Sharm El Sheikh is one of the most popular tourist places in Egypt. Of course it doesn’t have famous pyramids or someone’s important tomb, but it is a tourist friendly resort town full of nice hotels, restaurants,amazing diving spots and fun things to do. After living there for a while I made a list of 5 reasons to visit Sharm El Sheikh.
A great place to have your beach vacation
Sharm El Sheikh is known for its all inclusive hotels and resorts. Many European countries get very sweet deals for visiting Sharm El Sheikh. Most of the tours include direct, round trip flights, room in a hotel, all inclusive (food and drinks) for as low as $200 a person. So it is a nice way to get out of cold Europe during the winter and get a suntan for a great price.
In winter the temperature during the day is between 23°C and 28°C . It’s always sunny and comfortable for swimming. Of course in summer the temperature can be as high as 50°C which makes it difficult if you want to explore the old city during the day for example, but perfectly fine for saying next to the pool or snorkeling in the Red sea.
The Red Sea is considered to be one of the best spots in the world for diving. The variety of sea life that you can see in the Red Sea is amazing and very little of the coral is bleached.
You can find many dive shops all around Sharm El Sheikh that offer to take you to great diving spots where you can see turtles, mantas, and other sea creatures. Last time we actually saw a big moray eel that was just chilling between the corals.
Sharm El Sheikh is also a great place to get your PADI Open Water Certificate. Sharm EL Sheikh is on the list of the cheapest places to get it done. The course will cost you around $350 per person and take about 3 days.
Combination of sea and desert activities
Other than diving, Sharm El Sheikh offers a lot of other sea activities like: windsurfing, kitesurfing, paragliding, and many various boat tours to different islands.
But it is not just sea activities that attract tourists. Sharm El Sheikh is located in between the sea and the mountains and that makes it the perfect location for having fun while driving ATVs or camels in a desert or visiting a Bedouin village.
Day trips from Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh is also a great place for those who like to jump from place to place. There are many day trips that you can take during your stay at Sharm El Sheikh.
The popular day trips are of course a trip to Cairo to see the famous pyramids or to Luxor, a great ancient city that everyone must visit. Another place where you can go is Dahab. It is located just an hour and a half northeast of Sharm El Sheikh. Dahab is famous among divers. It is full of great diving spots including the Blue Hole (named to be one of the most dangerous diving locations).
Very Affordable Price
Okay, so I mentioned already the cheap prices for the all inclusive deals and getting PADI certified, but you really need to understand how cheap it is. For example, taking a local bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo is just $10. If you are a professional diver you will be pleased to know that a dive will cost you about $20-25 (and I don’t mean a short dive). To spend a whole day on a boat including lunch will cost you $30-35.
If you are not staying at those all inclusive resorts you will need to pay for your food. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants at Naama Bay (the main street) or the Old Town that have decent food and the prices are quite low. Although the alcohol can be a bit expensive, since Egypt is a Muslim country.
About The Author Alona Tiunina is a travel blogger from Ukraine who writes the Jet Set Together travel blog. She lived in Sharm El Sheikh for 4 months in the tourism field and routinely goes back to see friends and enjoy the amazing sea life.