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Amazing Underwater world

Sharm El Sheikh exceeded all expectations. The one thing which makes it unmissable is the underwater world - simply breathtaking! The Hotel Albatros was super. Very large and slightly impersonal as a result, but couldn't fault the accommodation, facilities and all inclusive apart from the fact that every spirit and cocktail tasted like rum! Plus the Shisha wasn't inclusive. We went off season but the weather was perfect. I'm not too sure you'd want it any hotter! We were lucky enough to have half a km of jetty attached to the hotel. The first time we went to the beach, we could already see fish from the shore. It must have taken us 2hrs to walk up the jetty the first time, stopping every 20secs to take a photo of another amazing fish. We couldn't quite understand why nobody else was stopping to admire the amazing sea life until we got to the end of the jetty and realised just how amazing the sealife really did get! Surrounded by hundreds of large, multi-coloured fish in deep blue water, the odd nemo fish suddenly seemed 'the norm!' We spent most of our day on the jetty. Underwater shoes, a quality snorkel and my underwater camera were all very good luggage decisions. On our second day, I said that the fish I most wanted to see was a lion fish, not believing for one second that about 1hr later, we would be floating above 2 of them! They were beautiful! We even spotted puffer fish. I loose all sense of direction when under the water, but I could have got lost there forever. A completely different and unbelievably beautiful world. Next time though I'll remember that you can get sunburnt on your back when floating on the water! Our rather superb underwater photos are courtesy of Bill's steady hands. I worried too much about kicking the fish! Despite having plans to visit Mt Sinai and St Catherine's Monastery, we were very guilty of seeing very little of the out of water world of Egypt! We forced ourselves to leave the hotel and jetty for a few hours and caught a shuttle bus to Old Sharm. Quite an atmospheric place and as always, the stall holders were a lot of fun. Some gorgeous buildings on the way. However, my very clever husband had managed to not bring any money with us (used to the all inclusive lifestyle!) so without money, we ran out of things to do. The airport was the only downside of Sharm - Bill causing confusion on the way there and huge delays, queues and disorganisation on the way back. I put it down to lack of females! This is one place I'm sure we'll be visiting again. It has everything for the perfect holiday! P.S. Ignore the photo titles, they seem to have got a bit mixed up!

Lionfish 4

Lionfish 4


Off we go!

Off we go!


Still at the airport!

Still at the airport!


Towel sculpture

Towel sculpture


Lots to do at the hotel

Lots to do at the hotel


How we love all inclusive

How we love all inclusive


Hotel foyer

Hotel foyer


Leather sofas in the foyer

Leather sofas in the foyer


Leather sofas in the foyer

Leather sofas in the foyer


Hotel beach

Hotel beach


Looking back at the hotel from the pier

Looking back at the hotel from the pier


First fish!

First fish!


Shallow waters

Shallow waters


Eel

Eel


Colourful fish

Colourful fish


Rainbow fish

Rainbow fish


Rainbow fish again

Rainbow fish again


Butterfly fish

Butterfly fish


Good job we were wearing underwater shoes!

Good job we were wearing underwater shoes!


Where's my pearl?

Where's my pearl?


First puffer fish

First puffer fish


The fish get bigger!

The fish get bigger!


Beautiful fish

Beautiful fish


Peek a boo!

Peek a boo!


Amazing colours

Amazing colours


Parrot fish in the deep blue

Parrot fish in the deep blue


Deeper waters

Deeper waters


Coral reefs

Coral reefs


Beer on the beach

Beer on the beach


Perfume seller!

Perfume seller!


Bed on the jetty

Bed on the jetty


Big fish

Big fish


Favourite puffer fish

Favourite puffer fish


Beautiful blue water

Beautiful blue water


Beach umbrellas

Beach umbrellas


More fish

More fish


Green puffer fish

Green puffer fish


Angel fish

Angel fish


Snorkelling

Snorkelling


Lionfish

Lionfish


Lionfish 3

Lionfish 3


Lionfish 5

Lionfish 5


Lionfish again

Lionfish again


Lots of fish!

Lots of fish!


Fish fish fish

Fish fish fish


So many colours!

So many colours!


Camel on the beach

Camel on the beach


The pool at night

The pool at night


Beds by the pool

Beds by the pool


Royal Albatros Moderna

Royal Albatros Moderna


Breakfast time

Breakfast time


Old Sharm day trip

Old Sharm day trip


Not buying things in Old Sharm

Not buying things in Old Sharm


Service with a smile!

Service with a smile!


Old market place

Old market place


Souvenirs

Souvenirs


more stalls

more stalls


Entrance to Old Sharm

Entrance to Old Sharm


Two lion fish

Two lion fish


Lion fish pair

Lion fish pair


Dangerous waters!

Dangerous waters!


The long walk along the jetty well worth it!

The long walk along the jetty well worth it!


Our room

Our room


Egyptian food on the all inclusive

Egyptian food on the all inclusive


Shisha

Shisha


Bedouin tent

Bedouin tent


Hotel in the sun

Hotel in the sun


Along the promenade

Along the promenade


Brave!

Brave!


Underwater photos

Underwater photos

Posted by weixiaoliu 17:00 Archived in Egypt

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