Red Sea

Red Sea

Red Sea

The yachting hub of Hurghada on Egypt’s mainland shore enjoys a cosmopolitan nightlife and a reliable tourist throng. Its hedonism is well balanced by the gruff tranquility of the old town and various land-based pursuits like camel riding and desert treks. The prettier town of El-Gouna, a short hop north, also warrants a closer look.

The Red Sea is not short of uninhabited islands, but the Giftun Chain is particularly noted for its exemplary waters. There are plenty of places to find a good anchorage in the lee of the prevailing northerlies and although the islands are largely sunbaked desert, the subsurface diversity more than makes up for that.

If you don’t object to the dive tourists who come for the clear, warm waters, sub-surface caves and astonishing corals, the Ras Mohammed Marine Park is a magnificent place to witness the Red Sea’s sparkling wildlife. If diving isn’t your thing, it’s just as good for an informal snorkel or a beach jaunt in the tender.

Just past Sharm-El-Sheikh, on the eastern shore of the Sinai Peninsula, lies Nabq – an unspoiled Red Sea destination, with spectacular diving and useful shelter on the south side of the outlying islands. If you have the time, Dahab, further north, is a more modern, leisure-ready destination for roaming Aqaba Gulf tourists.

At its most northern part, the Red Sea is separated from the Mediterranean by the Sinai Peninsula. It’s a region tailor-made for the demands of a super yacht charter, and Sharm-El-Sheikh on its southernmost point is a well-established base for Red Sea exploration.

It provides plenty of first-class beaches, easy-access to the dive sites of the Ras Mohammed National Park and a broad choice of luxury waterfront resorts. It also offers ready access to the yachting hub of Hurghada on the mainland shore. Here, the cosmopolitan nightlife is happily balanced by a charming old town and some active land-based pursuits like camel riding and desert treks. Between the two resort towns, there are a great many islands for yacht charter fun, not least Giftun El Saghir, where the diving is exemplary.

  1. The Red Sea is extremely warm, averaging around 27°C in peak season.
  2. Around 17% of its 1,200 fish species are found only in the Red Sea.
  3. The Red Sea encompasses nine international shorelines and 25 islands.
  4. Marine body, CEDAM, lists the Red Sea among its ‘7 Wonders of the World’.
  5. 40% of the Red Sea is less than 100 metres in depth.
  6. Jacques Cousteau chose the Red Sea as a location for his subsurface village.
  7. Discover an array of endangered wildlife at the Muhummad National Park.
  8. The mild winters make the Red Sea a true 12-month yacht charter destination.
  9. Around nine kilometres (six miles) from the shore in the southern Red Sea, discover Elphinstone: a 300-metre Mecca for divers.
  10. The small town of Dahab is one of the world’s most respected diving areas — particularly thanks to its Blue Hole.