While most of the resorts have the "house reef" just off shore, there are literally dozens of spectacular sites for diving coral, animal life, or wrecks within a 30- to 90-minute boat ride. Consult the dive operators listed in the "Active Vacation Planner" for more specifics.
Tobya Hamra, also known as the Coral Garden, is a spectacular and multifaceted coral reef. At a depth of 5 to 30m (16-98 ft.), you'll see colorful formations as well as moray eels, octopus, stonefish, and sometimes eagle rays.
Panorama Reef is a big 400m (1,312 ft.) block of vibrantly colored reef that goes down almost 35m (115 ft.) at the southern end and offers the possibility to see eagle rays and the occasional white-tipped and hammerhead sharks. Turtles sometimes lurk at the northern end.
The 100m (328 ft.) Wreck of the Salam Express ferry sank in 1991, and the debris field and bridge are accessible to divers.
Just off the Sheraton Soma Bay beach, the eponymous Seven Pillars rise up from a depth of between 10 and 12m (33-39 ft.) and are usually surrounded by multicolored flora and fauna. There is a resident Napoleon fish here that is used to humans, as well as puffer, lizard, and lion fish.
Several companies around Safaga can arrange a day of paintball. Or, spend a full day or just an hour or two exploring the desert around Safaga on a quad. Destinations include a now-abandoned Bedouin village.
Soma Bay features an 18-hole par-72 golf course designed by South African golf legend Gary Player. The course has stunning views of the desert, the mountains, and the Red Sea, and, of course, a great bar on the 18th hole. Facilities also include a 9-hole "Golf Academy" practice course and a 60-bay driving range.
A combination of warm water and reliable, strong winds (on average one Beaufort stronger than off Hurghada to the north) combine to bring an increasing number of windsurfers and kitesurfers to Safaga. Not only do winds whip up exciting offshore waves, but the relatively sheltered bay means good flat water for beginners.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.