A dive trip to the Red Sea is probably one of the best things you can do as a diver. The Red Sea has some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs with lots of different animals in the water. Even during winter time it's warm enough for a dive or snorkel trip. But when is the best time to go? And where should you stay? I made a list of things to do, places to stay and when to go. Enjoy!
When to go
During summer time (May - September) it can be very hot and dry. From the end of January until April it's warm and just perfect. You can still go swimming and diving during this time.
The same is in the fall in October and November.
I'd try to avoid December and January, since it can be chill those months, and you might not get to jump into the water.
Traveling on a budget
1. All Inclusive + flight ticket
Buy the trip as a package. This way you can get it really cheap (especially in low seasons) and you don't have to worry about spending any money during your trip. It seems expensive, but in fact it's much cheaper this way.
Free things to do
1. Na'ama Bay at night
At night all people go to Na'ama Bay. There are little souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. Great atmosphere. If you don't live in the neighborhood, you can take a taxi, which is pretty cheap.
2. Hike in the Sinai Mountains
Super easy and fun activity to do when it's not too hot!
3. Visit the Mustafa Mosque
This stunning building is one of the bigger mosques in Egypt and just absolutely beautiful.
4. Check out Old Town
It's easy to get there, and there is much more culture to see in this area than in other parts of Sharm El-Sheikh.
Other things to do
1. Diving, diving, diving
Sharm El-Sheikh is lucky to have the Red Sea. Some people say it's the best place on Earth to dive. You have to dive at least once. If you don't have a dive certificate, you can try an intro dive. Places you must visit are Tiran Island and Ras Mohamed National Park!
Price = 65 € / 73 USD (1 day with two boat dives. Price lowers if you choose more days)
2. Bedouin Night
Book a guided tour, where you go out in the desert and see how the bedouins live. First you ride a camel for 15-20 min and later on you sit in little tents with a bonfire. They cook a meal for you, while you can go and take pictures of the amazing view of Sharm El-Sheikh. After dinner they play some music and as soon as the sun sets, you do star-gazing! A wonderful experience.
Price = 350 EGP / 45 USD
3. Tiran Island
Right outside Sharm El-Sheikh you'll find the island of Tiran. Even though you're not diving, the island still deserves a visit!
Where to stay
Sharm El-Sheikh is divided into 3 areas with 10 km between every area.
Located just next to the airport. This is an up & coming area with the long main street full of shops, restaurants and hotels. Close to this area you'll also find Soho Square. At Soho Square you'll find a lot of entertainment like restaurants, fountain shows, nightlife and special shows and events.
2. Na'ama Bay
10 km after the airport you'll drive at Na'ama Bay. Some call it the center of Sharm El-Sheikh.
There are lots of dive centers and a beach. This is perfect for the one, who wants to go diving.
3. El Hadaba / Old Town
This is almost as far away as you can get. However, this is a place full of hotels, villas and apartments. Around this area you'll find some of the best coral reefs of Sharm El Sheikh (but you still have to go to Na'ama Bay to take the boat).
Great opportunities to go snorkeling from the hotel, visit Old Market or just enjoy a Starbucks coffee at the shopping area Il Mercato.
How to get around
There is not much of public transportation in Sharm El Sheikh. But a taxi is actually really cheap.
Decide on a price before you go and let the driver know that you're not willing to pay more than you agreed on.
Price = 30 EGP / 4 USD
Generally speaking, Sharm El-Sheikh is a pure tourist destination. It's perfect for relaxation and not much hectic. If you want to go to Egypt just to see explore the culture and historical sights, then Sharm El-Sheikh isn't the first place you should visit. But it has a cool atmosphere and the coral reefs are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. So definitely a paradise for divers!
ANYTHING I MISSED? Let me know 🙂