Expansive fine-sand beaches peppered with Bedouin beach tourist camps; Nuweiba offers something completely different to most other Egyptian Sinai Peninsula diving resorts. Situated just 70km south of Taba and150km north of Sharm El Sheikh, Nuweiba is celebrated for its easy, but spectacular shore diving and quiet and laid-back approach topside with little in the way of commercial tourism.
The town is surrounded by natural beauty, with views of the Sinai mountains, the rich blues of the Red Sea reefs and the mountains of Saudi Arabia across the Gulf of Aqaba. It is also one of the best places to experience Bedouin culture. Nuweiba was built in 1971 between an area inhabited by two different Bedouin tribes: the Tarabeen in the north and the Maizena in the south.
An ideal location from which to travel to other countries fringing the northern Red Sea, Nuweibas main port sees many thousands of people and vehicles making the short 90-minute trip across the Gulf of Aqaba to Jordan.

Top dives
The diving in Nuweiba is all accessed by shore by either jeep or camel. Much like its neighbouring towns of Dahab and Taba, there is little in the way of current, so you are unlikely to encounter much in the way of big animals. Nevertheless, there is a lot of variety in the diving sites accessible here and the stunning Abu Galum National Park is an underwater area not-to-be-missed. Ras Mamlach is an hour jeep ride away and is the classic site in the national park.
A more unusual site is the MFO (Multi-National Force and Observers) Pipeline. Two sunken pipelines run parallel 5m apart and descend from 5m to depths of 12m and 20m.
If you prefer to stay close to your resort, enjoy diving with small critters and have a camera, then the house reefs are where you may prefer to spend most of your time.
From the Coral Hilton, you will find the fabulous Abou Lou Lou house reef, a favourite with many top underwater photographers. Swimming over the seagrass to the start of the reef, you are likely to spot ghost pipefish, morays, moray eels and crocodile snake eels.

For tourists, there are two main areas from which to choose to stay. Between the main town and port there is a strip along the beachfront where you will find modern hotel complexes, such as the Hilton Nuweiba Coral Resort and the Swisscare Nuweiba Resort Hotel. Further North towards Taba, there are many Bedouin-styled and owned camps along the vast beaches where guests can stay at a very cheap rate in beach huts and basic rooms. Most of these are comfortable and have air conditioning.

Destination desert
Nuweiba is the perfect location for the most popular desert excursions of Mount Sinai and St Katherines Monastery, Coloured Canyon, White Canyon and Ein Khudra Oasis, as well as enjoy traditional Bedouin dinners in the desert.

On the water
There are many water sports on offer, including waterskiing, banana boating, canoeing, as well as snorkelling trips by boat and car.

Bedouin life
Nuweiba is home to two of Sinais most influential Bedouin tribes and offers an excellent insight into the local way of life with Bedouin cooking, camel rides and races, and other aspects of their culture.

Eating out
In Nuweiba Town there is a choice of two Chinese / Korean restaurants and a handful of local restaurants offering Egyptian and seafood cuisine. At the Bedouin village of Tarabeen to the north of Nuweiba Town there are a few more local restaurants serving traditional dishes at a very low price.

The local
Located along the beach between Nuweiba Town and the Port, Swisscare Friends Pub has a wide selection of drinks and snacks with a pool table, darts, and live English and German soccer on the wide screen TV.


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