Hurghada is a paradise for amateurs of diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and other varieties of water sports. It is very well known for its beauty and richness in marine flora and fauna. The seawater is between deep blue Crystal and turquoise in other areas. The water is very clear so one can see easily the colored coral reefs and fish. Here in the deep of the water, the scenery is spectacular. The city of Hurghada is the capital of the Red Sea governorate and was founded in the 17th century. In the early 20th century, it was known as the fishing village; then in the last 20 years of the 20th century, it was urbanized and extended to be one of the most attractive seashore resorts in Egypt. International chains of hotels and restaurants were spread everywhere in the city. A lot of diving and water sports centers were opened there.
Hurghada is located on the Red Sea coast, almost 550 km from Cairo. Egyptians used to call it Ghardaka, from which the name of the city was derived. It stretches for about 60 km along the Red Sea coast, and has more than 80,000 inhabitants: mostly immigrants from Upper Egypt, seeking investment and work opportunities in this newly developed sea resort. Today, it has more than 170 hotels and it is still developing.
Hurghada and the Red Sea coast enjoy very moderate weather throughout the year, making it an ideal place for sea sports. The average temperature from March to November ranges from 26C to 29C; in the hottest summer months, the temperature can reach 33C. Water temperature is also very moderate, which makes it possible to practice diving throughout the year. The city of Hurghada is one of the major tourist attractions in Egypt. At present, this city receives more than 2.5 million visitors every year and yields more than 3 billion dollars to Egypt’s economy.
The main tourist attraction in Hurghada is the marine life, with lots of coral and colorful fish, which is located very close to the shore: Hurghada has some of the finest coral in the world. If you like to practice diving, then Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh are perfect places to go. Hurghada also has many offshore islands, such as Sheduan Island, Gifton Island, Umm Gammae, Abu Ramada Island, and Abu Minqar Island.
Hurghada today is a world center for sea sports such as diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing, and deep-sea fishing. The unique offshore underwater gardens are justifiably famous amongst divers. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats. Next to Hurghada there have been newly developed resorts, which include: Sahl Hasheesh, Makadi Bay, and El Gouna.