The Red Sea is just over 1900 km long, and 300 km wide at its widest point and located between Africa and Asia. It borders several Middle Eastern and African countries. When people think of Egypt and tourism, they probably immediately think of the host of ancient sites that Egypt has. While these sites are spectacular, the beaches in Egypt are just as amazing. With beautiful sunny days for most of the year, and warm days year round, Egyptian beach resorts have a lot to offer. Sharm El Sheikh is the largest resort area located on the Sinai Peninsula, and is perhaps the most popular of all the beach resorts in Egypt. St. Catherine’s Monastery, Moses Mountain and the Colored Canyon are a day trip away for those who are interested in hiking type adventures. For those who are interested in dive sites, Sharm El Sheikh has one of the best wreck dives in the world, the SS Thistlegorm. The SS Thistlegorm is a cargo ship that sank during the second World War. South of Sharm El Sheikh is the Ras Mohamed Nature Reserve. Ras Mohamed is the most popular dive spot and has lots of marine life and beautiful soft coral. Sharm El Sheikh also has dive sites at the Straits of Tiran, and north of Sharm El Sheik there is the popular dive spot for advanced divers known as the Blue Hole. From a humble fishing village to an international beach destination, Hurghada is located on the Red Sea on Egypt’s main land. While there are few of options not directly related to the water such as city tours, desert visits and the large aquarium, Hurghada is really a beach and dive destination.
There are a lot of dive sites in Hurghada, a few of the most popular being Giftun Island and the Turtle House, Soma Bay, El Fanadir, and the Oberoi House Reef. A half hour north of Hurghada lies the resort village of El Gouna. El Gouna was built specifically to be a resort city and did not exist before the later part of the 1980’s. El Gouna is a water sport enthusiasts dream offering windsurfing, kite surfing, waterskiing and parasailing. El Gouna also offers dive sites that are different from those in Hurghada.
El Gouna offers two wreck dives; Abu Nahas and Rosalie Moller. There are also the popular Siyul Islands, Blind Reef, Abu Nagar, as well as many more. Three hundred kilometers south of Hurghada is the resort town of Marsa Alam. Abu Dabab beach is popular in this region because of the sea turtle population. If you are diving in this area, there is a very good chance you will see this magnificent sea animal. Marsa Alam also has dive sites like Elphinstone Reef, and the Dolphin Hose. Dugongs are also common in this
region. Dugongs are very shy and private animals and aren’t that interested in humans. If you are going to see a dugong on a trip, it’s most likely going to happen in Marsa Alam.