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Giftun Islands

Giftun Islands

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801 Reviews
Free admission
Hurghada

The Basics

A vast majority of visitors to the Giftun Islands arrive as part of an organized day trip from Hurghada on Egypt’s mainland. Join a full-day excursion to snorkel above the bright coral reefs, relax and swim at a white sand beach, and do some dolphin watching on the way to and from the islands. Most day trips include lunch and any necessary snorkel equipment. Certified scuba divers can book a guided dive trip for a closer look at coral gardens, sea turtles, skates, and other marine life.

If hiring a boat to travel independently, consider visiting Giftun Kebir, where you’ll find a resort with some facilities needed for a day by the sea.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hurghada

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Fantastic
Koser, Feb 2020
Royal Giftun Island & Fishing & Snorkeling sea trip - Hurghada
Fantastic trip, water was a little cold for snorkelling but well worth it. The staff is amazing and we had a great day. Would definitely recommend!!
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Excellent value for money
1650JohnM1650, Jan 2020
Snorkeling Adventure from Hurghada to Giftun Island with Lunch
Great value for money (£14 each), fairly basic boat facilities, but friendly crew and a great day out!
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Island Boat Trip
B7444DCels, Dec 2019
Snorkeling Trip to Giftun Island from Hurghada
We had a great trip! The company made it fun and relaxing. The water was beautiful and beaches were nice.
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Sunny day out
Iwoodyouwood, Nov 2019
Giftun Island from Hurghada
Great day with lots of fun activities for people of any age. We were looked after by our entertainers well.
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Very attentive staff
constanceh600, Oct 2019
Royal Giftun Island & Fishing & Snorkeling sea trip - Hurghada
Comfortable boat, very good snorkling equipment and friendly staff/crew. Great reef for snorkling. Fun and enjoyable.
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Great day trip
mhassa18, Jan 2020
Snorkeling Adventure from Hurghada to Giftun Island with Lunch
Great time at SEA MOOn. We were picked off from our hotel exactly at the time we agreed on. The boat was clean and nice. We were 15-20 participants so we got the special one on one treatment. Yacht was clean and had more than Two bathrooms and many showers. Food was tasty and the crew were amazing. Multiple snorkeling spots, visit to the island where you can swim and chill, and even did fishing on the boat. This is a trip for everyone, young or senior, you will have a great time. We had kids as young as 7 and seniors as old as 62 and everyone seemed happy
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Good Value Snorkeling Trip
TheTiger2018, Jan 2020
Snorkeling Adventure from Hurghada to Giftun Island with Lunch
We had booked this snorkeling trip for Nov 6, 2019 on Viator website. The cost was CAD$54.20 total for two adults. We were picked-up on time at about 8:30 am from our hotel with another two guest and then transferred to the port and boat. The weather was very sunny. It was a beautiful day cruising with the boat out to the snorkeling site. All snorkeling equipment was provided. On arrival at the first reef site, there were many boats anchored and many snorkeling groups in the water. It was crowded with snorkellers but the reef area was teaming with sea life (we saw many species of colorful fish, moray ells which came out of its den to feed from the guide, and many types of coral). This trip included a second snorkelling site which was literally about 50 - 100 meters away and was not worth moving to. It was better to have just spent the whole time at the first site. Never the less, the whole day was very enjoyable even if you didn't snorkel because you could just enjoy the beautiful sunny day out on the Red Sea, and even get a sun tan. After returning to port, we were transferred back to our hotels by about 5 pm. The boat staff and snorkeling guide were friendly and helpful during our full day trip with lunch & coffee/tea included.
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Good Trip
Robin S, Dec 2019
Snorkeling Adventure from Hurghada to Giftun Island with Lunch
The trip to the island was good. The on board staff were excellent especially with the children and made it good fun. The Water sports activities were not listed on the original activity list and we did not participate and would have preferred more time snorkling and on the beach. But those that did take part really enjoyed it. Snorkling good with lots of fish and coral. Lunch was excellent. We would not recommend the driver who collected us as he was late and then smoked in what was suppose to be an air conditioned vehicle. Cigarette in one hand on the wheel and mobile phone in the other whilst driving very fast to make up time. On the way back he had a very animated discussion on the mobile whilst smoking again. Mini bus not large enough to take us all seated so 2 people had to stand to the first drop off.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Giftun Islands are a must-visit for snorkelers, scuba divers, and beach lovers.

  • Don’t forget to bring sun protection, a change of clothes, and anything else you’d want for a day at the beach.

  • Day trips to the islands typically last six to eight hours, depending on the activities included.

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How to Get There

The Giftun Islands are located in the Red Sea, a 45-minute sail by day cruise from Hurghada. The easiest way to get there is by organized tour.

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When to Get There

Warm weather throughout the year means there isn’t really a bad time to visit the Giftun Islands. Particularly hot and humid temperatures in July and August make time spent in the water even more appealing.

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Giftun Islands Orientation

The Giftun Islands comprise two separate islands, the larger Giftun Kebir (“Big” Giftun) and the smaller Giftun Sughayer (“Little” Giftun). Most tours to the islands visit the former. The area popularly known as Paradise Island is, in fact, part of Giftun Kebir, situated on its southern coast.

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