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Anchorages

Although there are many dive sites in the area, there are really no officially authorized anchorages.  You can anchor outside the  breakwater at Abu Tig Marina temporarily, but you are open to the NW winds and protected from the sea only  by the reefs in the area.  One boat who wanted to anchor in the area was told by officials that they would have to pay US $5 per day, but that is the charge per day at Abu Tig Marina if you are paying by the month.  

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Marinas

Abu Tig Marina is located north about 20 nm north of Hurghada at the El Gouna Resort complex.  (2724'.6N - 3340'.9E)

Facilities:

Med-moor between seawall and mooring buoys Self-service Laundry Yacht Maintenance Yard
Toilets Internet Access Travel Lift
Showers Receive & Hold Mail Chandlery on premises
Power and Water at berth Fuel Dock Pump Out Facility

Other amenities include Cable TV to boats, Metered electric and water, ships chandlery, inexpensive shuttle bus to El Gouna downtown.  (Water in the marina is NOT potable - for washing only.)

Mailing Address:
Abu Tig Marina
El Gouna
Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt
Marina Manager:  Philip Jones
  • Phone:  20 65 580 073
  • Fax: 20 65 580 040
  • Email:  info@abutig-marina.com
  • Website:  abutig-marina.com 
  • VHF:  73/

Advantages

  • Very sheltered from all winds and sea

  • Self-contained resort with many cruising amenities within walking distance or short bus ride away

  • Very good security

  • Friendly management and staff

  • Good transportation system to other parts of the resort, Hurghada and Cairo.

Disadvantages

  • No haulout or repair facilities

Abdyos Marina is located north about 20 nm north of Hurghada at the El Gouna Resort complex and about 3 nm south of Abu Tig Marina.

Facilities:

Med-moor to pier  Self-service Laundry Yacht Maintenance Yard
Toilets Internet Access Travel Lift
Showers Receive & Hold Mail Chandlery on premises
Power and Water at berth Fuel Dock Pump Out Facility

Small maintenance yard.  No other amenities available.

Advantages

  • Less expensive than Abu Tig

Disadvantages

  • Exposed to prevailing wind

  • Shabbily maintained docks

  • No amenities

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Cruising Amenities

Grocery Stores -
  • Best Way Mini Mart - Tamr Henna, El Gouna.  This small store has all the basics, but no fresh vegetables or meat.
  • El Mohandes Supermarket - Tamr Henna.  Just around the corner from the mini mart near the Photo store.  This store is a bit larger and carries beer, wine, cheeses, and meat and other fresh food items.
  • Ebeid Market - larger store with fresh cheeses and a few fresh fruit and veggies.  Located in Tamr Henna,  100 meters on the left down the road between the pharmacy and Nathan's.

Liquor - (Beer and Wine) - Supermarket - Tamr Henna, El Gouna complex.  The local beer is good, especially the Sakara Gold.  The local white wine that we liked is Cru des Ptolmes Pinot Blanc.

Fuel - Reasonably priced diesel can be arranged with Marina Office.  They will collect your jerry cans, fill them and then deliver them back to the boat.  (It is difficult to rent a car and to fill your own jerry cans and bring them into the El Gouna Complex due to the very tight security throughout the resort.)

Water - Drinking water can be purchased in 20 liter containers that are delivered to your boat.  Arrange with the Marina Office.

Propane Gas Canister Refill - Contact marina office

Shopping Centers -
  • Abu Tig Marina, Tamr Henna and Downtown El Gouna have small shopping areas which sell mostly souvenirs, perfumes, clothing and jewelry.  Especially nice are the gold or silver cartouches with your name in hieroglyphics.
  • Many small shopping areas in Hurghada

Banks/ATMs

  • Oman National Bank - Tamr Henna, El Gouna complex.  Takes Mastercard only and bank cards.  Does NOT take VISA cards
  • ATM located at the shuttle bus stop in Tamr Henna which accepts VISA cards.
  • ATM which takes VISA cards located at Movenpick Resort Hotel Take Marina shuttlebus to Tamr Henna and change to the Movenpick Hotel bus.

