Hawaii Palm Aqua Park is our top choice for your family vacation in Hurghada
Located in Hurghada and just a short walk from the private beach, this resort is a favourite resort for couples and families. This is a 4-star hotel with air-conditioned rooms and private bathrooms.
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Address: Qesm Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt
Phone: +20 65 3445520
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
To protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances on your holiday to Hurghada, it’s advisable to have comprehensive travel health insurance. A good policy will pay for medicines, medical treatment and even the cost of returning to the UK if it’s necessary. It’s worth looking over your existing policy to see what is and isn’t covered, including sports like scuba diving.
Any other tips?
To minimise the risk of an upset stomach, be sure to only drink bottled water. Similarly, avoid salads that have been washed in tap water, and fruits that have been unpeeled and washed.
Only use the orange taxis for getting around and be sure to agree on the price and the currency you’ll be paying in before you travel.
Tipping is part of the service industry, so factor in around 10% to the price of meals. Tip waiters directly when possible, ensuring that they receive the money as opposed to it going to the restaurant. Maids, drivers and hotel porters are worth tipping, as they’ll provide you with the best service.
Be prepared to haggle in markets. Vendors will start high and you should aim to bargain to a price you think is reasonable. However, only haggle if you have an intention to buy; time-wasters are not popular.
What do I need to pack?
With the ‘Capital of the Red Sea’ sitting on the edge of the Sahara Desert, you can expect the sun to be strong, so be sure to take plenty of sunscreen on your holiday to Hurghada. Unlike other tropical climates, there’s little or no humidity, so cool and airy clothes made from natural fibres like cotton, linen or bamboo are perfect.
Egypt is a conservative country, so it’s advisable for women to cover up once they’re away from the beach. Pack long dresses, long-sleeved shirts and, if you’re thinking of visiting any religious sites, a headscarf is also a good idea. Similarly, men ought to pack some trousers as, even in modern cities like Cairo, too much flesh can cause unintended offence.
For those who want to bring gadgets with them, a plug adaptor is essential, and it can be helpful to have a portable power pack to hand.
When’s the best time to go?
Known as the ‘Capital of the Red Sea’, it’s hard to believe that this luxurious holiday destination was once little more than a fishing village. This great location is perfect if you enjoy a slice of the high life. Families will find plenty to keep children entertained, with most hotels having their own waterparks or private beaches. Couples can enjoy a spectacular array of restaurants, clubs and bars and some excellent shopping.
If you want to see some of Egypt’s most famous attractions, you’ll find that the resort is within easy reach of some of the best, including Cairo, the Sphinx, and the Pyramids of Giza. However, choosing the best time to go can be tough, so we’ve put together some Hurghada travel advice to make things easier.
The temperature rarely drops below 20°C, even at night, making Hurghada holidays perfect at any time of year. To make the most of the sunshine, book your break between June and September when temperatures climb into the low 30s°C, and you can expect around 13 hours of sun each day. The area doesn’t have a rainy season, so it’s really down to how hot you like it. For coolersightseeing conditions, spring and autumn are milder, but still very warm.
Hurghada is best for…
Adventurers: Hop on board a 4×4 for an off-road jeep ride across the desert. How about a trip to a Bedouin village followed by a delicious dinner bursting with regional flavours?
Day trippers: Take a laid-back cruise to the uninhabited Giftun Island; sit back and relax on the white sand before swimming or snorkelling in the crystal-clear sea.
Families: Everyone will enjoy a glass-bottomed boat trip across the stunning Red Sea surrounding Hurghada. Keep an eye out for dolphins, rays, turtles and all kinds of colourful fish along the way.
Weather and climate
Temperature: 16-30 (°C)
Whenever you head off for your holiday, you’re practically guaranteed clear skies and plenty of sunshine. The best bet for beach lovers is summertime, when you can top up your tan with highs of 33°C. Diving and snorkelling conditions are perfect at this time of year. If you like it slightly little cooler, choose spring or autumn when it drifts between the mid and high-20s. It also stays warm throughout winter with temperatures in the mid-teens. The chance of rain remains low all year round, and the temperature rarely drops below 16°C even in January, the coldest month of the year.
By microbus: Flag down a microbus (they’re the white mini vans) and hop on board to travel around cheaply. The routes are fixed, but there are no allocated stops along the way so just make sure the driver knows where you want to get off.
By taxi: You’ll have no problem finding a taxi in the resort. It’s always a good idea to get a price before you start, and you’ll pay on arrival. We recommend you ask your hotel for an estimated price so you know you’re getting a fair deal. Remember to take some change with you, too
For hobby anglers: Just as winter comes to an end, the Hurghada Fishing Competition begins in February, bringing in adventurous anglers from around the world to join in the contest. If you like your holidays to have a fishy theme, this is the time to book.
Open-air clubs: From June, this sunny resort’s nightlife scene really comes into its own. The summer fun begins with open-air clubs and beach parties, so you can party under the stars until the sun comes up.
Water sports: October sees the arrival of the Yacht Racing & Water Skiing Festival, where you can watch sailing and water sports specialists take to the Red Sea in style. Come and soak up the festive atmosphere for yourself.
Religious festivals: Ramadan (a holy month of fasting for Muslims, usually in May or June) won’t have a big impact on your holiday, as tourists are exempt from restrictions. However, the resort is likely to get busy straight after it finishes, as Egyptian families go away to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha.