(4.4) (26 votes)
Sharm el-Sheik, Dahab, Egypt
Oh how I miss the prices of SE Asia.
After our film-making debut in Petra Mike and I got on the ""fast""
ferry to Nuweiba, Egypt from Aqabe, Jordan. Much running around
and confusion. Expensive but far better than taking the slow ferry.
By nightfall we arrived in Sharm el-Sheik. Not at all a place I
have been recommended except for the diving. Its full of tour groups
who don't deign to speak to backpackers and feels like an Egpytian
Las Vegas but not as fun. By this point, having negotiated everything
for two people for 5 days, as opposed to just myself, I was stressed
big time. Then some Arab guy tried to up the price on a dive 100%
and I just about lost it on him. So we spent a day on the beach
as I took a mini-vacation from my travels. At last I did my diving.
It was good to be in the water again but the diving wasn't spectacular.
The coral near the shoreline has had the shit kicked out of it by
development and divers. Mike, the materialistic bastard, was loving
Next we headed up the coast to Dahab, a noted backpacker chill-out
area. Awesome place, totally recommend it. Stay at Bishbishi. Very
clean, new rooms with friendly staff and near Penguin Divers which
is cheap but very professional. The chill-out Bedouin lounges overlooking
the Red Sea were great and we spent hours there just talking to
other backpackers and sipping juices and chocolate milkshakes. Mike
and I spent a ridiculous amount of time playing Ages of Empire II.
We did a camel trek to a Bedouin sea-side village. His damn camel
bit mine so hard its ass was bleeding and it went berserk on me.
If not for equestrian experience I would have been thrown and let
me tell you a camel is a lot taller than a horse. We did some fabulous
snorkelling as well. In fact the snorkelling is just as good if
not better than the diving around the Red Sea. I did one more dive
cause it was so cheap there. Glad I did cause I saw a big red octopus!
My first one and we watched it munch coral and then tentacle its
way over the rocks. A couple good nights out dancing in Sharm and
Dahab but nothing incredible. The we powered up the laptop and got
ready for our ride back to Israel. Its great that Mike has his laptop
cause I'm catching up on all the movies I've missed while traveling.
I've also totally busted my budget while traveling with Mike. Easy
to do when you are diving and see expensive sights like Petra, as
well as eating at decent, non-street places. Oh how I miss the prices
of SE Asia.