We have not been diving in Sharm el Sheikh for many years now. But we were invited to come and write about the diving here, and to, hopefully, re-ignite the passion for this iconic location for British divers who have been staying away. We jumped at the chance. Whilst there are still no direct flights from the UK, we were surprised to see how many routes the loyal repeat customers have found to get here. Camel Dive Club
are hosting us, and their team are happy to help find suitable routes from all the major UK airports.
We flew from Heathrow on Egypt Air, via Cairo. It was a smooth trip, with no long airport waits, and we got 2 x 23kg bags each plus hand luggage. I think it is the first time we have packed everything we wanted to bring and not gone over our weight allowance! We have met others who have traveled via Istanbul, Brussels and Milan, taking advantage of cheap flights to mainland Europe, before heading towards Sharm. However, with the package trips not on offer from the UK as in the past, it is quiet here, and it is sad to see businesses and locals struggling. So many boat crews have no work, shops, restaurants, bars and dive centres are all finding life tough. Why has the UK government kept the flight restrictions on Sharm? We do not know - but with Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium (in fact all countries aside from the UK and Russia) all flying here now, one can only imagine it is a political issue - and that makes us very sad.
We have loved being back here. The staff at Camel Dive Club have been welcoming and have worked hard to get us to all the dive sites we have wanted to visit. We have dived the Straits of Tiran, Ras Mohammed, The Thistlgorm, as well as local dive sites and the shore dive at Naama Bay. The reefs are in great condition, the wrecks are awesome and the marine life is fantastic. We would come back in a heartbeat.