10 Things to Do in Red Sea and Sinai That You Shouldn't Miss

July 30, 2017 Darleen Reid

Traditional attitudes prevail in the historic Sinai region on Egypt's border with Israel. The triangular peninsula is divided from the rest of Egypt by the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. Craggy mountains, including 7500-foot Mount Sinai, plunge down to the waters of the Red Sea. Spectacular snorkeling and diving sites beckon from the Gulf of Aqaba to the east of the peninsula, particularly along the dramatic coastline of Na'ama Bay in Sharm el Sheikh. Camelback safaris offer distinctive desert excursions.
Restaurants in Red Sea and Sinai

1. Coptic Church

Hay El Nour, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt +20 128 999 9007
Excellent
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5 based on 574 reviews

Coptic Church

Reviewed By vivien1611 - Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

most beautiful church, paintings inside are wonderful, well worth a visit, We visited on an evening which was included in a tour

2. The Heavenly Cathedral

Hey El Noor, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Excellent
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5 based on 224 reviews

The Heavenly Cathedral

Reviewed By waqarsarwar - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

An amazing architecture with beautiful interiors and designing. Dress regulations are required to be followed once you are visiting, however, they can provide capes if you are not dressed as per their protocol. The Cathedral gives an exotic look of one of the European Churches and is a must-visit place.

3. Coral Reefs

El Mashraba | South Sinai, Dahab, Center of Bazaar, Mashraba, Dahab 46617, Egypt +20 101 002 2707
Excellent
77%
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4.5 based on 476 reviews

Coral Reefs

Reviewed By bostonian11 - Kahului, Hawaii

We visited Dahab mainly to windsurf, but went snorkeling on a few days when the wind was light. The corals and fish are simply amazing, on par with or better than famous spots like Bonaire and Belize. I loved that you can just leave your stuff at one of the restaurants on the beach, go snorkeling to the reef that's just a few hundred feet from shore, and come back for a light and relaxed lunch. We visited Eel Garden in town, and the Three Pools that are a 20 minute cab ride away (we paid 120 LE). Both spots are definitely worth a visit. Windsurfers, "no-wind" days in Dahab are a gift - go snorkeling!

4. Sharm El Luli

Marsa Alam, Marsa Alam, Egypt
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sharm El Luli

Reviewed By Mamma_Henn - Dorset, United Kingdom

So the trip there - we used Steve's taxis, last minute. Got us there and gave us drinks, not the most comfortable of drives but worth it for the destination.
Beach is picture perfect. Windy and no shade. Take plenty of sunscreen. We went for half day trip which was long enough.
The snorkelling there was amazing. Rays, fish and not dangerously deep. Enjoy!

5. Ras Mohamed National Park

Sinai, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt +2-010-616-85-21
Excellent
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Ras Mohamed National Park

Reviewed By KlausHoejbjerg - Skals, Denmark

We went diving at Ras Mohamad which was a beautiful experience. The corals and the colorful fish is quite something to behold. I went diving first and snorkeling afterwards which however turned out to be a bad idea. I had not tried either before and was only introduced to diving. Snorkling however proved to be rather challenging for me.

6. Mount Sinai

Saint Catherine 46512, Egypt
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mount Sinai

Reviewed By Steven P - Pueblo, Colorado

We left Sharm El Sheik shortly after sunset to make the drive to St Catherine's to begin the climb well after midnight. It was very cool at the base and got a lot colder as the elevation increased. I quickly decided that the available camels were the best choice for me. The hikers dealt with a rough rocky path in the dark while I rode free to look at the sky where I saw many shooting stars in an amazing night sky with no light pollution. The camels do not go up the last 750 feet of the trail and I did not make that climb on foot, choosing to stay at the last tea house. I still had very good views of the sun brightening the eastern skies before rising above the Mountains, delivering a wonderous orange hue as it rose. I started my return on the camel but quickly realized that was a horrible idea. As the camel stepped down and planted its feet momentum slid me into the saddle horn. It was very painful to a sensitive part of my anatomy! I dismounted and walked down on my own.

7. Makadi Water World

Makadi Bay | Madinat Makadi, Hurghada, Egypt +20 65 3590225
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4.5 based on 696 reviews

Makadi Water World

Reviewed By Graham P - London, England, United Kingdom

We got entry as part of our stay at the Jaz hotel complex.
Had a fun day out and wasn’t too crowded on the slides. Slides, rafts and inflatables are all safe and the staff do an excellent job of controlling matters.
Let down were the food options and no alcohol on site. Notices suggested adult only areas.
Also there are no lockers

8. Blue Hole

Abu Galum, Qesm Saint Katrin, Dahab 46617, Egypt
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Blue Hole

Reviewed By Danielle W - Newcastle, Australia

Great place to visit, however the reef is showing a lot of damage from over tourism. Going outside of the blue hole was the best bit, where there was very little damage, however requires local knowledge to know where to cross.
Best to get there as early as possible as it gets very busy even in winter. Still plenty warm enough to visit in December as well.

9. Ras Um Sid

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Excellent
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4.5 based on 455 reviews

Ras Um Sid

Great diving and snorkeling area.

Reviewed By Sheriff64 - Ottawa, Canada

We rented a villa in el Hadhaba (or Ras Um Sid) for the months of January and February 2017. It is a residential area with all living necessities, restaurants, groceries, pet food, gas station laundry, and everything is within a short walking distance. It is also home to the famous farsha bar/café, Sadiki, and the blues café.

10. Abu Tig Marina

El Gouna, Hurghada, Egypt +20 65 3580073
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Abu Tig Marina

Reviewed By Catherine S - Bolton, United Kingdom

Flash boats moored in the Marinas gave the impression of being in the northern Mediterranean rather than the Red Sea. Obviously newer part of El Gouna a number of restaurants and cafes overlooking the actual marina gives a relaxed ambiance. During the week the place was quite deserted but I’m sure over the weekend things liven up.
The beach is a cool place to relax, if you’re not in a hotel the cost is LE100 per person which included a towel.

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