Mahmya Island
Mahmya Island
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • annmariez
    Portville, New York48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful reef
    The island is divided into several day-resorts that take boats out to the nearby coral reef for snorkeling. The reefs are gorgeous with many colors/types of corals and fish. There is also some reef available in the swimming area in the resort that we went to, called Mahmya. Lunch is included, which is buffet style, and not great food, but fine. We managed to go on the only day it had rained in 2 years, so after the snorkeling trip, rather than being able to laze in the sun, we shivered in between rainfall and wind. But if the day had been sunny, it would have been perfect.
    Sorry to hear that the weather was not favorable during your visit. We understand that it can be disappointing when circumstances beyond our control impact our guests' experiences. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future under better weather conditions and provide you with a more enjoyable experience. Thank you for choosing us and for your understanding.
    Written May 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • rafaelrabello
    Campinas, SP161 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Heavenly place
    If you are in doubt about Paradise Island, Eden Island, Orange Bay, don't think twice. Make a reservation in Mahmya Island and you will not regret. We paid 30€ per person directly to Mahmya website (for the boat transportantion + full day at the island). From Makadi Bay, we hired ABC Taxi for 180 EGP up to Mahmya marina. Everything there is very clean and organized. From the marina, the boat up to the island, it was really a perfect service. The sea there is very blue and you can walk around the beach, a plenty of space to walk and swim. The restaurant is quite good in a reasonable price (we paid around 250 EGP for a fish&chips, beverages around 40EGP. You have the option of a all inclusive package for 50€ in the website. We hired there a snorkling through Sabine coral (1h30 tour, the coral is about 15min. from Mahmya. Very beautiful corals there, really worth to pay it, 23€ per person including equipment). We used then the equipment to also swim in the Mahmya beach and observe its corals, very beautiful ones as well, we could see a lot of fish and an beautiful array there. Lastly I have to say that the water is really blue there.
    Thank you for your nice review; we are pleased you enjoyed your experience on Mahmya and look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
    Written July 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Sammy L
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely recommend this - Go direct
    Definitely recommend this. Service was personal - I was addressed by name throughout the day. Beach was one of the best we've seen in Hurghada, soft sand. Buffet lunch had options and amazing fresh fruit Snorkeling was also great as got to see different types of fish.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback; we are happy to know that you enjoyed your day with us on Mahmya.
    Written October 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Simona V
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paradise on the earth
    Everything was just perfect! I would appreciate if staff members inform people about two things. Put your sun's cream at least one hour before swimming and dont touch the corals. Its not good for marine life and guys its paradise out there. A lots of people doesnt know about this.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 5, 2023
  • Eimear99
    Ireland2,195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mini paradise experience!
    I got the opportunity to visit and snorkel offshore on this beautiful island while staying in Hurgada. We got a private transfer from our hotel In Hurgada to the beach club where we picked up a beautiful boat which took us to the island. It was a stunning boat trip each way lasting 55 minutes. The boat was not packed and there was plenty of room to sun bathe or just chill and relax in the shade. On arrival at the island , we transferred from the large boat to a smaller motor boat to bring us onshore. We picked up our snorkelling equipment, were given shaded sun beds and then took to the shallow waters to explore the snorkelling opportunities close to shore. After this we transferred back to larger boat for about 15 mins and were brought to much deeper water to snorkel among the coral and stunning marine life. This was very deep but there was excellent supervision and guidance from the professionals. A spotter speed boat accompanied us and was available to provide immediate assistance to anyone who got into trouble or just got tired. We spent about 45 mins in these deep waters before returning to the island for a very welcome lunch. There was a further opportunity to snorkel on the shallow waters, swim , sunbathe or walk on the beach before we departed for the leisurely boat trip back to mainland and a private transfer back to Hurgada. An amazing day!!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Tamer D
