Friday, June 21, 2013

What to See When Traveling to The Red Sea?

Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world’s most famous monuments, including the Giza pyramids, the Great Sphinx and the ancient temples of Luxor dating back thousands of years. Although focus of most tourist visits remains the great monuments along the Nile, possibilities for Egyptian travel also includes snorkeling and diving along the Red Sea coast.

The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa and Asia. Entrance to the sea in the south is through the Gulf of Aden and the somewhat narrow Bab el Mandeb (strait). In the north, there is the Sinai Peninsula, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Gulf of Suez (leading to the Suez Canal).

The name of the sea may signify the seasonal blooms of the red-colored Trichodesmium erythraeum near the water's surface. Some ancient geographers called the Red Sea the Arabian Gulf or Gulf of Arabia. The Red Sea, off the coast of Egypt, is one of the most beautiful places in the world to go diving. The waters of the Red Sea are renowned for their spectacular visibility and features some of the most exotic seascapes.

With its wide expanse of coral formation on the reefs, it is home to thousands of different sea creatures. Red Sea beach resorts are located on both sides of the sea, on the east side and part of the Sinai peninsula is the long established Sharm el Sheikh and its neo-hippy counterpart, Dahab. On the west coast of the Red Sea lies relatively old and touristy Hurghada and a cluster of new resort towns.

Only a few ports and trading posts, mostly quite small, were established in these inhospitable regions where the desert reached right down to the coast. In recent years, however, the Red Sea coast with its beautiful empty beaches and magnificent diving grounds has begun to be cautiously developed for the tourist trade, and modern holiday colonies have been established at Ain Sukhna and Hurghada.

the consistent sunshine, as well as white sand beaches, pristine coral reefs and a scattering of shipwrecks are major attractions for scuba divers and sun worshipers. Resorts like Sharm al-Sheikh and others in Egypt's "Red Sea Riviera" along the Gulf of Aqaba and Gulf of Suez are fast becoming major tourist destinations.

 The Red Sea Shore Excursions are available from Egypt ports of call as below: