The Natural Beauty around the Red Sea Riviera Egypt

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Map of Egypt showing the Red Sea and the area of the Riviera around Hurghada. Image – Wiki Travel.

Located between the continents of Africa and Asia (Middle East) is the Red Sea. The Red Sea is actually a saltwater inlet of the Indian Ocean which enters from the Gulf of Aden on the Saudi Arabian Peninsula and then leads all the way up to the Gulf of Suez on one side and the Gulf of Aqaba on the other.

My partner James and I had heard about the beautiful resort areas that exist in the Red Sea area of Egypt. Having an international reputation for being one of the best locations for snorkelling, diving and fishing, we were certainly keen to take a look.

In particular, we wanted to check out the Red Sea Riviera, the Arab Republic of Egypt which lies along the eastern coastline of the mainland. Just south of the Gulf of Suez, the Red Sea Riviera comprises a number of resort towns and resorts dotted along the coast.

 

Our spot on the Red Sea Riviera Egypt

Red Sea Riveria on Classical Egypt Map. Image – Go To Egypt.

We were lucky enough to be based in the main centre of the Red Sea Riviera in the city of Hurghada.

From here we certainly had our pick of a large number of tours and charter boats that operate in and around the Red Sea.

Even from the beachfront resort we stayed at, we could see how beautiful the sea was. Although Hurghada is an extremely popular destination for holidaymakers from Europe in particular, it was so nice to see no evidence of pollution. This place is looked after very well.

Wikipedia sums this region up by saying: “The combination of a favourable climate, warm sea, thousands of kilometres of shoreline and abundant natural and archaeological points of interest makes this stretch of Egypt’s coastline a popular national and international tourist destination. There are numerous National Parks along the Red Sea Riviera, both underwater and on land. Desert and marine life are protected by a number of laws, and visitors may be subject to heavy fines for not abiding.”

 

The resort we stayed in was comparable in standard to anywhere else in the world. Photo: James Visser.

 

Where we stayed was right on the Red Sea Riviera Egypt with its own beach. Photo: James Visser.

 

Outside our resort, anxious to get out to explore the Red Sea and Riviera. Photo: James Visser.

 

Our first sea cruise from the Red Sea Riviera

Our first outing was aboard the ‘Happy Dolphin’. This cruiser had three large decks. The main deck is where you entered and also did swimming, SCUBA and snorkelling from. The top deck was a level up, from which you had a better overall view of the water and surrounds. And then there was the ‘submarine level’. This was a really neat area where passengers could observe marine life through windows beneath the surface of the sea.

 

Going aboard the charter vessel ‘Happy Dolphin’. Photo: James Visser.

 

The main deck where food and drink were served. Photo: James Visser.

 

Enjoying the atmosphere up on the top deck just prior to departing. Photo: James Visser.

 

The ‘submarine’ level where you could observe marine life beneath the surface. Photo: James Visser.

 

I think the photos speak for themselves with respect to how beautiful the Red Sea is. It was extremely safe to enjoy the warm waters here, far out from shore. All the licensed tour operators here all have qualified staff who know the area and look after the guests well.

 

Looking back at a section of the Red Sea Riviera Egypt from the water. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

James and I on deck as we head out to the Red Sea.
Photo: Dianne Boyce.

 

Look at how beautiful the water looks here. Photo: James Visser.

 

Meeting up with a young marine explorer! Photo: James Visser.

 

Joining other passengers to view marine life at a magic spot in the sea. Photo: James Visser.

 

Fish with some coral in a shallow location. Photo: James Visser.

 

One of the divers from the boat swimming around while we were stationary. Photo: James Visser.

 

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Heading back in after a lovely day out. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Dolphin watch

On another day, we were on a different charter boat which went much further out and also passed some lovely islands. The ‘Rayan 1’ was also a very nice boat that started out in search of dolphins. In the course of doing this, our boat joined with a number of others who all congregated around a spot where dolphins usually show up at a certain time in the morning.

