Diverse marine life and hundreds of Red Sea coral reef sites make Sharm El Sheikh a magnet for divers and eco-tourists. The tourist economy of this Sinai Peninsula city has grown quite rapidly over the last few decades, resulting in an upcrop of first-class resorts and posh nightlife. The waters of Ras Mohamed National Park are abundant with schools of fish and, oddly, toilets – thanks to the bathroom fixtures being transported by a cargo ship that sank during a 1981 storm.
The southern coast of the Gulf of Aqaba, between Tiran Island and Ras Mohammed National Park, features some of the world’s most amazing underwater scenery. The crystal-clear waters and incredible variety of exotic fish darting in and out of the colorful coral reefs have made this a scuba-diving paradise. In a prime position on the coast, incorporating the two adjacent coves of Na’ama Bay and Sharm al-Maya, is the purpose-built resort of Sharm el-Sheikh; a tourism boom-town devoted to sun-and-sea holidays.
Travellers should note that Sharm isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. If it wasn’t for the chain of jagged desert mountains that rim the western edge of town, visitors could easily forget they’re in Egypt at all.
The History of Scuba Diving