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    At sunset, the seatings at the top with 270 deg sea view 🌊
    There are few places in Egypt that grew organically to be one of top destinations around the world, Mahmeya on the Giftoun Island is one of those! From its beaches to the atmosphere with its seatings and restaurant to the service itself. Any visitors should in the Red Sea should go to Mahmeya and any locals shouldn’t miss this experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 10, 2023
  • monika s
    United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mahmya is AMAZING
    Mahmya is AMAZING: peaceful and authentic spot. Meal was delicious. You can keep the snorkling equipment until the very end of the trip to enjoy it while you are on the beach. I would definitely go back if the price was lower. Don’t doubt it and GO to Mahmya with Sherif Tours !!!! Too experience in every aspect!!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 11, 2023
  • Maria Vladimaire
    Russia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mahmya is beter
    The trip was in a very nice boat where you could choose to sit on the sun or not. All the staff was incredibly helpful and nice. The snorkling was around corals full of colours and with different shapes. You could see lot of amazing fishes. On the boat, we even saw dolphins! Mahmya is AMAZING: peaceful and authentic spot. Meal was delicious. You can keep the snorkling equipment until the very end of the trip to enjoy it while you are on the beach. I would definitely go back if the price was lower. Don’t doubt it and GO to Mahmya with Hurghada To Go !!!! Too experience in every aspect!!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 16, 2023
  • Beth
    Bristol, United Kingdom1,010 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely beachy island
    What an island! We visited here as part of a boat trip from Hurghada. Lovely soft sand, lots of shaded umbrellas for us to lay under. The bar didn’t serve alcohol but the soft drinks were welcome in the heat! The food was buffet style and very nice. View incredible. The water had a sectioned off area for swimming with small areas of coral but minimal fish. There was also a little inflatable slide.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 12, 2024
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Rebecca G
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Booked via Rep £70 each plus environmental government fee for boat trip is $5/€5/100egp. Don't pay in £'s as charged at £5 which is more. Boat trip was lovely and calm. Our guide Sarah was absolutely lovely and cheery. On arrival you get some time to snorkel in the shallows near your allocated sunbeds. Snorkeling equipment included if required. Lots of fishes to see. We found a couple were really inquisitive and kept swimming at us as if playing. You then get the opportunity to take a boat trip out to the reef. Very good experience although felt rushed. It was very difficult to film or photograph anything as you were constantly called to move on as limited time. I'd have preferred to cover less distance and given more time to look. The food included for lunch was really good. Selection of meat, chicken, pasta, rice and salads. Our return boat trip back was great fun. One of the guys offered to do some creative photos for us on our phones, at no charge. I honestly think he should offer it as a service as really quite good. We got to see an amazing sunset on the return which finished off the most perfect day. Definitely somewhere I'd like to return.
Written September 29, 2022
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Louise
Stockport, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We booked the mahmya island cruise through our TUI rep. I must say it was absolutely fantastic from start to finish.
The boats was separated into languages so English together, polish together, french together etc. We had an English tour guide MO who was so lovely and friendly. He explained the itinerary and what was going to happen through out the day. We got to see some dolphins which was just amazing, once on the island we went snorkelling (hire the equipment for free) and it was fantastic. There was an option to go back onto the boat and do some deep sea snorkelling but we didn’t fancy that. Buffet dinner was served on the island and it was lovely all the staff were very friendly and helpful. Young children was on board and joined in so when we come back with the kids we will definitely be doing this again.
Written January 8, 2020
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Thank you for your nice review; we are pleased you enjoyed your experience on Mahmya and look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
Written January 12, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