As you can see, the dolphins did show up, much to the delight of excited onlookers. Many tourists got excited and jumped off the various boats in an attempt to swim with the dolphins. We opted to not try this and instead enjoyed watching the dolphins tease the tourists who had absolutely no chance of catching up with them!

 

Same time, same place…the boat drivers and dolphins meet up. Photo: James Visser.

 

These 3 seem to really enjoy all the attention. Photo: James Visser.

 

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So lovely seeing these beautiful dolphins in the wild. Photo: James Visser.

 

It was a real joy to watch the beauty and grace of these wonderful and friendly creatures of the sea.

 

Touring around the Red Sea

The waters here are among the best I have ever seen. So clear, clean and pristine.

The spots we were taken to for some time in the beautiful warm water was so idyllic, it is hard to describe how fabulous and unspoilt this region is.

Below are some of the photos shared in an effort to convey the look and feel of the Red Sea.

 

It was a lovely day out on a fabulous stretch of water. Photo: James Visser.

 

Heading further into the Red Sea, a ‘supermarket’ boat patrolled, visited boats to sell refreshments. Photo: James Visser.

 

Different hues, different depths and some coral as well. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

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One of the so many ideal spots for snorkelling. Photo: James Visser.

 

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An image not immediately associated with Egypt…and yet here it is. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Islands in the Red Sea

Many people travel to spend time on some really beautiful islands situated here.

Two in particular that we saw were Mahmya Island and Paradise Island. Wouldn’t you love to spend some of your vacation time enjoying these places?

 

Anchoring offshore from islands is something many boats did. Photo: James Visser.

 

Little wonder the islands here are popular. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Lots of beautiful areas to explore. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

Heading back to the Red Sea Riviera

Having enjoyed each outing on the Red Sea there is always the time when you have to head back to land again.

Approaching the shoreline of the Red Sea Riviera Egypt once more, I am reminded of just how beautiful this part of the world is.

Back to the shoreline again. Photo: Nicole Anderson.

 

A well-developed part of coastline forming this tourist centre. Photo: James Visser.

 

Heading back into dock after another wonderful day. Photo: James Visser.

 

A final thought

Egypt is rightfully renown the world over for its rich ancient historical sites which many of us dream of experiencing. There is no doubt that I enjoyed that remarkable aspect of this amazing country.

However, the word is also getting out more and more, about the natural beauty of places like the Red Sea Riviera and the wonderful Red Sea itself.

Although often overshadowed by Egypt’s more popular tourist sites, I found this region to be a real jewel in the crown of all that this country offers. I hope you would agree and plan time to explore Egypt’s natural beauty as much as any other aspect of this amazing land.

I just loved my time at the Red Sea Rivera Egypt and my experiences out on the Red Sea itself.

 

Myself on the beach at The Red Sea Riviera, Egypt – a lovely part of the world. Photo: Diane Boyce.

 

 

 

This article is part of the Natural Beauty Travel Series, authored by travel writer Nicole Anderson.
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122 thoughts on “The Natural Beauty around the Red Sea Riviera Egypt

  • November 6, 2019 at 9:26 am
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    You have unveiled a totally different perspective of Egypt. One usually associates Egypt with the Pyramids and endless stretches of sand. The Red Sea Riviera is really so captivating. Getting close to the marine life from the submarine level must have been a really enchanting experience. Would love to experience scuba diving in these beautiful waters.

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    • November 6, 2019 at 9:52 am
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      Thanks so much. I agree that the pyramids, the Nile and so many wonderful sites connected with ancient Egypt really overshadow other beautiful areas like the Red Sea Riviera. I’m so pleased you see this fabulous area as so worthy on its own. The word is definitely starting to spread about this facet of Egypt and I hope this continues. Thank you again for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • November 5, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    Well, what an amazing destination. The colours of the water is so beautiful. Just to be able to go out in a boat and have dolphins surround you such a wonderful experience. I have heard of the Red Sea Riviera but never thought of visiting, this is now on our travel wish list. I may never leave, it looks so serene.

