EXCURSION TO THE ISLAND UTOPIA
Utopia Island is a real little miracle, located in the Red Sea near the most popular Egyptian resort city of Hurghada. This tiny island of stunning beauty is part of a large coral reserve and appears on the surface only a few times a year, all the rest of the time hiding under the tides of sea water. The Red Sea as if hides it from prying eyes, which is why the island received such a mysterious name. It is considered to be a place of amazing calm and peace.
Utopia Island is located in the Soma Bay and is considered one of the main attractions of Hurghada. There are no monuments on it, but this does not prevent him from being one of the favorite places among tourists from all over the world. If you want to visit here, please note that you can only see the island during the winter months – all the rest of the time it is hidden under water due to tides or a seasonal rise in the water level.
Some time ago not a single tourist knew about the island of Utopia, it could not be found on any map. However, now thousands of tourists each year tend to get on this tiny island with a romantic name. One of the reasons for such popularity is the legend that the sand from this island has amazing healing properties. After lying on it for some time, a person begins to feel a surge of strength. This legend is not devoid of common sense – when submerged under water, the sand retains valuable mineral elements. During low tide, it warms up to 50-60 degrees and intensively gives all accumulated healing substances to the human body. Imperceptible electromagnetic currents are created, which have the most beneficial effect on well-being. Hot sand warms the body well, thereby improving the work of all internal organs and accelerating blood circulation.
Feet in the sand
Utopia Island is part of the coral reserve of Hurghada. The water temperature here is always a few degrees higher than the rest of the sea off the coast of the resort. This feature contributes to the rapid growth of corals and the development of the ecosystem around them. A small depth of coastal waters allows you to observe the life of marine life without a full immersion.
For lovers of diving, the island of Utopia is ideal. The relative shallow depth of coastal waters, allowing even novice swimmers to swim, a variety of corals of various colors and shapes and stunningly beautiful underwater fauna – this is what attracts divers from all over the world.
INFORMATION FOR TOURISTS
To get to the island of Utopia from the coast of Hurghada can be on a boat or on a yacht. You can use the services of a guide or negotiate with the owner of the vehicle. The distance from Soma Bay to the island is about 2 km. The coast of Soma Bay is located 47 km from Hurghada. A boat trip to the island has one peculiarity – the vessel will not be able to land on the shore due to the risk of running aground. Therefore, you will have to walk ashore in seawater to the waist — prepare in advance for carrying all your belongings over your head. The very area of the island of Utopia is small – approximately from the football field, but this is quite enough for everyone to dig into the healing sand, hoping to gain or improve their health a little. Some tourists bury themselves in it for the sake of fun, unaware that they thereby provide a great service to their bodies.
EXCURSION TO THE ISLAND
Excursion to the island of Utopia, located near the city of Hurghada, can be organized in two ways – through the official tour operator or through the proposals of guides directly at the resort. The price of the trip is from 30 to 60 dollars per person. The cost depends on the quantity and quality of services provided. When traveling on a comfortable boat, which starts in a resort place called Safaga, you will make two stops – one for fishing, the other for diving with masks and flippers. Children and those who can not swim, will be given a lifejacket. Since the tour itself is quite long, tourists are offered a lunch of seafood, salads and drinks, which is included in the total cost of the trip. You can reach the island by a special boat equipped with a glass bottom. Here you can sunbathe, swim and even participate in various water activities and attractions such as banana or tablet riding. The very stay on the island (without going there and back) takes about one and a half to two hours, but the whole tour is for the whole day. In the hotel you will return in time for dinner.
During the trip, organized by the official tour operator, you will be accompanied by a photographer who at will make great photos. They will be a real decoration of the collection of photos brought from vacation in Egypt.
Tourists who have visited the island of Utopia, leave the most enthusiastic reviews about this trip.