Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village - Red Sea

HOLIDAY PACKAGE - FROM £595

Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a truly special Bedouin owned resort on the beach where guests will enjoy a memorable diving holiday in authentic, relaxed surroundings with spectacular views across the ocean to Tiran Island. Here you will come as a guest and leave as a friend.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Twin, double and family options
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Flights
  • Airport Transfers
  • 5 days diving / 2 dives per day
KEY HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Beachfront family run resort
  • Peaceful and welcoming ambience
  • Onsite dive centre and jetty
  • Superb house reef & water sports
  • 10 minutes from the airport
  • Restaurant, Beach Bar & Bedouin Tent

Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a attractive Bedouin-owned resort with its authentic architecture, stunning views, and lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The Bedouin style Village Rooms and Wooden Beach Cabins offer traditional features and a relaxed setting that, combined with warm hospitality, make for a diving holiday like no other.

There is an excellent seafood restaurant, beach bar, Bedouin tent and supermarket onsite, and guests will find a number of small shops selling souvenirs close by. For water sports lovers there is plenty of choice aside form diving, try your hand at water-skiing, wakeboarding, or parasailing, and children will love the banana and tube rides! Snorkelling is also a wonderful activity for the whole family, or if you prefer to stay dry then take a glass boat trip and enjoy the beautiful Red Sea reefs and fish without getting wet.

The resort can also arrange for guests to discover the Bedouin life and make a sunset visit by camel, stopping for tea in the desert and a Bedouin dinner. Star gazing is a truly unforgettable experience, and for those that fancy a change of pace as the evening draws in, then the bustling nightlife of Naama Bay is just a short taxi ride away.

Sharks Bay have a motto… ‘you come as a guest but leave as a friend, and they stand by these words. The family-owned beach front hotel is run by a committed and welcoming team of staff. They will offer you an attentive and personalized service and be there to help whenever needed.

Bedouin Village Rooms

Bedouin Room interior

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Mini Fridge
  • T.V.
  • Balcony
  • Telephone
  • Bathroom
  • Terrace
  • Sea View

With stunning views across the ocean to Tiran Island the Bedouin Village Rooms are built into the cliff above the bay. They are situated on different levels joined by a series of walkways flowing down to the beach, many have terraces or balconies. All are air conditioned and have their own bathroom, mini fridge, telephone and television. They are individually styled and some sleep up to 4 guests.

Wooden Beach Cabins

Beach Cabin exterior

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Mini Fridge
  • Bathroom
  • Single beds
  • Towels
  • Sea View

If you want direct access to the beach then these Wooden Cabins are the perfect accommodation. The front row are situated on the beach and all are at sea level. They benefit from having a small private bathroom, air conditioning and a mini fridge. Bath towels are supplied. All cabins offer twin beds.

The Umbi Seafood Restaurant is said to be Sharm's best kept secret! The raised outdoor verandah is on the beach with stunning views over to Tiran Island. The restaurant has a true Bedouin feel with its beautiful sandstone cobbled floor, wooden and tile tables, and atmospheric lantern lighting. There is also an indoor dining room with a natural rock wall and ambient lighting making it the perfect place to relax after a hard day diving!

There is a buffet breakfast which is served here daily. You will find a wide selection of fruit, yogurt, cereal, breads and pastries. There are also hot food options and a choice of freshly cooked eggs.

Lunch and dinner menus contain a selection of freshly caught fish and seafood. Umbi’s star Chef also creates a variety of dishes from across the globe such as pasta dishes, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and salads along with tasty tagines, grilled meats, and plenty of vegetarian options.

There is also a Beach Bar offering lunchtime treats, coffee, cold drinks, fruit juices and milkshakes. It is open from 8am until late afternoon.

Sharks Bay have a Bedouin Tent that has wonderful beach views and is located next to the Seafood Restaurant. Here you can enjoy shisha (wate r pipe) alongside Arabic coffees, Bedouin tea and a variety of hot and cold drinks. This is the ideal place to end your day catching up with friends by moonlight, relaxing with the sound of the lapping waves in the background.

With the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy, non-divers are always welcome on-board to snorkel at suitable sites. Many of the most popular Red Sea wrecks can easily be reached on a daily diving trip from Sharks Bay Umbi. Every week there is a scheduled departure to the world-famous World War II shipwreck SS Thistlegorm along with regular trips to the steamship SS Dunraven, popular for both its interesting history and teeming marine life. Other wrecks such as the Rosalie Muller, Carnatic and Giannis D can be dived from one of our Freedom liveaboard boats.

Each diving day starts around 8am with a stroll along the beach from the dive centre to jetty. The daily diving boats leave from the jetty just 70m from the PADI 5* Dive Resort which is great news for divers as no need to worry about lengthy transfers each morning. Furthermore, as the resort owns the jetty, their boats are usually the first to get away! On your journey to some of the best dive sites in the Red Sea your guide will brief you about the day and various safety procedures. After the first dive a delicious hot buffet lunch is provided on board. Afterwards you will generally move to a second dive site for the afternoon dive. Occasionally the plan may alter due to weather conditions or at diver’s requests. Finally, the daily diving boats arrive back at the jetty between 4pm and 5pm.

The standard 5-day package offers 2 dives a day at a variety of sites within the National Park. This includes the world-famous dive sites of Ras Mohammed and the Straits of Tiran. In the summer, the team arrange special daily diving trips to try and spot the elusive hammerhead sharks at the back of Jackson Reef in Tiran. The beautiful house reef is the perfect choice for people who do not always want to commit to a full day on the boat but still want to enjoy their Red Sea diving. With plenty to see, the house reef is a great place for underwater photography and snorkelers as well as for people who want to learn to dive or increase their diving knowledge with one of the PADI diving courses. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the Sharks Bay Umbi house reef at night and watch a whole new underwater world come to life under the glow of your torch beam. Everything changes as daytime creatures retire and the nocturnal ones wake up.

Being in the southern part of Sinai the climate is subtropical desert, with very mild winters and hot summers. Sharm El Sheikh is an all-year round diving destination, the summer months of May through to September can be quite hot so some travellers prefer to visit in April, October and November as the sea is still warm and the days long and sunny. Rainfall is rare, and even in the winter the sky is usually clear.

Visibility is great all year, it varies from 20m to 60m dependant on the site and the weather. In the summer months divers can hope to see whitetip sharks, hammerheads and possibly manta ray at the reefs of Tiran and Ras Mohamed, along with beautiful soft corals, scorpionfish, lionfish, barracudas, large schools of jacks, glass fish, snappers, and other types of sharks to name but a few.

Average temperatures in Summer (May-November):
Air 26-33c / Sea 24-28c

Average temperatures in Winter (December-April):
Air 18-23c / Sea 22-25c

There are direct flights from several UK airports to Sharm El Sheikh, the flight time is around 5 and a half hours. Transfers will be included within your package and take around 15 minutes.

You do not require a Visa to enter Sharm El Sheikh unless you plan to stay longer than 15 days or travel out of the area including trips beyond Ras Mohammed such as SS Thistlegorm.

The Egyptian Pound is the currency in Sharm El Sheikh however euros and sterling are widely accepted in small denominations.
The time difference is GMT + 2 hours
The calling code is +20
The plug type is C & F / 220v voltage
Please follow this link for up to date health advice and details of any vaccinations that are required before travel
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt

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