The Sinai Peninsula as a whole is a rather famous tourist destination among both international and local tourists. Taba, in particular, is most famous among locals and Israeli. It is located right on the border with Israel, on the east side of Sinai and it’s a good base for exploring the surrounding area. Besides, this small town will keep you away from the big crowds of tourists in Sinai.
There are many activities that one can do in and around Taba. The list below, of the best things to do in Taba, Egypt, will give you a better idea of what to choose.
1. Discover a world under the water while joining a scuba diving lesson
Placed at the border with Israel, Taba is a popular tourist destination, mostly among locals and Israeli. It’s a good place to choose for a short weekend trip or a quick escape from city life. One of the activities you simply have to do while you’re around this area is to go scuba diving.
Seeing the underwater world is impressive and makes you realize how much we’re missing out on. A good company to book tours with is Red Sea Waterworld. They offer a large range of water activities in Taba.
Red Sea Waterworld
Website: Red Sea Waterworld
2. Coloured Canyon
Coloured Canyon, in Sinai, is a must-see while in the area. This natural beauty makes you wonder how such interesting rock formations are possible. It’s a cool place for a hike and climbing the rocks is for sure good exercise. It does help if you get there early in the morning, as otherwise, the temperature might get too high for the hike to be enjoyable. Tours can be organized with most hotels in Taba.
Address: Off the Wadi Watir, Nuweiba, Egypt
Ras Mohammed National Park is the best choice for snorkelling and spending an afternoon in a relaxing environment. Take some water and food with you, as there are no restaurants or shops around. Swimming and snorkelling in this area is magical - you will be able to see many different types of fish. It’s a suitable destination for families, friends travelling together and solo travellers.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Price: from 60 USD
4. Enjoy lunch with a view at Castle Zaman
Castle Zaman is a restaurant with a wonderful view over the Red Sea. They offer a wide range of dishes and, as is expected, most focus on seafood. It is suitable for both lunch and dinner, depending on the view you prefer. Even if you’re not planning to eat here, you can still enjoy a drink or two while checking out the calming waves of the sea.
Address: Nuweibaa Taba Rd., Taba, Janub Sinai, Egypt
Website: Castle Zaman
When you’re so close to the desert, one thing you should try out is a quad bike trek. Dahab is a good place for that and there are many tour operators in Taba that can organize a trip for you. It’s fun, exhilarating and a wonderful way to experience the desert. Especially great for a group of friends, you can spend quite a bit of time entertaining yourselves, racing through the sandy desert.
Quad biking in Dahab
Price: from 33 USD
6. Run away from other tourists in the Fjord Bay
If you’re looking for a relaxing and not too crowded place to swim, the Fjord Bay is the best choice for you. It’s just 15 km (9 miles) away from Taba, making it very easy to reach and perfect for a day or even an afternoon trip. This beautiful place is often underrated by tourists, which is a good thing because you can have peace and quiet while being here.
The Fjord Bay
Address: Nuweibaa - Taba Rd, Qesm Nwebaa, South Sinai Governorate, Egypt
7. Wishwashi Canyon
No matter if you have experience hiking or not, visiting Wishwashi Canyon is the thing to do. There are a few hiking paths and you can also choose to go for a swim at the end of the hike. Although it’s not a particularly difficult hike, it might not be suitable for elderly people, especially if they have mobility problems.
Don’t forget to take water with you and some snacks. Try to go early in the morning, as it’s much nicer to hike when it’s cooler weather.
Address: Wadi Milha, Taba, Egypt
8. Salah El Din Castle on Pharaoh's Island
These two castles, located on Pharaoh’s Island, just a few kilometres away from Taba, are impressive not only because of their history but also because of their location and the wonderful view that comes with them. Since they are placed on an island, the only way to get there is by boat.
Most hotels in Taba will help you organize the trip and it can easily be combined with a snorkelling and swimming activity, so don’t forget your swimsuit.
Salah El Din Castle
Address: Island of the Pharaoh, Taba, Egypt
Website: Salah El Din Castle
Egypt is much more than just pyramids
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name “Egypt”? Chances are high it will be the pyramids. However, there are many more temples, castles, cities, and sights to see in this beautiful country that is just filled with history.
Try to get a bit off the tourist path and explore the smaller places. Talk to the locals, read about the history of the country and learn while on the way. Egypt is really much more than the pyramids.
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