My boyfriend and I took this fishing trip today during our vacation in Egypt. My boyfriend is an experienced fisher in The Netherlands, so he wanted to experience fishing on the open sea and possibly catching some fish. To say that today was a great fishing experience for him was an understatement. We had the entire boat for the two of us which was really nice.
The day started when we were picked up at our hotel at 7.30am. The driver did not speak very good English but he was nice and polite and drove very well. Once we arrived at the marina in Hurghada, we were greeted by Alaa. He introduced himself and led us to the boat where we also met the other crewmembers. The crew was busy preparing the trip so we didn't immediately get into conversation but that was no big deal. Alaa made sure to update us regularly with when we would leave and also explained what the plan was for the day. We set sail at around 8.30am -9.00am.
After about 10 minutes we had breakfast. Although it was advertised as being continental, it was not continental. This didn't really matter as the food was amazing and there was a lot! Thanks to Chef Mahmoud.
After breakfast, Alaa told us we could choose if we wanted 2 or 3 stops and how we wanted to organize the trip with regards to fishing and snorkeling. Given that we had chosen this trip to fish, we decided to make the first stop, the fishing stop and spend as much time there as possible. The second stop would be for snorkeling.
Once we found a stop, my boyfriend and some of the crewmembers started fishing. I had brought my canon camera to try and take some good pictures, which we definitely got! My boyfriend caught 2 bigger fishes. After a relatively long time (2-3 hours), the captain/crew decided to go to another place where there might be more fish. In total we visited 3 different places to fish, and a lot more fish were caught. Around 1.00pm we had lunch, which again was absolutely amazing! There was a lot of variety and everything tasted great. Chef Mahmoud worked very clean! Also important to mention; the boat itself looked well maintained and was clean, as was the toilet.
We visited the 3rd fishing place after lunch. There were a lot of fish here and during the entire time the crew was very nice to us, explaining everything and even cracking some jokes.
Around 2.00pm, maybe 3.00pm (can't remember exactly) we went to a common snorkeling place. Here we spent another hour or so. We got total freedom in what we wanted to do; just swimming, snorkeling, staying on the boat. The crewmembers even joined in and it was a lot of fun!
Around 3.30pm-4.00pm we headed back to the marina where we arrived at 4.30pm. The moment we got of the boat, the same driver from that morning was waiting for us to bring us back to the hotel.
In short, we had the best time today with the crew members of the Tilia boat and Alaa from Paradise Travel. Alaa even took the time to make a lot of pictures of my boyfriend and me, which was really nice! To anyone, if you are ever in Hurghada, you need to take this trip! It is worth every penny.