When it comes to choosing a vacation there are so many places in the world to choose from. This is especially true when you are choosing a diving location. Egypt, and Hurghada in particular has it all. With such a rich history and some of the best scuba diving in the world, Hurghada caters to every need. Here are the top 10 reasons our friends at Divers’ Lodge Hurghada think you should visit Hurghada for your next vacation.
1. SOME OF THE BEST DIVING IN THE WORLD
Hurghada offers some of the best diving in the world, just a five-hour flight from Europe Year round sunshine, crystal clear waters, visibility in excess of 30m and water temperatures touching 30 degrees in late Summer… plus some truly beautiful and spectacular marine life – this is a diving and snorkelling paradise!
2. COMBINE DIVING WITH CULTURE
Egypt is a cultural crossroad and Hurghada’s location on the mainland makes it an ideal base for exploring further afield and discovering ancient Egypt. Cairo and Luxor are both easily accessible by road and air from Hurghada. Combine diving with the chance to discover the Pyramids and the treasures of Tutankhamen.
3. SITUATED BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS, DESERT AND SEA
Hurghada’s unique location means it is easy to get out and about and explore both the desert and the mountains for an action-packed week of adventure. Enjoy star watching with the Bedouin people, take an exciting jeep safari into the desert, try your hand at quad biking and make sure you have a ride on a camel!
4. EXPERIENCE THE REAL EGYPT
Hurghada was once a sleepy fishing village and it still retains much of its traditional Egyptian charm. This is not just a man-made resort. In Hurghada you can experience the everyday way of life with the locals – drink mint tea in the coffee shops, barter in the traditional bazaars and experience the real Egypt.
5. THREE RESORTS IN ONE
Hurghada is spread over a long coastal area but it is split into three distinct areas: the Resorts area – characterised by large beachfront hotels and a new promenade; Sekalla – the newer centre of Hurghada, well-known for its vibrant atmosphere and many shops, nightclubs and restaurants; and Dahar – the old downtown area that boasts a wealth of traditional bazaars and backstreets. Get out and about from your hotel and see what Hurghada itself has to offer –beautiful mosques, fascinating museums and plenty of bartering opportunities!
6. SUPERB BEACH LIFE
Hurghada has some of the Red Sea’s finest sandy beaches. Take a day off from diving and soak up the sunshine on one of the wide private or public beaches. The water is beautifully clear and most beaches are gently shelved. A range of water sports is also available including some of the best kite surfing and windsurfing conditions in the world, plus water-skiing, water bikes and much more.
7. VIBRANT NIGHT LIFE
Hurghada really comes alive at night. Night owls will appreciate the many nightclubs, bars and coffee shops that stay open through the night. Many are situated directly on the beach for a real chill out evening. As well as the local bars and legendary hangouts like Papas Bar.
8. PLENTY OF CHOICE
Hurghada’s large cosmopolitan area means that there is plenty of choice when it comes to eating out or staying in. Accommodation options range from luxury all-suite hotels to all-inclusive resorts, from private apartments to small and friendly family-run hotels.Hurghada also offers a plentiful range of food options from the international Hard Rock Café chain to traditional Egyptian restaurants and coffee shops. Chinese, Italian, Indian, Lebanese, European cafés… Hurghada has it all!
9. GREAT ACCESS TO OTHER RESORTS
Hurghada is situated just 40 minutes drive from the nearby resorts of El Gouna to the north and Soma Bay and Safaga to the South. Take a trip to El Gouna to eat in its luxurious marina in the evening or head down to Safaga to explore the famous Roman ruins and the fascinating old Port area. Or head further South to El Quseir with its famous fortress from the Middle Ages and Marsa Alam with its famous Elphinstone Reef.
10. YOUR SAFETY AND WELLBEING ASSURED
Hurghada’s position on the mainland of Egypt means that it is situated away from some of the more documented problems in the region. The security in Hurghada is prominent without being invasive. There is also a specialised Tourism Police Force, which is purely concerned with the safety and well being of Hurghada’s visitors. Hurghada is also a fully developed city with a number of decompression chambers, hospitals, schools, places of worship and an active international community living there throughout the year.