Sharm el-Sheikh is the main tourist center of the Sinai Peninsula and one of the most important diving destinations in the world. The underwater wonders of the Red Sea – especially the waters of the Ras Mohammed Marine Park just south of the city – have highlighted the central “Sharm” scene, and the diving and snorkeling offered here continues to attract herds of diving enthusiasts each year. This is also one of the best destinations in Egypt if you just want to relax on the beach and it is a great favorite for family vacations due to the excellent facilities offered. Whether you are here for the sand or for fish life, Sharm el-Sheikh is a great choice for a beach holiday after exploring the temples and tombs of the rest of the country.
Ras Mohammed National Park is what put Sharm el-Sheikh on the tourist map. Surrounded by some of the most incredible diving sites in the world, this peninsula is home to wonderful beaches, with excellent snorkeling just offshore, the world’s second-most northern mangrove forest, and a saltwater lake . A trip here is a must for anyone living in Sharm el-Sheikh. The best beaches are Old Quay Beach (with the top coral reef, easy to reach from the shore) and Aqaba Beach. Travelers looking for good vision should head to the Shark Observatory top right on the southern edge of Ras Mohammed, where the views stretch along both banks of the Red Sea.
Location: 38 km south of Sharm el-Sheikh
Leaning on a white sandy beach and sloping palm trees, Naama Bay is the epicenter of Sharm el-Sheikh resort life. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops if you get bored of the sand, but Naama Bay is really all about the beach. A pedestrian promenade just borders the entire beach, backed by a luxury resort complex. For those looking for a sunny beach holiday, Naama Bay is one of Egypt’s best choices. The entire beach area has great facilities, including ample umbrellas and sun loungers, and the beach cafes mean you don’t even have to move from the sandy happiness patch all day.
Jolanda Reef (also called Yolanda Reef) is one of the most popular diving sites in the northern part of the Red Sea and is located in Ras Mohammed Marine Park . Divers throw themselves here to explore the remains of Jolanda , an old Cypriot cargo ship that fled in 1980. It’s more than a sinking wreck, although Jolanda Reef also includes Shark Reef coral walls with a large number of fish lives and gardens. of lovely corals.
One of the best beaches in Sharm el-Sheikh is Ras Um Sid, right at the southern tail of the city, near the lighthouse. Here, people crowd the beach between snorkeling trips in the water, where an excellent coral reef is just offshore. Beyond the sand, Ras Um Sid Reef is perfect for first-time diving floods and is used as a diving test site by many local diving operators. Even if you are just snorkeling, there is a lot of fish life to see.
Address: Al-Fanar Street
Further north of Naama Bay is the slightly more exclusive Shark’s Bay, which has some of the most luxurious five-star resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh, and hotels crouch in the sand. Here you go if you want total peace on vacation. The recent Soho Square Center in the area means you don’t have to lose your pocket if you choose to stay here. This entertainment center is full of state-of-the-art restaurants and shops.
Address: 7 km north of Sharm el-Sheikh
In the Straits of Tiran between the Sinai Peninsula and the southern tip of Saudi Arabia, Jackson Reef is one of the first diving sites in Sharm el-Sheikh. There are masses of large pelagic fish to be seen here and it is one of the peaks of the Red Sea for shark sightings. The reef is also home to the wreck Lara and exploring this cargo ship tug adds an extra element to this dive.
The old square of Sharm (also known as Sharm al-Maya) is the city of Souq (bazaar), where there is an abundance of Arabic lamps, traditional shisha pipes and fine engraved wood. It is best to come at sunset or later when the worst heat of the day has dissipated and you can shop and sail in comfort. The area is full of cheap and cheerful restaurants and cafes
so it’s also a good place to spend the whole evening. There is a different feeling than the rest of Sharm el-Sheikh – the market is steeped in a much larger local atmosphere than the rest of the city.
Address: Sharm al-Maya Road
At the northern end of Naama Bay, Gardens Reefs stretches just off the coast. This reef system is actually three different snorkeling and diving sites called Near Garden, Middle Garden, and Far Garden that can be accessed from both shore and shore. If you just want to snorkel, Near Garden is the best (and easiest) access site and is home to some amazing coral pinnacles with lots of flitting clownfish and butterflyfish in residence.
Location: Offshore Naama Bay
Part of Tiran’s set of diving sites, Thomas Reef offers incredible underwater views of soft corals and vast schools of fish. It is a deep dive into the wall reef, which is popular with experienced divers for a fantastic range of colored corals on display. This is one of the top dives in Sharm el-Sheikh for those who really want to experience the abundance of marine life, which calls them the Red Sea.
North of Sharm el-Sheikh, the Nabq Protectorate is a desert landscape of arid beauty and home to the world’s northernmost mangrove forest. The landscape is a view of the sand dunes, lonely beaches and shrubs of Arak, being one of the most important areas of protected halls in Egypt, with a huge amount of birds, as well as endemic gases and ibex. There are also excellent snorkeling opportunities right on the beachfront here.
Location: 20 km north of Sharm el-Sheikh
We recommend these wonderful beachfront resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh:
St. Catherine’s Monastery
The historical destination of the Sinai Peninsula, St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mount Mt. Sinai, where it is said that Moses received the Ten Commandments. One of the oldest working monasteries in the world, this Greek Orthodox hermitage houses the famous “burnt bush” of the Old Testament, as well as a brilliant collection of religious icons and ancient manuscripts, revered as one of the most beautiful in the world. A day trip here is a must for any history lover who is in Sharm el-Sheikh and can also include a trip to the top of Mt. Sinai.
Location: 209 kilometers northwest of Sharm el-Sheikh
Dahab is the children’s beach resort in Sinai and a cool alternative to the holiday package, feeling Sharm el-Sheikh. Along the shore there are a huge number of casual restaurants and cafes, while a nice shopping district heads to the main highway in a bunch of souvenir shops. There are some excellent diving and snorkeling here, which is why most people come, but the laidback Dahab atmosphere is also great for a day at Sharm el-Sheikh.
Location: 90 km north of Sharm el-Sheikh
The blue bay
Sinai’s most notorious dive site is the Blue Hole, and people come from the sea and width just to dive here. This nesting house claims the lives of several divers each year, especially through people diving beyond their limits and experience. Despite the site’s reputation for danger, divers who are kept within sensible limits are perfectly safe here, and the life of the fish and the incredible visions of the etheric blue below make this an incredibly beautiful dive.
Location: 100 km north of Sharm el-Sheikh
The green, mineral-rich rock formations of this canyon are one of the most beautiful natural attractions outside of Sinai. It is a showcase of the natural beauty of the desert, with lots of opportunities to move around the cliffs and fun for hiking. For nature lovers, this is one of the highlights of Sharm el-Sheikh and exploring the bizarrely shaped pinnacles and boulders, which have been brushed with bright red and orange hues, make the photos fantastic.
Location: 177 km north of Sharm el-Sheikh
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