Taba is located on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, 200kms north of Sharm el Sheikh and 50 minutes from Taba airport. With 5kms of prime beachfront with white beaches, pristine waters, stunning desert scenery and luxurious 5 star hotels, Taba is the perfect resort, for perfect last minute holidays.
PLACES TO VISIT
The most popular excursion destinations are The Monastery of St Catherine, The Mountain of Moses (Mount Sinai), and Pharaoh’s Island and Salah El Din Citadel.
The Monastery of St Catherine is one of the oldest monasteries in the world and has the second largest collection of illuminated manuscripts after the Vatican.
Mount Sinai is sacred to Jews, Christiansand Muslims alike. It is best to visit Mt Sinai during sunrise or sunset to enjoy the fantastic view. A climb up the 3000 Steps of Repentance will explain why it is so aptly named!
Pharaoh’s Island and Salah El Din Citadel is an island fort that was built to protect pilgrims who traveled to get to the Monastery of St Catherine. Here you can also dive and explore the reefs surrounding the island.
Other popular excursions include the Canyon Desert Quad Safari, Castle Zaman Day Trip, Colored Canyon Hike, Petra Treasury in Jordan, Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock, Dead Sea, Cairo Metropolis, Luxor’s Ancient Temples, Alexandria’s Cosmopolitan Port, and the Sharm El Sheikh Nightlife Scene.
Apart from the historical sites, there are two national parks in Taba Heights, the National Park of Nabq and the National Park of Ras Abu Galum. Both are wildlife preserves where you can see herons, foxes, Nubian ibexes, hyraxes, ospreys and gazelles.
On the beach there is snorkelling, windsurfing, diving, sailing, canoeing, glass bottom boat trips and banana boat rides.
Waterworld, based at Taba heights, is a 5-star Padi dive centre, offering a wide range of activities, including introductory dives, National Geographic open water course and PADI certification. Other water activities available at the Waterworld centre include windsurfing, diving, wakeboarding, snorkelling, pedaloes, water-skiing and para-sailing.
Taba Heights has an 18-hole US-championship level golf course in a fantastic location, with a backdrop of the Sinai Mountains on the East coast of the Sinai Peninsula and glorious views over the crystal clear blue waters of the Red Sea and Taba Heights. Three other countries can be seen from the course, the coastlines of Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Diving and snorkelling are one of main attractions of Taba Heights, with most hotels having direct access to the stunning coral reef of the red sea. As well as the snorkeling directly from the hotel beaches, Waterworld Taba Heights water activity centre allows divers the opportunity to discover the underworld garden coral of the red sea.
Other places to dive in Taba are Salah-El-Din Citadel and Pharaoh’s Island. The Pharaoh’s Island was known as Phoenician port and was constructed to provide protection to pilgrims during their pilgrimage to the St Catherine’s Monastery. In earlier days the port was used as place of toll collection from Arab merchants.
The Picasso Reef is an underwater mountain located about 200 meters from the sea shore. A famous fish called Picasso Trigger Fish can be seen here.