• Location: Hurghada, Egypt
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Enjoy a blissful day of snorkeling and sunbathing on this full-day boat trip from Hurghada. Board a comfortable boat and sail to beautiful Giftun Island National Park, a cluster of sandy islands basking in the Red Sea. Lounge on the white sands, swim in the turquoise waters, or don the provided snorkeling equipment to witness the spectacular undersea life of exotic fish and corals. Later, sail around the islands to another snorkeling site and then finish with a delicious lunch and more free time to laze on the idyllic beaches.


  • Full-day beach and snorkeling adventure to Giftun Island from Hurghada
  • Cruise on the Red Sea to the idyllic sandy islands of Giftun Island National Park
  • Enjoy free time to sunbathe on the white sands, and swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters
  • Explore the magical undersea world of exotic reef fish and bright corals
  • Sail around the islands and enjoy a delicious lunch on Giftun Island
  • Includes snorkeling equipment and hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Mahmaya: Giftun Island Snorkeling Cruise

Mahmaya: Giftun Island Snorkeling Cruise

Leave your Hurghada hotel by air-conditioned vehicle and travel to the port. Then, step aboard your boat and set out on your day trip.

Find a spot on deck, and soak in the views of the Red Sea coast as your boat cruises to Giftun Island National Park: a trio of sandy islets also known as the Mahmaya Islands.

After roughly 45 minutes on the water, arrive at Giftun Island and enjoy free time to laze on the white sands and snorkel in the translucent sea.

If you wish to snorkel, listen to a safety briefing, don one of the supplied face masks and snorkels, and wade into the crystal waters to explore. The waters are home to abundant marine life, from exotic fish to rays and rainbow-colored corals.

After time to relax on the sands and in the water, return to the boat and sail around the three islands. Stop for another hour of snorkeling and then return to Giftun Island for lunch at one of the island's restaurants.

Afterward, enjoy further free time to sunbathe, swim or snorkel before stepping back on to your boat and cruising back to the mainland.
Your trip then ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Simon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Excellent boat trip and beautiful sport. The tour operator is by far the best company in Hurghada. It is a bit pricey but it is worth the extra spending : food, security, hygiene, classy boat - different from the cheaper cruises you may found where the crews are usually loud and pushy (for selling unwanted DVDs).

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 July 2016

Very disappointed, maybe we were spoilt on a different trip from our hotel to Dolphin House, the staff, boat and food were excellent 5 star review, this trip was all but.
Firstly I would like to say our guide was a nice chap and we were the only 2 booked with him.
On arrival and equipment sorted, given 1 bottle of water this is important as its the last cold water available until you go for lunch on the island, then it is warm water not explained. The first stop very good loads of fish to see, the second not so good in fact very poor, the reef we were taken to was dead and there was nothing to see. Then Paradise Island, yes beautiful, shallow waters not a lot of fish but relaxing, until lunch. There was our boat and 1 other altogether but on ours an Egyptian family of 16 who proceeded to ignore all formalities and take all the food, arguments occurred at the restaurant between Europeans and the Egyptian family. Lets say we ended up with no salad under cooked fish 1 cup of coke and warm water A lot of unhappy tourists. By this time we just wanted to get back to port.
The staff of our boat seemed more interested in the females and not interested with the other tourist.
Do it again absolutely not the boat was poor and the crew poor, my wifes foot sunk in to the floor of the upper decking, boat needs overhaul.
On chatting with other Europeans they had paid 15.00 per person for this trip which cost us around 55.00 per person, very disappointed. It is not like as advertised !!!

Dan Michell

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


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.


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


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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