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    • November 5, 2019 at 6:41 am
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      I know what you mean Jane and I must say we were quite surprised to meet quite a few people who travel to that spot each year from various places in Europe. That must say something about the place and the area has proven really attractive to people who scuba and snorkel. It really is such a beautiful spot.

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  • November 4, 2019 at 11:54 pm
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    The Red Sea looks amazing, I have never been but it is on my bucket list for traveling. These photos demonstrate just how beautiful it is. I would add the Sea Cruise, Dolphin Watch to my itinerary and be sure to get out to enjoy the crystal-clear waters.

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    • November 5, 2019 at 6:37 am
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      I really do think it is worthy of being on your bucket list Laura. The cruises out on the water are really lovely as is the Riviera ashore. Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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  • November 1, 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    The Red Sea is such a beautiful place and a paradise for snorkelers and divers. I have been to both Egypt, and Israel, and loved the sea life. Therefore it was so interesting to read about the Red Sea Riviera. I hope I get to visit again and enjoy the snorkelling there. I only wish they would make more effort to protect it.

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    • November 2, 2019 at 1:32 am
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      Well I can only comment about the area of the Red Sea I saw from the Riviera in Egypt and I can say that the condition of water, beaches etc that I saw were all kept in great shape, Paula. I don’t recall seeing any pollution at all and I do hope you will be able to check this out as well if you visit in the future. Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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  • November 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    I did visit Egypt many years ago and would love to visit it again specially the Red Sea riviera. As always the post is in depth and provides some great information. It does seem to be a snorkeling paradise with the marine life. I must admit the submarine boats to provide a great view and is becoming very popular tourist attractions in most places where there is marine life but I do feel a bit claustrophobic in these. The Hilton as always seems to be delivering the quality and hope you enjoyed your stay here . Some great pics adding life to your post again Nicole. Thanks for sharing the Red Sea Riviera.

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    • November 1, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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      Thank you for such a lovely comment Amar. I do get what you mean about feeling a bit claustrophobic in the confined space of the submarine viewing platform – but it was surprisingly quite spacious down there. The good thing is that the tour operator restricted the numbers of passengers on these trips so that it never felt crowded. All in all, it made for a wonderfully enjoyable time.

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  • November 1, 2019 at 8:07 am
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    Definitely great waters you found at the Red Sea. I didn’t think of the Sea in conjunction with Egypt. I did get to go into the Red Sea waters in Israel. It was so salty that one is immediately afloat. I wonder if that is because it is close to the Dead Sea or the level of salt is also high in Egypt. Great post that gets me thinking about including it with an Egyptian visit!

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    • November 1, 2019 at 8:26 pm
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      The Red Sea wasn’t anywhere near as salty as you describe Adele – well certainly not where we were on the Egyptian side. I’m pleased you are considering checking this out yourself as I’m sure you would love it.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 9:39 pm
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    What a beautiful place to visit! I have heard that there are some good spots for snorkelling in Egypt but those were in Sharm El Sheik. It must have been so special to see dolphins in the wild. Thank you for sharing your experience, it looks like a great place to visit.

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    • October 31, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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      Thanks very much Laura. There are certainly so many fabulous spots across Egypt to explore and enjoy. The Red Sea itself has many shores surrounding it that are so beautiful – not to mention the islands that exist in the sea as well.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    I agree with you… The red sea is indeed a jewel… Those are indeed lovely waters. It’s amazing how clean the waters look. I hope every visitor will strive to keep that way…

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    • October 31, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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      I completely agree with you Cat. Pretty much everyone we met while we were there was very aware of how special the water was compared to most other places and therefore were appreciative and wanted it to stay that way. I think most tourists will be mindful in that way, but there will always be a need to be able to deal with people who don’t do the right thing – to make sure this beauty is protected.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    I was just talking about this area with my sister and wasn’t sure where to start, this is great information! I didn’t even know there is a Red Sea Riviera, the coastline is so pretty from the water. And I love that the dolphins come to the same spot to meet up with the tourist boats.

