Sharm El Luli

Nov 18th, 2014

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Paradise (otherwise known as Sharm El Luli) is located some 60 km south of Marsa Alam town – about half way to Berenice – that’s if you believe the hype surrounding this remote sandy beach and lagoon.

For GPS anoraks it’s located at approximate coordinates 24’33 North and 35’9′ East which, as you can see from the satellite image at the page bottom, is exactly the middle of nowhere.

And that’s half the attraction – “It’s a pristine fine as talc white sandy beach that puts the Maldives in the shade” – tout the sales reps – “No it’s not.  Its’ sands are pale yellow and some Caribbean beaches are better,” whinge a few dissatisfied tourists who appear mortified that their fellow travelers have ranked it the number one excursion on TripAdvisor

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It’s a stretch of long mostly pancake flat sandy beach with a few rocky outcrops and a shallow sandy bottomed stretch of water, flanked by coral reefs.  At low tide (and the tidal range here is limited) it’s a perfect lagoon and it’s easy to wade in thanks to the gentle gradient of the sea bottom which eventually leads out to deeper waters with a maximum depth of 20 meters to the shore side of the reefs.

The coast at Sharm El Luli unusually runs east west with the small headland to its’ north sheltering it slightly from the prevailing winds.  It’s important to stress slightly because while there is a stunning mountainous backdrop inland to the East, the immediate surroundings are (the occasional mound of stones or boulders excepted) extremely flat.

However the headland and the surrounding reef, which is widest near the open sea at the eastern flank,  do ensure that the lagoon is usually calm and most visitors comment on the crystal clear waters and the different colors – the contrast so striking that it can easily be seen from 337Space.  If you don’t believe that just take a glance at the satellite image at the page bottom.

However underwater visibility is not always perfect due to the sandy bottom which can be stirred up on windy days or sometimes in busy periods, by too many divers or snorkelers on or near the sea bed.

But despite its’ increasing popularity, the area is totally undeveloped – no hotels, no restaurants, no shops, no bars, no toilets, no fixtures of any sort – which in part is the main attraction.

 

 

Sharm El Luli Trip Price excursion-2

                   SHARM EL LULI EXCURSIONS
PRICES PER PERSON IN EURO
Email info@marsaalamtransport.com or press here
 Trip Length Leave
Hotel 
Return
Hotel
     Included Price
Euros 
     
 Half Day 8am  1pm private taxi,
snack and soft
drinks and
snorkeling equip 
 25 
 Full Day 8am   6pm  private taxi,
lunch and soft
drinks and
snorkeling equip 
 50

BEST WAY TO ARRANGE AN EXCURSION.Diving 1

Local agent Steven offers a half day excursion for just 30 euros per person including a private air conditioned taxi pick up from your hotel at 8am after an early breakfast and return to your hotel by 1pm in time for lunch.  It also includes a light snack of water melon, biscuits and a soft drink as well as your snorkeling equipment.
 
However nature lovers might prefer a full day excursion which costs 60 euros and similarly includes all your private taxi expenses as well as lunch, soft drinks and tea or coffee and all your snorkeling equipment.

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Usually a lot quieter than Marsa Alam’s other famous beach at Abu Dabbab, but it does depend on the season, the time you go and luck.  Sometimes you might find you have the entire beach to yourself –
 
“I was lucky enough to enjoy the beach three times in a week in complete solitude” remarked Debora from Italy on TripAdvisor. ( 27 December 2012 ).

 

and similarly another tourist recalls –
 
“A beautiful silences, only the wind and the waves.”
(Elisa – TripAdvisor 1 October 2012 ).
But then another tourist there in the peak summer season commented –
“In the afternoon we were 24, in the morning the boys diving have counted 180.”sharm-el-luli (1)
( Adriano TripAdvisor 20 July 2012 ).
Unfortunately there is no reliable rule as to whether morning or afternoon will be busier but it is a large beach so there’s plenty of space especially if you don’t stop as soon as you arrive on the beach, where it’s most likely to get busy, but walk a little further along.

 

TEN REMINDERS OF WHAT NOT TO FORGET.

1. Sun cream, sun glasses and a hat because the sun can be relentless.  Sharm El Luli really is in Egypt’s Deep South, and just one degree from the Tropic of Cancer – currently at approximately 23’30 North.  The sun is unforgiving in summer and you can get burned even in mid-winter !
 
2. Sensible clothing that will keep you protected from the sun including, if your are vulnerable to sun burn, a t-shirt for snorkeling. Also bring sharm-el-lulisensible shoes for walking so that you don’t cut your feet on the occasional sharp rocks.3. Bring a mat or rug for the sand or even some large extra towels – as there are no sun beds or deck chairs on the beach.4. Bring plenty of soft drinks and some large bottles of drinking water.  If you don’t need it, there probably be someone else who will.  A cooler bag if you have one would be great – or if not you can ask the hotel kitchen in the morning if they can give you some ice in a water proof bag to store the drinks.

5. There is almost no shade available so, if you must have shade, ask if your guide can bring a beach umbrella.6. Bring toilet paper – there are no toilets !7. Don’t forget your snorkeling equipment (if your guide isn’t bringing any) as well as swimwear and a towel.

8. An underwater camera will be great but even an ordinary camera is a must – If you want a new profile photo on Facebook – your portrait against the crystal clear blue waters of Sharm El Luli will really stand out.turtle-in-cozumel

9. Bring a little money as although there are no shops there are some Bedouin women who sell traditional jewelry including beads and necklaces.  It’s difficult to say what they’re worth – but with tourist numbers currently very low – it’s good to be generous.

10. Don’t forget to take everything you’ll need to keep the children happy – there are no facilities and no kids club or other entertainments in the area.  

OTHER IMPORTANT TIPS 

1. Try to find the time to spend at least three hours to make the journey worth while.
 
2. Take time to stroll along the beach if you want to fully enjoy this great natural wonder.
3. Remember that some of the reefs are far from the shore and you can wade out a long way – so do keep an eye on how far you are from the shore line.4. If you are not a very strong swimmer it’s probably best to use a life jacket when snorkeling to minimize any possible risk.Poseidon_Diving5. Avoid going to Sharm El Luli on windy days – the sea will be choppy, underwater visibility will be poor, there will be a lot of sand in the air and it will be almost impossible to enjoy the beach.

TRIPADVISOR COMMENTS

So many positive comments that the reading can become tediously repetitive.  I challenge anyone to find a review which doesn’t use any of the following somewhat overused word or phrases – “paradise”, “Maldives”, “Caribbean”, “acquarium”, “Pacific atolls”, “sand like talcum powder” or “pristine.”

 

“A little paradise”
( Luca G. from Italy –  29 March 2013 )
 
“Paradise is a beautiful beach with white sand, a multitude of shells and corals and clear sea water. The reef is very close and full of colorful fish.”
( TripAdvisor 26 March 2013 )461336916_1280x720
“Heaven exists…..I spent one morning on this wonderful beach, where the colors of the sea have so many shades.”
( Miritillalilla from Verona 25 March 2013 )
“Fantastic, the Caribbean like sea and the coral garden leave you breathless.”
( Elena T. – 19 March 2013 )”An earhly paradise….. The best trip I’ve had in Marsa Alam !”
( tizzx from Florence 15 March 2013 )