Looking away from the desert and out fromt he coastline, you will find islands, reachable on short boat trips, and each with their own individual appeal. Many of the islands are popular dive sites, with a vast variety of dives suitable for all skill levels, from absolute beginner to seasoned expert. With coral walls, sandy shallows, and both shallow and deeper areas to explore, there is certain to be no shortage of diving and snorkeling choices, and the huge number of different sealife to be seen makes this whole area one that no diver should miss. Giftun Island is among the main diving sites to which day-boats take diving parties. The island is a beautiful sand reef, and is surrounded by a garden of corals and exotic marine life. On a trip to the island, you can soak up the glorious sunshine on the sandy beach or swim in the crystal clear waters - the reef is home to vibrant corals, a seemingly infinite number of bright and colourful tropical fish, and you may even see rays, turtles and dolphins. Many operators will provide equipment for snorkelling in order for guests to explore the views under the sea, and it is also possible to sail to other nearby coral islands. Mahmya Beach is on the southern shores of the Giftun Island National Park off the coast of Hurghada. Mahmya in Arabic means “Protected Area”, and it is a testament to the careful management of this idyllic island that it is able to welcome tourists and yet remain so wonderfully unspoilt. Day trips to Mahmya are operated by many tour operators. Visitors board one of two 27-seater Mahmya boats, and sail for around one hour to the island. To protect the coral reef and its marine inhabitants, the boats moor at buoys off the pristine bay, and visitors are taken to the shore by smaller boats. Once they have landed on the island, guests are free to snorkel on the impressive coral heads scattered in the clear lagoon, have a walk along the sandy beach, take on other guests at beach volleyball, try scuba diving with the diving centre, or just relax on the pure white beach. Lunch can be enjoyed at the restaurant, with seafood and Italian specialties, and later in the day guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.Despite being on an uninhabited desert island, first aid, security and trained lifeguards are present at all times, so tourists can relax in the knowledge that they are in safe hands.


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