Only 10 passengers had booked this excursion (the majority had opted for the 14hour trip to Luxor!)We drove along the coast one hour to the resort town of Hurgharda - a mixture of high rise and half completed abandoned buildings (not very impressive.
We boarded one of about fifty charter vessels in mediocre condition and headed out to an offlying island. on the way dolphins were sighted uch to the excitement of the charter boat skippers who endeavoured to round up the poor creatures for better viewing - this immediately scared then away!
We anchored off the island and enjoyed some excellent snorkelling - lovely coral and colourful fish. Thwere were a large number of charter boats rafted up in te one spot and some quite perilous manouvers by boats near the snorkellers! We then went ashore on the island to Paradise Eco resort where we enjoyed lunch and a rather uncomfortable afternoon siesta on straw mats in little straw shade houses (no artificual materials allowed) We boarded the boat and were taken to another dive spot for more snorkelling before arriving back at Hurgharda marina for the trip back to Safaga.
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