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Sharm El Sheikh is a small paradise on the Sinai Peninsula. Located about 500 kilometres from Cairo, I made my way there 5 times so far in my three years living in Egypt. Definitively more glitzy than Dahab, Sharm is still a good place to party, dive, relax or climb Mt. Sinai which is about 2 hours away.

Na'ama Beach is the center of the tourist activities. Located just north of Sharm, this area is totally developed into a resort town.  Most hotels at Na'ama Bay have their own, private beaches with comfortable amenities such as chairs, shades and many bars!!

Shark's Bay is a little bit further, but is also growing into a resort community with several diving centers. The corals in Shark’s bay are still very nice, but lot’s of damage is being done to the corals by uneducated tourists breaking or simply standing on the corals.

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The diving in Ras Mohamed National Park, which is located about 20km from Sharm is absolutely fantastic and it is THE BEST PLACE I ever dove in terms of coral formation. Huge fan corals, salad corals, hard corals, soft corals, you name it! The visibility is always above 25 meters.

Unfortunately, I find that not enough is being done by the Egyptian government to preserve this natural wonder. Mass tourism is a big problem, where literally thousands of inexperienced divers are allowed to dive in one of the best spot in the world.

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All of the following pictures have been taken with a cheap $20CAD underwater camera. This is by far the best of 72 pictures shot in Near Garden, Middle Garden and Far Garden this weekend
(Oct 6-10th 2006).

All pictures taken as I was snorkelling.

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