Red Sea Governorate

The Red Sea Governorate

The Red Sea Governorate is one of the main governorates in Egypt. It stretches for 1080 km along the coast of the Red Sea. The area of the governorate forms 1/8 of Egypt’s total area. A lot of the popular tourist destinations in Egypt are in the Red Sea Governorate. The most renowned among them are Hurghada, Safaga, Al-Quseir and Marsa Alam.

There are also lots of significant Egyptian ports in the Red Sea Governorate. The busiest ports in the governorate are Port Safaga and Port Hurghada. The Red Sea is a famous diving destination worldwide. It is also famous for its sunny and warm climate.

Red Sea:

The Red Sea is a broad sea extending southward from the Indian Ocean to the Gulf of Suez in the north. It is linked by the famous Suez Canal to the Mediterranean. The Red Sea was formed by the Red Sea Rift movement that separated the Arabian Peninsula from the Horn of Africa.

The Red Sea’s name comes from the color of the mountain range that stretches along the sea, especially in Egypt. Ancient Egyptians used the Red Sea, and it was once connected to the Nile River through the Sesosertis Canal. It was used by Hatshepsut for her famous expedition to the Land of Punt (modern Somalia).

For its very beautiful underwater world and very colorful coral reefs, the Red Sea is very popular. It is also a renowned diving destination worldwide.

Red Sea Underwater World
Red Sea Underwater World


Hurghada is the Red Sea Governorate’s capital city. City of Hurghada has lots of beautiful Red Sea islands like Giftun, Magawish and Shidwan. The climate of Hurghada is moderate, ranging from 18 to 42 degrees almost year-round.

The most important resorts of Hurghada:


Sahl Hasheesh.

Soma Bay.

Makadi Bay.

Most popular hotels and resorts in Hurghada:

Steigenberger pure lifestyle (Adults Only).

Serenity Fun City Resort.

Sunrise Crystal Bay Resort.

Sunrise Romance Resort Sahl Hasheesh (Adults Only).

Meraki Resorts (Adults Only).

Steigenberger Aldan Beach Hotel.

Baron Palace Sahl Hasheesh.


Around 60km south of Hurghada, Safaga sits. Safaga has plenty of diving centres and resorts. It is home to Egypt’s second-largest port, Port Safaga. There are lots of shore excursions to Luxor, Cairo and Hurghada from this port.

The most important hotels and resorts in Safaga are:

Amarina Abu Soma Resort & Aquapark.

Caribbean World Resort Soma Bay.

Sentido Palm Royale Soma Bay.

Movenpick Resort Soma Bay.

Shams Prestige Abu Soma (Adults Only).


El-Quseir is a beautiful Red Sea Governorate’s city. City of El-Quseir was an ancient Egyptian port of considerable significance. Hatshepsut sent her famous expedition to the Land of Punt (modern Somalia) from here. This expedition is carved into her temple in Luxor at Deir Bahari. El-Quseir has several ruins of Coptic and Islamic origin. As well as the ruins of ancient Egypt at Wadi El-Hamammat.

Here are some of the famous hotels in El-Quseir:

Movenpick Resort El-Quseir.

Silver Beach El-Quseir.

Marsa Alam:

Marsa Alam on the Red Sea is a fabulous region. The city of Marsa Alam is linked to Cairo and Europe by an international airport. In 1995, Marsa Alam was created. It is situated 247 km to the south of Hurghada.

In Egypt, Marsa Alam is a fantastic diving and safari destination. There are also several natural parks, such as the Dolphin Natural Park, or the Somady Natural Park, and Wadi El-Gemal (Camels Valley). Marsa Alam has a number of mines and Al-Sokary Gold Mine is the most popular of them.

The most popular hotels and resorts in Marsa Alam are:

Jaz Maraya Resort.

Solymar Reef Marsa (4-star).

Tui Blue Alaya (Adults Only).

Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza Beach Resort.

Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort.

Ras Ghareb:

Ras Ghareb offers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical richness, and modern charm. The crystal-clear waters are home to vibrant coral reefs and a diverse array of marine life. Snorkeling and diving here are unforgettable experiences, allowing you to explore underwater worlds teeming with colorful fish, sea turtles, and other fascinating creatures.

Beyond its natural allure, Ras Ghareb boasts a rich history. Established in 1932, it quickly became a pivotal center for Egypt’s oil industry. The town’s history is intertwined with the discovery and production of oil, which has significantly contributed to the country’s economy. Exploring Ras Ghareb gives you a glimpse into this industrial heritage, with remnants of old oil rigs and historical sites scattered throughout the area.

All of our Egypt tour packages offer some days to relax in one of the Red Sea resorts and to enjoy the Red Sea underwater world. Discover our Hurghada Day Tours and Marsa Alam Day Tours.