Turquoise waters edged by fine, sandy beaches and rimmed on both sides by barren, rugged mountain chains give Nuweiba one of the most attractive settings among Sinai's resort towns.
However, its centreless layout , its lack of ambience and its comparitively low key diving scene mean that it has never managed to attract the cult following of nearby Dahab or the massive development of Sharm el-Sheikh. Yet the lack of crowds gives Nuweiba its own appeal.
During the Israeli occupation , Nuweiba was the site of a large moshav (farming settlement), which has since been converted into a residence for Egyptian Government officials. In the 1990's Israelis formed the bulk of the tourist trade.
Underwater delights are the feature attraction, and whilst not as dramatic as other resorts on the Gulf of Aqaba, the dive sites tend to be less crowded, with an impressive variety of Marine life.