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10 things to do when you visit Hurghada

Updated: Apr 24, 2019



1. Snorkelling or Scuba Diving


Egypt, one of the best places in the world for diving is home to the most beautiful coral reefs with crystal clear waters where you are certain to see a large variety of fish swimming around. The coral reefs can only be described as vivid and like underwater gardens bringing a plethora of exotic marine life right in front of your eyes. With over 1000 species of fish and 150 species of coral, the Red Sea is an excellent choice for snorkelers and divers.


Many of the hotels on the beach front will advertise a house reef, if snorkelling is on your bucket list then look for this when booking although you can still book trips through the excursion providers who arrange many trips for snorkelling and diving. Seek advice through TripAdvisor when booking and you are sure to find comments about hotels and resorts that have a coral reef nearby.


Most snorkel trips are included in the boat trips to Swim with Dolphins or visits to Giftun Island. The swim with Dolphin trip which takes you out to the Dolphin House has fantastic areas of Coral Reefs where you can enjoy snorkelling off a boat in mid sea, this is an amazing experience. Boat staff stay with you to guide you and will provide life jackets for you to use and take a rubber ring for extra safety if anyone gets too tired to swim. For snorkelling off the Island, Paradise and Mahmya have reefs closer to the shore and are more suitable for those who don't like swimming in the open. Included in the trip is a stop off to a nearby coral reef where you are taken by boat further off the Island and can swim with a guide around the reef. Again life jackets are provided if you want them.


What to take:

  • Towels

  • Bag

  • Snacks/bottled water

  • Money

  • It can get chilly on the boat so take a hoodie or sweatshirt to keep warm when the boat is moving.

  • Don't forget your underwater camera to capture the beautiful reefs.

  • Snorkels are available on the boat however we prefer to use the Easybreath mask from Decathlon . Currently priced at £24.99 it is so much easier to use and durable.

  • Sand shoes to protect your feet in and out of the water. Aquashoes are available at Decathlon from £4.99


Visit Decathlon by clicking the link below.



2. Take a jeep safari - 4 x 4/Quad Biking/Jeeps


Jeep safari trip, Hurghada

Visit the desert and take a trip out to the mountains, usually a morning or afternoon excursion with pick up from your hotel by one of the excursion providers. Jeeps will take you to the Bedouin village a bumpy ride across the desert, part of the excitement is managing to keep your self seated as the jeeps tear across the desert. Visit the Bedouin Village, where you are taken to a hut and the guide explains about the Bedouin culture, enjoy a camel ride and then walk back to the Bedouin tent, where you can purchase herbal remedies, ointments, creams and gifts. In another hut you will be shown how Egyptian bread is made and can even have a taste. Following a bumpy jeep ride back to base you will experience the quads and jeeps depending on the package you have bought. The jeeps, were faster than the quads and a lot more comfortable to drive and you also get an opportunity to stop and take photos.


The Quad bikes take you over some rather bumpy tracks as well as up and down hills, hold on tight and wear appropriate clothing. Prior to going out on the quads you are assessed for you driving abilities, you will not be allowed to go out on the quads if you cannot demonstrate you are able to control them. Also its worth noting that they only allowed one person per quad so no sharing I'm afraid! I'm not sure if this is the same for all excursion providers so if you want to share it's best to ask before booking.


What to take:


  • If you have a scarf, take this with you, many of the sites sell these but you can pick them up cheaply in local stores. Its also advisable to wear googles which can be hired when you arrive.

  • Backpack with water and snacks in case you get peckish.

  • Camera.

  • It's best to wear long trousers and be aware that if there is a wind the sand can sting your legs and arms if they are not protected.


3. Try a night with a difference - Bedouin Night



If you are booking the afternoon Quad/Jeep experience then you have an option of upgrading your booking to the Bedouin night. Following the jeep ride you are taken back to Bedouin area for a buffet dinner and show. Prices includes cold drinks with plenty of food available for you to enjoy. The Bedouin show consists of belly dancers, folk dancers, a Tanurra dance and a brave man laying on a bed of nails and broken glass. (shows may vary) You'll also find stalls selling sand ornaments stall with a demonstration, these personalised gifts are made for you and you can have name added. Prices vary.

For our personal experience of this trip and photos please click here: https://theholidaybug.wixsite.com/theholidaybug/blog/oasis-safari-excursion


What to take:

  • Long sleeve top to keep you warm when the sun goes down.

  • Bottle water.

  • Camera.

  • Backpack for your belongings and any purchases.


4. Visit the Marina - Sakala


Just off Sheraton Street, you will find the new marina, built in 2008 as a place for tourists to visit, the marina provides many bars, eateries and music away from the hustle and bustle of Sakala. Stroll along the walkway and look at the yachts in the marina, whilst passing and possibly stopping at the many unique cafes and stylish bars that can be found in this area. Most have outside seating areas where you can eat al fresco, enjoying the vibrant nightlife and entertainment. You'll regularly find small market stalls on the main paved area, enjoy a shisha at a bar or dance the night away at Papas Beach Club.


What to take:

  • Money

  • Bag

  • Camera

  • Cardigan or hoodie for the evening


5. Spend a day at the luxury resort of El Gouna



El Gouna is a modern resort home to private housing, hotels, shops, bars, marina, golf course and beach, all in one unique glamourous resort. Everything at this resort is man made and imported to make the resort as luxurious as possible. Many of the hotels have sea views overlooking the stunning Red Sea and the whole site is picturesque, leaving you feeling like you have entered your own little paradise. Surrounded by waterways and 5* hotels El Gouna offers a chance to experience a beautiful marina in a relaxing atmosphere. Approx 40 minutes away from Hurghada this is a trip the whole family will enjoy. Book a taxi, take your beachwear and spend a day on the beachfront and an evening taking in the beautiful surroundings.


