Egypt: A Fantastic Trip to The Red Sea

When I was living and studying in London, I was constantly complaining about the weather and about how much I was missing the sea and the warm sun, so one day my friend and I decided to book a last minute getaway to Egypt for my birthday week. Instead of choosing the popular Sharm El Sheik, we decided to discover another part: Hurghada and the natural reserve of Giftun Island.


  • Language: Arabic. English is well spoken in the touristic areas
  • Visa: on arrival, it costs 25 USD and it lasts 30 days
  • Capital: Cairo. Population: 9.5 million people
  • Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)
  • Time Zone: UTC/GMT +2
  • Country Code: +20
  • Emergency number: police 122, ambulance 123
  • Population: 95.2 million people

We flew with Thomas Cook Airlines from Gatwick Airport in London to Hurghada airport. The flight took approximately 5h 30min.

The reason why we chose this destination was that, after some research, we realized how insanely beautiful Giftun Island would be and so we had to go! From Hurghada is very close to reach the natural reserve, but there are private tours only few days a week. It’s always better to check the schedule before.

The best part of Giftun Island is definitely Mahmya Beach, where there are no resort as it is a protected area. On the way there, you can spot dolphins everywhere!

This day trip is perfect for snorkeling because of the famous coral reef, very colorful and full of fish! The sand is so white and clear, the water is pristine and warm.

Approaching Giftun Island, Egypt
Coral Reef, Giftun Island, Egypt
Dolphins around Giftun Island, Egypt

When we reached Mahmya Beach we got totally astonished by the beauty of this place: clear-water beach, white sand, not many people and a perfect sunny day!

Mahmya Beach, Giftun Island, Egypt
Clear-water beach in Giftun Island, Red Sea, Egypt

On the way back to our resort, The Sunrise Garden Beach in Hurghada, we enjoyed the company of a big storm of seagulls above our boat!

Seagulls above the Red Sea, Egypt

Sunrise Garden Beach Resort is a big hotel, probably better for families and friend trips.

The staff was very welcoming and helpful, food and drinks really good, both at the main restaurants as well as on the beach. There is also a pool for adults only, very relaxing!

Sunrise Garden Beach Resort, Hurghada, Egypt
Part of the Sunrise Garden Beach Resort, Hurghada, Egypt

During our week in Hurghada, we went few times to Giftun Island and I totally loved it! I hope I will go another time soon!

Myself enjoying the sun at Mahmya Beach, Egypt
Tanning mode on! Giftun Island, Egypt

I hope this post will inspire you to visit Egypt!

And you… Are you lusting for the sublime?



1 Comment

  1. wow, I will definitely use this when going back to Egypt! I recently went there for a diving trip and I absolutely loved the house reef in front of the iDive centre (, so many corals and colourful fish! Unfortunately, i didn’t get to explore much of Hurghada, as I stayed in a resort in Makadi Bay, but I definitely want to head back here in 2019!