WHEN TO GO
Peak Season: April – October
Avg Air Temp: up to 40°C / 104°F
Avg Water Temp: 19 – 28°C / 66 – 82°F
Restaurant Meal: 180 – 400EGP
Accommodation: 700 – 1,500EGP pppn
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THE LURE30 minutes north of Hurghada lies the resort of El Gouna, featuring a lattice work of waterways, housing, hotels, restaurants, bars, a world class golf course and a newly developed cable park. El Gouna must be the most sophisticated of all Red Sea kiting spots. A man-made dream of a town that not only caters for the kiting tourist, but attracts holidaymakers looking for a safe, luxurious holiday and also has a lively local population of 20,000 ex-pats who all call this ‘French Riviera of the Red Sea’, home.
THE SET-UPThere are two main kitesurfing areas. The wind is predominantly from the north, making it cross/cross-on from the left at Buzzha and Mangroovy beaches which are north of El Gouna town, while the second spot at the Moevenpick hotel is five minutes south. From town, all spots are just a very short tuc-tuc ride away. All spots are very tide dependent, more so in summer than winter. At high tide you can ride everywhere. At low tide you have to be careful as it does get shallow, so you’ll be riding at different times of the day depending on when you book your holiday and we found that there is more water at low tide at the northern end of Mangroovy/Buzzha up by Kiteboarding Club. There is some good flat water on offer here though in general, and only a couple of hours where you’ll have to chill by the pool rather than ride because of the low tide.
Buzzha and Mangroovy are the main spots. The wind is predominantly cross-shore from the left and the gently shelving beach means that there is an enourmous amount of shallow water for beginners as well as deeper water on the outside.
There are three centres spread out along the beach here, Kiteboarding Club El Gouna being the furthest north and most upwind, after which a huge area opens up the further upwind you go. There is another smaller private launch at the Moevenpick hotel downwind of the city harbours. You can pay a day rate to kite there if you’re not staying at the hotel. Tends not to be so busy as it’s within the hotel grounds but is much smaller with a swimming area downwind.
At low tide (or for beginners all the time) booties are ‘recommended’ although plenty of good riders go barefoot. As with most of Egypt there are compressors and helpers on the beach.
WIND, WEATHER AND WATERA reef lying a few hundred metres from the shore creates a waist-deep lagoon between it and the beach.
El Gouna of the reef is a large deep water channel and then some shallower sandbars further out. Egypt is a year-round kiting destination, but summer months are most consistent. Midday mid-summer temps can reach up to 40°C / 104°F! The water is incredibly warm, though you’ll start to need a spring suit around October. The water never really drops below 20°C and winter is still good for your holiday as it’s quieter but still with respectable air temperatures.
ACCOMMODATIONEl Gouna has many fantastic hotels to choose from, ranging from the intimate and friendly three star hotels, to luxury four or five star resorts. Kiteboarding Club can also arrange a complete package for you.
SCHOOLSTHE KITEBOARDING CLUB EL GOUNA have a long, private section of beach at Buzzha Beach. By far the biggest, shallow lagoon in El Gouna, the centre is open all year and run by a team of VDWS instructors, with helpful beach staff, a rescue boat, three compressors, a kite repair workshop, gear rentals, Buzzha Beach Restaurant and free wifi.
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TRAVEL AGENTSKITEWORLDWIDE run an all-inclusive Kite Club and accommodation operation in Seahorse Bay which is between Hurghada and El Gouna.
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NO WINDThere’s so much to do! Take a boat ride around the lagoons on which the town itself is built or go golfing, sailing, diving, karting, paintballing, ride the cable park, SUP down the lagoons or take a sunset cruise.
GET AROUNDEverything you need is here and nowhere is more than ten minutes on the little buses for which you can buy a weekly ticket for about EGP13. No need for a hire car as you can also just catch a tuc-tuc to get about with your kiting gear. Hotels usually organise an airport transfer. More information at: www.elgounamap.com
CURRENCYEgyptian pound (EGP) - £1 = EGP11 / €1 = EGP9 / US$1 = EGP7. There are ATMs in town and the marina. Credits cards widely accepted.
FOOD AND DRINKLots of restaurants to suit every palate and pocket, and there are plenty of bars, though in comparison to Hurghada, things are more sedate. The Buzzha Beach Bar is located at Kiteboarding Club and offers a huge menu for hungry kitesurfers. El Gouna as a self-sufficent town, designed from scratch by a single developer, is super clean, friendly and very well set-up for all you could need.
AIRPORTHurghada (HRG): about a 30 minute transfer north of Hurghada. Taxis are fairly cheap.
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