What to take:

  • Bag

  • Money

  • Camera

  • Towels

  • Snacks

  • Drinks

  • Sun tan lotion if you're planning on sitting on the beach


6. Book a Boat Trip - Mahmya/Paradise/Orange Bay/Giftun



Giftun Island is separated into different tourist areas; Mahmya, the most expensive, Paradise and then Orange Island. This boat takes under an hour and is suitable for families. A smaller boat (felucca) will transfer you from your boat onto the island, this is due to the rocks/coral reefs and the boat being too deep to get any further inland. Crystal clear waters, shallow enough for young children to safely play and swim under your supervision and coral reefs for you to explore. A guide will be with you at all times answering any questions and pointing out where the refreshments and toilets were situated on the island. There is an equipment store on Mahmya where you will be provided with snorkels and goggles (no charge) to use whilst on the island. Life jackets are also available. For Paradise and Orange Bay you can borrow equipment from the boat or take your own. With lounging areas which are shaded by parasols, with mats to lie on, you can pull these out into the sunshine to sunbathe on the tranquil island. There is an optional boat ride out to sea for a spot of snorkelling off a coral reef, where you will be given 45 minutes in the water for snorkelling and then called back to the boat to go for lunch. The buffet lunch consists of hot and cold foods, pasta, meats, etc., soft drinks and hibiscus tea are provided and there is a bar where you can buy extra drinks as well. Following lunch you have time to sunbathe, walk around the beach area, have a cool drink whilst you relax. Most trips to the islands return late afternoon allowing you to view the sun setting from the boat on your return to shore; another beautiful sight as the sun sets over the mountains.


What to take:

  • Towels

  • Bag

  • Snacks/bottled water

  • Money

  • It can get chilly on the boat so take a hoodie or sweatshirt to keep warm when the boat is moving.

  • Don't forget your underwater camera to capture the beautiful reefs.

  • Snorkels are available on the boat however we prefer to use the Easybreath mask from Decathlon . Currently priced at £24.99 it is so much easier to use and durable.

  • Sand shoes to protect your feet in and out of the water. Aquashoes are available at Decathlon from £4.99 (see link above)


7. Swim with Dolphins - at the Dolphin House


Swimming with Dolphins is one of the most popular trips in Hurghada, there aren't many countries with short haul flights that can provide you with this experience. Hurghada provides an opportunity to be taken directly to an area of the Red Sea (the Dolphin House) where you are highly likely to see dolphins and get the opportunity to be very close to them. Be warned though, if you try to touch them, they will swim away and you will ruin the experience for others. The trip offers plenty of opportunity for you to be in the sea right next to the dolphins so take your underwater cameras to capture a truly amazing experience. If the weather is bad and the sea is too choppy for the trip to take place, it will be postponed. This is rare, so don't worry. If you don't want to get in the water, you can sunbathe on the boat or if you are nervous of being in the water, a team member is with you for every stop and will support you during the swim Just let them know if you are feeling nervous. You will be asked at the start of the trip if you are a good swimmer, for those of you who aren't or those with children, just let the team know and they will ensure that your needs are accommodated.


What to take:

  • Towels

  • Bag

  • Snacks/bottled water

  • Money

  • It can get chilly on the boat so take a hoodie or sweatshirt to keep warm when the boat is moving.

  • Don't forget your underwater camera to capture the beautil dolphins.

  • Snorkels are available on the boat however we prefer to use the Easybreath mask from Decathlon . Currently priced at £24.99 it is so much easier to use and durable.

  • Sand shoes to protect your feet in and out of the water. Aquashoes are available at Decathlon from £4.99


8. Try your hand at water sports - various locations


With most hotels being beach front you will find water sports in close proximity, from extreme sports like kite boarding to windsurfing, banana boats to paddle boarding, you'll have plenty of choices of outdoor activities. Just head for the beach and look for your nearest booking centre for prices. Lessons are usually offered at most booking centres. You will also find that some of the boat trips i.e. the Dolphin House trip will include either banana boat or sofa rides as part of the trip.



9. Visit Sheraton Street

The main shopping street in Hurghada, Sheraton Street offers plenty of choice to buy your gifts and shopping. Don't be put off by the prices, haggling is a necessity to get yourself a bargain. A busy environment which is best visited in the evening where you can fully appreciate all the bright lights and lively music as you stroll along the street. There are plenty of bars to stop off and have a drink and restaurants and clubs along the way. Tie in a visit to the Marina at the same time and after you've worked up an appetite shopping you can enjoy a lovely meal overlooking the marina.



10. Visit Cairo or Luxor


Cairo, home to the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum can be completed in a day however you will be picked up early hours of the morning and will spend long periods in a bus travelling North to Giza (approx. 5 hours each way). Most Excursion providers will provide you with an itinerary of the trip but you should find the following stops included:

Giza - home to Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Antiques Museum (there is a charge to enter the pyramid).


  • Cairo City - a truly different City experience

  • Egyptian Museum


Luxor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, includes the Karnak and Luxor Temple and the monuments at the Valley of the Kings. Again the trip can be completed in a day with an early morning pickup and about 4 hours in the bus to reach Luxor. You will return to your hotel in the evening.


  • Nile Boat Trip, check prices as it is lunch may cost extra.

For both trips we recommend taking snacks and plenty of bottles water.



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