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Dubbed “The Gift of the Nile” by ancient civilisations, Egypt’s most exciting water activities have been listed by CNN in an article published last Tuesday. From scuba diving, snorkelling, and windsurfing, to kayaking and boating, the report shows that Egypt has been blessed with more than just the “mighty river”, and extends beyond its vast deserts.
“With this incredible biodiversity and dive sites’ availability from famous wrecks to drop-offs and reefs there’s something for everyone – whether you’re interested in bucket list wrecks, megafauna or macro species, whether you’re a certified avid diver, a novice or a total beginner of any age”, the article said.
On top of its list came scuba diving and snorkelling, exploring the marvellous marine life in the Red Sea, as well as the Mediterranean coast near Alexandria. The beaches were listed. Extending to as much as 2,450 kilometres of shoreline, and the highlighted cities of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada were stated to be the oldest popular destinations for sandy beaches and boat trips. Among the newer spots for beachgoers are Marsa Alam, Dahab, and El Gouna, along with Giftun Island’s Mahmya Beach.
As for splashy waterparks, Makadi Water World and Sinbad Aqua Park in Hurghada are among the prime destinations for beach alternatives listed in the article. When it comes to windsurfing, Dahab Stars offers courses for beginners and advanced surfers. However, kayaking down the river Nile, between Aswan and Luxor, is an ideal adventure with the Nile Kayak Club.
A kitesurfing session in El Gouna’s Osmosis Kiteboarding Club is a one-of-a-kind experience, while wakeboarding at Sliders Cable Park is perfect for beginners with its “easy ride” option. Then, for a unique water experience, the desert oases of Egypt can be explored in Siwa’s legendary Cleopatra Pool, Sinai’s Wadi El Weshwash, and Fayoum’s Wadi El Rayan.
If you don’t fancy getting wet, Panorama Submarines in Hurghada will take you for a three-hour trip in a vessel that dives deep into the Red Sea waters, as well as a similar voyage by Sharm El Sheikh’s Royal Seascope.
Without a doubt, the river Nile is the star of the water show in Egypt. CNN listed the felucca cruises in Aswan, Luxor, and Cairo, as one of the oldest water activities, having existed since the Romans. If you’d like to book a ride, check out Viator and start your own water adventures in Egypt now!