Stretching some 40km (25mi) along the coast of the Red Sea, the colourful and exciting resort of Hurghada offers divers a sunny base to explore the beautiful coral and fish life in the area.

The area is known to be a convenient destination for combining sun-soaked beaches and diving holidays with the Nile Valley sites, but there is so much more to do here as well.

We take a look at the top-rated activities in Egypt’s oldest and most well-known resort – even if you aren’t a diver.

1. Giftun Islands

The Giftun Islands are one of Hurghada's most popular boat excursions. The islands form part of a marine reserve and are surrounded by a number of spectacular reefs teeming with marine life.

While there are some great dive sites here, there are also beautiful beaches to laze about on and plenty of snorkelling opportunities on easily accessible coral reefs teeming with colourful fish.

2. Sindbad Submarine

If you don't want to get your feet wet, the Sinbad Submarine takes passengers down to a depth of 22m (72ft) under the water for a glance at the Red Sea's abundant coral and fish life.

As the only submarine in the Middle East, it carries 44 passengers and has a crew of two pilots. Trips take about an hour and offer non-swimmers an opportunity to see different kinds of coral reefs and coloured fish.

3. Desert quad biking

With so much action happening in the water, some travellers forget that back onshore there's an entire desert world to explore.

Among Hurghada's most popular on-the-ground things to do are exciting quad biking, jeep expeditions, and dune buggy trips into the acacia-studded valleys and red-tinged mountains that make up much of the landscape.

4. Camel rides

Camel riding is a popular activity offered by all the resorts in Hurghada, offering leisurely short strolls along the beach as well as longer one- or two-hour excursions into the desert.

The longer trips head out to one of the nearby Bedouin settlements and offer you a chance to enjoy the desert landscape on an ancient form of transportation. The trips are guided by Bedouin camel-men, so you won’t need to worry about the camels behaving unpredictably.

5. Astronomical nights

One of the most popular nighttime attractions for visitors in Hurghada are the astronomical night tours, where you'll spend an evening in the desert marvelling at the night sky through a telescope.

Egypt has incredibly clear skies making it one of the best places in the world to witness the full beauty of the stars.

6. Bedouin dinners

Many resorts in Hurghada also offer extremely popular Bedouin dinner tours, which are a must-do for foodie travellers.

Bedouin dinners offer travellers the chance to sample the delicious, authentic Egyptian dishes that you’re unlikely to find on a restaurant menu while reclining on colourful cushions in a traditional Bedouin tent setting.

Getting there

Various airlines offer flights from London to Hurghada. The cheapest tickets are available approximately 41 days before departure, with morning flights from Heathrow offering the best prices on the route.

For a hassle-free trip to Hurghada, remember to pre-book an airport transfer, taxi, or rental car through hoppa to get you to your accommodation. Hoppa is the world’s top specialist in smooth, reliable transportation, comparing 1,000s of transport providers from around the world to get you where you need to go. Whether at home or abroad, with choices of taxis, car hire, and airport transfers, we search and compare the best deals so you arrive happy.


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