Visit Sharm El Sheikh: Your travel guide

Things to do in Sharm El Sheikh

Ras Ghamila
Divers have flocked to Sharm El Sheikh for decades thanks to its clear waters and an abundance of sea life. Ras Ghamila is one of the highlights of diving in the Sinai Peninsula, and makes a great start for less experienced divers too. This is due in part to its great drift diving, where you can glide over bright outcroppings of table corals and wafting gorgonian sea fans. If you're lucky you might even see a turtle, but if not, the feathertail stingrays, triggerfish and groupers swimming around are equally impressive.
Ras Nasrani
If you're a little more experienced with flippers on your feet and an air tank on your back, Ras Nasrani offers some fine diving. Though there's still a lot of underwater adventuring to be had in the shallower depths, a sixty metre drop just beyond them opens up a whole new world of exploration with overhangs and sea caves. It's also one of the best places around Sharm El Sheikh to spot the sea slug known as the Spanish dancer, which flaps through the water in an elegant underwater ballet.
Wreck of the Thistlegorm
This British ship sank after being bombed in 1941, and experienced divers are in for a historical treat with a trip down to its remains. As you dive down and the gloomy blue waters part before you, you'll be treated to the wreck in all its ghostly glory. A whole chunk has been blasted from the stern of the vessel, revealing remarkably well-preserved cargo that includes trucks, tanks and even wellington boots. Often regarded as one of the best wreck dives in the world, the mix of machinery and marine wildlife creates a stark and unforgettable experience.
The Gardens
The Gardens are three conveniently-located dive sites that offer all the experiences and ecosystems that make a trip under the waves so enthralling. The sand-covered plateaus of the Near Garden are great for spotting bottom-dwelling sea life, while the Far Garden is the place to go to swim among the myriad colours and creatures of the coral reef. The Middle Garden, appropriately enough, is a bit of a mix between the two and provides an excellent jumping-off point (pun intended!) for those new to the wonders of scuba diving.
The area around Tiran offers a pelagic playground for those with a few dives under their belt. The Straits of Tiran is comprised of four separate reefs that showcase a huge diversity of corals. These fertile plateaus draw a vast array of marine life, and you’ll be able to see everything from tiny translucent jellyfish bobbing in the currents to fearsome apex predators like the hammerhead shark. The coast off Tiran Island is another of Sharm El Sheikh’s top dive spots, with snorkelling lagoons that are perfect for beginners. If the weather is on your side, the wreck of the Zingara makes for some spooky underwater exploration too.
Paradise lives up to its name. This heavenly site is a thick forest of coral, where you’ll find a wide range of beautiful reef residents. There are Butterflyfish, hefty Napoleon fish, Parrotfish and plenty of morays lurking between the pinnacles. If you come here on a night dive, you can spot these cheeky eels as they hunt for dinner.
Ras Mohamed
When it comes to your Sharm El Sheikh to-do list, Ras Mohamed National Park has got to be near the top. The waters here boast a quite incredible array of marine life, since it’s here that the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba converge. Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef are the stars of the Ras Mohamed show, with almost every species of Red Sea fish on display. Make sure you’ve got your camera to hand!
Gubal Straits
These waters between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez have over 30 dive sites to get your teeth into. For beginners, there’s the gentle Kingston Wreck and for experts there’s the stunning SS Thistlegorm. And if you fancy swimming with dolphins, look no further than Shaab el Erg – Sharm’s premier dolphin hotspot.
Sharks Bay
A little away from Sharm el Sheikh’s buzz, Shark’s Bay edges round the Red Sea and offers some of the resort’s best snorkelling and diving. Shallow depths can be reached easily from the port’s jetty, while boats ferry more experienced visitors out to the reef. Keep your eyes peeled for Nemo amongst a myriad of technicoloured angelfish and wrasses, emblazoned parrotfish and rays.
The Gardens Reef
Caves, towers of coral and sharp slopes, this collection of three ‘gardens’ blooms over with dive sites challenging enough for experienced visitors, while sheltered parts like the Middle Garden are sandy-bottomed and welcoming to newly certified divers. Intriguing inhabitants include manta rays, the X-ray-like glassfish and blue-spotted stingrays.
Tiran Reef
If you fancy seeing something a little larger than an angelfish, Tiran is the place where the serious big fish roam. Hammerhead and tiger sharks patrol this current-fuelled stretch that’s accessible by boat only. Steep ledges of coral make this a course best left to the more experienced diver, while the variety of marine life awaiting makes the trip from shore all the more worthwhile.
Paradise Reef
Multi-hued coral stacks are surrounded by kaleidoscopic shoals of parrotfish, butterflyfish and the glow of anthias at this idyllic reef. Divers flipper their way here to see the variety of fauna and ledges on offer, set between two beaches at Turtle Bay and Ras Umm Sid. Daring depth seekers can venture here after dusk to enjoy a night-time dive.
Ras Mohamed Reef
Peaks of reef soar towards the Red Sea’s surface in this national park that’s known for its 100-metre-and-higher ledges. There are sheer, vertical drops, where the formidable form of sharks, tuna and barracuda roam the depths. There are designated diving areas, so be sure to do your homework and only opt for these challenging waters if you’re an experienced diver.
Coloured Canyon
The beauty of the Coloured Canyon is something that will stay with you forever. After a two-hour drive through the desert, you can ditch your wheels and start hiking through rugged, rocky terrain. After about an hour’s hike, you’ll reach the remarkably deep crevice, richly coloured with purple, red, yellow and orange mineral deposits.
Camel Ride South Sinai Desert
Get a taste of life as a Bedouin. With this tour, you’ll hop onto a camel’s back and ride out into the desert, led by a local guide. Once you’re out there, surrounded by the vast expanse of golden sand, you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy a cup of herbal tea among Bedouins whose ancestors have roamed these lands for centuries.
Desert Safari
Sure, riding across the desert sands on a camel sounds fun, but there’s plenty more adrenaline to be had with a speedy motorised vehicle. Sign up to a Rhino safari and jump into a Yamaha Rhino, somewhere between a 4x4 and a quad bike. After a couple of hours zooming around as the sun sets, you’ll be glad of your choice of speed over tradition.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Ras Mohammed National Park

