Last Updated on January 2, 2022
Here you’ll find our pick of the best beaches in Egypt, including Sharm El-Sheikh, Taba, El Gouna, Hurghada and Marsa Alam beaches, plus beach services, photos, water sports and advice. The beaches in Egypt are just a jumping-off point for the multi-colours treasures which lay tantalizingly beneath the surface, sometimes just yards from the shoreline.
Still, time spent at ground level is pretty pleasing to the eye too, with golden sands stretching for miles, bustling bars and watersports galore.
Best Beaches in Egypt
El Gouna beach
Spread around a bright blue, picture-perfect lagoon on the Red Sea, El Gouna is undoubtedly in one of the most beautiful spots on the Riviera. This modern, upmarket beach resort is home to plenty of high-end hotels which overlook the white-sand beach.
Watersports and diving and snorkelling excursions take place off El Gouna’s shores and swanky beach restaurants abound, making this an idyllic spot for your holiday. 10km of beach stretches though El Gouna so you can stroll for miles, though beaches are owned privately by the hotels which line the seafront.
Taba Heights, close to the Israeli border, is a wonderful holiday destination, with its beach surrounded by beautiful views to the mountains of Arabia.
Shallow coral reefs can be found around the two jetties outside the Hyatt hotel, where you’ll find exotic giant puffer fish and many colorful fishes, or you can take trips to Pharoah’s Island and the Fjord, both stunning places to spend a few hours sunning and snorkeling.
Back on dry land, a lively selection of beach bars serve cocktails and snacks.
Sharm El-Sheikh beach
There are several beaches in Sharm El-Sheikh, but the prettiest beach and best off-the-shore snorkeling can be found at Naama Bay. This 2km stretch of golden sand leads into a brilliant selection of nearby dive sites, such as Shark Reef, Yolanda Reef and marine park, Ras Mohammed, and the shipwrecked underwater S.S Thistlegorm.
Snorkellers amateur and experienced will find treasures underwater just yards from the shore, while other water-based activities here include pedalo hire, banana boat rides, jet skiing, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing water skiing and parasailing.
Home to the second biggest town on the Red Sea, Hurghada’s shores are home to some of the best coral reefs to be found. Pair that with fine stretches of sand running 20km along the shoreline, and you’ve got a deservedly popular diving and snorkelling destination, home to Egypt’s southern dive sites, including Safaga, Quseir and Marsa Alam. Beneath the sea, a world of glow-in-the-dark anemones, lion fish, turtles and much more awaits.
Marsa Alam beach
Marsa Alam occupies a little-known stretch of coastline right near the Tropic of Cancer. With a 50km coastline, it’s fast growing in popularity thanks to its utterly unspoilt corals and sand shores.
60km from the town of Marsa Alam, you’ll find the unspoilt, quiet beach of Sharm El Luli, a pancake-flat beach with pale yellow sands leading into a shallow, perfect lagoon. One of the few undeveloped beaches in Egypt, this is a fabulous day trip – just don’t forget your sun cream.