Ras Sudr Travel Guide
About The City Of Ras Sudr
90km south of Suez, Ras Sudr is a perfect beginner and training venue. On the right state of the tide, choose from standing-depth lagoons or open ocean (which also has a shallow area towards low tide).
Crystal-clear turquoise water shimmers over a sandy seabed, free from rocks and coral. Both local hotels seem cast adrift in the landscape, but it’s just a day-tour to Cairo. The administrative capital of South Sinai, El Tur is an authentic little Middle Eastern town with very few tourists, making an evening visit all the more interesting. The main launch at Moses Bay offers a 1km long speed-strip behind a strip of land, right by the bay’s only hotel. Nearby, beginners bustle in a small (yet deep) lagoon.
At the tip of the spit, there’s smaller swell, but the real treat is Habibi Beach 2km north where building winds can create a pretty decent wave (by Egyptian standards). Plus there’s the option of a downwinder back to the hotel. Aside from the town itself, El Tur offers some interesting day-trips: just an hour-and-a-half away is the 1,500-year-old St Catherine’s Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai.
The drive there passes through Sinai’s largest oasis, Wâdi Feiran. Also within just an hour’s drive are the world famous dive and snorkel sites of Ras Mohammed National Park on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. The fish-rich coral reefs are home waters for divers from Sharm El-Sheikh, 20km away. Apart from diving, wealthy Egyptians appreciate Sharm as an outpost of western promiscuity with its glamorous beach and nightlife, which now include trappings like a casino and Hard Rock Café. Since much of the coast is dotted with reefs, the only ‘real’ spot is at the northern end of town. The bay of El Nabq offers a 300m standing-depth area and a few nice kickers further out over the reef.
Sinai’s most popular area is an hour’s drive further north at Dahab. The sleepy hippy village of ‘Masbat’ was once just a few shisha tents, but it’s become a Middle Eastern holiday hot-spot complete with paved promenade. The windsport zone is in a huge sandy bay almost 2km south of the village, where most of the hotels are also situated. The three spots in the bay are exclusively for windsurfers: Nearest the beach is El Nabq, behind the spit of land bordering the bay is a smooth 800m-long speed-strip called Speedy, then at its end little Baby Bay opens up – perfect for freestylers. Cross the reef to open ocean and 2.5m high swells await at the reverentially named Kamikazee. The waves aren’t really dangerous, but break anything and you’ll drift out of sight very quickly – hence especially kiteboarders (who are free to ride here) shouldn’t ever go out alone.
Lately, an official kite spot has been installed 3km downwind in front of Bay View Resort & Spa. There’s also a small, very shallow (too shallow for windsurfing fins) lagoon for kite instruction near the hire centers in the windsurf bay. For something, a bit different try Assala Lighthouse at the northern end of the village. Swell creates nice jumping waves on a reef point – just don’t waste time looking for the lighthouse, it was torn down long ago. Beware a rocky launch and shoals of divers.