Sharm el Sheikh is located at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula along the Red Sea Coast. Once a sleepy fishing village, Sharm el Sheikh is now a cosmopolitan resort town boasting some of the best scuba diving in the world. A dry, temperate climate, clear waters, and an abundance of coral and marine life make scuba diving and snorkeling a year-round activity.
Air temperatures average around 30° C (86 F) with summer months (June-Sept) 33° C-37° C (93° F – 97° F) and winter (Dec-Mar) averages around 22° C (72° F). Water temperatures range from 22° C (72° F) in winter to a balmy 28° C (82° F) in summer.
Naama Bay is the main downtown area with it’s restaurants, clubs, and hotels. Stroll the pedestrian streets in Naama Bay past international chains and numerous local cafes and restaurants featuring traditional Egyptian cuisine and entertainment. Naama Bay comes to life at night when people gather to eat, shop and relax after a day on the beach or snorkeling & diving in the Red Sea.
Dramatic scenery coupled with strict environmental laws have made Sharm a prime spot for water sports like diving, snorkeling, parasailing, and windsurfing. In fact, Sharm was voted the Traveller’s Choice 2012 Destination Winner on TripAdvisor.
Sharm el Sheikh is about 30 km long spanning the Red Sea coast from Hadaba to Nabq Bay. Where ever you decide to holiday in Sharm, you will find stunning mountain views, warm waters and friendly locals who desire to make your holiday the best it can be. We want you to enjoy your stay, tell your friends, and come back to Egypt!
Diving is one of the premiere activities in Sharm. Even if you have never dived before you can jump in and experience the Red Sea when you take a Discover Scuba Dive.
Certified Divers can enjoy the sheer variety of diving that Sharm offers. From Ras Mohamed National Park to the Strait of Tiran to the World War II wreck Thistlegorm divers will always find a new and exciting underwater landscape that boasts over 1200 species of coral reef, fish, and marine mammals.
Long regarded as one of the best dive sites in the world, Shark & Yolanda Reef is the most popular dive site in Ras Mohamed National Park. The Park can also be enjoyed by land and offers hiking, swimming, snorkeling and diving from pristine beaches overlooking some of the most stunning coral reefs in the Red Sea.
Divers can also explore the magnificent Straits of Tiran in the Gulf of Aqaba. The Straits are home to five main reefs with dozens of dive sites: Laguna, Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas, and Gordon all of which offer exciting and varied diving.
Did you know? The Red Sea hosts one of the largest mooring projects in the world. Moorings are permanently affixed to dead coral rock in the sea allowing boats to tie up to a dive site without ever dropping an anchor. This protects the reef and preserves the underwater environment for generations to come.
There is a no touch, no take, no break rule when diving the Red Sea. Don’t touch any coral or marine life, do not take anything out of the sea and watch your buoyancy and fin tips so that you do not break any of the coral!
Take a step back into history when you dive the Thistlegorm. Since Jacques Cousteau first dived the wreck in the early 1950’s, thousands of visitors have explored the amazing wreckage loaded with Bedford trucks, motorcycles, wellington boots, and other cargo meant for the allied forces in North Africa. The ship was sunk about 40 km from Sharm in the Gulf of Suez. Take a trip to the Thistlegorm and feel the power of history as you swim through the cargo holds and explore the nooks and crannies of this bucket list dive!
Surface Intervals are as varied as the diving itself. If you can’t get enough of the sea, there’s swimming,snorkeling, kitesurfing, parasailing and boating.
Desert trips are a popular way to see the rest that Sharm has to offer. Spend an evening at a Bedouin Camp and learn how they navigate through the desert using the stars and constellations.
Take a camel or jeep safari and check out the spectacular mountain ranges, hidden valleys, and colored canyons of the South Sinai. Visit the oldest working monastery in the world and summit the highest point in Egypt, Mount Sinai.
Mount Sinai is said to be the place where Moses received the 10 Commandments. At the base of the peak is the oldest monastery in the world, St. Catherine’s. You can tour the monastery and see the burning bush and other icons. The monastery can be coupled with a hike to the summit or toured on its own.
There are many other spectacular sites to visit in the Sinai, but if you’ve never been to Cairo or Luxor you may consider a day trip to see the sights in these ancient cities. Your tour representative can easily arrange these tours for you at very reasonable prices. Cairo and Luxor are best experienced with a well organized tour operator to make the most of your vacation time. These tours leave early in the morning and have you back at your hotel in Sharm for a late dinner.
No matter what you’d like to do on your holiday, Sharm can star as a fantastic water sport and desert exploring destination and serve as a convenient and relaxing base to explore the ancient wonders of Egypt. We look forward to seeing you soon!