Park Regency Resort

Park Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort

Garden Bay, P.O. Box 58, Sharm El Sheikh – South Sinai, Egypt.

Coordinates in degrees decimal:  27.913888 N, 34.349444 E.

Visited in May 2023.  Photographer: Nigel and Sylviane Thomas.  Cameras: Olympus Tough T6 and Nikon Coolpix W300.



The Park Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort is located in Garden Bay to the east of the better known Naama Bay. The resort has a beach frontage of about 430m.  The reef is particularly interesting because it comprises of multiple isolated outcrops, extending up to 80m from shore, directly in front of the resort.  The reef gradually becomes more coherent, with a distinct vertical wall, to the northeast, extending 250m from the resort jetty. Towards the southwest the isolated reef outcrops gradually form a shallow water platform, with a vertical face at about 100m from shore, extending all the way to the headland that separates Garden Bay from Naama Bay, 500m away.   

The resort is accessed via Sharm El Sheikh international airport, which is about 15 minutes away.  The hotel is scattered over the hillside with the beach easily accessible from most rooms. 

Factors affecting snorkelling

The air temperature in the area is quite variable with average highs of 33C in July and August, although maximum highs are in the low 40s.  Mean daily lows are around 24C although nights can be below 9C in January.   Rainfall is minimal, with maximums of 44mm in December. 

The weather and water conditions that might affect snorkelling include:

  • Seawater temperatures are warm during the period June to November, getting as high as 29C, but lows of 22-23C in January and February will warrant a wetsuit. 
  • The strongest winds occur during the period May to September, with winds as strong as 12mph.  Lightest winds blow in the period November to February, with most wind below 12mph. 
  • The prevailing winds are from the NNE and N, i.e. offshore and these tend to be the strongest winds, so may chill the water but probably won’t increase wave hight.
  • The tidal range at the resort is limited to about 0.6m, so can affect how you traverse the shallow water reef areas, but is generally not a driving force for local currents. 
  • Some localised currents exist so always be aware of your safe exit point.
  • An interesting change, as the day progressed, was a reduction in visibility in the surface waters, apparently due to disturbance of the sand and silt on the beach.  This was most noticeable in the inner reef areas.
  • A clear thermocline develops during the day, with deeper waters noticeably cooler.
  • Vessel activity outside of the swimming area was limited.   


The habitats that can be observed while snorkelling at the resort include: impoverished reef top, mainly directly off the beach; healthy shallow water reef top; inner reef vertical faces; offshore reef vertical faces; offshore large coral outcrops; sand and coral debris in gullies; deep water sand, small coral growth and coral debris. 

The house reef supports a high diversity of corals and fish species.  A total number of 111 species were identified during our 10 day trip, including 59 fish species and 29 hard and soft coral species.  Associated species such as echinoderms and molluscs were, however, present only in low species numbers.


Three, more or less distinct, areas can be found off the beach at the Park Regency Resort.  These have been numbered 1 to 3 and relate to access points 1 to 3.  Area 1 can be easily reached from access point 1 and 2.  Area 2 can be most easily accessed from the jetty, which is entry point 2, while area 3 can be reached to its full extent from entry point 3, but can also be accessed via entry point 1.

Much of the inshore reef top is degraded but there are still areas of interest where the reef surface has numerous small coral growths as well as many holes and cavities with colourful small fish species flitting about.  

The inshore reef is separated, by several sand and coral debris gullies, from the outer reef and coral outcrops in Area 1.  These gullies are good places to spot rays and possibly turtles.

Further offshore notable large coral outcrops occur, including some significant Porites growths as well as diverse patches of coral.


Area 2 is different in character as it has a much healthier reef top, with a diverse range of fish species.  The vertical wall in area 2 is also more clearly defined and although gullies exist in this area, they are less easy to access. 

Notable features of Area 2 are the periodic occurrence of small coral outcrops, partially  linked to the main wall.  These support particularly diverse collections of fish species and are notable for the presence of numerous cleaner stations.

Area 3 has a similar form to area 1, but the inshore reef tops support an extensive coverage by soft coral species.

Further offshore, area 3 is similar to area 1, with massive coral outcrops off the main reef edge with numerous associated fish species including this splendid Sohal Surgeonfish. 

Resort Sealife Photos

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Pale Damselfish.  Pomacentridae.  Amblyglyphidodon indicus.  Noted all areas, over coral outcrops, solitary or small groups.

