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).
Diving the Red Sea & "The Brothers"
The closest port for access to The Brothers will likely be Hurghada. The Bothers are two volcanic cores just breaching the surface of the water in the middle of the Red Sea. Located in the center of the sea, it is a multi-day trip, but well worth the journey to see the large critters in the open blue current. (see second photo for map of the Brothers relative to Red Sea coast)
This volcanic core comes from deep in the Red Sea, with nearly vertical walls. There is a healthy amount of fish and plant life to see. There is also a ship wreck on the wall which is positioned almost at a 60-degree angle. A few more meters to the side and it would have fallen off into the deep abyss.
You will likely be allowed to walk on the tiny islands and visit the light house. The island is under guard of the Egyptian military, but they mostly spend their time playing cards and fishing off the small dock.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
If you go to Luxor from Hurghada you are going to pass trough Qena, the second largest city in Egypt. There is not much to see in Qena but its surroundings are beautiful as well as the Mosque you will pass by. Make sure you are not asleep ( as much of the people are due to the early get up for the excursion) when passing Qena as or you will miss the beautiful nature.
Camels are indispensable part of tourist landscapes in Egypt. They can be seen in all places of tourist congestions: near sights, parking of buses, on beaches of hotels.
I have got acquainted with this camel on a beach of the hotel "Hor Palace". His name is Felix. He is four years old (rather young!). A walk on a camel has been offered to me for 30LE ($6). I think it is possible to agree more cheaply. I did not have a desire to go for a drive on a camel. Therefore I have photographed him for 1LE.
From Hurghada it is quite near to go to Luxor and explore the fascinating world of the ancient Egypt - Karnak, valley of kings, queens, the Hatshepsut temple, colossi, etc.
The buses go in organized tours, in convoys that can number even 200 buses (!) in the police escort.
Giftun Island is an island a few kilometres of shore Hurghada.
The only thing you find over here is sand a few tourist shops, a bar/restaurant and destroyed coral reefs.
The largest part of the island is no go area or private beach, only a stretch of 300 meters is reserved for public use.
Most snorkel trips and diving trips take place in this area and they always make a 2 hours stop at the island.
Many people say it is paradise, but I think it is big joke.
They call it the Goebbels boat
Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels (October 29, 1897 – May 1, 1945) was Adolf Hitler's Propaganda Minister (see Propagandaministerium) in Nazi Germany. Following Hitler's death he served as Chancellor for one day, approved the murder of his six children and committed suicide.
Goebbels was known for his zealous and energetic oratory, virulent anti-Semitism and perfection of the so-called Big Lie technique of mass propaganda.
Local people say that this boat belonged to him!!!Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
The most important house in Egypt
This beautiful house on the peninsula belongs to the owner of whole El Gouna and one of the most important people in Egypt. I hear he does a lot of work for the poor in the country and God bless him for that. (For security purpose I will not mention who it is). The house is marvellous and I would love to have one just like that ;)Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
A trip out to this protected island was bliss. The boat cruising across the perfect blue sea. As we approached the island all we could see were birds. We landed and walked around the island. It is a place where you must take nothing and leave nothing- except footprints.
There is a mangrove area, which is one reason the island is a conservation area.
After walking in the heat and sand, it was great to just wallow in the shallowsRelated to:
- National/State Park
Dont miss the sunset
Dont miss the sunset, also you must expirience as much as you can local stuff. Try the local tea - Carcade( cold Hibiscus tea), you'll get it for free just enter in any shop.
Or try the Shisha, that thing you smoke thru water! It has many flavours.
Drugs in Egypt
Hurghada is not the same like amsterdam and cristiano in denmark . You cant walk around in a place to choose and buy some joints and other drugs. It is illegal here in Egypt to buy, sell or smoke and use drugs. The punishment reach capital punishment for dealers and maximum 6 years for users.
This doesnt mean that there is no access to smoking in Egypt but there are lots of people who do smoke hash and marijuana.
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- Arts and Culture
A Close Shave
In Hurghada town, there's a barber that shaves with a kind of thread that he holds bewteen his teeth. He rolls the thread over your skin and plucks your eyebrows.
He likes to give women a good body rub too!
It's in the street that leads towards Papa's Bar
No milk any day!
If you want to try local beer, take "Sakara 7 stars". It is very good. Bottle of 0,33 l coasts 14 Egyptian Pounds (7 E.P. = 1 Euro). Be careful, it contains 7% alcohol.
There are excursions to Cairo as well, but they are exhausting - the bus leaves at 3 am, and you are back to Hurghada after midnight. It;s a 5 hour drive to cairo, and there you are basically running, you are visiting just the great pyramids plateau, Sphinx, and the Egyptian museum, with a lunch organized nearby. I suggest to take more days in Cairo. :)
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