Rich in marine life, the Red Sea is a paradise for those who love water sports, and there’s no better place to launch your next adventure than from the fishing town of Hurghada.
A divers’ paradise
Hurghada is unparalleled when it comes to scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports. Not only does the clear water tend to offer excellent visibility, but the Red Sea has such a diversity of marine life, with over 1,000 species of invertebrates, 200 species of coral.
What’s more, diving and snorkelling can be done year-round: although Egypt is generally hot and dry, the north is a bit cooler in winter. Sea temperatures tend to vary between 20°C in winter to 40°C during the peak of summer. Water visibility also tends to be best during winter, making Hurghada an ideal getaway from the cold European winter!
On a day dive, it’s possible to spot anything from angelfish to tuna, if you can keep your eyes off the mesmerising expanses of coral. And, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a sea turtle, whale shark or a dolphin!
In fact, it’s possible to organise special dives with dolphins or sharks, or ship wreck dives, the Abu Nuhas Wrecks site being one of the most popular. Most of the dive centres and schools are located in the Sekalla district and welcome divers of all skills, even the most basic beginners. Scuba Hurghada or Euro-Divers Hurghada are a few places to start.
There are also plenty of day tours to places like Giftun Island, which is surrounded by coral reefs. Not up for snorkelling or diving? It’s easy to find other water sports: from windsurfing to jet-skiing, parasailing and more.
Fancy a cuppa?
While it’s easy to stay in one of the many resorts, soaking up the sun and hammam services, it’s worth exploring other areas of the town and beyond. In between souvenir shopping, try sipping a glass of chi, the local tea, or taste karkaday, a type of hibiscus infusion.
Feeling more adventurous? Try heading into the Sahara to visit a Bedouin village, all on a quad bike or camel! Once there, visitors get a warm welcome with a barbecue--and, of course, more tea!
For a taste of something a bit stronger, don’t worry: Hurghada has a westernised atmosphere, with a number of nightclubs and restaurants close to the main promenade, ranging from places like the Little Buddha to the Hard Rock Cafe.