Sharm el Sheikh 'top scuba hotspot'
The Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh has emerged in a new survey as the world's most sought after scuba destination. Price comparison website Cheapflights.co.uk said the Egyptian holiday hotspot was the most searched for destination by people looking for scuba and underwater adventures. Australia's spectacular Great Barrier Reef was a close second on the list, followed by Cuba and the Maldives. According to Cheapflights' travel experts "in the current economy where budget and keeping ground costs low remain a top priority, the Red Sea is a perfect diving and holiday spot". Undersea divers have the chance to explore a rich and diverse marine life in Red Sea reefs which includes several species of coral and fish. Sharm is also a haven for wreck divers, with attractions including the military supply ship Thistlegorm. Cheapflights' Nadine Hallak says the exploring the ship's wreck "offers the surreal experience of swimming past motorbikes, jeeps and even wellington boots that are still lined up perfectly as though they were on their way to their next port of call". Besides diving, visitors can take part in other adventures including desert safaris and camel riding, as well as enjoy the vibrant nightlife.