Sharks Bay Holidays
Sharks Bay Holidays - Sandy coves looking across the Red Sea
Located between Tiger Bay and Montaza, the popular resort of Sharks Bay comprises of a number of golden sandy coves that look out across the Red Sea to Tiran Island. Accommodation is dominated by luxury 4 and 5-star all-inclusive hotels. The bustling shopping area Soho Square is the focal point of the resort and located around 5 minutes’ walk away. Here you’ll find a plethora of shops, cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants, as well as a bowling alley and ice rink.
For a really lively night out, the boisterous bars and clubs of Naama Bay are a short 10 minute taxi ride south. Sharks Bay has some excellent dive schools that arrange expeditions to the nearby reef, as well as the world-renowned dive sites at Tiran Island, Sharks Reef, Yolanda Reef and the Ras Mohamed National Marine Park. A jetty takes you right over the coral on the beach, to one of the best snorkelling areas in Sharm el Sheikh.
Sharks Bay holidays will suit families and couples looking for a slightly more laid back resort than Naama Bay, with easy access to the beach, local amenities and nightlife.
When to go
The best time of the year to visit Sharks’ Bay for those who are looking to sunbathe and do some excursions is October-April. This period sees the most comfortable climate, with temperatures ranging between 20-30C on average. It is also the busiest time, so the nightlife will be more vibrant over this period. Christmas/New Year and Easter get especially busy, as do April and November, so these times tend to be more expensive.
For divers, the best time to visit is actually between May-September, when the water visibility is clearer and there are more fish. The weather can get uncomfortably hot over this time at well into the 40’s, but accommodation prices are generally cheaper.
The weather in Sharks Bay
The climate in Sharm el Sheikh can be divided into two distinct seasons – winter and summer. Winter is the better period to visit in, with manageable temperatures of between 21-30C and 8-10 hours of sunshine a day. April and November are the most popular months to visit over this time for those seeking hot sun, with temperatures in the high twenties. December to March see temperatures in the low-mid-twenties and an increased chance of rainfall (although this is still minimal at between 2-4 days a month).
The summer months of May-September can be swelteringly hot, with the mercury hovering between 32-35C on average and peaking much higher than this well into the 40’s. August is probably the hottest month. Night time temperatures can get up to 25C in July and August, and sea temperatures will be at their peak over this period.
Getting the best deal
As one of the more popular destinations in Sharm el Sheikh, the best priced rooms tend to tell sell out fast in Sharks Bay, especially over busy periods such as Easter, Christmas and the UK school holidays. As such, to get the cheapest prices you need to book as early as possible.
The summer months of May-September tend to see lower prices and the chance to pick up some last-minute bargains. Most people will take all-inclusive holidays in Sharks Bay; despite the extra initial cost, this is actually a good money saving option as all your meals and drinks are accounted for in the holiday price. Find the best prices we have to offer by looking at the deals below or alternatively by visiting our late deals page here.
Airport and transport need to know
The nearest airport to Sharks Bay is the Sharm el Sheikh International Airport (SSH). This is a large, spacious, clean and modern hub that’s been cleverly designed to resemble a billowing Bedouin tent. There are two terminals here – T1 for international and domestic traffic, and T2 solely for international traffic. T1 is the main terminal and where most UK flights will land. You’ll find a good selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants serving the arrivals and departure lounges, as well as cash machines and currency exchange bureaus.
Flights run from a variety of UK airports to Sharm el Sheikh, including from all the main London hubs, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham, as well as from smaller regional hubs such as Bournemouth and Exeter.
The majority of visitors to Sharks Bay will have a transfer from the airport included as part of their package. If you do not however, it is very easy to get there under your own steam. A taxi rank is located outside the Arrivals hall; taxis operate on a fixed price basis, and you should expect to pay around 20LE for the fare to Sharks Bay. Be aware that some taxi drivers will try to charge you up to 6 times more than this; you have to haggle them down. Make sure you agree a price before you get in the taxi, agree the currency you’ll pay in, and make sure the fare is for the vehicle, not per person.
A cheaper option is to catch a bus from the Peace Road outside the airport. Small blue minivans will stop regularly on the road outside the airport and will charge around 10LE for a fare into Sharm El Sheikh centre. You should ensure you have roughly the correct money, as the driver won’t be able to change large notes. Female travellers should dress modestly on these buses to avoid unwanted attention, as they are the preferred method of transport for locals.
It is also possible to arrange private car hire from the airport for the duration of your holiday from companies such as Europcar. This will cost around £250 for a week, depending on the make and model of car.0
The best beaches in Sharks Bay
Sharks Bay is made up of a number of golden sandy coves, with excellent views out across the Red Sea to Tiran Islands, and spectacular land-views of the coastal cliffs. Arguably the main draw to the beach at Sharks Bay, and one which visitors frequently rave about, is the excellent snorkelling to be found here. A jetty takes you right out over the coral reef, where you can see exotic fish, manta Rays, turtles and even whale sharks. There is a good selection of beach bars and restaurants lining the beach for refreshments and respite from the sun.
Naama Bay, around a 10 minute drive away, is a great beach for those who like the hustle and bustle of a touristy location. There are numerous watersports on offer here, including parasailing, jet skiing, banana boating, windsurfing and of course diving. The life and soul of the beach is the long promenade lined with hotels, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and cafes. Some areas of the beach are public and some are privately owned by hotels; you can go on either, but the hotels may charge for using their sunbeds.
For peace, quiet and seclusion, you should travel northwards up the coast to the tranquil Nosrani Bay. This is one of the least developed areas of Sharm el Sheikh, with a long, pristine beach that is far less crowded than those of Naama and Sharks Bay. Wind surfing and kite surfing are particularly popular here due to the strong winds and long expanses of empty golden sand.
View Shark's Bay in a larger map