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    • October 31, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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      You bet Sherianne – most people just see the pyramids, ancient structures and the Nile is all there is to Egypt, but there is clearly so much more. Do have a look at the other posts on Egypt in this series before you book your trip. The Red Sea Riviera is something I would definitely include.

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  • October 31, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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    the beaches look lovely and so do the dolphins. wish to be there and will plan something in egypt sometime.

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  • October 30, 2019 at 11:58 pm
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    WOW – to be able to view all of the marine life from the boat is amazing and I love the different hues in the water. I had never heard of this part of Egypt before. All of this information will be so useful when I visit Egypt!

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    • October 31, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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      Thank you very much for that and I hope you have a great trip. Be sure to check out the other posts in this series on Egypt before you go as there really is so much to see and experience.

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  • October 30, 2019 at 3:27 am
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    I have heard so many great things about Egypt especially about how amazing marine life is over there. How clear and warm the water is so perfect for snorkelling and diving! Red Sea Riviera seems like a great place to be exploring some of that! The Dolphin tour looks fun and how awesome that you got the chance to actually see some wild dolphins!

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    • October 30, 2019 at 8:46 pm
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      Thanks Dada! It truly is a beautiful and amazing spot if you love getting out on the water and exploring all things marine. Dolphins were fabulous and the water’s temperature was just perfect for all that enjoyed snorkelling that day.

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  • October 30, 2019 at 1:05 am
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    We visited the Red Sea for great scuba diving. We were surprised how deserted the resort areas were when we were there. It looks like things were much more active when you visited. So cool that you did a tour out looking for dolphins. And that you found a small pod. Your pictures really make me want to plan a return visit. And stay at such a beautiful resort.

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    • October 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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      Hi Linda. Depending on when you visited, the lack of tourism numbers may have been due to violent incidents that created a massive fall in tourism all over the country. Tourism now is well up and continuing to climb as confidence builds. There are also high and low seasons like many locations to take into account. But absolutely this is a wonderful place for scuba diving. Thanks so much for your lovely comment.

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  • October 29, 2019 at 10:48 am
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    I loved looking at the pictures from your trip. It had me wanting to visit the Red Sea even more. Looks very memorable.

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  • October 29, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    OMG, I was there like 10 times. I hate it, but it’s great for scuba diving … LOL

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  • October 28, 2019 at 10:47 am
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    This is what I call modern camping ;-). The red sea is so beautiful. I would love to take my family to Egypt one day.

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    • October 28, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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      Just as well we agree that appreciating natural beauty does not necessarily mean camping Suanlian! Having said that, you can actually go camping on certain tours in Egypt, experiencing this in the Sahara. While that wasn’t part of this trip, we certainly got to see so much natural beauty across Egypt – and the Red Sea Riviera definitely is one of those places. Great you liked it also and I’m sure your family would also love this resort area.

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  • October 27, 2019 at 2:32 am
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    I never knew that the Red Sea had that blue of water! It is simply beautiful! I also didn’t know that there are beautiful resorts and wonderful boat tours. I really love the interior of the first boat as you could enjoy watching above and below.

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  • October 26, 2019 at 5:41 pm
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    Hi Nicole, I hope you’re having a good day! The Red Sea Riviera is truly a DREAM!!!!!!!! I’ve heard nothing but good reviews about it and I hope to be able to travel there someday. I’m a HUGE beach bum and anything water adventure excites me. Seeing the beauty of this paradise is inspiring, it’s breathtaking. And you’re so lucky you get to see all those dolphins swimming nearby! I’m jealous!

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    • October 26, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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      Hi Polly. Thank you very much for leaving such a lovely comment. I’m so glad you liked this post and are keen to visit and experience the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt one day. Knowing how you feel around beaches and water, there is no doubt you would have a wonderful time.

