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  • Location: Hurghada, Egypt
  • Duration:  7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Spend a relaxing day soaking up the sun and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. There's nothing to worry about on this leisurely cruise to Giftun Island. Either sit back and enjoy the sunshine, or don the snorkeling gear available and explore life beneath the surface of the Red Sea Coast. A day trip to Giftun Island National Park is hard to skip when you're in Hurghada, so why miss out!

What You Can Expect

Mahmaya: Giftun Island Snorkeling Cruise

Mahmaya: Giftun Island Snorkeling Cruise

You will be collected from your hotel and taken to the port to board your boat bound for Giftun Island. The sailing time is approximately 45 minutes and you will stay at the island until around 11:30am.

Returning to the boats, you will sail between the three islands and stop for around one hour of snorkeling. Returning to Giftun Island at around 1:00pm, lunch will be served at one of the restaurants, then you have free time to further explore the island before returning to the boat at 3:30pm.

Don't worry if you don't have your own snorkeling gear, it is available upon arrival at Giftun Island at the Aquarius center, free of charge.

Customer Reviews

ROBERT S
United Kingdom

4 star rating: Recommended November 2010

A picturesque location,but very crowded I counted 70 boats in the area. Go now before the reef is ruined.The meal on the island is good,but drinks pricey. Watch out for the sand flies as you can end up with a lot of bites.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2011

Positives:

Excellent on the vegetarian information chain. EVERYONE knew about the requirement which was an achievement given the number of people involved in the communication chain.

Pick-up and collection. Very good. It was also excellent that the guide did not go with us on the 'cruise' as it was both unnecessary and would have invaded personal space.

Mahyar.

A slick organisation ideally partnered for this type of day trip.

Negatives.

The sequencing of events gave a rushed and 'tourist processing' feel to the day. For groups wanting to snorkel it would have been better for them to go directly to the area and to be briefed and equipped en route, that way more time snorkelling on the reefs. This was the way they did it in the Caribbean.

The reef was damaged from tourists standing on it etc. The marine park authorities and tour operators didn't supervise the swimmers so, unsurprisingly, other groups (not Mahyar) were seen standing on the reef.

On balance I wouldn't pay for a trip like this in Egypt again, but this is not a criticism of Viator organisation.

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