Hurghada is a thriving tourist destination with some excellent diving accessible via day trips and liveaboards. With lots to see and do it’s an excellent base for those divers who travel with non-divers.
Hurghada offers daily diving as well as being a favourite leaving point for many liveaboards. Liveaboard trips leave from here to explore a greater range of sites either north or south. There are many itineraries to choose from; some specialise in wrecks whereas others offer a mix of wrecks and reefs. There’s a range of boats available with some of the most luxurious boats plying these routes. Trips are mostly seven days but shorter ones are available.
If you are daily diving do note that many dive centres are situated within hotels so bear this in mind when choosing where to stay and where to dive. You can dive with centres located in other hotels but remember you will have to transfer there every morning. This transfer can add significantly to the length of your diving day.
Local daily diving offers some perfect conditions for those new to diving or with the intention of learning; conditions are suitable for children too. The more advanced sites do experience some current and are deeper and not appropriate for the newer diver. Hurghada is a great place for wreck enthusiasts; popular sites like the Thistlegorm and Giannis D are in reach of day trips too. Dive boats here are comfortable and purpose built for divers.
Expect to encounter the usual array of colourful reef and fish and their associated activity in abundance. Turtles, humphead wrasse, trumpetfish, crocodilefish, bluespotted rays and an assortment of morays are all there waiting to delight. Whitetip and grey reef sharks patrol and barracuda, mackerel and tuna guard the blue. Mothfish and stonefish and the ever present lionfish hide in plain sight and you might even be lucky to see a stargazer or frogfish too. Pipefish and nudibranch are a-plenty for the spotters.
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Located on the Red Sea, Hurghada was once a fishing village, today it’s a sprawling tourist metropolis packed full of things to do, eateries and nightlife. Hurghada is a popular diving and snorkelling destination and has lots of other water sports available. For those that like their adventure on dry land many desert activities such as sand boarding and ATV safaris leave from Hurghada. Its proximity to Luxor makes it an excellent choice to combine your beach holiday with some culture.
Hurghada itself spans some 22 miles (36km) along the coast. There are three areas within Hurghada. Sekalla is the city centre and more commercial centre. El Dahar is the old part and where you will find the largest bazaar. El Memsha is the most modern side of town.
Hurghada offers day trip access to Luxor and trips to Giza can even be arranged. Children will love a boat trip to see dolphins or a day out at the water park with lots of fun slides and splashing opportunities.
Hurghada has an international airport with connections to Cairo too. Transfer from there by road to your resort.