Hurghada, was founded in the early 20th century, and until a few years ago, was a small fishing village. But today, it has gone on to become the foremost tourist resort of the Red Sea coast and an international centre for aquatic sports. If it takes place in or on the water you can do it here! windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but, above all, snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers.The warm waters are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats. This area provides a wide variety of accommodations, offering warm and efficient service. Restaurants are mostly along the main road. While in Hurghada, don't miss the museum and aquarium, with their complete collections of flora and fauna located in the Red Sea area. Islands near Hurghada offer all kinds of fun and excitement. Take a day trip to Giftun Island for snorkeling and a fish barbecue, or view the Red Sea from a submarine!
When you're not in the sea you can shop in the boutiques, relax in the luxury holiday villages or visit the Roman Mons Porphyrites (mountain of porphyry) and remains at nearby Gebel Abu Dukhan (Father of Smoke). Day-trips or safaris to explore the Red Sea Mountains by camel or jeep are also available.
Other nearby islands and destinations include the Shadwan Island (Diving, snorkeling, fishing but no swimming)
Shaab Abu Shiban (Diving, snorkeling and swimming)
Shaab el-Erg (Diving, fishing and snorkeling)
Umm Gammar Island (Diving and snorkeling)
Shasb Saghir Umm Gammae (Diving)
Careless Reef (Diving)
Abu Ramada Island (Diving)
Shaab Abu Ramada (Fishing)
Dishet el-Dhaba (Beaches and swimming)
Shaab Abu Hashish (Beaches, diving, snorkeling, swimming and fishing)
Sharm el-Arab (Diving, swimming and fishing and
Abu Minqar Island (Beaches and swimming) .
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