Book a holiday to Makadi Bay to experience world-class diving in the Red Sea, golden sand beaches and a championship golf course.
What is included ?
What is included ?
Explore Makadi Bay’s breathtaking Red Sea coast with a day’s sailing trip, either in a fishing boat, leisurely catamaran or glass-bottom boat tour. Keen divers can venture out to sea to experience the region’s wrecks and reefs, or snorkel in the vibrant waters surrounding Giftun Island. Next, head to the beach and pick a good spot on the silky, white sand wrapped around the turquoise bay. The water sports in Makadi Bay are excellent, with everything from parasailing to speed boat rides. If golf is your thing, then make a beeline for the resort’s championship golf course, with top-class facilities and magnificent scenery.
Makadi Bay is clustered around a pale golden horseshoe of sand, which smoothes into the clear blue waters of the Red Sea. Ideal for a quiet sunbathing spot, the silky sand is lined with parasols and sun loungers against a line-up of rippling palm trees. There are a number of pleasant waterfront cafes and restaurants behind the beach where you can stop for lunch. The beautifully clear water and vibrant reefs make snorkelling a must, and a top local aqua centre provides a wealth of water sports activities in Makadi Bay. Pick from high-energy water skiing, windsurfing and parasailing, or opt for something relaxed like a pedal boat.
If sunny days spent roaming the greens and driving range sounds like paradise, then Makadi Bay is for you. The resort has an 18-hole golf course at the Madinat Makadi Golf Resort and Spa. The manicured courses filled with lagoons and views across the Red Sea coast are a hit with golfers. The Souk Makadi is the best place in Makadi Bay for shopping, with lots of little shops and stalls selling high-end goods as well as local specialties and souvenirs. The evenings are a low-key affair, focused around the waterfront hotel resorts, but if you fancy something livelier, hop in a taxi to experience Hurghada’s buzzing bars and dance clubs.
Makadi Bay’s location on the Red Sea Riviera make it a superb diving destination, with world-class dive sites speckling the coast that provide challenges for experienced divers, and near-perfect conditions that are easy on beginners. Take a boat trip over to the uninhabited Giftun Island for snorkelling and diving around its quiet coast, known for being rich in rare marine life and often frequented by dolphins. If you prefer to stay above the water, a glass bottom boat ride and fishing excursions are a great alternative and are popular family activities in Makadi Bay.
Sun worshippers: Makadi Bay’s sun-soaked summers are best spent on its glorious white sand beaches and cooling off in the Red Sea.
Water lovers: So much of Makadi Bay is water-centric: think diving, snorkelling and sailing trips, as well as a top choice of water sports.
Golfers: Makadi Bay has its own 72 par championship golf course, set in beautiful coastal scenery in a peaceful part of the resort.
Language: The language spoken in Makadi Bay is Arabic.
Currency: The currency used in Makadi Bay is the Egyptian pound.
Local time: Makadi Bay is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Hurghada International Airport. Transfers to Makadi Bay take around 50 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Makadi Bay is 5.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Makadi Bay tourist information can be found at http://en.egypt.travel/city/index/makadi-bay.
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Makadi Bay.
Temperature: 33°C average. Winter temperatures are more mild with temperatures of 22°C in November being the high and 16°C in January and February being the low.
Best time to visit: Spring (March/April) and Autumn (October/November) for slightly cooler temperatures.
The weather in Makadi Bay is typical of Egypt’s climate, with long summers and soaring temperatures around July. Most of the summer stays in the high 20s to low 30s (°C), but the peak months from July to September frequently reach the high 30s.
By taxi: Hotels have their own taxis but are generally expensive to hire, but are still the best way of venturing out of Makadi Bay to visit the larger resort of Hurghada. Local taxis are not easily available as the resort has no centre for them to congregate, you’d need to arrange a taxi pick up from your hotel. It’s best to check the fare before you get in, as not all drivers use the meter.
By shuttle bus: Many hotels provide a local shuttle bus for quick transfer into Makadi Bay or to the beach.
On foot: Makadi Bay is a compact resort so the best way to see it is to walk along the long sandy beach that stretches around the bay.
Water skiing festival: The nearby city of Hurghada is a water sports hotspot, and every summer locals and visitors head to the beach to cheer on competitors in the Yacht and Water Skiing Festival. The festival attractions water skiers and sailors from all over the country to race on the Red Sea.
Sphinx festival: If you’re interested in learning more about Egyptian culture, El Gouna hosts the annual Sphinx Festival. The event features a variety of musical performances, art exhibitions and provides insight into the country’s customs and traditions.