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 because of its clear waters and the huge amount of sea life. Ras Ghamila is one of the Sinai Peninsula's diving highlights and makes a great start for less experienced divers, too. This is partly because of its drift diving, where you can glide over bright outcroppings of table corals and fluttering gorgonian sea fans. If you're lucky you might even see a turtle – 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 has some great diving. While there's still a lot of opportunities for underwater adventures in its shallower areas, a nearly 200-foot 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 that flaps through the water in an elegant underwater ballet.
Wreck of the Thistlegorm
This British ship sank after being bombed in 1941 – experienced divers are in for a historical treat by making a trip down to its remains. As you dive down and the gloomy blue waters part in front of you, you'll see the wreck in all its ghostly glory. A whole chunk has been blasted from the stern of the vessel revealing surprisingly well-preserved cargo that includes trucks, tanks, and even rain boots. Considered one of the best wreck dives in the world, the mix of machinery and marine wildlife makes for an 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 captivating. The sand-covered plateaus of the Near Garden are great for seeing bottom-dwelling sea life, and the Far Garden is the place to be if you want to swim past the coral reef's endless colors and creatures. The Middle Garden is a combination of the two and provides an excellent jumping-off point (pun intended!) for those new to the wonders of scuba diving.
The area around Tiran is an open-sea playground to those with a few dives under their belt. The Straits of Tiran is made up of four separate reefs that showcase a huge diversity of corals. These fertile plateaus attract a variety of marine life – you'll 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 one of Sharm El Sheikh’s top dive spots, with snorkeling lagoons perfect for beginners. If the weather is on your side, the wreck of the Zingara also makes for some spooky underwater exploration.
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 butterfly fish, hefty Napoleon fish, parrot fish and plenty of morays lurking between the reef's pinnacles. If you come here for a night dive, you can catch a glimpse of these sneaky eels on the hunt for dinner.
Ras Mohamed
When it comes to your Sharm El Sheikh to-do list, Ras Mohamed National Park should be close to the top. These waters are home to quite an incredible array of marine life, since here's where the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba meet. 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 handy!
Gubal Straits
These waters between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez have over 30 unique dive sites for you to explore. For beginners, there’s the easy Kingston Wreck and for experts there’s the stunning SS Thistlegorm. And if swimming with dolphins sounds like your thing, look no further than Shaab el Erg – Sharm’s premier dolphin hotspot.
Sharks Bay
A little ways away from Sharm el Sheikh’s buzz, Shark’s Bay edges round the Red Sea and offers some of the resort’s best snorkeling and diving. Shallow depths can be reached easily from the port’s jetty, and there are boats that ferry more experienced visitors out to the reef. Keep your eyes peeled for Nemo in the mix of technicolor angelfish and wrasses, and amazing parrotfish and rays.
The Gardens Reef
Caves, towers of coral and sharp slopes, this collection of three "gardens" is filled with dive sites challenging enough for experienced visitors, while sheltered parts like the Middle Garden are sandy-bottomed and welcoming to newly certified divers. Some of the interesting inhabitants include manta rays, the X-ray-like glassfish, and blue-spotted stingrays.
Tiran Reef
If you're into seeing something a little larger than an angelfish, Tiran is the place where the big fish roam. Hammerhead and tiger sharks patrol this current-fueled 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 makes the trip from shore all the more worthwhile.
Paradise Reef
Multicolored coral stacks are surrounded by kaleidoscopic groups of parrotfish, butterflyfish and the glow of anthias at this beautiful reef. Divers flipper their way here to see the variety of ledges and sea life, set between two beaches at Turtle Bay and Ras Umm Sid. Those who want to dive deep can venture here after dusk to enjoy a nighttime dive.
Ras Mohamed Reef
Peaks of reef soar towards the Red Sea’s surface in this national park that’s known for its 330-foot and higher ledges. There are sheer, vertical drops, where the intimidating form of sharks, tuna and barracuda roam the depths. There are designated diving areas, so make sure you do your homework and only head 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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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

Very Good
Most value for money For the first timer naame bay is the best holiday ever you have everything at your feet shops beach excursion security For those that have been to sharm before try sharks bay next to the airport
michael arthur
South Africa
May 15, 2017
Very Good
Well worthed for all-inclusive. Bit disappointed for the dive sights they took us,as they where for beginners.
May 15, 2017
The Delta part in Sharm ElSheikh is far more better than other places in Sharm. The streets are clean and the market area is huge. Restaurants and bazaars are all over the market area.
Ahmed K. AbdElHady
May 17, 2017
Cabana on the beach was great with very helping attended Amjad. The areas and gardens are very clean and well maintained. However I hope we had more options in dessert after food apart from lots of pastries.
Nadeem Shamsi
Saudi Arabia
May 16, 2017
Sharm el Sheikh is a great place for snorkeling and diving, especially if you leave nearby in the middle east. We did quite a bit of house reef snorkeling, along with taking a boat cruise to Tiran Island with Aqua Blue Sharm Excursions, which was really nice.
United States of America
May 21, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Sharm El Sheikh

Sunrise Arabian Beach Resort

8.9 Excellent

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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 Wonderful

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Tropitel Naama Bay Hotel

7.2 Good

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Aqua Blu Sharm El Sheikh

8.6 Excellent

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Savoy Sharm El Sheikh

8.2 Very Good

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Maritim Jolie Ville Royal Peninsula Hotel & Resort

7.9 Good

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Helnan Marina Sharm Hotel

7.3 Good

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