Tip the hotell-staff well....
They earn almost nothing and we gave around $10 in tip for a week to the guy cleaning our bungalow. They are so friendly, and they give you extra towels and flowers if you are friendly too... We got flowers in a coca-cola bottle cut in half. And extra toilet-paper too....
So cute! :-)
Marina is a cozy and small seaside town. You can go from El Gouna by bus (10 minutes). There are cute shops, nice restaurants and cafes. Its a quiet town and tourists seem to be enjoying a lazy holiday.
Please don't confuse it with the much bigger and known Egyptian city, Marina (300 km from Cairo).
Before you get into one of the mini-buses, make sure you agree on the fare. It shouldn't be more than 1 Egyptian Pound/person. And even that may be too much. I witnessed the drivers charge less to the locals than to tourists. After that, I was able to talk the drivers to 1 EP for 2 people. But it's really what you're comfortable with. And most important of all, look like a local. When in the bus, don't swing your neck around like you're some alien taking in the sights. Keep quiet & look straight ahead. Also, always try to have exact change. Some unscrupulous drivers will try to short change you if given the chance. It's kind of hard having smaller bills because shop owners really don't like giving it out as well. But try your best.
Italy by the Red Sea
Sitting inside Da Nanni and eating here , you would have no idea you are in Egypt. I almost thought I was back in San Francisco sitting somewhere in a North Beach restaurant.
Da Nanni is a nice place to enjoy a meal. The decor inside is clean, modern, bright, and cheerful, the staff is courteous and friendly.
Da Nanni offers soup, salads, stuffed pizzas (calzones), 27 different pastas, 30 different pizzas. Main courses of beef, hamburgers, filet steaks, veal chops, roast beef, and chicken. The pasta is made fresh so bring your appetite and a little patience, they don't make it until you order it. Try the Insalata Caprese with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese or the Margherita Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil. I usually have my margherita pizzas with fresh tomatoes not tomato sauce but it was pretty good too! (I guess you have figured out by now I like tomatoes, basil and mozzarella)! This meal was excellent. The price is excellent too, I had lunch for about 10.00 USD, and still had food left, I was stuffed!
Da Nanni is amazing.
Stop by for lunch or dinner if you are ever in Hurghada.
Sailing and diving!
Spent quite a while sailing in Egypt probably February its not the ideal month as it could get very windy and bumpy...nevertheless we had some awesome moments spotting dolphins or just gazing at the turqoise waters which sometimes looked like a giant swimming pool...