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“A day at sea in Hurghada, Egypt”

I must say, I’ve always been fascinated at the thought of swimming with or just seeing dolphins and so when my friend Cherie and I visited the beautiful coastal city of Hurghada in Egypt, and I found out that this was a common activity there, I knew already that the trip was worth it.

Hurghada is a beach resort town along Egypt’s Red Sea coast and they call it a “beach resort town” for a reason – the resorts are beautiful and massive. We stayed at the Desert Rose Resort and just staying at the all-inclusive resort for a couple of days is definitely a treat on its own.

After day one of just lazing around and enjoying the resort’s different activities, I booked a full day-at-sea boat trip for the following day that was to start at about 7am all the way until 4pm that day.

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I was up early and I was hungry (both metaphorically and literally) and so it was thoroughly relieving to know that in addition to lunch and snacks, breakfast was served on the boat. I relaxed, settled in and begun to take in the early morning wind, the sun and the beautiful sea views.

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The first activity was to spot the dolphins in the sea. Now, our instructor explained something quite interesting (and game changing) to me – he said, “we will all spot a few dolphins (unless your eyes are closed) however, in order to swim with the dolphins YOU MUST BE A REALLY GOOD AND FAST SWIMMER.”

Shoot. I love to swim but I wouldn’t describe myself as a fast swimmer. What happened is when we got to a spot that had a number of dolphins, the instructor would scream “jump!” and it was literally a race to get to the dolphins (who are pretty fast swimmers I discovered).

I wasn’t ready for this – particularly because I couldn’t imagine swimming in a large open space with the crowd racing in front of me. I opted to observe the dolphins and the activity from the boat and then fully indulge in the next activity – snorkeling.

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The snorkeling was further on where the water was much warmer and where it wasn’t a race (yay!). Every time I snorkel it’s more beautiful than the last time, and the Red Sea was no exception. So many fish species, not to mention the amazing coral (too bad I don’t have pictures from the world of beauty under the sea).

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Finally, I took part in a couple of fun banana boat rides, just before we sailed back to shore. And just like that, the day was done.

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In-between all this activity, we enjoyed delicious food, snacks and good conversation on the boat. Definitely a day well spent and a day that I will remember.

Have you been snorkeling or swimming with dolphins before? What was your experience like? Do share your comments in the reply section below. Xx.

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