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Thursday, November 30, 2023

A Complete Red Sea Coast Travel Guide

The Red Sea is a truly spectacular destination with a coastline renowned for its exquisite coral reefs and vibrant marine life. It’s a mystical land that has been beckoning travellers seeking unique underwater adventures and luxurious beach holidays and is comfortably one of the primary spots people think of when they picture a perfect Egyptian holiday.

The crystal-clear waters and diverse ecosystems make it a paradise for snorkelers and divers, of course, but there’s so much more to the area and it’s never been easier to experience it thanks to the sheer number of cruise itineraries that now include this incredible part of the world. From the more expensive luxury cruises to the more affordable but no less incredible experience offered by MSC Cruises and the like, there are plenty of options to consider.

If you really want to see everything the region has to offer, however, you’ll want to dedicate a full week to it and explore the following areas.

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Port Sokhna

Port Sokhna offers a delightful mix of relaxation and adventure with pristine beaches and a picturesque marina offering a scenic setting for leisurely walks. The nearby mountains, meanwhile, present a stunning view of the Red Sea itself. As the closest cruise port to Cairo, it’s also the ideal place to stop off for a trip to the Giza Pyramids. Be warned, however, that booking these excursions directly with your cruise company will not be cheap! Check Viator for more reasonable offers.


Safaga itself is a small town south of the heavy tourism spot Hurghada and is a diver's haven known for its exceptional diving sites that are resplendent with vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. Beyond its underwater allure, however, Safaga serves as a travel portal to Luxor, providing travellers with the opportunity to explore ancient Egyptian history through visits to Luxor's temples and monuments. You’re also a stone’s throw from Hurghada, of course, but we wouldn’t recommend it unless you really enjoy tacky tourism.


Aqaba, located at the northern tip of the Red Sea, presents a unique combination of ancient history and modern attractions. Visitors can explore Aqaba Castle, enjoy the palm-fringed beaches, and venture into the desert at Wadi Rum. Its strategic location also makes Aqaba a natural gateway to Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, appealing to history enthusiasts and adventurers alike.

Sharm El Sheikh

Often dubbed the “City of Peace,” Sharm El Sheikh is a vibrant resort town with an array of activities. Unlike Hurghada, there’s an element of sophistication to the area and aside from a bustling nightlife and world-class shopping in Naama Bay, it also offers world-class diving at Ras Mohammed National Park. The town's lively atmosphere and luxurious resorts appeal to those seeking both relaxation and excitement. It truly offers something for everyone and in many ways, represents the archetypal Red Sea Coast holiday destination.

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