Plucked from obscurity and thrust into the limelight during the early days of the Red Sea’s tourism drive, the tiny fishing village of Hurghada has long since morphed into today’s dense band of concrete which marches relentlessly along the coastline for over 20km. Rampant construction has left the town blighted by half-finished shells of pleasure palaces that were never to be. The coral reefs closest to the shore – which put Hurghada on the international hot-spot map originally – have been degraded by illegal landfill operations and irresponsible reef use. In recent years Hurghada’s star has largely lost its lustre with many travellers migrating to the newer, glossier resorts of El-Gouna and Sharm el-Sheikh.
There is hope on the horizon though. Further offshore there is still superb diving aplenty and local NGOs are now playing a leading role in getting the town to clean up its act while new construction projects are attempting to bring back some of Hurghada’s resort sheen. If you want to combine a diving holiday with the Nile Valley sites, Hurghada is a convenient destination. However, independent travellers might prefer to press on to Dahab in Sinai.
Hurghada destination guides
Sinbad Submarine Under The Red Sea
Experience the underwater world of the Red Sea without getting wet! Board the Sinbad Submarine for an unforgettable underwater adventure, diving below the Red Sea to enjoy the tranquility of life beneath the waves. You will be collected from your Hurghada hotel and transferred to the pier for boarding.
Red Sea Snorkeling
No trip to Hurghada would be complete without a day spent exploring the underwater world of the Red Sea. This snorkeling trip will take you to three spectacular sites where you can choose to jump in the water or simply lie on the decks and work on your tan. You will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the port to board your boat for the day.