Egypt’s top tourist resort, near the southern point of the Sinai Peninsula, features beautiful coral reefs and beaches, shipwrecks, desert adventures, ancient monasteries, and vibrant nightlife.
Here is my Top 7 trips and tours you must go on when visiting Sharm el Sheik.
1. Ras Mohammed National Park by Jeep
Egypt’s first National Park here is one of the worlds most Beautiful places to visit, also known as the Jewel in the Crown of the Red Sea, with over 130 types of stunning coral and over a 1000 species of Beautiful fish. The National Park is also the resting place of many shipwrecks including the famous Thistlegorm.
A Jeep picks you up from your hotel or apartment to take you to Ras Mohammed National Park. You stop at the visitor's center in the park, then on to some snorkeling in the beautiful aqua waters of the national park. After this, your next stop is at the Blue Lagoon and Magic Lake. After these two amazing spots, you are taken to see the mangroves which naturally grow on the coastline. Then its on to see the past remains of an earthquake which split the ground many years ago. You will need your snorkeling gear with you, or you can hire these at the start of the trip.
2. Ras Mohammed by Boat
This Tour is Totally different from Ras Mohammed by Car as there is more snorkeling involved. The Jeep picks you up from your hotel or apartment and you are taken to Naama Bay to hire snorkel equipment if needed. Then off to on the jetties of Naama Bay for your boat. The trip includes stops at three stunning snorkeling spots Gordon reef and Jackson reef being just two of them. A stop at the ghostly shipwreck Lovella just off Gordons reef. A full Lunch is provided on Board and refreshments all through your trip. Snorkelling gear also needed for your trip.
3. Quad Biking in the Sinai Desert
If you like speed and adventure, then this trip is for you. Either take a quad bike for yourself or share one. Adventure deep into the interior of the Sinai desert. You will stop for a rest at the Bedouin camp for a real taste of Bedouin herbal tea. After your rest your journey to Echo Mountain, This is the chance for you to be silly and shout into the mountains to hear the echo of your voice the Egyptian tour guide loves this one. After making a fool of yourself its time to head back home to base.
Desert quad biking can be taken early in the morning or in the evening this is so you can see the beautiful sunrises and sunsets of the Sinai desert. Trips usually take around 2 hours. If you want a longer and more personal trip then this can be arranged with any tour agent found all over Sharm. When arranging these special Quad biking trips always negotiate for a good price, as the prices do vary considerably from each agent. You will need to take plenty of bottled water with you, scarf and goggles are essential.
4. St Katherine’s Monastery and Dahab
St Katherine’s Monastery is situated 1,1571 meters above sea level and is still home to 20 monks. Here you will find the Chapel of the Burning Bush where Moses was instructed by God to lead his people out of Egypt to the promised land. Also, you will see the Library of the monastery with its priceless collection of early Christian Manuscripts. The tour includes lunch at the nearby Katherine’s Plaza hotel.
After lunch you are taken to the city of Dahab here you can visit the interesting souvenir shops. When visiting St Katherine’s Monastery you will have to dress modestly, ladies no Bikinis, men T shirt or top. Take plenty of water for your trip.
5. Moses Mountain and St Katherine’s Monastery
Moses Mountain reaches 2,285 meters above sea level which can be walked up or you can take a camel up there. Moses mountain was where Moses was supposed to have received the Ten Commandments. It's also a place to see spectacular sunrises and sunsets and for others who want to feel a spiritual experience.
The tour starts with you being picked up from your hotel or apartment the previous evening, depending on what time of year it is, you will be taken to the foot of Mount Moses were you will start your ascent, when you reach the top you can take a well-earned rest and see the stunning sunrise after this you will start your descent. Next, it's on to St Katherine’s Monastery was you can explore the treasures of the monastery. After St Katherine,s you are taken for breakfast. To finish the tour you can go shopping in the city of Dahab. This trip is very long and can be strenuous; also please dress modestly for St Katherine’s Monastery.
6. Abu Gallum and the Blue Hole
Abu Gallum Nature Reserve is home to astonishing natural sites such as the Blue Hole which is surrounded by coral and has a sheer drop of 260 meters. Your adventure starts with your pickup from your hotel or apartment by jeep and taken across rugged Sinai desert to Abu Gallum Nature reserve here you will be met by Bedouin people with camels to take you along the beach to the Blue Hole. Here you will be able to snorkel for a while before you have a delicious fish lunch in the Bedouin tent. After lunch, you can explore the Blue Hole a little more before your departure for your last stop to Dahab city. Here you have a chance to explore there unusual gift and souvenir shops. You will need your dive gloves, for this one and don’t forget to take plenty of water.
7. Tiran Island Boat Trip
Tiran island lies in the Gulf of Aqaba down the Tiran straight and is very popular for Boat trips from Naama Bay and Sharks Bay. Just off the island is Gordons Reef and Jacksons Reef these are very popular stops for snorkelers. Your trip starts at Naama Bay Jetty were you board the boat and set off for Tiran Island. You will have a couple of stops at the reefs before lunch. After lunch, the boat takes a slow sail around villa shipwreck which got drifted on Gordon reef in 1981. One last snorkel stop at the Far garden in Naama Bay, where the coral reefs are beautifully colored after this its head back to Naama bay jetty. You will need your snorkel fins if you want to snorkel, don’t worry if you haven’t any snorkel gear you will be taken to a hiring center in Naama bay.