This blog post was guest written by our daughter Lindsey. You can see more pictures from the trip on her Instagram at http://instagram.com/adventure_in_moving.
Quickly after landing in Sharm El Sheikh, we realized we had left where the locals live and entered the tourist zone. The area is covered in resorts, restaurants and shops scattered about the banks of the Red Sea. We made our way to our next AirBnB located in the Tropitel Naama Bay Resort. It had a great view of the pool and Naama Bay.
On our first day Ryan and I made our way down to the Red Sea Diving College (RSC) in Naama Bay (http://redseacollege.com/). We had signed up for four days in the PADI Open Water Certification class. Our instructor Yulia was great and had us excited from the get go. We spent the four days splitting our time between classroom studies, confined water practice in the bay and open water dives beyond the confined space. On our very first dive we watched a huge sea turtle eating sea grass with sucker fish clinging to her shell. The rest of the days we saw all kinds of colorful fish, big fish like grouper, stingrays, and more turtles.
After finishing our course we took a day off from scuba and went snorkeling instead. We visited a great beach called El Fanar with comfy lounge chairs, umbrellas and its own super shallow reef. I finally got to use my underwater camera since it couldn’t go deep enough for scuba. El Fanar is a favorite of Italians and while we worked on our tans all day we were still jealous of their great tans!
Since we were now certified divers we got to do some boat dives with my parents, who got certified a couple of months ago in Thailand. RSC has a great dive boat with very friendly and helpful staff. Hannah was our first guide and she took us north up the coast where we did dives at Ras Bob, Far Garden and Middle Garden. It was fun diving with a group as we had gotten used to just us and an instructor. On our second day we headed out with Shokry. He took us to Ras Mohammad National Park, the location of some of the best diving in the world! Our first dive at Shark and Yolanda Reef included some caves, really cool but I pretty much feel the same about caves underwater as I do on land. My Mom and I decided caving will not be our scuba speciality! Yolanda Reef features the cargo of a wrecked ship that was carrying toilets…it was pretty funny to see them scattered on the ocean floor with new reefs growing out and off of them. The second dive was at Jack Fish Alley and we got to see a small turtle and then barracuda having their teeth cleaned by other fish. There was some really amazing life down there!
On our last day in Sharm we just vegged out at the beach and my Mom and I finally tried parasailing. It wasn’t as thrilling as we anticipated 🙂 but still cool. The Red Sea really is paradise with 85F-90F degree weather and 78F-80F degree water. The visibility for diving or snorkeling is SO great! We fear that we’re spoiled now for when we dive anywhere else. If you’ve ever considered a vacation to Sharm El Sheikh, it’s definitely worth the trip!