Sharm el-Sheikh is the Sinai Peninsula’s major tourism center and one of the world’s top diving destinations. It was the underwater wonders of the Red Sea – particularly the waters of the Ras Mohammed Marine Park just south of town – that put “Sharm” center-stage in the first place, and the diving and snorkeling on offer here continue to attract flocks of diving enthusiasts each year.
This is also one of Egypt’s best destinations if you just want to chill out on the beach, and it’s a particular favorite for family-friendly holidays due to the excellent facilities on offer. Whether you’re here for the sand or the fish life, Sharm el-Sheikh is a great choice for a beach break after exploring the temples and tombs in the rest of the country.
Ras Mohammed National Park is what put Sharm el-Sheikh on the tourist map. Surrounded by some of the world’s most incredible dive sites, this peninsula is home to glorious beaches with excellent snorkeling just offshore, the world’s second most northerly mangrove forest, and a salt water lake.
A trip here is a must-do for anyone staying in Sharm el-Sheikh. The best beaches are Old Quay Beach (with its top-notch coral reef easily reached from the shore) and Aqaba Beach. Travelers seeking a good view should head to the Shark Observatory cliff top right on the southern edge of Ras Mohammed where views stretch across both sides of the Red Sea.
There are plentiful restaurants, cafés, and souvenir stores if you get bored of the sand, but Naama Bay is really all about the beach. A pedestrian-only promenade rims the entire beach area, backed by a cluster of luxury resorts.