hurghada is sure one very nice place for divers and snorkellers ,but on my last visit i discovered another exciting activity for me!if you are a motorcyclist hurghada can offer you an exciting desert ride!the city lies in the desert actually,thats why you can spend hours on enduro bikes enjoying different types of terrains!
The holiday resort of Hurgada is where my boyfriend and i decided to go for a bit of culture, sun, sea etc etc. We knew already that Hurgada is famed for its diving, however we didn't realise that diving was the ONLY thing to do here! Hotel was lovely, top standard etc, but we wanted something MORE, we tried shopping in the downtown area which was so intimidating that we ended up buying all of our gifts from the hotels shop. Local shopkeepers actually come up to you in the street and beckon you into their shops with promises of teas- which is all well and good, except we timid Westerners don't respond to this very well! In summary, if you want to dive- go to Hurgada, if you don't dive- go somewhere else!!
I went to Hurgada 2 years ago. Although I wouldn't feel safe out on my own, especially at night, this is the most beautiful and cheap place to go on holiday. I went at the hottest time of year, so the heat can get to you if you don't drink plenty of bottled water. I can't scuba dive yet, so I went snorkelling often. The best trip I took part in (apart from Cairo, Luxor and Aswan) was to Gifton Island. I highly recommend it to anybody going. We stayed in the Safir Hotel which is gorgeous, the food is good and the staff are friendly. I did become ill, although I was careful, and it seemed to be due to badly boiled water for hot drinks, so its better if you take a travel kettle. There's not much to do apart from trips and scuba/snorkelling but with scenery like that you can spend all day doing very little quite easily.
Hurghada is great if you are a keen diver, but I could find little else that would take me back there with out my snorkel. This is a traditionally fishing town, which facing it's own demise through the curbs on fishing as a result of marine conservation has reinvented itself as a tourist town. The diving is OK, but much of the coral has been badly damaged by inconsiderate divers and snorkellers, and there were many times that I dived wherer I saw more divers in the water than fish. This is taking things too far and doing nothing to preserve the very thing that is surely keeping this place alive. Downtown Hurghada is pretty lively, although we ventured there only on a couple of occassions. Being surrounded by desert, this place is incredibly dry - this might sound a little obvious, but the air itself is very dry, and you absolutely mustn't drink the water here - believe me, I nearly died, and I hahd been very careful (or so I thought). The highlight, outside of the water, was a trip to Luxor. But a very long day trip from here.
Hurghada is the best place I have found for Scuba diving. The coral is fantastic and only a few minutes by boat to get there. The sea is smooth and warm and there is a relative absence of dangerous currents. Generally the boats to the reefs are well organized and relatively inexpensive. Typically there will be a perfectly acceptable chicken salad and ample soft drinks. However BEWARE Egypt is in Africa and in Africa standards can be lower. I have experienced a faulty valve which could have got me into serious problems (although it didn't) A simple scrape on fire coral can actually be fatal due to infection at the best strong antibiotics are needed. Again beware of eating out even good hotels can have dirty kitchens. My very specific advice is to base yourself at the Marriot Hotel (not necessarily staying there) there is a comprehensive dive programme and the food is good and did not give me D&V. another precaution is that of the ears-because the water is not free of bacteria very bad ear infections can develop-take antibiotic drops with you. All in all Hurghada is a super place for diving/snorkelling but beware of the dangers.