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Relaxing at the Red Sea

March 2 to 5

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Our first day at the resort was pretty slow and simple. I started the day with doing some laundry, which dried very well out on our balcony. We had a walk on the beach at low tide, until the lens fell out of my glasses and I had to return to the room to repair them. Luckily the screw was still there, although I do carry spares. Each trip to the hotel room means climbing 3 flights of stairs, there is no elevator. After lunch, we played a game of mini-golf on the worst maintained and poor course we have ever seen. Then it was sit by the pool and visit with some of the others from our group. Before you know it, it is time to eat again! Staying at an all inclusive could certainly have a heavy effect on my weight!
Don wanted to go snorkeling again and asked Ashraf about it. After Ashraf inquired with the company Timeless Tours uses he told Don that they wouldn’t go for only one so Don organized to go with the Dive shop connected to the hotel.
The next morning he left around 9 on a relatively fancy boat compared to the other snorkeling trip he has taken in Africa – a cabin cruiser. There were about 15 other European tourists taking the trip although only about a half dozen went in the water.
The snorkeling boat

The snorkeling boat


Don indicated the trip was supposed to do some dolphin watching and two stops for snorkeling. But the dolphins weren’t cooperating that day so none were sighted –even though they said as they left that there was a 100 % chance of seeing them. There were three who said they haven’t seen a dolphin before so I’m sure they were disappointed.
Both the snorkeling stops were on the leeward side of coral atolls. Don's report of the first stop was that the clarity was really good –maybe 20 -25 metres, he was able to swim off by himself which he likes, the coral was decent and there were plenty of interesting fish although not really big schools of them. The Red Sea is home to over 2000 fish species of which 10-20 % are found nowhere else in the world. Don was happy looking at lots of new species he hadn’t seen before. He was also impressed at the variety and colours of the giant clams with their various shades of blue, purple and grey lips and excited to see a blue spotted sting ray. The second stop was similar to the first but not as interesting and more exposed to the winds. The only thing he was not excited about was the water temp - only -25 -26 C- so it was a bit chilly even with his rash guard on.
We hadn’t discussed the length of the trip before he left so I was expecting him to be back by early afternoon but they didn’t get back until after four.
The view from our balcony of the resort facing the ocean

The view from our balcony of the resort facing the ocean

The view of the resort looking towards the main building

The view of the resort looking towards the main building


One of the coffee machines in the dining room

One of the coffee machines in the dining room


I spent the day very quietly, reading and playing games. I've been making an effort to drink lots of water, as I feel quite dehydrated. Luckily, the resort has water dispensers in different locations so you can fill your bottles as often as you wish.
Our third day at the Red Sea was much the same, Don spent some time at the pool enjoying the sunshine, while I hid in the shade on our balcony.
The next morning it was time to leave. So after breakfast, we all piled into a small van with our luggage for the short trip to the airport. We got our flight to Cairo and an hour later we landed.
We were picked up in another van and driven to the Pharaonic Village, which is an outdoor museum showing the history of Egypt and how people lived in their villages, as well as a reproduction of King Tutankhamun's tomb.
We rode along a canal in an open boat listening to a recording about the various kings and history, until it was time to disembark and walk thru some of the buildings.
On our boat ride

On our boat ride


Some of the actors in period costume

Some of the actors in period costume

A view of the mock village

A view of the mock village


After our tour ended, we were given a meal (paid for by the tour company) and then we returned to the Oasis Hotel for the night. By the time we reached the hotel, I was feeling quite ill. Definitely caught Ashrauf's cough and cold, so early to bed for me.

Posted by katdill 13:09 Archived in Egypt

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