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  • October 26, 2019 at 2:57 am
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    Wow- the water is so blue! I love your photos of the entire trip. I’d love to visit the African continent someday.

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  • October 26, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    We are planning to go to Egypt someday to see the pyramids. But we will definitely don’t want to miss this opportunity. The experience looks wonderful – the breathtaking views, the dolphins, the islands. Looking forward to this!

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    • October 26, 2019 at 6:48 am
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      We enjoyed seeing the pyramids and many other significant ancient Egyptian monuments, temples and treasures Juliet, but there is still so much to see and experience when it comes to natural beauty in this country. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed this post and will include areas like the Red Sea Riviera when you plan your visit. There are other areas in this series on Egypt, including the Nile, Lake Nasser and the Mediterranean that are really worthy of seeing also. Hope you have a fabulous trip as well.

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  • October 25, 2019 at 1:51 pm
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    I love dolphin watching, such intelligent and playful animals. Such beautiful photos, Egypt is on my travel bucket list.

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  • October 25, 2019 at 9:40 am
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    Wow! Looks like a fabulous holiday. We did a lot of snorkelling in Hurghada – and learned some Russian from the other hotel guests!

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    • October 25, 2019 at 7:55 pm
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      Hurghada is just a fabulous place to be based for snorkelling, isn’t it Laura? I know what you mean about Russians – there were a lot of them holidaying there that we saw, as well as Germans and others from Europe. The word has certainly gotten out up north of the Red Sea Riviera as a great place to holiday and get away from the colder climate.

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  • October 24, 2019 at 10:16 pm
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    Certainly is a lovely account of your Red Sea adventures on the coast of Egypt. I had a similar experience across the way in Eilat Israel. Thanks for sharing.

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  • October 24, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    Just fantastic this is part of Egypt I’ve never seen. That’s why I love traveling blogs it gives me so much that I had no clue about a place. Amazing photos by the way and I hope you had fun.

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    • October 25, 2019 at 1:17 am
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      Definitely had a lot of fun Joyce and thank you for your comment. Before planning a trip to Egypt, I had no idea the Red Sea Riviera would be this good. Being a travel writer on this blog allows me to make all sorts of discoveries that really add to the pleasure of any trip – and share things that a lot of people wouldn’t necessarily know.

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  • October 24, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    Wow! What an amazing experience! And I can’t believe the size of that pool!

    I have never gotten to take a boat out like the one you took. I never knew they had a submarine level where you can see ocean life under the sea. That is amazing too!

    I bet it was a thrill to see the dolphins. We see them a lot where I live and it’s always a wonder every time. I particularly like it when we are surfing and they come up to swim around us. The thing is, we have to watch hard to make sure they are dolphins and not sharks. Once we see they are dolphins, we relax and enjoy.

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    • October 25, 2019 at 1:14 am
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      Ah yes, it wouldn’t be good at all to mistake sharks for dolphins! Like you, I love dolphins and how playful and intelligent they are. And once they are around, sharks will be nowhere around at all. It was a lovely experience Alexandra and I’m so pleased you liked the post and shared your thoughts.

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  • October 24, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    thanks for sharing, I visited Egypt once and promised myself to repeat, it was in Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Aswan and to finish we headed to Cairo, what a memory. Reading your post confirms it`s time I visited again but I`m the cautious type and will not feel 100% safe if I visited now, but having said that, a friend visited last month so maybe I`m just being a weakling.

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    • October 25, 2019 at 1:09 am
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      Well Roamy, I visited in June this year (2019) and must say that I felt perfectly safe. I also met single women travelling there on holiday and their feedback was good as well. This is the 5th post I have published in a series on Egypt, with 2 to go. The final one is actually focussed on solo woman travel in Egypt and discusses a fair bit about safety – so you may want to stay tuned for that one. You’re not being a weakling, you’re just being cautious and there is nothing wrong with that at all.

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  • October 24, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    wow looks stunning ! Great photos, thanks for sharing! Egypt is definitely one of my favorite places !

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