El Gouna

El-Gouna is an environmentally friendly destination complete with world class accommodations for all family members that offers a myriad of services and activities to suit everyone .

El Gouna buildings were designed by many influential European and American Architects to resemble the Traditional Rural Egyptian Architecture like those found in the Egyptian Countryside and Nubian villages. El Gouna specializes in water-sports, including scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing, parasailing and snorkelling. There are several beaches: including Zeytuna Beach ,located on its own island, Mangroovy Beach, Moods Beach and other hotel beaches. A network of canals allows many houses to have their own strip of beach, even hundreds of meters inland. Most of these canals are crossed by small stone bridges.

Other attractions and activities around town include a small aquarium, a go-kart track, a paintball arena, tennis courts, horse stables and a football stadium. The local football team El Gouna FC currently plays in the Egyptian premier league. It also has a Mosque and a Coptic Church, the Church of St. Mary and the Archangels.

With its state of the art spas, gourmet restaurants, golf courses, tennis courts, and Olympic pools this trendy cosmopolitan holiday getaway combines the best of a relaxation experience and extreme water activities

Special Trips from El Gouna

Abu Nuhas

about 2 hours cruising time from El Gouna lies the reef of Abu Nuhas – “The father of bad luck”, so called because of the number of ships that have hit this reef over the years. The reef is to the north of Shaidwan Island, close to the main shipping channel from Suez and usually partially submerged making it dangerous for shipping.

Among the many ships that have hit the north side of the reef, 4 remain as diveable wrecks for recreational divers, they are:

  • Kimon M– known as the “Lentil Wreck”, the ship now lies against the reef with the bows pointing up the reef.
  • Chrisoula K– the “Tile Wreck”, referred to in some guides as the “Marcus”, another tile carrying ship, which is now believed to lie further from the reef in 65 meters. The bow of the Chrisoula K is in 5 meters with the broken off stern in around 26 meters. The cargo of floor tiles can be seen clearly in the open holds.
  • Carnatic– the “wine ship”, which hit the reef and sank in 1869 on her way from Suez to India with a cargo of port wine and gold and silver bullion. The wreck is broken in 2 pieces and lies on its side on the reef with a depth range of 12 to 24 meters.
  • Ghiannis D– the “wooden ship,” which was carrying a cargo of timber bound for Saudi Arabia.

In addition to the wrecks it is also possible to dive on the other side of the reef at a site known as Paradise, which has a plateau with a huge coral garden and a drop off into deeper water.

Shaab El Erg

  • Dolphin House– situated at the northern end of the reef the dive site consists of the main reef the large coral block, or gotta, next to it and the channel between them. Two dives are made here every Thursday on different parts of the site. In addition this dive site is home to turtles, moray eels, napoleon wrasse, crocodile fish, rays, large shoals of goat fish, cornet fish, scorpion fish and many colorful corals can be seen on the reef, gotta and the small pinnacles found here.
  • Poseidon Garden– this dive is on a large coral block in the lagoon behind the main reef. There is Large shoals of banner fish and butterfly fish can always be seen here. This dive is also often done as a drift so that more of the coral formations can be visited.
  • Manta Point– this dive site is on the outside of the reef close to the lighthouse at the centre of the reef. Turtles, moray eels and most types of Red Sea fish can be seen here, possibly even a reef shark, as well as the possibility of Mantas in season.

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