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Sharm El Sheikh residents describe the picturesque Sharks bay as still having the feel of how Sharm used to be before the arrival of large scale tourism: a laid-back, friendly and relaxing spot with stunning views of Tiran Island and the marina.
Different stories are told about the bay's name origin; some say that until about 12 years ago, there were actually sharks inhabiting the bay, others say that in fact some tourists had mistaken mantas for sharks there and hence the name, whereas another version of the story tells that local fishermen used to unload their catch of sharks right at this bay. Whatever the right story might be, one thing is sure; there are no sharks in Sharks Bay today!
Times have evolved from back when you could see camels walking along the beach between the cafes and the sea but the spot is still as paradisiacal and authentic as it might get and it boasts some of the best diving and snorkeling spots in Sharm El Sheikh.
Diving centers on site cater to all levels of divers, and there's a wide range of water activities on offer for those of you who don't like diving. Banana and Donut rides, wake-boarding, surfing and water-skiing are only a few of the available options.
Sharks Bay – South Coast of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula
(Copied from : Thomas Cook )
You will be able to enjoy a holiday in Sharks Bay, in the popular coastal area of the Sinai Peninsula, in South Sinai Governorate, which has shores on the fruitful Red Sea. Places along the coast such as Sharks Bay have become very popular with the younger generation of travellers as well as keen deep sea divers. The weather is constantly great and the beaches are always beautiful on Sharks Bay holidays.
Transfers are very short which will be music to many people's ears. Sharm el Sheikh International Airport is only a couple of miles away so the trip to your accommodation shouldn't take any longer than 30 minutes. You will have plenty of places to choose from when it comes to accommodation because Sharks Bay, along with other resorts along the coast, are mainly tourist built. Hotels range from 3 to 5 stars and offer some fantastic facilities for guests to enjoy as well as many typical amenities that modern tourists have come to expect. There are a few apartments around the resort which allow people to enjoy Shark Bay holidays on a budget.
There is public transport, which runs through Sharks Bay that will take you to other popular places along the coast such as Na'ama Bay and Sharm el Sheikh. Taxis are a quicker way to get around, but make sure that you pre-agree a price before going anywhere.
Sharks Bay – Sightseeing Activities
(Copied from : Itaka.pl / Hotel AA Grand Oasis Sharks Bay)
With the resort located right on the coast you can expect there to be a wide range of beaches to choose from during the day. The best part of your Sharks Bay holiday might be spent along the golden coast, whether you are relaxing on a sun lounger or taking part in one of the many water sports available. Popular water sports include water skiing and jet skiing, though scuba diving is by far the favorite amongst tourists. The various coral reefs including Ras Mohammed and Tiran are the perfect places to dive for both experts and beginners, whilst down there you will get the chance to view a variety of exotic marine life.
Holidays in Sharks Bay are tailor-made for tourism so you will find no shortage of activities around the place. Various health spas, tennis courts and even golf courses are just some of the examples of the activities on offer around Sharks Bay. For those who really want to get the most out of their time in Egypt a trip to the countries capital Cairo might be what you need. Whilst there you can explore much of Egypt’s fascinating and ancient history including the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).
Shoppers will be spoilt for choice right along the coast not just in Sharks Bay. There are plenty of opportunities to pick up various souvenirs but designer clothes and jewelry are options which will delight many tourists to the region.
Sharks Bay - Cuisine & Nightlife
(Copied from : Cheap Holidays)
Egyptian cuisine is something that very few tourists will how come across or even come close too, so if you're on a Sharks Bay holiday, it is certainly something you should experience before your leave. During the day you will find that hotels offer snack and popular fast food options are also available to pick up light bites during adventurous days. On an evening you can expect there to be plenty of quality Italian, Chinese and various other restaurants available to choose from for a fine, and even romantic, meal.
The nightlife in this region is well documented and you will be able to dance and drink long into the night in Sharks Bay. Hotels are the best venues in the region and connected to them are some fantastic clubs. Start nights of drinking in the hotel bar before venturing out to find the perfect club. Over in Sharm el Sheikh you will find a Ministry of Sound event taking place over summer in the Pacha nightclub.
(Copied from : Alternative Egypt)
Sharks Bay Weather & Climate
(Copied from : Egypt Lovers )
Egypt in general has constantly warm temperatures all year long, but summer particularly is very hot. You can expect to enjoy long days of constant sun during your holiday in Sharks Bay, as the sun will shine for around 12 hours straight. The temperatures will be constantly hovering around 40°C from July to September, which can be too hot for some people so June might be a better month for them. You would be lucky to see a group of clouds in the sky during summer, so just imagine the tan you could achieve!
As the weather is so hot during summer, winter could be a much more attractive time to visit the shores of the Sinai Peninsula. Temperatures will stay well above 10°C during most days and even then it will creep up to 20°C from time to time. Plenty of people enjoy Sharks Bay holidays over winter because the weather remains good, but it also gives people a chance to escape the cold snap back home.
Where is Sharks Bay?
Take a look at this map of Sharks Bay before you go. Click to view an interactive version.
Sharks Bay Diving and Snorkelling Site Guide
Sharks Bay is one of Sharm el-Sheikh’s most northern sites. You'll never see hundreds of snappers here, or a shiver of sharks, and the only wrecks you’ll see are the sun-wizened dive guides. So why would anyone cite Shark’s Bay as one of their favorites?
For starters, it has easy shore access, and who doesn’t love to dive from the shore? On a boat you’re constrained by sea conditions, jetty times and the demands of other guides and their guests. With a shore dive, the day is yours and you can take your time with equipment preparation, briefings, surface intervals and, most importantly, the dives themselves. These are common selling points when it comes to shore diving, but not solely limited to Shark’s Bay, which I love for many other reasons.
(Copied from : Egypt Synaj)
It's a good site for macro photography, teeming with small reef life such as gobies, blennies and juvenile fish. And it's never subject to strong currents perfect for macro photography. It's also an excellent spot for a night dive, with a variety of crustaceans, echinoderms and cephalopods making regular appearances.
Shark's Bay also has a healthy population of stonefish and scorpionfish, some of my favorite critters. I know these Ugly Bettys of the fish world are not everyone's favorites; though I can't understand why not; but there are also plenty of the pretty reef fish that Sharm is famous for.
My favorite spot in the whole area is a glassfish pinnacle at 92 feet (28 m) but don't look for it on the dive maps, as it seems, amazingly, to have been overlooked. Here you'll find a healthy pinnacle with a large pygmy sweeper colony, protected by several redmouth groupers, mantis shrimp, juvenile yellow-mouth morays and, if you can find them, harlequin shrimp.
(Copied from : Dive Report / Lionfish / Photo by Catherine Jones )
Diving in Heaven - Sharks Bay Scuba Diving Video.
(Promotional film made by Continent 5ive Films for the wonderful UMBI Diving Village & Resort at Shark's Bay in the Egyptian Red Sea.)
(Copied from : Scuba Diver Life / Sean Cooper )