Egypt may be known for its pyramids, but many tourists also prefer spending a couple of relaxing days at the beach. Due to the recent political turmoil, tourists are asked to stay alert, and planning a beach break in Egypt is the perfect solution to avoid crowded places, while also saving money.
The first thing you should know if you’re thinking of going on a beach holiday is the benefits of staying in a resort. Many Egyptian resorts have their own beaches, so you can sunbathe in private. Many also offer you the possibility of renting snorkelling gear and you can also book snorkelling tours with a travel agent for safety.
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Sharm El Sheikh is one of the most popular destinations for travellers. This resort town is known for its coral reefs and snorkelling opportunities. Tourists can also stop by the Ras Mohammed National Park, which is wonderful place to go snorkelling. Sharks Bay is particularly well-known among locals for its diving and snorkelling spots, but also for surfing and water-skiing.
Marsa Alam is the less crowded alternative to Sharm El Sheikh. Similarly, tourists can head off to the available snorkelling and diving spots, especially those on Pharaoh’s Island, which is easily accessible by boat. You can visit the historical ruins located on the island before or after your snorkelling adventure. Diving is among the area’s most popular activities, due to its rare shark breeds, fish, and coral reefs. There are at least ten diving centres open in Marsa Alam.
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Dahab is an area known equally for its diving, snorkelling, and culture. If you are travelling on a budget, you will find that there are many things to do in Dahab at an affordable price. Assalah Bay, for example, is renowned for its diving centres and safari tours. The most popular snorkelling spot in Assalah is simply known as The Lighthouse, and it is a suitable area for beginners, whereas you’ll find the more competent divers in the less crowded Eel Gardens area.
The Blue Hole and Ras Abu Galum are snorkelling areas located near Dahab. The Blue Hole is the more popular of the two, and it boasts colourful fish and coral reefs. The area might be challenging for beginners, so take care not go snorkelling without suitable equipment and an instructor. On the other hand, Ras Abu Galum is less crowded, and you can reach it by car or even by riding a camel, both easily arranged by local safari tour operators. This snorkelling spot is also located near a Bedouin village, so you can learn more about the area’s culture, as well as the fascinating underwater life.
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Nuweiba is located close to the Israeli border, and as of lately it has emerged as a popular destination among Egyptians living in Cairo. While not as popular among foreign tourists as Dahab, the area still encourages travellers to spend a few quiet days on the beach. Ras Al-Shatan is the most popular spot among tourists due to its snorkelling. Additionally, visitors can opt for local tours to climb Mount Sinai, or visit the Monastery of Saint Catherine, both of which are located only a few hours away.
From luxurious resorts, to quiet snorkelling spots, Egypt has many great places which are worth visiting. As long as you plan ahead, you can explore the colourful underwater life, and also have enough time to relax and learn about the destination you have chosen.