rafaelrabello
Campinas, SP161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
If you are in doubt about Paradise Island, Eden Island, Orange Bay, don't think twice. Make a reservation in Mahmya Island and you will not regret.

We paid 30€ per person directly to Mahmya website (for the boat transportantion + full day at the island).
From Makadi Bay, we hired ABC Taxi for 180 EGP up to Mahmya marina.

Everything there is very clean and organized. From the marina, the boat up to the island, it was really a perfect service. The sea there is very blue and you can walk around the beach, a plenty of space to walk and swim.
The restaurant is quite good in a reasonable price (we paid around 250 EGP for a fish&chips, beverages around 40EGP. You have the option of a all inclusive package for 50€ in the website.

We hired there a snorkling through Sabine coral (1h30 tour, the coral is about 15min. from Mahmya. Very beautiful corals there, really worth to pay it, 23€ per person including equipment).
We used then the equipment to also swim in the Mahmya beach and observe its corals, very beautiful ones as well, we could see a lot of fish and an beautiful array there.

Lastly I have to say that the water is really blue there.
Written June 28, 2023
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Thank you for your nice review; we are pleased you enjoyed your experience on Mahmya and look forward to welcoming you back in the future!
Written July 16, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Julie B
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I was disappointed with the trip. For the price I expected a lot more. The beach is beautiful and the water is crystal clear. However, it is very busy. We were squished underneath a parasol on sunbeds with two other couples. The beach is very busy and did not feel relaxing- we were actually counting down the time to leave.
One soft drink was included in our trip and the buffet food was okay, but nothing exciting.
We both had arrived not feeling very well, so had opted not to go on the snorkeling trip, which admittedly would have made the day feel better value. Those who went snorkeling enjoyed the experience. Feeling better in the afternoon, we would have gone, but everything was done to a strict schedule depending on the group you arrived with, so there was no flexibility. There were also no other activities on offer.
There were lots of people on the beach and it became quite chaotic arriving and leaving, having to queue a lot to had equipment back and wait for the right boat.
Overall, this beautiful spot feels like it has become oversaturated and was very expensive for a boat trip and a sun bed.
Written August 23, 2023
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Thank you for your feedback, it is very important for us to hear about your experience in order to improve our quality and services as needed.
Written October 1, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Je suiș Anonima
Crans-Montana, Switzerland3,892 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
November, and my nostalgic part took over my rational side.
I ve needed a break, so i ve booked Mahmya during my 11 days trip în hurghada. Twice.

The trip îs a beautiful escape from reality, Once you did it you need more, and that s why i ve enjoyed every single second of my stay on The island.
The price îs fix, they don t bargue. It s 50 euro or 900 egyptian pounds food included, or 33 euro without food. I advice you to eat on The island, their food îs delicious.
For me The booking was made by Mr Eslam Salah, my friend i know șince 3 years, as he runs the trips în Orange bay.
All was perfect and you know me:after 6 or 7 Times on The island, i will return, and that s soon, very soon.
After the trip i ve made a short stop în old city, and during my stay in Hurghada my hotel was Jaz aquamarine, as usually.
But more about this tomorrow, now i need to sleep....
A song, well on our way back from island, i ve listened to dream it possible -
Jane Zhang, and I ve felt butterflies în my stomac.
Written December 12, 2020
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SDavies
Dunbar, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
We found the setup lacked any sense that this is a special nature area.

Hoards of boats head out with visitors, there’s two visible landing areas with cheap looking signage and a beach restaurant development albeit built as sustainably as possible).

There’s no real sense of protection other than the messaging around the corals which are worth exploring.

But if you’re looking for space this isn’t the place to go.
Written December 14, 2022
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Shaun W
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
TUI excursion what a rip off.
Looks better in the pictures.
Nothing special just rows of sunbeds and umbrellas. Food disgusting and cold. Soft drinks included are poor quality. If you going to do this trip make sure you do it through someone as cheap as possible its not good at all. Plus side toilets are clean.
Written February 2, 2020
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Written February 9, 2020
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Lucy
Pilsen, Czech Republic5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
At first we really pondered if we should go snorkelling at Mahmya, but in the end we agreed that it was definitely worth it. The beach is so magnificent and beautiful, we really enjoyed it. The life under the sea is so vivid and colorful, it's really breathtaking. Also the food in the restaurant was great, various and tasty.
Written September 7, 2021
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Anna K
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Well.. This trip was rather disappointing. Some of the minuses are because of the travel agency that organised it.. but the island itself only provides good views and that's about it.
After paying 85 euros for a day trip, you would expect at least some things..
Comfortable trip with a nice boat to the island? Not really.
Like shower possibility after swimming in the salty sea. Nope, they do not have it.
My trip included lunch, which was actually really bad quality. Dry nuggets, cold meat or fries.. The only thing it gave me was a stomach ache.
Staff on the bar acts like they really do not want to be there. I ordered a drink, I've got it and when i wanted to pay - the bartender just turned around and started to do things like filling up things, cleaning but not really taking money from me. I actually had to say out loud that I leave the payment on a counter.. They didn't even care. Maybe because I was a solo traveler and didn't order 10 drinks or so? I really don't know. But if you decide to work in hospitality, you need to know how to act with customers.
So to end: I would not do this trip again, absolutely not worth the money. No interest in you from staff, terrible food and so on. And it looked so good before I booked it.
Written July 8, 2023
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Written July 16, 2023
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Emma H
Birmingham, UK33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Good day trip, booked with Tui after our pre booked trip was cancelled. Coached to meet the boat, then on the sea for 45mins (was a bit chilly ) got to the island and given snorkel and flippers, allocated an area on the beach. Beach bar (drinks not included) then back on the boat for 1( minutes to stop for snorkelling, the water was choppy but had a life jacket so no issues, excellent snorkelling , reef is beautiful and lots of fish to be seen, back to the island for buffet lunch, reasonable choice if food and soft drinks, couple of hours free time before heading back, promise of a sunset view but we were back before it set so little disappointed. Not bad value for money.
Written January 28, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback; we are happy to know that you enjoyed your day with us on Mahmya.
Written May 18, 2023
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