Just north of vibrant Sharm El Sheikh is Sharks Bay, a newer resort on the Sinai Peninsula that has blossomed around its stunning Red Sea bay. The diving and snorkelling capital of Sharm El Sheikh, Sharks Bay is the starting point for the region’s most rewarding and exciting excursions, as well as being ideally situated for adventures in the desert.
Many visitors prefer the more comfortable temperatures around spring. Winter temperatures are more mild with temperatures of 22°C in November being the high and 17°C in January and February being the low.
Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH).
Sharks Bay is all about its dazzling coast, so head down to the golden beach and prepare yourself for a little adventure. The water sports are fantastic, with parasailing and speedboat rides to keep you busy. Take snorkelling trip to experience the tranquil Red Sea or plan a scuba diving excursion further afield. Back on dry land, the desert is another part of Egypt ripe for exploration, with camel treks or quad bike excursions around the rolling dunes. Sharm El Sheik’s popular water park is a hit with kids for its choice of pools and slides, and while you’re there, browse the old town’s lively souks.
The beach at Sharks Bay is a curve of sand and shingle levelling out into the pure, clear waters. Shady parasols and sun beds line the beach for when you fancy sunbathing, but mostly, the beach here is all about the water. Jetties shoot out across the sea as handy jump-off points for snorkelers and divers, and the best beach activities in Sharks Bay include parasailing, windsurfing and speedboat rides. If you’re all about the sand, it’s well worth grabbing a bus or taxi and spending the day in Sharm El Sheikh to experience its larger sweep of pristine, powdery sand fringed with palm trees.
Safaris out in Sharm El Sheikh’s desert are favourite activities in Sharks Bay, with many different ways to travel. Hop in a jeep and take a 4x4 tour or drive yourself on a quad bike excursion. Whichever method of transport you choose, make sure you allow for a camel ride across the blazing sand. You can even plan trips that let you stay overnight and camp out under the stars. If you’re interesting in seeing a more traditional side of Egypt, it’s worth visiting Sharm El Sheikh’s old town for a wander around the bustling bazaars – great for picking up unique gifts and souvenirs.
Sharks Bay is the diving capital of Sharm El Sheikh, and much of the resort is geared towards exploring the sea. Quieter than its neighbours, the bay provides spectacular snorkelling opportunities with warm, clear waters teeming with coral heads and rare marine life. For scuba divers, Sharks Bay is the jump-off for excursions to the legendary Straits of Tiran, including the Jackson Reef. If you’re on holiday with family, there are lots of things for kids to do in Sharks Bay’s local water park, Aqua Blu. Just down the road in Sharm El Sheikh, the park has dozens of water slides and multiple swimming pools popular with all ages.
Divers: Sharks Bay offers some of the best diving in the world, and is one of the best starting points on the Red Sea coast for excursions.
Adventurers: Whether you prefer diving in Jackson Reef or riding a camel across the desert, Sharks Bay is bursting with adventures.
Couples: Quieter than its neighbouring resorts, Sharks Bay is ideal for couples with its world-class diving, beaches and day trip opportunities.
Language: The language spoken in Sharks Bay is Arabic
Currency: The currency used in Sharks Bay is the Egyptian pound
Local time: Sharks Bay is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Sharks Bay tourist information can be found at http://en.egypt.travel/attraction/index/sharks-bay
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Sharks Bay
Temperature: Average of 33°C in summer. Winter temperatures are more mild with temperatures of 23°C in November being the high and 18°C in January and February being the low.
Best time to visit: Many visitors prefer the more comfortable temperatures around spring.
The Sinai Peninsula of Egypt experiences very long, hot summers, that can stay in the high 20s and early 30s (°C) for over six months. The temperature peaks in July and August, often reaching the high 30s.
By mini buses: Mini buses run all over Sharm El Sheikh and Sharks Bay, and are a cheap and easy way of getting around. The buses do not operate on a set route, instead provide a hop on/hop off service.
By taxis: There are numerous taxi ranks around Sharks Bay and Sharm El Sheikh. They are affordable and efficient, although prices can vary so it’s a good idea to negotiate the fare first.
By bus: If you’re planning an excursion further afield, buses are a good way to get around. Tickets are cheap and the routes link Sharks Bay to Sharm El Sheikh and other resorts and cities in the region.
Yoga festival: The Egypt International Yoga Festival takes place down the road in Sharm El Sheikh for a week in April. The festival provides classes for beginners and workshops for enthusiastic yogis, taught by experienced practitioners using a variety of forms of yoga.
Camel festival: An exciting annual event in the region is the South Sinai Camel Festival. Taking place in January in Sharm El Sheikh, the festival features camel racing in keeping with Egypt’s old desert traditions, and shows just how shockingly fast camels can move.