Salah El-Din Castle
Salah El-Din Castle
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diaa Sakr
Cairo, Egypt68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
A nice historical place to visit .
It took less than one hour by yacht to reach to the site from Taba port .
You can enjoy the sites along the trip specially viord bay and the mountains on the Jordanian and Saudia Arabian side .
At the end of the trip there was a nice snorkeling trip for the coral beside the castle .
Written October 29, 2020
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skdcitraveller
London, UK269 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
We went on the Pharaoh’s Island (Salah El Din's Castle) Schooner trip (8.30-4.30ish pick up/drop off at hotels at Taba Heights) with food, drink and snorkelling kit included. Great value trip, engines out and twin masted sail back. Escorted and solo snorkelling and introductory scuba dives if you want. Need to wear uninflated life jacket which was no hardship. Great snorkelling above buddy divers in 5-10 metres of clear water (except for scuba air bubbles floating up- great fun swimming in this!) above coral reefs.

The highlight…….swimming above Hawksbill turtle for 20 minutes!

Cost £41 €50 pp
Written July 17, 2011
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Amany R
Egypt339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
The boat trip was not that good in services. However, the visit itself and the snorkeling experience were great.
Written September 30, 2020
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Ahmed Sharkas
Cairo, Egypt54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Family
Amazing game lace where you can see the four countries Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Saudi at this tip. You can enjoy mountains and sea view with a fresh air and enjoy historical place like the castle.
Written January 22, 2018
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sugarcone
Amman, Jordan372 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
Anyone who likes to visit palaces, castles and ancient ruins will want to visit this well maintained castle located on Pharaoh's Island, in the Gulf of Aqaba. This castle was built in the time of the Muslim leader Salah al-Din Ayyubi in the late 12th century AD to secure the Gulf of Aqaba against foreign invasions, and secure the way of pilgrimage and trade routes.

When you stand on the top of a tower in the citadel of Salah al-Din you can clearly see the borders of four countries; Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the borders of occupied Palestine.
Written December 5, 2017
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sbadaro
Amman, Jordan8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Family
The castle is really small fortifications off of the Taba / Sinai coast line from medieval times. It is more "patched-up" than completely restored, but it does offer a pleasant "elevated" view of the both sides of the Aqaba gulf. It is a dry "outpost" with virtually no facilities whatsoever, so, if you're not set-up with supplies on your vessel, make sure you come prepared with food / drinks.

The boat which took us from Aqaba for the day trip did land us directly onto the small pier from which we made the foot-walk around the small island, although we did see another boat which anchored further out in the waters and let off its passengers to swim / snorkel in its vicinity without setting foot on the island, so I'm guessing that you need advance clearance from the authorities (there were two or three customs officials / security guards who greeted us on the pier).

The snorkeling / scuba is decent (clear water with a good variety of brain / fan and fire corals) but not exactly spectacular, and it was pretty much "bleached" (whited out) with little marine life compared to other spots I've been to in the area off of the Taba Hights hotel stretch, Sharm el-Sheikh and some parts of Aqaba Gulf, and the truely amazing and best kept secret of Red Sea (thankfully off-premise to most human intruders due to visa restrictions and what have you) on the northern coast of Saudi Arabia (Haqel and really, the entire coast to the north of Dubaa which I accidentally stumbled upon with some friends from Tabouk years ago).

All in all, it was good for a lazy day trip, but I wouldn't make it as a main destination... Your better choice would be the attractions closer to Dhahab, Ras Mohammad, and of course Taba / Sharm / El-Joonah.
Written October 24, 2013
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Yonigabay
Jerusalem, Israel284 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Family
this place dont have nothing to ofer you desert iland
the boat stop fare away from iland and you must go by small boat
the are nothing in the iland no food no drink only in the boat people ho want suimming can jump from the boat but you dont come to suim in boat the tour is 50 minute but the boat spend more t
the time there.
the price for the toor is expensive dont go !!!!
Written October 10, 2013
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Sabry I
Dahab, Egypt17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Not every day you have a chance to stand in one country and to be able to look at 3 other countries. That's how i felt when i visited the Castle for the first time. Israel Jordon and Saudi is few hundred meters away
Written January 30, 2012
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Amr Sobhi
Accra, Ghana121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
During my trip to Taba, I have went to this Castle , first of all you have to reserve this trip with an agent in order to get the required permit
It’s amazing to get some pics and enjoy the sea view from the top
Not recommended for old age and kids
Written November 3, 2020
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Kloudia
Minnesota1,401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
it is about something we have read about in our books and it is more interesting to go and see it in reality because it is part of our history
you need the passport and visa if you are coming from outside egypt
Written October 29, 2014
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