Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada and Marsa Alam are all Red Sea Resort towns that features nice hotels, nice beaches and luxury all-inclusive resorts for the choosing. You can’t really go wrong with either of these seaside towns. Depending on what type of vacation you’re going for, one town maybe more or less suited for what you’re looking for. Here’s a quick run down on the differences between Sharm el-Sheikh vs Hurghada vs Marsa Alam.
So what type of holiday/vacation are you going for?
If you enjoy good nightlife, bars and fine dining, then Naama Bay in Sharm el-Sheikh is very modern with some good night clubs and a large shopping mall. Sharm is a purely tourist-driven town so is very commercialized with brand names and international restaurants at every corner. This makes Sharm a bit more expensive but also a lot more energetic. Beaches are rocky and diving/snorkeling pretty good.
Hurghada, on the other hand, has built up around an existing fishing village so keeps more of an authentic Egyptian feel in the towns. There are several distinct villages that makes up the Hurghada Rivera, all featuring nice resorts and beautiful stretches of sandy beaches. Nightlife is not as lively as Sharm, nor are the coral reefs as vibrant, but the better beaches and close proximity to sightseeing makes up for it. Overall, Hurghada is better if you plan on including sightseeing in your trip, as its in-between and easier to get to and from Cairo and Luxor (vs Sharm you would have to fly into Luxor).
Marsa Alam, known for the best diving in Egypt, is the least developed of the three and the most difficult to get to (outside of just flying in). Hurghada offers many different buses from Cairo or Luxor and even has a ferry from Sharm. Marsa Alam unfortunately does not have many easy ways to visit outside of the new airport. So if you’re planning to going to Luxor or Cairo from here, you may want to first check flight prices. Transportation doesn’t get any easier once you arrive in Marsa Alam either – not that you’ll have many places to go in the area. All the resorts are surrounded by barren deserts, leaving no real attractions in the area besides diving and snorkeling. If you’re looking for a diving holiday or to go to a remote secluded area, than Marsa Alam is your place.