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Fawanees Beach/Sharm el Maya (Moya) Beach - Sharm El Sheikh

Fawanees Beach/Sharm el Maya (Moya) Beach - Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm el-Sheikh was formerly a port, but commercial shipping has been greatly reduced as the result of strict environmental laws introduced in the 1990s. Until 1982, there was only a military port in Sharm el-Sheikh, on the northern part of Marsa Bareka. The civilian port development started in the mid 1980s when the Sharem-al-Maya bay became the city's main yacht and service port.


Before 1967 Sharm el-Sheikh was little more than an occasional base of operations for local fishermen; the nearest permanent settlement was in Nabk, north of Ras el-Nasrani ("The Tiran Straits"). Commercial development of the area began during the Israeli presence in the area. The Israelis built the town of Ofira, overlooking Sharm el-Maya Bay and the Nesima area, and opened the first tourist-oriented establishments in the area 6 km north at Naama Bay. These included a marina hotel on the southern side of the bay, a nature field school on the northern side, diving clubs, a now well-known promenade, and the Naama Bay Hotel.

Sharm el Maya (Moya) Beach - is the name given to the bay area old town of Sharm El Sheikh. The picturesque bay is a natural harbour and home to many small boats. The beautiful sandy beach has a profusion of palm trees providing natural shade for the sun loungers. This beach area of Sharm el Maya (Moya) has only recently been developed with 5* hotels, and the old town is only a short walk away.

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For a quiet day at the beach, go to Fawanees Beach, its run by (Rambo) Mohamed. The free hotel bus goes there and back several times a day, if you miss the direct bus departure time then take the bus to Sharm Bay Beach and walk along the shore line to Fawanees Beach, it will take you only five minutes, you will get far less hassle and noise at Fawanees Beach than Sharm Bay Beach. As you might expect in such a prime diving location, there is a large selection of private companies offering diving courses at all levels and it is one of the cheapest places in the world to pick up a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) qualification.

Ras Um Sid Cliff is the cliff top area that links Na'ama Bay and the bay of Sharm el Maya (Moya). Ras Um Sid is centrally situated about 5 minutes drive from Sharm in one direction and Na'ama in the other. Ras Om El Seed also is famous for its coral reefs, has a very high cliff where many hotels are situated.

Last Updated on Friday 14th January 2011