Indo-pacific Sergeant.  Pomacentridae.  Abudefduf vaigiensis.  All areas close to water surface on reef edge.  Often forms shoals.

Humbug Dascyllus.  Pomacentridae. Dascyllus aruanus.  Noted in small shoals, associated with branching corals. All offshore areas.

Red Sea Anemonefish.  Pomacentridae. Amphiprion bicintus.  Noted over the inshore reef top area 1 only.

Arabian Chromis.  Pomacentridae.  Chromis flavaxilla.  Small shoals noted over the top of the outer reefs, all areas.

Red Sea Bannerfish. Chaetodontidae.   Heniochus intermedius.  Noted in pairs off the outer reef edge, (all areas) also in small shoals, particularly the gully between areas 1 and 3.

Red Sea Bannerfish. Chaetodontidae.   Heniochus intermedius. Small shoal noted in the gully that separates areas 1 and 3.

Masked Butterflyfish.  Chaetodontidae.  Chaetodon semilarvatus.  Noted in pairs and small shoals off the outer reef edge (all areas) and amongst coral outcrops, particularly area 2.

Red Sea Racoon Butterflyfish.  Chaetodontidae.  Chaetodon fasciatus.  Noted off the outer reef area in pairs or small shoals.

Small shoal of Red Sea Racoon Butterflyfish.  Chaetodontidae.  Chaetodon fasciatus.

Threadfin Butterflyfish.  Chaetodontidae.  Chaetodon auriga.  Noted off the outer and inner reef edges.

Exquisite Butterflyfish.  Chaetodontidae.  Chaetodon austriacus.  On the reef edge, areas 1 and 2. Often in pairs.

An uncooperative Regal Angelfish.  Pomacanthidae. Pygoplites diacanthus.  Noted at the base of the reefs, in sheltered spots. 

Bullethead Parrotfish.  Scaridae.  Chlorurus sordidus.  Common off all the reef edges and coral outcrops.

Bullethead Parrotfish.  Scaridae.  Chlorurus sordidus.  Biting on reef rock.

Red Sea Steephead Parrotfish.  Scaridae.  Chlorus gibbus.  All areas off outer reef edge.

Probably a female Bicolor Parrotfish. Scaridae.  Scarus bicolor.  Noted at a cleaning station, area 2.

Indian Longnose Parrotfish.  Scaridae.  Hipposcarus harid.  Noted in area 2 off the reef edge.  Particularly placid.


Probably a Dentex Blenny.  Blenniidae.  Ecsenius ?dentex.  Noted in very shallow water over the top of the inshore reef, area 1.

Squaretail Rabbitfish.  Siganidae.  Signathus luridus.  Noted over shallow water reef tops and edges, area 1.

Sohal Surgeonfish.  Acanthuridae.  Acanthurus sohal.  Common over inshore and outer reef tops.  All areas.

Small shoal of Sailfish Tang.  Acanthuridae.  Zebrasoma desjardinii.  Noted over the top of the coral outcrops.

Solitary Sailfish Tang.  Acanthuridae.  Zebrasoma desjardinii. 

Lined Bristletooth.  Acanthuridae.  Ctenochaetus striatus.  Hides in the coral on the top of the reef and on the reef edges.  All areas including very shallow water.


Yellowtail Tang.  Acanthuridae. Zebrasoma xanthurum.  Noted over the reef tops including very shallow inner reef. All areas.

Napoleon Wrasse.  Labridae.  Cheilinus undulatus. The largest fish in the area, may grow to 2+ m.  Noted on the reef edge in area 2.

Redbreasted Wrasse.  Labridae.  Cheilinus quinquecinctus.  Occassionally at the base of the outer reef edge, all areas.


Klunzinger’s Wrasse.  Labridae.  Thalassoma rueppelli.  All areas, outer reef edges.

Characteristic long snout of the Indian Bird Wrasse.  Labridae.  Gomphosus caeruleus. Close to reef edge. Area 2.

Juvenile of the Indian Bird Wrasse.  Labridae.  Gomphosus caeruleus.

Female of the Clown Coris.  Labridae.  Coris aygula.

Yellow phase female of the Slingjaw Wrasse.  Labridae. Epibulus insidiator.  Found over the top of the coral outcrops, areas 1 and 2.

Male of the Slingjaw Wrasse.  Labridae. Epibulus insidiator.