updated 26th Jan 2014
Sharm remains safe and relatively quiet. Weather is
unusually warm for this time of year. Water temp 23 / 24 deg
C. Due to unrest in Cairo we do not recommend trips to Cairo
at this time.
Some recent troubles in Cairo and other areas probably due to
continuance of Morsi trial and recent referendum. However
Sharm el Sheikh remains safe and peaceful. Heavy police and
military presence outside polling stations, some small traffic
disruption and diversions but voting in Sharm was peaceful and
non-intrusive. Holiday makers still enjoying good weather,
hotel occupancies increasing and prices in some hotels rising again
but still good deals available if you shop around.
8th December 2013
Still safe but quiet. A few clouds now on some days but
still sunny and unusually warm. Getting ready for Christmas in
Sharm. Decorations are going up in the streets.
26 November 2013
Another beautiful and safe day in Sharm el Sheikh
36 Deg C and a glorious 27 Deg C in the water. Visibility over
20m - 25m under water. And So much life, an Eagle Ray, 2
Turtles, 4 octopus and 4 scorpion fish. And hardly any
tourists. Un-crowded beaches, un-crowded boats and un-crowded
dive sites not to mention un-crowded streets. Simply
beautiful. Sun all day long. Really a fantastic time to
13th November 2013
How safe is Sharm el
Sheikh, is it empty, is it safe to go to Sharm el Sheikh, is it safe
These are some of the questions we are often asked. The
fact is, in our opinion, this is an IDEAL time to travel to Sharm el
Sheikh. The city is safe, the beaches are empty and boat trips
and dive sites are also un-crowded.
In this update
Egypt lifts State of
Egypt's government says it is lifting the country's three-month
state of emergency and night-time curfew. (This curfew only applied
to Sharm el Sheikh for 1 day and Sharm was never affected by the
state of emergency. This shows growing optimism for Egypt.)
The move comes two days earlier than expected, after a court ruling.
An aide to the prime minister said the measures had ended at 14:00
GMT, but the government later said it was still waiting for the text
of the ruling.
The measures were introduced on 14 August after security forces
forcibly ended sit-ins in support of ousted Islamist President
They had been due to last a month, but the government extended them
for two more months on 12 September.
Yes there was a bomb in El Tor on Monday morning, October 7th.
El Tor is not a tourist resort and is 100km distance from Sharm el
Sheikh. It was detonated apparently, outside a security
headquarters and soldiers appear to have been the target.
According to alleged claims by
Ansar Jerusalem :-
"Muslims have lived for over 60 years under agencies of oppression"
"the head of these agencies that enslaved these people and fought
their religion and creed is the criminal police."
Obviously this appears to be continued resentment directed against
the authorities and not directed at tourists.
Security in Sharm el Sheikh has been stepped up but this is more
reassuring than worrying and not at all inconvenient.
Remember, the unrest that is reported in Cairo
and other more distant areas of Egypt are as a result of
political disagreements between two major polarised sections of
the community. This unrest is not attributed to or directed at
tourists. Whilst there is the obvious risk of being caught up
in the demonstrations in Cairo, there is no public unrest,
demonstrations or violence in Sharm el Sheikh.
In fact it is a good time to come to Sharm el
Sheikh and the Egyptian people really appreciate the revenue and
employment tourism brings in, many locals are devastated at
the decrease in tourism and will go out of their way to be more
Flights from UK are running as usual and Swedish and Denmark are
traveling using Turkish Airlines, flying from Sweden Via Denmark.
Other countries such as Finland are flying via Milan.
Easyjet cheapest flights are 149 pounds outbound
and 103 pounds return.
Today AM - 25 degrees centigrade - wind 9mph - sunny - cloud cover
Today PM - 30 degrees centigrade - wind 3mph - sunny - cloud cover
This evening - 22 degrees centigrade - wind 11mph - sunny - cloud
Tonight - 22 degrees centigrade - wind 12mph - sunny - cloud cover
Yes - forget trips out of Sharm el Sheikh. St Katherines
Monastery, Cairo, The Pyramids and so on are really off the agenda
at the moment. Despite the troubles in the cities there are
more delays at road blocks and the constant possibility that roads
may be closed. Also, in reality, there are dishonest people in
all countries and to venture too far afield and away from populated
areas, when police and army resources are already stretched, would be
also the problem that some airlines and travel agencies have
cancelled flights, some companies will not offer travel insurance
and some embassies also currently advise against travel.
Due to reduced international tourism many prices
have been lowered and as a result many people that could not
previously afford to
holiday in Sharm can now bring their whole families. Whilst they may be lovely people, afternoons and evenings around the pool
in certain hotels and boat trips with certain dive centres can
be a bit less relaxing. Decide what kind of holiday you want
and check the nationalities they are currently catering for and
choose that which best suits your desires.
The Plus Side
Prices are down, places are un-crowded and most attractions are
running. Boat trips are still running, the diving and
snorkelling is superb with slightly cooler evenings, beautiful sunny
days and warm clear waters. Also the wildlife knows things are
quieter and we are seeing much, much more, particularly larger
Sharm el Sheikh is beautiful and safe. You would not realise
there are problems elsewhere. Choose the right hotel and the
right dive centre and you can have an amazing and less expensive
holiday. The diving is simply fantastic, you can find smaller
groups and less crowded sites with more wildlife. Your
chosen hotel may be quieter, the streets, bars and clubs will be
quieter and you will receive more attention from salesmen and taxi
drivers. Stay in Sharm, enjoy the city and don't worry, it is
fantastic here particularly for diving. You will also find,
due to reduced prices there will be more Egyptian holidaymakers than
normal and certain boats and dive centres and hotels are catering
particularly for this. Even McDonalds are doing a special
remember - check out your hotel and dive centre thoroughly or
contact us for assistance. Be prepared for a bit of haggling
and extra attention! Do it properly and you could have the
most amazing holiday.
look forward to seeing you