Postal Services - Tamr Henna, El Gouna complex

Internet Access

  • Internet Club Tamr Henna, El Gouna complex.  Fast connection.  Located on the upper level of the small shopping center.
  • Orascom - Tamr Henna - located on the road between Nathan's and the pharmacy.  Somewhat cheaper than Internet Club.  Open longer hours.

LaundryEl Gouna Laundry, Abu Tig Marina comlex

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Transport

Buses -
  • El Gouna shuttle buses run all over the resort complex.  Tickets, good for all lines, cost 10 EL, are good for 1 week and can be purchased at the Marina Office and the Info Center.  There are 5 lines which all go between the Tamr Henna Info Center and:
  1. Abu Tig Marina
  2. Movenpick Hotel Resort
  3. Golf line goes to golf resorts
  4. Beach Line  goes to Mangroovy and Marina beaches
  5. Bustan line goes to Bustan, supermarket at Kassrien and industrial area.
  • El Gouna Bus to Hurghada leaves from the Ticket Office near the pharmacy.  Tickets are 5 EL one way to Hurghada.  They leave every 20 minutes.
  • El Gouna Bus to Cairo leaves from the Ticket Office in Tamr Henna.

Taxis - Many taxis in El Gouna and Hurghada. You must negotiate the price before getting in he taxi.

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Yacht Services

Chandleries Lodus Marine - Abu Tig Marina Complex below the marina office

Engine Maintenance -  Engineering dept. - see Abu Tig Marina office.  

Refrigeration - Abu Tig Marina engineering dept.  Arrange with Marina Office

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Medical

Hospital - El Gouna Hospital, El Gouna Complex - The hospital provides reasonable medical care and is relatively clean.  Their patient care leaves a lot to be desired as they are more concerned is money than the health and welfare of the patients.

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Miscellaneous

 The following are services or places visited and recommended by Bob and Judi. We can only say that our experience was a good one and we hope that you will also have a favorable experience.
Restaurants -
  • Hedra Seafood Restaurant Tamr Henna, El Gouna complex.  Good salads and seafood.
  • 7 Star Bakery and cafe - Abu Tig Marina complex.  Great almond croissants.
  • Maison Thomas Pizzaria - Abu Tig Marina - great pizzas, especially the Leonardo and Marinara
  • Spaghetteria - Abu Tig Marina - has good Italian food.
  • Many other restaurants in Abu Tig Marina, El Gouna downtown and Hurghada.

Pubs - Billard Bar, Abu Tig Marina complex.

 More Information

  • Lonely Planet Guide - Egypt
  • Red Sea Pilot 2nd edition 2002, Stephan Davies and Elaine Morgan
  • El Gouna Information Center - Tamr Henna
Things to See and Do -
  • Diving and Snorkeling on the spectacular reefs in the area
  • Arrange a trip to Luxor, Aswan and/or Cairo
  • Take the boat to Sharm el Sheik resort on the Sinai for snorkeling and diving and sight-seeing.

Tour Agents -

  • Pro Tours, Abu Tig Marina Shop 24B (next to the El Gouna Laundry) Phone:  (065) 580 085-6, Fax:  (065) 580 084, Mobile: (2) 012 217966,
    email:  protours@orascom.net  Tamer Ramzi (Operation Manager
  • Abercrombie and Kent (Cairo)  - This travel agency is in Cairo, but they arranged a tour of Luxor, Aswan and a cruise of the Nile with just a phone call from Luxor.  They are a first-class agency, but that also means that they are more expensive.  Address:  18 Youssef El-Guindy St,  Boustain Center, 10th Floor,  Cairo, Egypt  PH:  02 393 6255  FAX:  02 391 5179.  The agent we used was Dina;  PH:  02 394 7764  Website: www.abercrombiekent.com

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