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One Day in Sharm el Sheikh

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To fully appreciate Sharm el Sheikh's charms, you need at least a week to explore the incredible dive sites, check out the restaurants, do some shopping, and of course, experience the nightlife. However, if you're on a cruise or passing through onto another destination in Egypt, you can still experience some of the best Sharm has to offer in one day.

Good for
  • Solo
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Family
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Like a Local

11 Places

3 City Tips

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11 Places

Ras Mohamed National Park

National Parks

Tiran Island

Islands

Na'ama Bay

Beaches, Bodies of Water

Shark's Bay Beach

Beaches

Aqua Blue Diving & Water Sports

Theme Parks

The Heavenly Cathedral

Churches & Cathedrals

Al Mustafa Mosque

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals

Sinai Safari Adventures

Sightseeing Tours, Boat Tours, Parasailing & Paragliding, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Safaris

Alexandro Cafe

Bars & Clubs

Star Gazer Night

Deserts

SOHO Square

Shopping Malls

Erin D's City Tips

  • Be prepared to haggle if you want to shop — never accept the first price offered unless you're shopping in a fixed price store.
  • If you're traveling by taxi, be sure to negotiate the price up-front and always pay in Egyptian currency.
  • If you plan to dive, be sure to have your certification card and dive log to show your recent dives or they may require you to do a refresher course first.
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    Ras Mohamed National Park
    National Parks
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    Erin D Says:

    If you're a scuba diver, you'll want to make a dive trip to Ras Mohamed National Park your top priority. The crystal clear water and abundant marine life make this area of the Red Sea one of the best areas for diving. Ras Mohamed is 20km south of Sharm el Sheikh at the juncture of the Gulf of Aqaba and Gulf of Suez. The combination of the waters, each with a different salinity level, brings together a stunning array of fish and bright coral.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your dive certification card as the dive shops may not be willing to look up your information. Also have your log book on hand as some operators will ask to see your recent diving experience.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 94 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top notch diving 08/20/2018
    • The end of Sinai 08/18/2018
    • Ras Mohamed National Park
    Address:
    Sinai
    Sharm El Sheikh
    Egypt
    Phone:
    +2-010-616-85-21
    Other:
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    Tiran Island
    Islands
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    Erin D Says:

    Located at the entrance of the Tiran Strait, Tiran Island is another key diving destination near Sharm el Sheikh. The main dive sites include four shallow reefs between Tiran and the mainland. For those non-divers with you, the inside of Laguna, which is closer to Tiran Island, is also great for snorkeling and swimming.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Many of the dives here are drift dives so you should have prior experience of the drift-diving method.
    • Weather and sea conditions can play a key role in determining which dive sites are chosen by tour operators on a particular day.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 94 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Snorkeling 08/20/2018
    • Divers - don't miss out on this one! 08/16/2018
    • Tiran Island
    Address:
    Lodg hotel
    Lodg hotel -Hadaba
    Sharm El Sheikh 41169
    Egypt
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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    Na'ama Bay
    Beaches, Bodies of Water
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    Erin D Says:

    If you just want to relax on the beach and be close to all the action, consider spending part of your day at Na'ama Bay. It feels more Mediterranean than Egyptian, but a lot of people enjoy Na'ama as it provides the perfect recipe for sunbathing by day and partying by night. Most of the beach is hotel-owned, but there are also two smaller public beaches to explore.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can use the beach at the hotel-owned spots, but do not take the umbrellas or beach chairs.
    • Topless sunbathing is illegal here.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 94 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    • Eating and shopping 08/20/2018
    • Main place of Sharm 08/17/2018
    • Na'ama Bay
    Address:
    Sharm El Sheikh, South Sinai
    Sharm El Sheikh 46911
    Egypt
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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    Shark's Bay Beach
    Beaches
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    Erin D Says:

    Shark's Bay Beach is a great spot to spend the day at if you just want to lounge on the beach and do some snorkeling. There's a wealth of tropical fish and coral gardens near the shore that are great for snorkelers looking to explore the Red Sea, without having to book a full day tour.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • There's a daily fee to use the Shark's Bay Beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 94 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Enjoy the max under water 08/06/2018
    • Best beach in Sharm for snorkelling 07/07/2018
    • Shark's Bay Beach
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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    Aqua Blue Diving & Water Sports
    Theme Parks
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    Erin D Says:

    If you're traveling with young ones, you might want to consider spending the day at Aqua Blue Water Park. Located in Hadaba, Aqua Blue Water Park has over 30 slides that are perfect for families traveling with children. Slides like Black Hole and Kamikaze are more for adults and older children, but kids under 12 will find a range of smaller slides just for them. Get your adrenaline fix or take a leisurely float down the lazy river.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • There are multiple restaurants on-site if you want to make Aqua Blue Water Park a full day activity.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 94 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Diving 07/24/2018
    • Full Fun Diving Safari 01/14/2018
    • Aqua Blue Diving & Water Sports
    Address:
    Ras Um El Sid
    Sharm El Sheikh
    Egypt
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
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    The Heavenly Cathedral
    Churches & Cathedrals
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    Erin D Says:

