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El Gouna, Egypt

An Egyptian tourist resort ​located 20km north of Hurghada. Situated on the Red Sea Riviera, the warm climate year-round makes it a great place for winter sun, where kitesurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and SUP are some of the popular sports to practice. The region is renowned for its beautiful coastlines, turquoise sea and desert dunes and its cultural diversity.


Best for

Scuba diving and snorkelling, deep walls to shallow reefs and a choice of wrecks for all levels

Fun fact

El Gouna is Egypt's greenest and most environmentally friendly city

Nearest airport

Hurghada Airport (40km)

Centre comfort

Resort charm

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A purpose-built resort town because of its natural beauty and unique climate, El Gouna is a modern town which holds on to its Egyptian heritage. Continuing the town’s aim of being a zero-waste town, and pursuing the objective of being carbon neutral, El Gouna is the perfect destination for the eco-conscious traveller. 

Instead of having a purpose built UCPA centre, in El Gouna UCPA use the Dawar El Omda Hotel. It is located about 22km from Hurghada and just a 20minute walk from El Gouna centre. Overlooking the Red Sea, this 4 star complex has a private beach on Zeytona Island. Shuttle services to this beach are avilable to guests staying at the hotel.

Rooms are stylishly designed for two persons and are en-suite, with a small private balconies to enjoy the views of the Red Sea. The infinity pool and sauna are a great place to relax after a day of sport, or to spend your free time when you have a day off from sport. If you want to explore in the evening, there are some bars and restaurants just a few minutes walk away.

Rooms

- 2 person rooms twin or double

- Bathroom facilities fully en-suite 

- Each room has private terrace

Facilities

- Well priced bar 

- Majority of meals breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the accommodation Dawar El Omda Hotel. Lunch will depend on where you are and what you are doing! If you are scuba diving, it is prepared on the boat (usually by a Chef). If you are kite surfing then lunch is provided in the kite school restaurant. Dinner is either in the hotel or in other restaurants in the local area which the centre has partnerships with.

- Infinity pool and sauna

- WiFi in bar area. Please note the WiFi is not good enough for working on data intensive activities

 

UCPA Planete, worldwide resorts, is a product that has been created by UCPA, but as they are not hosted in UCPA specific centres so they can be very different.

  • Trips are usually hosted by a hotel, so you will not neccesarily be sharing with others and may have your own room (please check rooming above).
  • All meals are included, but they are not neccesarily buffet style within the hotel, they may be at other restaurants around the resorts. A great opportunity to soak in evening atmosphere and try different cuisines!
  • There may be non- UCPA clients in the hotel that you are staying in. UCPA will have a select number of rooms within the hotel.
  • As these are new products to us, we do not have as many UK clients travelling to these destinations yet, but they have been running for a few years now and starting to gain popularity very quickly amongst UCPA fans. This may however mean that there are not as many English speaking travellers in these destinations, but as always, basic English is required of staff and instructors.
  • Hotel dependent, but UCPA do not always provide evening entertainment so this may be down to you and your course group to arrange your evening activites.
  • These amazing products give you the opportunity to take on new sports on improve on current skills in fantastic destinations. It's all about getting to know the local areas and culture.

By Air

The nearest airport to El Gouna is Hurghada Airport, approximately 40km south of El Gouna. A taxi from the airport will cost approximately £40. UCPA may be able to arrange a transfer from the airport to the resort for approximately £50 return (up to 4 people), you can contact them for times, information and booking at elgouna@ucpaplanete.com. 

By Car

It is also possible to hire a car from the airport should you wish. The address for the hotel is Dawar el Omda Hotel, El Kafr, El Gouna, Qesm Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt. There is some parking available nearby off-site.

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