FREEDIVING IN SHARM EL SHEIKH
Sharm el Sheikh is a wonderful place for freediving. The reefs are beautiful and preserved, the proximity of national parks such as Nabq, Tiran Island and Ras Mohamed that are part of the most incredible dive sites of the world allow easy excursions, the water is deep and warm all year long and the cost of living is clearly inferior of what it is in the so called developed countries. If your real goal is to learn and improve your freediving, why would you go elsewhere than Sharm el Sheikh?
WHERE TO STAY WHILE FREEDIVING IN SHARM EL SHEIKH?
Sharm el Sheikh offers many hotels and flats for rent to the freedivers that come here for a short or a long stay...
AMAR SINA VILLAGE
We highly recommend Amar Sina Village to all freedivers who would like to stay in Sharm el Sheikh. It is located at a quiet and convenient place, not far from our main freediving open water dive site, very close from our pools for dynamic and static and offers very fair prices.
Renaissance Resort is a high class resort that offers good prices. Located just next to our freediving open water site. It offers all inclusive services which may be very convenient if you don't feel like any domestic duties. It features a very nice private access to the sea, shuttle to airport and so on.
Recommended contacts for renting a flat:
If you want to rent a flat, better than running on weird groups on Facebook, contact Cassandra Mason. She speaks perfect english, has an incredible wide range of connexions and can manage to have you a good flat for mainly any kind of budgets.
WHERE DO FREEDIVERS SHOP IN SHARM EL SHEIKH?
Sharm el Sheikh is an easy town for the freedivers who take their freediving seriously. Considering shopping, Sharm offers super market and an abundant choice of shops. Considering shopping for food and daily groceries, we recommend 3 places that are big supermarkets in which you can definitly find what you need. Mostly everywhere you can pay with credit card but don't forget that your european bank will charge you a fee for spending digital money in Egypt.
Let's say this is the biggest supermarket of Sinai. The choice is wide but always remember than you are not in Europe and that some goods may be lacking sometimes. Some fruits won't be available out of season and sometimes, your favorite muesli is sold out. But it features it all and except special things, mainly importation products, this is the easiest place to shop for freedivers. Hire a taxi and go shopping, that's the easy way if you don't have your own vehicle or if the walking distance is to big for you.
METRO OLD MARKET
Metro is a very good shop and foreigners like to shop there. It's clearly smaller than the Carrefour but there is the Metro you can find some importation goods that you won't find elsewhere. For shopping greens, it's not ideal though but it's a good supermarket and located next to the old market and other shops which can ease your shopping adventures in Sharm el Sheikh
Located 50m away from the Metro, this is more the type of supermarket that the locals use. It is a little messy but there are a lot of things and it seems a little bit cheaper than the Metro or the Carrefour.
OTHER SHOPS OF INTEREST
OMAR AND OMAR
This shop offer medical supplies and some musculation tools. Need a yoga mat? Some weights? Bandages or oxymeter? This is where it all is...
SHARM ROCKS FOR ATHLETICS
They sell bicycles, some musculation goods and sometimes they have some food supplements. It's a small shop but considering the difficulty of renting a bicycle, the owner there is often ok to sell you a bicycle and to buy it back when you'll leave. It is located on the other side of the main road on top of Delta Sharm, there are some other shops around but without real interests for short term residents.
There are two of these Bassem Shops. They are small shops but they sell a few importation goods sometimes. The main interest of the Bassem is the fact they sell protein bars that are good quality... that about it.
WHERE TO FIND FREEDIVING FOOD IN SHARM EL SHEIKH?
Personnaly i'm not a big fan of restaurants, i like more to manage my own nutrition, mostly during training period. That said, except cooking on your own i would recommend the following
BRING' IT APP
This app is sooo convenient if you rent a flat and don't feel like cooking. A nice choice of restaurants and else are available on the app... you choose, they deliver. The costs are the same than in the restaurant and the delivery is just few pounds. I personnaly like to order food from El Masrien: it's cheap, there a nice quantity of food and my family and i can have more than 2 meals in one, really nice. Some days, of course, no one will refuse a pizza or a nice veggieburger. Considering the time and costs of shopping, cooking and washing dishes it is eventually cheaper sometimes to order online. Simply said, this app changed my life ... lol
FARES SEA FOOD
Most know that i am vegetarian but many freedivers are sea food lovers. This restaurant is worthed an evening out of routine. Fishes, shrimps, lobsters and much more are exposed on a big ice bed out of the restaurant. You choose what you like and the waiters will then propose you ways of cooking your choices. Everything will be quickly served to you in a biiiig plate with some additional pickles and sauces. Obviously, they also have a menu. Since it is just next to the big mosque of the Old Market, no alcohol is allowed.
WHAT ELSE TO DO THAN FREEDIVING IN SHARM EL SHEIKH?
A good way to answer this question would be to tell you what you cannot do... So one thing you cannot do in Sharm is to have a walk in the woods. It's mainly desert everywhere and the distances in Sharm are often to big for a walk... so if you want to get out of freediving and do something else, it may be better to plan it 24 or 48h before.
Visit Sinai and get away from Sharm el Sheikh. Sinai is not big and it is possible to have a good view of what it is in a relatively short amount of time. Some excursions will bring you abroad such as visiting Petra in Jordan or Jerusalem in Israel.
Climb Moses mount and visit the world's oldest monastery
Have a trip in the desert
Go snorkeling in the national parks
We are in collaboration with Red Sea Marine, the best then is to contact them directly
They aren't big fitness clubs in Sharm el Sheikh but there are. They are very cheap and it's nice to go and push some weights sometimes.
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