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Red Sea Magic

Diving Magic Photo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

This area has to be one of the most magnificent I have ever been to. I have worked and lived in Sharm for many years and can tell you everything you may need to know about this area. It’s home to some of the world’ best diving sites, pristine waters, and abundant marine life; even if you can't swim, you can wade up to your ankles on the beach and put your head in the water – it’s as clear as a fish tank.

The main resort town is called Naama Bay and it’s five minutes by car from Sharm-el-Sheikh, which is the original market town and is now a bustling bazaar of shops and restaurants. The magic of Sinai will take your breath away.

The best time to visit is between October and April. You can enjoy desert safaris, camel trips, dinner in the desert under the stars, take a trip to Mt St Catherine, and visit the monastery where the Burning Bush is located.

Although the best diving is in the heat of the summer (July and August) when air temperatures can reach between 40-50 degrees Celsius, it is very dry, there is no humidity, and the best place is underwater, on a boat trip, or relaxing in your resort. Prices for diving are based on US$, as is all the resorts. Local restaurants take local Egyptian pounds LE and all major hotels take credit cards. There are no local ATMS, so take cash or travelers cheques. Non-divers can join the boat trips, which include a mask, fins, and snorkel. Divers pay around $US50 a day for two dives (you must rent equipment); a five-day package is cheaper and the cost of equipment is cheaper, too.

Feel the magic of Sinai -- go and experience this unique holiday destination. RCI has timeshares in this area.

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