If you’re planning a trip to Egypt, you absolutely cannot miss the Red Sea!! The Red Sea is a tropical oasis in the middle of the Sahara Desert with turquoise waters and pink beaches!! There are many popular beach towns and resorts on the Red Sea, but if you love snorkeling, here’s why Sharm El-Sheikh is the best place to stay on the Red Sea.
Where is the Red Sea?
Moses Parting The Red Sea
When I think of the Red Sea, the first thing that comes to mind is the well-known Bible story about Moses parting the Red Sea so the Israelites could escape Egypt. Hearing these incredible stories as a child was one of the main reasons I really wanted to see the Red Sea for myself.
“Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.”
But not only is the Red Sea just the location of a well-known Bible story, it’s also a beautiful, tropical beach resort with crystal clear, turquoise waters and pink beaches.
Diving and Snorkeling in the Red Sea
The Red Sea is one of the most popular destinations for diving and snorkeling because of the warm, crystal clear water, vibrant coral reefs, abundant marine life, and excellent visibility.
If you want to go to the Red Sea for snorkeling, I highly recommend the Mövenpick Resort Sharm el Sheikh because there is a spectacular coral reef right in front of the hotel’s private beach.
Snorkeling in Naama Bay
Watch the video above to see what it’s like to snorkel in the Red Sea right in front of the Mövenpick Resort Sharm el Sheikh. We saw a stingray and so many colorful fish. Notice how crystal clear the water is! The visibility in the Red Sea is some of the best in the world.
You don’t have to worry about packing your own snorkeling gear, because you can rent a mask, snorkel, and fins from the hotel for $5 USD per day. Although I did bring my own Full Face Snorkel Mask!
If you stay at the Movenpick Resort Sharm El-Sheikh, there is no need to book an extra excursion to go snorkeling. You can snorkel on your own schedule, whenever you want.
Snorkeling in the Red Sea — Tiran Island
However if you really want to try snorkeling in another location, or you want to try scuba diving for the first time, you can also book an excursion to Tiran Island.
Tiran Island is home to one of the largest and most beautiful coral reefs in the Red Sea. It’s one of the most popular locations for snorkeling and scuba diving in the Red Sea. Tiran Island is very close to Sharm El-Sheikh, which is why Sharm El-Sheikh is the best place to go on the Red Sea if you want to snorkel or go scuba diving.
You can easily book a snorkeling or scuba diving day trip right from the hotel. There are two diving companies with small kiosks by the pool — Scorpion and Dive One. You can stop by the kiosk and book your excursion the day before.
Tiran Island Snorkeling Video
Watch the video above to see what it’s like to snorkel at Tiran Island in the Red Sea! We saw a barracuda, Wobbegong shark, and a stingray. I even HELD a jellyfish!!! Again, notice how clear the water is.
Scuba Diving in Egypt
Unless you really want to check “scuba diving” off your bucket list, I don’t recommend scuba diving unless you are certified.
Yes, you can scuba dive in Egypt without certification, but the instructor is holding onto you the entire time, and you don’t get to swim around freely.
Staying at the Movenpick Resort Sharm El-Sheikh
The Mövenpick Resort Sharm el Sheikh is so charming at night!
At dusk hundreds of lanterns light up the walkways.
The sunset view is amazing from anywhere in the resort!
Sharm El-Sheikh Hotels
If you’re planning a trip to the Red Sea and looking for the best Sharm El-Sheikh hotels, I highly recommend the Mövenpick Resort Sharm el Sheikh. The hotel is right on the shores of Naama Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Red Sea.
The resort has four private beaches with panoramic views of the Sinai Mountains in the background. Two of the beaches have access to the hotel’s private coral reef for amazing snorkeling and diving right from the comfort of your hotel.
The Mövenpick offers endless activities like horseback riding on the beach, spa services, diving and snorkeling excursions, and even day trips into the Sahara Desert.
The resort also has a private taxi service that will take you into town and pick you back up when you are ready to return to the hotel.
The rooms are clean and comfortable and the staff is super friendly and helpful.
Best Restaurants in Sharm El-Sheikh
The Mövenpick Resort has two of the top-rated restaurants in Sharm El-Sheikh right on property.
Rangoli offers amazing Indian food with the BEST views in Sharm El-Sheikh. We loved it so much we ate here twice! Be sure to make a reservation!
El Kababgy is the #1 Top Rated restaurant in Sharm El-Sheikh on TripAdvisor. They offer authentic Egyptian food and grill. Be sure to make a reservation! We tried to go here twice but they were completely booked both nights!!