The most popular water based sports in the Red Sea,  Sinai resorts, and surrounding, areas are:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Free Diving
  • Wind Surfing
  • Kite Surfing
  • Swimming

There are a number of non water based activities for those who want to stay dry including including:

  • Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Horse riding
  • Camel rides
  • Go-karting
  • Golf

If you are going away from the resort areas into the desert and mountains you should make sure that you use reputable companies with experienced guides. 

You should make sure that your travel insurance covers you for the activity and areas you will travel through.

The Chamber of Diving and Water Sports is a useful point of reference for anyone interested in spending time in the sea.  They have pages specifically for Diving, Wind Surfing and Kite Surfing.

Scuba Diving in the Red Sea is a year round activity and there are dives suitable for every level from beginners to the most challenging technical conditions for those who seek to push the limits.  There are numerous dive centres located in the towns, hotel resorts and along the coastline.  If you are considering diving for the first time it is a good idea to look for centres that offer a range of courses and check their reviews as well as contacting them in advance to address any queries you have.  It is also worth confirming the languages they teach in, you will have the best experience with someone who you can speak easily to and there are many different nationalities represented in the dive community.

Shore diving is an option in many locations and you will find it easy to get experience of diving from boats in many of the dive resorts too.  For those with the right level of experience there are excellent liveaboard/safari tours on offer across where you can immerse yourself completely in diving and reach locations that the day boats cannot get to.

 Wreck and technical diving are popular throughout the Red Sea with many of the dive centres offering specialist training for those who wish to dive beyond recreational depths and in more challenging conditions.

 Snorkelling is for everyone  and is a great way to see the amazing colours and life that are just below the surface of the water.  Care should be taken to avoid damaging the coral, use designated entry points only. You should also be aware that there are hazards since some of the fish life is poisonous if touched and you can injure yourself on the coral if you get too close.  You can snorkel along the coast and should pay attention to the sea state and any information that is provided as well as the instructions from life guards regarding the safety of entering the water.  The wind can make it dangerous to snorkel and swim and you are better to delay your entry to the water than risk injury.  Many operators offer snorkelling trips to popular locations such as Ras Mohammed National Park, Tiran Island and the Blue Hole  if you are in southern Sinai and Dolphin House in the southern Red Sea.  Some trips are by land, many by boat and they offer a chance to explore the sea and what is beneath more than sticking to your local reef.  You can hire and buy snorkel equipment from resorts and dive centres throughout the region.

 Free Diving is very popular in Dahab due to its proximity to the Blue Hole where many of the worlds top freedivers train, compete and attempt world records.  You can undertake training to improve your free diving skills and experience the underwater world in a new way.  You will find free diving courses offered in other resorts including Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh.

 Windsurfing  is possible along the Egyptian coast most of the year.  Centres offering training and equipment hire are located in many resorts including Dahab, Safaga, Soma Bay and Hurghada.

 Kite surfing is growing in popularity and the Red Sea offers ideal conditions for all levels. Watching an experienced kite surfer cut across the water it looks easy, however you should take lessons to master the basic techniques and equipment.  Advice on sea conditions and risks will be offered and should be matched to your level of experience.  There are kite surfing centres in Dahab, Sharm el Sheikh, Safaga, El Gouna, Hurghada and Marsa Alam.

 Swimming in the Red Sea is an excellent way to see the reef and fish life close to the shore line.  There are many resorts with areas for swimming and snorkelling that display safety flags and have lifeguards.  The water temperature allows swimming all year but you may find the wind an issue in the winter months.  Care should be taken not to damage the reef or touch any of the sea life.  In many locations you will need reef shoes/sandals to protect your feet.  If you are in an area with boats, wind/kite surfers or other water users look out for them and stay within marked zones (where these exist), swimmers can be difficult to spot in bright sun or choppy conditions.