Egypt’s Red Sea coastline is home to some of the best diving destinations in the world, but what about those who aren’t interested in suiting up and diving all the way down? The perfect combination of the Red Sea’s clear waters and its abundant underwater ecosystem delivers an experience which snorkelers as well as divers can appreciate.
Travelling from the shore to the nearest reef in many of the Red Sea’s resorts takes no time at all. Once you get beneath the waves you’ll be able to enjoy one of the greatest sights the natural world has to offer, no fins required. As well as the fact that they can damage the more sensitive coral, fins won’t necessarily be required for snorkelling. The Egyptian authorities have made it a criminal offence to knowingly remove or damage these corals.
There are a great many great resorts spread throughout Egypt, with only some of them bordering the beautifully serene Red Sea – but which one will you choose on your Egypt holidays 2012?
One of the more popular resorts to visit for snorkelling is Sharm El Sheikh. Thanks to its contemporary facilities, those looking to only snorkel for a little while will be doubtlessly be able to rent equipment. Whether you bring your own, or plan to pick up a set once you arrive, you are certain to have a wonderful view from the surface – the underwater views will be simply breath-taking.
Marsa Alam is a smaller less commercial town in the South East of Egypt. It too has a fantastic snorkelling and diving scene, with matchless marine life located all around the beachside resort. Excellent facilities and great guidance are available on almost every beach; with boat trips available to anyone who wants to enjoy open sea snorkelling.
Uniquely blessed with warm currents and colourful coral, Dahab is another resort well worth checking out for a snorkelling holiday. The town has built up a strong reputation in recent years as a near perfect location for divers. View some truly unique underwater sites, and enjoy a very different community of divers from those in Sharm and other resorts. A lot of Scuba diving goes on offshore and this often means the surface waters are relatively free from other snorkelers, meaning you’ll have peace and quiet to enjoy a private view.
Some of the unique sights available in Dahab include the Blue Hole, though you will need to travel a few miles to get to it. Thanks to its depth, the famous Blue Hole houses some excellent marine life as well as a rather unique view as you’ll be able to watch other divers and fish swim down into the murky depths.
Whichever resort you choose to visit, the Red Sea is one of the best places in the world for water-based activities. It features easily discoverable underwater views, and the local reefs teem with alienesque multi-coloured wildlife. Many already know that Egypt is the place to go for diving, but now you know that snorkelling on a holiday to Egypt is a much easier, cheaper and still thoroughly enjoyable option. If you’re already looking at All Inclusive holidays to Egypt as a means to keep costs down – keep them even lower with an amazing view, at very little extra cost.
Adam Spawton-Rice is a writer and destination marketer for easyJet holidays. He has been to Egypt on a number of occasions, and would like to visit Dahab next year to check out the snorkelling and diving, as well as the nightlife.