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Traveller's reviews and photos

Its very lovely hotel and place,hospitality and security was high class. Good food including local private service if you need something and very trained stuff. Welcome atmosphere all time. Private beach
19 April 2017
Soho square is an amazing place to go at night. If you have time you should def. go swim with the dolphins its an amazing experience. Its a beautiful place to go for a few days to relax.
19 April 2017
The perfect destination for all travelers. Alot if exciting things to do throughout the day make you enjoy every moment.
19 April 2017
Wonderful City, excellent food, Marvelous beaches , excellent trips, wonderful diving & snorkeling , nice people & safe enviroment
Saudi Arabia
19 April 2017
Very good
The location of the resort is perfect but everything else needs to improve. The standard of food is not very good.
Levene Ogle
Saudi Arabia
23 April 2017

Accommodation and hotels in Sharm El Sheikh

Sunrise Arabian Beach Resort

8.8 Fabulous

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Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Resort

7.2 Good

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Mövenpick Resort Sharm El Sheikh

7.7 Good

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Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh

9.2 Superb

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Tropitel Naama Bay Hotel

7.2 Good

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Sultan Gardens Resort

8.2 Very good

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Maritim Jolie Ville Royal Peninsula Hotel & Resort

7.8 Good

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Aqua Blu Sharm El Sheikh

8.5 Very good

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Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa

8.4 Very good

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Excellent Facilities, Pools, Beach, Proper Sunshine & Right Atmosphere

Book with Red Sea Dive College in Naama Bay all levels catered for

Pools & Beach. Serenity & Clean Fresh Air.

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