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Things to do in Sharm el Sheikh

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Welcome to Sharm el Sheikh

Underwater wonderlands and exotic marine life make Sharm el Sheikh, a resort nestled between Tiran Island and Ras Mohamed National Park, one of the world’s top diving destinations. The pilgrimage site of Mount Sinai, where Moses reputedly received the Ten Commandments, challenges hikers to reach its summit, while the candy-cane stripes of the Colored Canyon lure visitors from the beaches of Sharm. Combine these natural wonders with a 4WD jeep safari and camel ride on a day trip from Sharm El Sheikh. A snorkeling or glass-bottom boat tour of the Red Sea and Ras Mohamed coral reefs is a must-do for families and first-time visitors. For history buffs, a visit to St. Catherine’s Monastery and the Old Town (Sharm el Maya) reveals ancient cultural treasures, while at Dolphina Park, Aqua Blu Aqua Park, and Hollywood Sharm El Sheikh, opportunities for family fun are plentiful. Sharm El Sheik also serves as a convenient gateway to the rest of Egypt and even some of the Middle East. Save time and travel to Cairo by air on a day trip that covers the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, and Saqqara, or pilgrimage to the holy cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and take a dip in the Dead Sea on a full-day excursion to Jordan. Plus, quad biking in the Sinai Desert, scuba diving at Tiran Island, or stargazing with nomadic Bedouin communities make worthy additions to any Sharm schedule.

Top 11 attractions in Sharm el Sheikh

Ras Mohammed National Park

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On the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed National Park is home to Sharm el Sheikh’s best diving, notably Shark Reef, Yolanda Reef, and Jackfish Alley. Besides the pristine coral that awaits offshore, the land delivers empty beaches, rugged cliffs, and desert, plus mangrove swamps, salt marshes, and diverse birdlife.More

Mt. Sinai

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Mt. Sinai rises a lofty 7,497 feet (2,285 meters) above sea level and is an important religious pilgrimage site, where the prophet Moses is said to have received the 10 Commandments directly from God. Visit the site’s ancient monastery or hike to the summit for panoramic views of Egypt’s mountainous Sinai Peninsula.More

St. Catherine's Monastery

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Set beneath a mountain many believe to be the Biblical Mt. Sinai, St. Catherine’s Monastery has a heritage dating back to the fourth century AD and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still a working monastery, St. Catherine’s has defensive walls that house chapels, a library museum, and what is claimed to be a descendant of the Biblical burning bush.More

Na'ama Bay

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Sun-worshipping crowds give way to energetic nightlife when the sun sets at Na’ama Bay, where resorts, clubs, and bars share Sharm el Sheikh’s most happening shorefront. Whether you’re exploring the undersea world, hopping a ride on a parasail, or keeping the party going back on land, there’s plenty of fun to be had here.More

Tiran Island

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Just 4 miles (6 kilometers) off the Sinai coast, Tiran Island technically belongs to Saudi Arabia—yet its waters are part of Egypt’s Ras Mohammed National Park. The challenging diving around the Straits of Tiran is some of Egypt’s best, while the island is a mecca for snorkelers who appreciate its crystal waters and unspoiled coral reef.More

Hollywood Sharm el Sheikh

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Hollywood Sharm el Sheikh brings the Hollywood movie experience to the Sinai Peninsula. This dining and entertainment zone features an animatronic dinosaur park, 7D cinema, musical fountains and statues of international celebrities scattered throughout. Regular live entertainment might involve folk music, belly dancing or living singing, and every Friday evening, Hollywood hosts a pool and foam party with live DJs.Hungry visitors have a few movie-themed restaurants to choose from, including Jaws Restaurant overlooking the dancing fountains and Titanic Restaurant, where the decor and the music were inspired by the Oscar-winning film. A collection of shops within the park sell goods with set prices, eliminating the hassle of bartering so common in Egypt.More

Dolphina Park

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The only dolphinarium in South Sinai, Sharm el Sheik's Dolphina Park houses a pod of dolphins in its state-of-the-art facilities. Trained professionals care for and work with the dolphins—naturally very intelligent and playful animals—while giving visitors to the park an opportunity to observe these cetaceans and learn more about their behaviors, habitats, and social structures. Check out the dolphin shows to see highly choreographed performances showcasing the dolphins' intelligence.More
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Red Sea

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The Red Sea channel draws tendrils of Indian Ocean water up through Africa and Arabia to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Divers and snorkelers appreciate the Red Sea’s clear waters and colorful coral and marine life, while sandy beaches lure sun worshippers from around the world.More
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Aqua Blu Water Park

Aqua Blu Water Park

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Part of Aqua Park City, the Aqua Blu Water Park (also known as Aqua Blu Aqua Park is one of Sharm el Sheikh’s biggest water parks. More than 60 different slides and games offer something for everyone—from freefall, high-speed, and kamikaze slides through to a little kids’ zone and even rides for infants.More
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Sharm el Sheikh Old Town (Sharm el Maya)

