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Hubert has left El Gouna, and therefor the El Gouna Times is only updated once in a while!!
For the interested visitor, however, we have put together a list of the best services in town. Although this (personal) list is not complete, it will certainly help you to enjoy your stay at the most in El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt.
Remember: don’t stay all day in your all-inclusive hotel, but go out and visit El Gouna: DownTown and Abu Tig Marina are easy reachable by Tok-Tok or shuttle bus….
Much more to do and to visit in El Gouna and prices are very competitive compared to the hotel shops!
Best Taxi Service: TAXI MINA
Taxi Mina: confirms your call by SMS, was always on time and their drivers speak english very well:
call: 0020 12 7340369 or 012 7340369
Best Diving Centre in El Gouna: DIVE CONNECTION
The Dive Connection is the newest dive centre located in the Panorama Bungalows Resort in El Gouna, Egypt. Niko Baumann and Andrea Schubert, both from Germany, run the centre. Niko has 30 years of diving experience and is already working as a PADI Course Director and Tech Instructor Trainer and has spent 10 years in El Gouna’s waters. Andrea with 14 years diving experience has spent 5 years as a guide on yachts exploring the Red Sea, before deciding to settle down as a PADI Instructor in El Gouna in 2001. The Dive Connection gets the benefit of Niko and Andrea’s longtime El Gouna experience. They offer first class service in diving and water-sports.
Ask for Mike (Savelberg) as your preferred Dive Instructor.
Website at: www.diveconnection.com
Best Things to do in El Gouna
Besides snorkeling and scuba diving, we prefer Kitesurfing (webcam), Horse Riding at Yalla Stable, drive Go Cart behind Rihana and get a suntan at one of the beaches before shopping at the many boutiques in marina and downtown.
A new library is also installed next to the hospital where free wifi is avalable after paying 1 euro entrance fee to the library. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is open every day from 10 till 22 hrs. They have a very nice big screen presentation called Culturama in french, german, english or arabic about egypt’s history. It costs 7 € pp, and it is worth every cent! Please call in advance to be sure for the language/time that day.
We liked also the SegWay tours, offered by Segtours Redsea, next to HSBC bank in the Abu Tig Marina. You must have done this while being in El Gouna! Costs 35 € pp. Make reservation for 10 or 15 oclock’s guided tour of 2.5 hours long.
Seascope Submarine: nobody was available to make an appointment and the website could not be read on my smartphone or iPad. Bad marketing in my opinion.
Best Meals, not to be missed!
Jobo’s, Tamr Henna:
try the Planksteak before playing a snooker party.
El Taybeen, Downtown:
Filet with mushroom sauce, the best sauce in town!
Foool House, Downtown
the real Egyptian fool food at incredible low prices!
Vienna Cafe, also called Cafe Servus at Tamr Henna:
a warm welcome, best Coffee with pancakes and the best Ice Cream.
Kiki restaurant has gone, but the new La Luna that has rented the place has excellent italian food and delicious cakes for desert!
Restaurant Ceviche offers Spanish and Mexican food, the nachos with hot sauce are extremely hot! They offer Free Wifi and are located 30 meters opposite of elbeid supermarket
The Saigon in the Marina has nice Vietnam food, but watch the prices, because it is quite expensive!
Best burgers in premium Burger restaurant in the Marina
the Jumbo Shrimps with Fish sauce or Curry sauce are my number one (updated 2008)!
best pizza in town, (ask for the crispy version!)
my personal choice here is the Alexandrian liver, but they changed cooks, so no longer available. The waiters do have an atitude, but last year we got free wifi here. Did not test it this year yet!
Best Transportation around El Gouna:
TokTok (local Extension 2338): 5 LE per person per ride
If 3 or more persons, however, a TAXI costs you the same: 15 LE per ride for 3 or 4 persons and you are out of the wind (especially important during colder winter season)!
Shuttle Bus: 20 LE per person for a weekly ticket
Lagoon Trip by boat: tickets at the Info Centre: 40 LE per person
(watch the changing times due to high tide)