Thursday, November 29, 2012

On a boat at the pier of the Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai peninsula in Egypt

On a boat at the pier of the Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai peninsula in Egypt

A number of people who come to Egypt come there driven by the ancient attractions in Egypt - attractions such the Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, or Abu Simbel. All of these are incredible structures by itself, but when I was traveling with a group, I could see that after visiting some of these structures, they got bored of seeing one historical monument after another. Well, Egypt has one great place to visit that is more of a fun place (not to say that these incredible structures are not fun to visit); it is more of a place to enjoy adventure water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. At the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, there is a place known as Sharm el-Sheikh. It has a number of beaches, and also has some extensive coral formations in the waters nearby, in protected areas. Visitors are allowed to do snorkeling and scuba diving in these regions, you need to make an arrangement to take a boat from the pier which will take you to these coral locations. Since the coral location is protected, visitors are prohibited from picking up any coral from the sea (even if the coral has broken off from the main formation) and the tourist guides going along with us enforced this rule.
Sharm El Sheikh (New Millennium Collection: North Africa)
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