Unless you join a dive boat, visiting the local reefs involves some walking. The best reefs – known as coral gardens – run for several miles north of Na’ama Bay. They don’t get many divers but are ideal for snorkelling, although they are regularly visited by glass-bottom boats, so take care while you’re in the water. Several agencies – including Sun ‘n Fun, on the Corniche near the Hilton Fayrouz Resort in Na’ama Bay (t 069 360 1623) – run snorkelling trips to the mangrove forests of Nabeq or boat trips to reefs at Ras Mohammed, Ras Nasrani and Shark Bay.
There’s also a wide variety of watersports on offer, including sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, parasailing, jetskiing, banana boats, tube rides and pedalos. Glass-bottom boat trips are run by Sun ‘n Fun, with trips (every 2hr; $10/£E60) leaving throughout the day from the beachfront near their office. Submarine trips are advertised too, but there have been serious accidents with similar vessels in Hurghada.