Sharm el Sheikh Old Town (Sharm el Maya)

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Sharm el Sheikh Old Town (Sharm el Maya) was the first resort area in Sharm el Sheikh, created when the Israelis occupied the Sinai Peninsula after the Six-Day War. Today, the Old Market is a major point of interest in the area, a popular beach resort.More
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Sharm el Sheikh Cruise Port

Sharm el Sheikh Cruise Port

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A resort town in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Sharm el Sheikh offers snorkeling, diving, and desert trips. It's also close to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine’s Monastery. Ships dock at the in-town Sharm el Sheikh Port (rather than at a dedicated cruise port), and you may need to tender if another ship is docked.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Sharm el Sheikh

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everything was good 👍...
Ram_G, Dec 2022
Boat Party Live band and Sea Food Dinner and transportation - Sharm El Sheikh
everything was good 👍 thanks for all of your support wishing to see you again in my next visit to sharm
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Long trip but worth it!
Aaron_S, Oct 2022
Sunrise at Mount Sinai and St. Catherine monastery. Trip from Sharm el Sheikh
In regards to the tour service, the van guide spoke broken English.
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An absolute must!
Clare_G, Oct 2022
Sharm El Sheikh Private City Sightseeing Tour
The tour took us by mini bus to various different locations around this vast city to show us the best places for shopping, eating local food and nightlife and to see the amazing Mosque in the Old Market.
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Crazy, awesome Cairo
Matthew_G, Aug 2022
Private Day from Sharm to Cairo by plane, all entrance fees, Camel, Lunch, Guide
We booked a day trip from Sharm el Shiekh to visit the pyramids and museum, and got so much more for the money!
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In one word, Phenomenal!!
Denise_C, May 2022
Sharm El Sheikh Private City Sightseeing Tour
Naveed was an incredible tour guide and his enthusiasm for his city made us fall in love with Sharm.
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Petra day trip from Sharm
William_H, Mar 2022
Petra Sightseeing 1 Day Tour From Sharm El Sheikh
Petra is an incredible place to visit and this tour was the perfect way to do it from Sharm.
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A Nice tour to Cairo
Agim_B, May 2019
Private Guided Day Tour To Cairo from Sharm El Sheikh by Plane
If you want to visit Cairo from Sharm el Sheik you have to book this tour by flight.
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Wonderful trip
Ahmed_E, May 2022
Snorkeling Excursion in Ras Mohammed National Park and White Island
I really recommend this tour for anyone is going to visit Sharm with this company.
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Experience of a lifetime
Ross_S, Feb 2022
Private Day from Sharm to Cairo by plane, all entrance fees, Camel, Lunch, Guide
Next, we went to the Egyptian Museum Hala was great at ensuing we was able to see items without big crowds in the way.
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Great tour at the best price
Shahzeb_K, Dec 2021
St. Catherine Monastery, Mousses Mountain by Bus With Breakfast -Sharm El-Sheikh
Our guide Wahid was really nice and although he mainly spoke in Russian but at every point he used to give a brief explanation to the English speaking tourists also.
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St Catherine Monastery Private Day Tour From Sharm El Sheikh - FUN TOUR!!!
Alice_C, Oct 2021
St Catherine Monastery Private Tour From Sharm El Sheikh
To be able to see this historical landmark was once in a life time and I have no regrets booking this tour.
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Guided night tour of Sharm.
Tom_W, Aug 2021
Sharm El Sheikh Private City Sightseeing Tour
Air conditioned chauffered van to the major tourist attractions in Sharm.
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All about Sharm el Sheikh

When to visit

Sharm el Sheikh is popular all year round, but the peak seasons are October to November and March to May, when the weather is hot but not scorching. December and January are also popular, although they can be cooler: the average temperature is 68°F (20°C), and the sea can be cold. If you want to scuba dive visit between April and November, when visibility is at its best. The resort hosts events throughout the year, including the popular International Shopping and Tourism Festival in July.

Getting around

If you’re not relying on organized diving trips or tours that include transportation, the best way to reach the Old Town or Naama Bay’s shops and restaurants is by taking a cab or a or hotel courtesy bus. Look for the official blue-and-white taxis, but take care to negotiate the price before you get in. You can also take a page from the locals and flag down one of the shared minibuses along the main roads, or, if you’re ready for challenging traffic, rent a car.

Traveler tips

Take a break from Sharm’s beaches to indulge in one of the resort’s lesser-known activities: birdwatching. Head to Nabq, a coastal protectorate about 20 minutes north of Sharm where mountains and valleys taper into beaches and mangrove woods busy with birds. Start at Nabq’s visitor center, then head out by foot, on a four-wheel-drive vehicle, or on a tour. Look for ospreys, spoonbills, and herons around the mangroves; and plovers, terns, and eagles wheeling in the skies.

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