Magawish Hotel (Colona Watersports)

Continent
Africa
Country
Egypt
Next Big City
Hurghada
Next Town
Hurghada
 
Type:
Ocean, Lagoon
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rooms, School, Shop, Repair, Rental, Rescue, Shower, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Ships
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
Tide independent

This spot offers two possibilities to kitesurf. Experienced riders can go out right in front of the center, where the water will be deep a few meters from the beach and one will be facing a reef downwind, so staying upwind is a must. A few hundred meters offshore, there is a sandbar sticking out with a big shallow area with beautiful waters in all shades of blue. Beginners will find a big shallow lagoon after a few hundred meters walk. The water is quite salty, it takes a day or two to adjust to that. There are lots of diving boats cruising around and jumping close to them (preferably behind them) will earn you big cheers from the divers, that can be quite funny. Due to corals outside at parts of the sandbar and downwind from the center shoes for not experienced riders are a good option.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
None

In front of the center the sandy beach is narrow, launching a kite is possible if the rider walks a few steps into the water. In the upper lagoon, the beach is bigger and there are some rocks and shells in the sand. Most parts of the beach feature sun-umbrellas with pointy ends that can shred a kite to dust so watch out for these. Zones for kitesurfing are well-marked.

Wind

Best Months:
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Wind Type:
Thermal
Best Direction:
N, NE
Main Direction:
N, NW, NNW

The wind comes from West to Northeast. These directions will be accelerated by thermal winds from the desert, keep that in mind when looking at forecasts (with these wind directions add 1-2 Bft). If 5 Bft is forecasted, you'll be loaded on an 8 meter kite. Other directions never occur and if, then normally without kiteabke wind. During summer, the wind blows almost daily, in winter time there can be weeks without wind. In winter, the wind usually starts offshore and swings round around noon, swinging back in the afternoon. In summer, it's mostly blowing sideshore all day. You don't have to mind offshore winds, there is a really good rescue service picking you up if you don't manage to get back on your own.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Medium walk

You simply book a flight to Hurghada. Exiting the airport, there will be a huge crowd of taxi-drivers waiting for you. That's where your bargaining skills decide how expensive your ride will be. It's quite important to agree on a price before entering the cab (20-30 Egypt. Pounds). More important than bargaining for a few bucks is to take care of your boardbag. If the driver fixes it to the roof, double check his work - you'll be facing a wild ride in an Egyptian taxi and so does your bag on the roof. Don't hesitate to raise your voice if necessary and don't take the driver's word if you're not totally sure your equipment is stored secure - more than one bag was sacrificed to the Egyptian streets.

Extra information

Rules
Zones, Fees

On almost every beach in Egypt, you will have to register with the surf station to go out. Prices differ between 3 and 7 USD per day, including several services. Respect the surfing-zones, you have to use a kiteleash. Beginners have to go to the "Trainings Bay" which is shallow. And if you still go downwind too far, you will pass the center.

Nightlife

Excellent night life in Hurghada, lots of restaurants and don't miss the Papas Bars, Hed Kandi and Ministry of Sound Beach Club.