The Egyptian paradise of Shamr EL Sheikh is immensely popular with holidaymakers due to it's incredible diving opportunities, historical relics and welcoming locals. The immensely vibrant culture, incredible marine life and vast expanses of desert make Sharm-el-Sheik feel like a magical land directly from the enchanting Arabian Nights stories. Whether you want to take the plunge into the crystal clear waters of the coral reef or simply feast upon authentic Egyptian fare, Sharm-el-Sheikh will prove a perfect holiday destination.
Explorers of the Deep
Begin your day with a visit to one of the world's most renowned and well preserved coral reefs; the Ras Mohamed Marine National Park is located only a short, 10 minute drive from the centre of Sharm-El-Sheik and numerous tours offer excursions to the natural wonderland. Don a snorkel and submerge yourself in the transcendental tranquillity of the crystal clear waters to admire shimmering shoals of fish and kaleidoscopic coral reefs. Over a thousand species of fish inhabit the protected waters of dive sites such as Jack-Fish Alley and Yolanda Reef, so expect to admire star fish, urchins and sea turtles amongst the beautiful marine flora. Return to dry land in order to continue your exciting exploration of Sharm-el-Shiek.
The Bright Lighs of Naama Bay
Spend the afternoon reclining on the soft, sandy beaches of Naama Bay. It is undoubtedly Sharm-el-Sheiks tourist hub and offers visitors an array of excellent beach bars serving exotic cocktails and delicious lunches. Before settling down to lunch, enjoy one of the many water sport activities on offer from the beach side shacks; ride the waves on a fast paced banana boat or para-glide over the turqoise ocean to enjoy breath taking views of the surrounding deserts. When hunger strikes, find a cosy corner upon the terrace of Vino Restaurant, where hearty, seafood dishes are served by delightful local staff. Watch the bustle of the bay while enjoying succulent steaks, freshly caught seafood and crisp salads in the welcoming ambience of the restaurant.
Discover the Desert
No trip to Egypt would be complete without a ride on a camel throughout the sandy dunes of the expansive desert. As the afternoon sun begins to recede, take the short drive to the Wadi-Mander Valley, where camels await to take you on an unforgettable journey through the desert. The Bedouni tribes still live within the desert, and may tour operators can arrange for you to visit their settlements, sample traditional foods and learn about their intriguing way of life. Admire an incredible desert sunset before watching a fire show and traditional belly dancing, then sink into the cool sands and gaze upwards at the remarkable bright stars in the desert night sky. Return to Sharm-el-Sheikh's centre for a exceptional taste of Egyptian cuisine at the Starlight Dinner restaurant at the Hiton Hotel. Dine upon authentic delicacies against a breath-taking backdrop of mountains, toasting with chilled wine in the ambient light of the fire.