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A view across the Gulf of Aqaba to Saudi Arabia, seen from our beach hut in Nuweiba, Egypt
People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

Arriving into Nuweiba port at 09.00, was more than 5 hours later than we had expected, but on the plus side it was daylight and there were taxis to take us to the town. I made a beeline for the nearest ATM and stood in bewilderment as it swallowed my card, this wasn't a good start to the day. Having appealed for help to anyone that was willing to listen, a man finally turned up and rebooted the machine, which spat out my card. Not wanting to risk trying another machine, i settled for changing some $USD within an exchange shop.

After paying $15 for our one month visa, our next task was to bargain for a taxi to take us to Green Resort, located at Little Duna, which was about 5kms away.
A stretch of beach at Nuweiba, Egypt
The price started out at 100 Egyptian Pounds ($17.75), but in the end we got it down to 5 Pounds ($0.88), which was pretty good going! We had been recommended the resort by a couchsurfer who had lived there for some time and when we mentioned his name to the owner, Nasreydin, he ran off to get us some tea and welcome us properly.

With refreshments out of the way, we were shown to our bungalow, which was literally at the waters edge. Inside was pretty basic, with a double matress and fly net, but outside we had an incredible area for sitting and lounging around in, which really made the place. No bargaining was necessary, as we were only asked for 30EGP ($5.30), which was a real steal.

After taking a nap for a couple of hours, we sat on our porch, watching the waves crash in.
A stretch of beach at Nuweiba, Egypt
There wasn't another soul in sight, until a couple of camels strolled past, and then some kids started trying to sell us bracelets and some adults were doing their best to push us into buying hashish. A firm 'No' was offered to all potential sales people, which seemed to be the best way of dealing with them.

The major downside of our secluded location was that we were a 45 minute walk from both the port and the village. As it was our first day, we opted to take the scenic walk along the beach, in the late afternoon sun. Countless camps stood deserted, some of them falling badly into disrepair and this created an eerie feel to the place. When we did see a couple of other tourists, they were surrounded by locals desperately trying to sell them things, it was all rather a sorry scene.
A stretch of beach at Nuweiba, Egypt


Arriving into the village we went for Dinner at Dr Sheesh Kebab restaurant and then used the internet. Other than a few little tourist shops, a couple of grocery stores, a sandwich shop and three outside cafes selling tea and sheesha, there wasn't anything else worth noting or sticking around for. We wandered back to our camp along the main road and spent the evening reading by candle light, as the electricity wasn't working, but i actually liked the ambience that it created.

Wednesday was much like all the other days that we would spend in Nuweiba, spent laying on the cushions in front of our hut, reading a book and listening to the sea. In the evening we wandered up to the village to have some Dinner from the sandwich shop and watch the Champions League match between Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal.
A stretch of beach at Nuweiba, Egypt
Personally i hate Man U, so i was a little disappointed, but live in the hope that Arsenal can overcome the defecit in the second leg!

On Thursday we decided to set out on a mammoth walk, in search of the civilisation that Lousy Planet talked about - namely the beach resort of Tarabin. Far from been a backpacker haven, it was once again a bit of a ghost town, all be it, a more developed one than we found at any other point of the 8 km stretch of sand/pebbles. The one saving grace to having walked here, came in the shape of the Mondial Village restaurant.

What frustrates me with so many places around the World, is that people would rather do no work at all, than work for less than they would aspire to make. With no other tourists in sight and a plethora of deserted beach front restaurants, only one guy came to tell us that he was willing to discount anything on the menu, just so as he could get some custom.
Coastline of Nuweiba, Egypt
We hadn't really been too bothered about eating here, or about their seafood, as i often find it to be a huge let down, but we let him talk us into it, on the promise that we would not be disappointed. We settled on paying 30EGP($5.30) each (instead of 40EGP each) and he told us that he would throw in a load of extras for us too, free of charge.

Whilst we sat and waited for our main course, we were served with a pot of Bedoiun tea and this was followed up by salad, hummus, rice and bread. It seemed like a good start and things only got better when we were presented with a huge platter, filled with a grilled and seasoned fish, with chips around the outside. When he had said it was a big fish, he hadn't been kidding! My last doubts were washed aside, when i found barely a bone in it and the texture was superb.
Coastline of Nuweiba, Egypt
To wash it down we were given some frehly squeezed lemon juice, which rounded off just about the best meal i had eaten in months, if not years! Leaving the place we gave our waiter a tip, which kind of baffled him, as we had bargained the price down in the first place and tipping isn't usually customary in this part of the World, but we thought it was totally deserved for both the food and the service. We just about managed to waddle home, feeling content with our sojourn up the beach.

Fridays main point of excitement came when we found out that an American/Israeli couple had moved into the hut next door. It goes to show that our days weren't the most action packed, when seeing two other humans was our main point of discussion! We had a brief chat with them, but didn't become too familiar, as the annoying children who had been pestering us to buy bracelets for the last few days, had found someone else to turn their attention to, which was a welcome relief!

