Spending Time in Sharm el Sheik

Sharm el SheikSharm el Sheik is one of Egypt’s premier tourist resort areas offering world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as luxury resorts, pristine beaches and good desert trekking. There are also casinos, discos and nightclubs, and golf courses, along with superb windsurfing and other water sports.

Na’ama Beach is one of the tourist centers and many hotels here have their own private beaches with comfortable amenities. Nearby Shark’s Bay has even more on offer, including several dive centers. Ras Muhammad Natural Park, at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, was established in 1983 and is home to one of the world’s most famous dive sites, making it a big draw for divers and snorkelers.

The main activities in Sharm el Sheik are diving and other water sports; however, there is also plenty to do away from the sea. The Sinai Desert invites exploration by quad bikes, motorbikes, jeep, or by camel or horseback. You can also visit the curious limestone boulder two kilometers north of the edge of downtown that is shaped like the former US president, John F Kennedy.

An adventurous journey through the desert to Mt. Sinai is interesting. Visitors can climb to the top of the mountain in roughly three hours and see the place where, depending on your beliefs, it is said that God gave Moses the 10 Commandments. The bohemian town of Dahab, located farther north on the Gulf of Aqaba is another popular excursion. Twenty kilometers past the airport expands the Wadi of Mandar, where Bedouins offer tours to the Colored Canyon and Ain Hudra via Nuweiba.

For entertainment of a different sort, you can visit the Fun Town amusement park which includes a bowling center and ice-skating rink. Shoppers should visit the Souk, the bazaar of Sharm el Sheikh, where you can bargain for an assortment of items and souvenirs or just stroll around and take in the bustling atmosphere.