Relaxing in the Oasis!
Trip Start May 17, 2010
53Trip End Mar 31, 2011
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Our last few days in Egypt were a blissful four days of sun, water and relaxation. Dahab, about
an hour from Sharm el Sheik, was very reminiscent of Ibiza ( where Sharm is more like Benidorm). Sam did his open water Padi diving certificate, and I did a refresher dive in the first two days and then on the last day we both did two dives towards our advanced diver, a deep dive (30 meters) and a drift dive. The clarity, even at 30 meters, is amazing in the red sea and the coral near the surface is stunning ( We did our dives at Big Blue Dahab , who were fantastic).
I also went snorkeling with our tourleader in the Blue hole which was amazing, different experience to diving but you probably actually saw more fish.
From Dahab you take the two hour local bus to the foot of Mount Sinai at night to climb up, have a sleep and see the view the sunset
All restaurant and bars were located along the water, and all had pillows and matrasses on the floor where you eat. Dahab has wild cats, dogs and goats everywhere, and they had obviously had happy season in the spring time because the young kittens and puppies were popping up at every corner. Very cute, until they start stealing your food in the restaurants! (not to worry you get a water spray can when you eat so you can spray them away, which of course becomes more of a sport as you go along!). Awesome local meals & lots of fresh seafood.
We also met with Omar, the master of Shisha, who explained how to make Shishas and introduced us to the first ever handmade completely silver one. I could not resist and bought a gorgeous silver and blue colored hand made Shisha. Onlything I don’t smoke :P, so someone else will have to come try it out for me!
*Most of our Egyptian tour was conducted with Oasis travel, who we will certainly be booking further travel with in the future. They were very affordable and used only locals and local businesses keeping the money in the community, but also giving you the opportunity to do some thing you would normally not get a chance to do as a tourist.*