When most people think of Egypt, they immediately think of the country’s rich history and its modern marvels, like the Great Sphinx. With the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians being widely known, it is by no surprise that many tourists seem to ignore what Egypt has to offer besides its rich history.
Mahmya Beach, located on Mahmya Island, is a slice of heaven that you can enjoy while on your trip to Egypt. With pristine blue waters, white sandy beaches and exotic scenery, you can only have a perfect day!
How to get to Mahmya Island ?
If you’re already wondering how to get to Mahmaya Island you should know that the costs depend on who you book with.
The only way to reach the Island is by boat. You can barter the price with the tour operators and go as low as $45 USD. Many ships sail to the location, so it will not be hard to catch a quick ride.
The trip usually lasts a whole day and can include lunch and some soft drinks.
Mahmya Island Tour
If you’re departing from El Gouna you can get in touch with Colona Divers They offer Diving trips and Excursions. You can choose to take a full day trip, or, if you’re more adventurous, you can go up to 10 days at sea.
Sailing over the Red Sea to Mahmaya Island can also be done with the help of other cruises. This company picks you up from your hotel and waves you through the sparking warm waters. The prices include transport, buffet, snorkeling, soft drinks and lunch. Prices can go as high as $83 USD, depending on the season.
Mahmya Island can also be the perfect honeymoon tropical location or a wedding destination:
Mahmya Island Snorkeling
It’s no coincidence that Mahmaya actually means Protected area in Arabic, as Mahmaya Island is a true paradise when it comes to snorkeling.
If you’re an avid snorkeler, then you will find the Red Sea to be one of the most spectacular places to be in.
With prices ranging from $80 to $110 USD, you are promised a delightful experience underneath the waters. The price includes pickup from your hotel (or a place near your location), a day trip to Mahmaya Island, equipment for snorkeling, refreshments and taxes.
Mahmya Island Booking
Finding accommodation in Mahmaya Island is close to impossible. Being a barren land, this Island does not have any hotels or apartments. The closest accomodations are those in Hurghada.
Prices for booking a place to stay in Hurghada range from a budget friendly flat to a high end resort.
Mahmya Island Restaurants
It doesn’t matter if you like Chinese food, Italian, Thai, Lebanese or an International menu – you can taste them all!
If you need a place with a good view, then The Moon Restaurant is the place that will fill your belly and delight your sights.
Another great place to eat in Hurghada is Granada. It has a delicious Egyptian and International menu, but what will thrill you the most is the stunning placement.
If you want to catch some Italian atmosphere and mix it with the Egyptian chills, then your stop should be L’Imperatore Marina
Mahmya Island Prices
Travelling to Mahmya Island is not expensive. You can take a day’s trip and spend less than $100 USD.
For 2 dives you will pay close to $65 USD and $35 USD for a full day of snorkeling.
However, the scenery is worth a million dollars! With dolphins that swim near you, tiny fish and corals, manta rays and other marine life, Mahmya Island is surely divine place that you should definitely visit.
Mahmya Island Weather and Best Time to Visit Hurghada
Being a country in Africa, Egypt is known for scorching temperatures and rare showers.
The best time to visit Hurghada is either April – June or September to your early November. Try not to visit Mahmay Island in July – August, as the sun can burn you skin and temperatures can be unbearable.
Usually, temperatures drop with 10o C at night, so take this into consideration when packing your bags.