Ocean Bay Hotel
Travel Blogs from Sharm El-Sheikh
... wall was bottomless, there were dozens of snorkelers on the surface, and there were dozens of divers and hundreds of fish under water. The place was beautiful, but with everything going on around us both Leah and I quickly learned that we were in “well over our heads.” Over a period of three days we did 8 dives: two off shore on the first day, and three dives each on a dive boat the next two days. We did drift dives, swam through the most magnificent coral gardens ...
... four days relaxing by the pool after our buffet breakfast. The weather has been beautiful with sunny days of 28. In the evenings we would walk along the beach where all the restaurants and market places were.
Sharm el Sheikh is very clean and geared for tourists. You could forget you were in Egyt except for the hassling for money by the taxi drivers, service people and camel operators.
... a completely artificial place—in fact it’s not really a city, as I don’t see any place where people actually live. I imagine the workers at these hotels leave their families back in Cairo or the Delta, and live in temporary housing, shuttling back and forth to their homes in the “real” Egypt.
I reach a street that looks like it heads to the shore where a lonely camel owner politely waits for customers ...
Luckily, there are no cobras in my dreams. The next morning we take a long van ride into the Sinai desert to see the Monastery of Saint Katherine. We pass two Bedouin villages and a U.N. Peacekeeping outpost on our three-hour drive. The rocky desert landscape looks inhospitable but ruggedly beautiful. The sandstone rocks have different colored streaks running through ...
... After a few miles of driving, a couple of phone calls and stopping a passerby on the street it became apparent that our driver had no idea where Harry's Pub was so we told him just to take us back to the hotel. Once we got there he asked me for 30 pounds instead of 20 and I told him he was lucky to get the 20 since we never got to the pub! When we got in the hotel I asked the Concierge if he knew Harry's Pub and he told me ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Ocean Bay Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
I stayed at this hotel for the first time having previously used the sister hotel the Ocean Club (which is a bit cheaper being located a 10 minute taxi ride form Sharm - both hotels are booked up by Explorers Diving in the UK) - the rooms are comparable between the 2 hotels in most ways.
Well, writing this i have just got back from sharm, stayed at the ocean bay hotel,from the 28th of jan to the 4th of feb,
We stayed at the Ocean Bay Hotel for a week in January 2006. This hotel only offers bed and breakfast. There is a Mongolian BBQ offering dinner on some nights depending on the season at £7pp. This will also include some local entertainment.
When i first booked to go to sharm i was very unsure of what to expect from the resort and espically the hotel. Me and my boyfriend had only booked the previous week so we were very excited about going. When we first arrived at the hotel we had a very warm welcome and we was helped up to our room by a bus boy who insisted on carrying all our lugguage. We were very pleased with our room, very spacious, clean and the hotel had also provided us with information about the resort with prices of excursions.
Well worth going
For a cheap and cheerful diving base it's hard to beat. Hotel is modern, clean and tidy. It's close to the resort centre, the service is spot on and the facilities for what they are (faux Irish bar, a basic US style diner and a poolside bar) deliver what they promise.
Worth noting if you're diving is that Ocean College is on site and provides excellent service in all ways. Note of caution though - book everything you want as far as the diving's concerned before you go and it'll be a lot cheaper - extra days etc all appear a lot cheaper in the brochure but can sting if you book them whilst you're there.
We got a great deal on lastminute - 9 days for £149! The hotel is close to the airport, and the flight was organised by Explorers - so plenty of signs and people a the airport organising the visas and bus etc.
I Visited this hotel from 26-05-05 to 02-06-05, we booked one week before and got a great price of £199 each. We used teletext but you could get the same price using the Explorers web site. The Hotel is one of many run by Explorers in Sharm. They also run Ocean Club, which we looked at while we were in Sharm but it's a bit out of town.