eateries and bars every evening and it was wonderful to be able to wander the streets after a days diving to check out the amazing array of merchandise on offer in the hundreds of shops, street stalls and bazaars.
A fantastic trip and we are already looking forward to our next Egyptian adventure in October 2023, when we will be cruising the Red Sea aboard the luxury motor cruiser 'Blue Melody' and diving the sites that cannot be reached by the day boats of Sharm.
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