One of the main reasons to visit Nuweiba is for its location in the Gulf of Aqaba, which branches off from the Red Sea, and offers endless opportunites to dive and snorkel.
A view across the Gulf of Aqaba to Saudi Arabia, seen from the beach in Nuweiba, Egypt
Sadly the diving was rather out of our price range, but on Saturday we found that Nasreydin had some spare snorkels and masks, which he lent us for free. It was nice to get back to underwater activity, although without flippers, it was a little hard to manoeuvre. Still, i managed to spot several lion fish and a particularly large porcupine pufferfish, as well as plenty of soft and hard corals.

Our other discovery on Saturday was that Green Resort did some kick ass pizzas for 25EGP ($4.50), and also had some Egyptian Stella beer for 10EGP ($1.75). Thus we consumed two of each and sat with our neighbours talking, drawing a fun picture and listening to the American guy playing the guitar.

Sunday was our final full day in Nuweiba, and we spent it snorkelling, reading and lazing about.
Huts on the beach at Nuweiba, Egypt
In the evening we walked up to the village for Dinner and to use the internet. We had received some good news online, a job offer to teach English in Beijing, with the only downside that the pay was a little less than we had anticipated. Still, it gives us some food for thought.

Monday was a shocking day to wake up to, with a sandstorm raging outside and blowing most of the beach into our hut. Our bus to Dahab wasn't until 16.30, but after eating some sandy breakfast, we decided that enough was enough and went to sit in a sheltered cafe by the bus station, a few hours earlier than planned.
sylviandavid says:
Kisses to you and your sugar momma,( Julia) ... LOL .... You make me laugh with your comments... I love pseudo-intellectuals who just joined and didn't even do their profile...yet they write on the forums... Take care Phil .... Happy Travels! Sylvia
Posted on: May 22, 2009
Deats says:
Cheers Portia!
Posted on: Apr 29, 2009
portia says:
have a great trip there, and be careful!
Posted on: Apr 28, 2009
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A stretch of beach at Nuweiba, Eg…
Coastline of Nuweiba, Egypt
Coastline of Nuweiba, Egypt
Coastline of Nuweiba, Egypt
Coastline of Nuweiba, Egypt
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A view across the Gulf of Aqaba t…
Huts on the beach at Nuweiba, Egypt
Huts on the beach at Nuweiba, Egypt
Our beach hut in Nuweiba, Egypt
Our beach hut in Nuweiba, Egypt
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A camel gets a wash in the sea. N…
A camel gets a wash in the sea. Nu…
A camel gets a wash in the sea. N…
A camel gets a wash in the sea. Nu…
A camel gets a wash in the sea. N…
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Fishing boat and coastline at Nuw…
A camel gets a wash in the sea. Nu…
A camel gets a wash in the sea. N…
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Fishing boat and coastline at Nuw…
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Upturned fishing boat and hammock…
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Hammocks on the beach at Nuweiba,…
Nuweiba, Egypt
Nuweiba, Egypt
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Fishing boat and coastine. Nuweib…
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Julia takes a break in a cafe. Nu…
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Our amazing Fish Dinner. Nuweiba,…
Sea cucumber. Nuweiba, Egypt
Sea cucumber. Nuweiba, Egypt
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Sea Urchins. Nuweiba, Egypt
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Fish hiding in soft coral. Nuweib…
Sea Urchins. Nuweiba, Egypt
Sea Urchins. Nuweiba, Egypt
Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
2 Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
2 Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Loads of small fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Loads of small fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
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A school of small fish. Nuweiba, …
Colourful corals. Nuweiba, Egypt
Colourful corals. Nuweiba, Egypt
Coral reef. Nuweiba, Egypt
Coral reef. Nuweiba, Egypt
Blue and orange fish. Nuweiba, Egy…
Blue and orange fish. Nuweiba, Eg…
Porcupine Pufferfish. Nuweiba, Egy…
Porcupine Pufferfish. Nuweiba, Eg…
Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Lion Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Sunset over a cloudy Nuweiba, Egypt
Sunset over a cloudy Nuweiba, Egypt
Coastline at Nuweiba, Egypt
Coastline at Nuweiba, Egypt
Our American/Israeli neighbours. N…
Our American/Israeli neighbours. …
Our American/Israeli neighbours. N…
Our American/Israeli neighbours. …
Colourful corals. Nuweiba, Egypt
Colourful corals. Nuweiba, Egypt
Colourful corals. Nuweiba, Egypt
Colourful corals. Nuweiba, Egypt
Colourful corals. Nuweiba, Egypt
Colourful corals. Nuweiba, Egypt
Butterfly Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
Butterfly Fish. Nuweiba, Egypt
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