Nabq Bay Holidays
Nabq Bay Holidays – One of Sharm el Sheikh’s fastest developing resorts
Nabq Bay is one of the newest areas of Sharm el Sheikh, and one which is developing rapidly. Located on the coast at the northernmost end of the city, next to the upmarket Montaza district, Nabq Bay has a more rural feel about it then many of the other resorts in Sharm. This is a relatively quiet area which will suit older couples and families looking for a peaceful area where they can get a good night’s sleep, but with easy access to the lively nightlife downtown.
You’ll find a number of large hotel complexes here and a main road where most of the shops, restaurants and bars are located. Nightlife here is predominately hotel-based, as the number of bars in the area is limited. For a livelier night out, the frenetic clubbing district of Naama Bay is around 20 minutes away by taxi.
Two shopping centres, the Jasmine Centre and La Strada put on regular evening entertainment throughout the week. There is a long sandy beach here with snorkelling and dive centres. One of the most popular activities for visitors is to experience a scuba dive at some of the Red Sea’s world famous dive sites, including the Ras Mohammed Marine Park the undersea wrecks at Thistlegorm and Dunraven.
When to go
The ideal time to take Nabq Bay holidays is between October-April, when the weather is most comfortable. This period sees temperatures of between 20-30 degrees, with October-November and March-April seeing temperatures in the high 20’ and early 30’s and December-March a cooler climate in the low 20’s. May-September can be uncomfortably hot, with temperatures reaching well into the 40’s. This period is the best time to visit for scuba diving however, as the water is at its clearest and there are many more fish due to migration patterns.
The weather in Nabq Bay
Sharm el Sheikh has two distinct seasons; summer and winter. Winter is the cooler October-April period, with comfortable temperatures ranging between 21-30C and an average of 8-10 hours sunshine a day. Over this time, October-November have the highest sea temperatures. December-February will see cooler nightly temperatures of between 10-12C on average, and an increase chance of rainfall (although even at its highest point, this still only average 4 days a month).
The summer season is between May-September, and it can get blisteringly hot. Temperatures over this time range between 32-35C on average, with highs well into the 40’s. There will be between 11-13 hour of sunshine a day. This period sees the hottest sea temperatures of the year between July-September. Nightly temperatures can hit a sweltering 25C in July and August.
Getting the best deal
While Nabq Bay is nowhere near as busy as its bustling neighbour Naama Bay, it is rapidly becoming more and more popular as it becomes more developed. Therefore, if you have your eye on a particular hotel it’s wise to book as early as possible. The resort has two particularly busy periods; Easter and Christmas/New Year. April and November are also popular months to visit. Booking early will give you a better chance of getting the best-priced rooms and best deals, as these tend to sell out fast.
If you can deal with the scorching heat, May-September will see the lowest prices. Booking an all-inclusive holiday to Nabq Bay will also save you money in the long run, with all meals and drinks paid for upfront. For cheaper accommodation options, consider opting for self-catering accommodation in the Hadaba district in the south. Find the best prices we have to offer by looking at the deals below or alternatively by visiting our late deals page here.
Airport and transport need to know
Nabq Bay could not be much more conveniently placed, at just 15 minutes’ drive away from Sharm el Sheikh International Airport (SSH). When you land, you’ll find an attractive, modern and clean building that has been designed to resemble a billowing Bedouin tent. The airport has two terminals. Terminal 1 handles both international and domestic flights, while Terminal 2 just handles international traffic. Terminal 1 is the main terminal and the one at which most flight from the UK will land. A third international terminal is under construction, due to be completed by the end of 2012. At both T1 and T2 you’ll find a good selection of cafes, shops and restaurants, as well as currency exchange and cash machines.
You can reach Sharm el Sheikh from a number of UK airports, including all the major London hubs, Manchester, Birmingham and Cardiff, as well as smaller regional hubs such as Newcastle and Bournemouth.
While the majority of visitors to Nabq Bay will have a transfer arranged by their hotel, if you do not it is very easy to get to the resort under our own steam. Taxis wait outside the Arrivals halls and operate on a fixed basis. You should make sure you agree on a price before you get in the car, agree on a currency to pay the fare in, and ensure that the price is for the vehicle, not per person. It should cost around 25LE. Be aware some airport taxi drivers can try to rip off tourists to the tune of 100LE – this is not a fair price.
Alternatively, you can catch a bus to the resort. These are small, blue minivans which the locals use as their preferred method of transport. Female travellers should be sure to dress modestly on these to avoid unwanted attention. You can catch a bus from outside the airport on Peace Road. You’ll need the correct money or thereabouts as change won’t be given. It won’t cost any more than 10LE.
You can also opt to arrange a private hire car for the duration of your trip, through reputable companies such as Europcar. It will cost around £250 a week depending on the model and size of the car.
The best beaches in Nabq Bay
Nabq Bay has one of the quieter and least crowded beaches in Sharm el Sheikh, although this is rapidly changing as the resort becomes more and more developed. You’ll find a 1,500m long stretch of golden sand here, perfect for sunbathing and swimming in the warm Red Sea. The beach also has the rare advantage of a sandy entrance, meaning you can walk in barefoot. There are excellent views across to Tiran Island, and a spectacular reef which makes for great snorkelling.
For those who like to be in the middle of the action, the lively beach at Naama Bay is only around 20 minutes’ drive away. Here you’ll find a huge, bustling beach, backed by a promenade that’s lined with bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels. There are thatched parasols and sun loungers all over the shore. Some areas of this beach are owned by hotels and some are public; you may use either, but the hotels may charge you for using their sunbeds. A wide range of watersports is on offer here, including banana boats, windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing and parasailing.
Those who feel like exploring should visit the beach in the Hadaba region of Sharm in the south. The Ras Um Sid beach offers some of the best snorkelling in the area, with a jetty that takes you right over the coral reef. Many scuba diving expeditions also use this as their departure point for those looking to explore the submarine depths.
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