    Heavenly Cathedral is an important religious landmark in Sharm el Sheikh, and one of the largest Coptic Orthodox churches in the city. Built in the early 21st century, Heavenly Cathedral features impressive frescos and religious murals, which were hand-painted by two Egyptian artists. Recently completed in 2010, it took the artists and their teams two years to paint the elaborate bible scenes that adorn the cathedral walls.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You may see Heavenly Cathedral referred to as Kineesa el Samayeen.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 94 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 08/08/2018
    • Great Church 05/16/2018
    • The Heavenly Cathedral
    Address:
    Hey El Noor
    Sharm El Sheikh
    Egypt
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    Al Mustafa Mosque
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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    Erin D Says:

    If you're looking to do some sightseeing on your day in Sharm, you'll want to include a visit to Al Mustafa Mosque. It cost around 20 million dollars to build, and is stunning both inside and out. You can't miss the gigantic dome, striking marble facade, and the massive minarets as you approach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Al Mustafa Mosque is not too far from the Heavenly Cathedral so you can catch both on a sightseeing tour around the city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 94 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 08/08/2018
    • Beautiful building 06/24/2018
    • Al Mustafa Mosque
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    Sinai Safari Adventures
    Sightseeing Tours, Boat Tours, Parasailing & Paragliding, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Safaris
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    Erin D Says:

    If your idea of fun in Sharm is more inland adventure and adrenaline pumping, consider booking a tour that will take you out to the desert to ride quad safaris, Rhino buggies or 6-wheel Argo cats. Companies like Sinai Safari Adventures can arrange a number of interesting desert excursions, including the much sought after camel ride through the desert.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sinai Safari Adventures can also arrange custom tours so contact them to discuss your exact needs/wants for only one day in Sharm.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Nabq Bay
    • Beautiful night 08/15/2018
    • Safari 07/09/2018
    • Sinai Safari Adventures
    Address:
    El Salam Road
    Front of Tropicana Grand Azure Hotel
    Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh
    Egypt
    Phone:
    +20 121 133 3508
    Other:
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    Alexandro Cafe
    Bars & Clubs
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    Erin D Says:

    Some travelers visiting Sharm el Sheikh want to experience a traditional shisha bar, and Alexandro Cafe is considered one of the best in the city. Shisha refers to the beautiful and ornate water pipe and fruit scented tobacco Egyptians are so fond of. You'll find bars all over Sharm el Sheikh, but many feel the service and quality of flavors offered at Alexandro far outweigh the others in town.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Alexandro Cafe has free WiFi and screens sports events on the big screens.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    • best service in sharm and amazing polite staff 05/09/2017
    • none 11/15/2015
    • Alexandro Cafe
    Address:
    IL Mercato
    Opposite McDonalds
    Sharm El Sheikh 46619
    Egypt
    Phone:
    +20 102435510
    Other:
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    Star Gazer Night
    Deserts
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    Erin D Says:

    If your day in Sharm el Sheikh includes the evening, consider a star gazer night excursion. You'll head out to the desert where you'll be treated to a traditional Bedouin camp experience, including Bedouin tea and bread. You can try the shisha pipe and learn more about Bedouin life. As the sun completely sets, your guide will discuss star gazing and you might have the opportunity to spot Saturn and Jupiter if the conditions are right.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • A camel ride in the desert typically costs extra and is not included in most tour operators' package prices.
    • Be sure to bring a lightweight jacket for evening time, especially in the winter.
    • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 94 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    • Star gazing 07/09/2018
    • Wow simply Wow 06/23/2018
    • Star Gazer Night
    Address:
    Wadi Mandar
    Sharm El Sheikh 12345
    Egypt
    Phone:
    +20 100 000 2464
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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    SOHO Square
    Shopping Malls
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    Erin D Says:

    SOHO Square is one of the premier nightlife and entertainment spots in Sharm el Sheikh. You'll find chic restaurants and cafés, live entertainment, and even an ice skating rink and bowling alley. If you are staying into the evening, SOHO Square is also home to a number of bars/lounges, and several nightclubs.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • SOHO Square offers free WiFi.
    • There is a complimentary shuttle bus that will pick you up along three regular routes (Na'ama Bay, Hadaba, and Nabq).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 94 things to do in Sharm El Sheikh
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chillax 08/18/2018
    • Great 08/15/2018
    • SOHO Square
    Address:
    White Knight Beach
    Sharks Bay
    Sharm El Sheikh
    Egypt
    Phone:
    +20 100 010 9109
    Other:
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