Enjoy Portghalib excursions,Holidays over the Red Sea.
There are so many things to do in Portghalib in Holidays such as Diving, Snorkeling, Desert Safari. Enjoy also day tours from Portghalib to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan.
Take your holiday and enjoy best Day Tours in Portghalib, Marsaalamtours give you the chance to enjoy Portghalib Excursions to the most attractive destinations in Egypt, we have variety of Tours and Excursions from Portghalib to Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Wadi El Gemal ..and more, If your idea of a great Excursions is one full of action and adventure, you’ll find that Portghalib Excursions and Tours has plenty to offer, Explore the desert with locals during your Safari Tours in Portghalib and go underwater watching the rare fish snorkeling and diving with wonderful dolphins in Dolphin House Holidays in Portghalib and Hurghada.
Cairo excursions from Portghalib .Visit the Giza Pyramids the Egyptian Museum,and Islamic Cairo all excursions in one day with shopping at Cairo’s famous bazaar, Khan al Khalili With A private tour guide.
Leave Portghalib and fly to Cairo for two days Exursions to see all of the highlights of this historic city from every age. Visit the Giza Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum. Also take in the beauty of Islamic Cairo and overlook the city from Cairo Citadel with many more to see during these memorable 2 days.
Private day Excursion to see the highlights of the ancient West Bank and East Bank monuments in Luxor, These highlights include Valley of the Kings (Necropolis of Thebes), the Temple of Ramses III (Medinet Habu), the Colossi of Memnon and Karnak Temples.
Spend a wonderful time and excursions during your Overnight Luxor Excursions from Portghalib to visiting the most celebrated temples in Egypt, there are many more exciting things to see and do in Luxor, We specialise in Luxor
Enjoy Aswan Tours and Excursions from Portghalib, Discover the most famous attractions of Aswan with our selection of guided visits and things to do, Visit the High Dam, which protects Egypt from flooding from the Nile.
Explore the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Small Temple of Nefertari on a 9-hour sightseeing tour with Two Day Excursions to Abu Simbel and Aswan from Portghalibs. Learn about the Egyptian pharaohs and their burial rites and traditions
Marsaalamtours offers you Portghalib Desert Safari Excursions to enjoy an adventurous experience across the desert.you’ll find that Portghalib has plenty to offer.Enjoy Desert Safari excursions in Portghalib While camel or horse safaris offer
Enjoy a wonderful Sunset Excursion by quad bike to explore the Charming desert of Portghalib. experience driving between the mountains of Portghalib with an enjoyable chance to see the Bedouin life and seeing the amazing sunset view of the Eastern desert.
Explore the real Safari in Wadi El Gemal Tours and Excursions from Portghalib and spend unforgettable Safari Tours with the bedouins and enjoy the most lovely shows in Wadi El Gemal. Ride Camels or Quad Bike
Enjoy a desert adventure safari trip and Excursions by jeep 4*4 from Portghalib to discover the story about Bedouins life and traditions and relish tasting a Bedouin tea and smoke water pipe, Also you will have a chance to drive the quad bike through the mountains with a BBQ dinner and Bedouin show.
Have an amazing Nile Cruise Tours from Portghalib on the River Nile between Luxor and Aswan enjoying 4 days Nile Cruise tours to relax, you will discover the many archaeological treasures, Nile Cruises Packages from Portghalib between Luxor and Aswan are amazing experience to add to your Egypt Tour, Aswan and Luxor is the departure point and essential port of call for several Nile Cruises
Join an exciting Nile Cruise adventure, exploring the Ancient History of Upper Egypt in Luxor and Aswan starting with the famous sites in Luxor including Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple and the West Bank Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens and Colossi Of memnon. Then a relaxing informative cruise along the Nile stopping at Edfu Temple and Kom Ombo Temple until reaching colourful Aswan and it’s delightful Nubian Culture and sites. Visits to Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk are all included. A total contrast to your Red Sea holiday and a nice break to explore!
Full an exciting day snorkeling trip by boat to the Dolphin House ‘’Sha’ab Samadai’’ in Portghalib, where it`s simply for the snorkelers to have a view of the dolphins near the reefs , enjoying snorkeling with dolphins on the beautiful Red Sea and getting the chance to swim with the Dolphins as they roam wild and free in this area.
Snorkelling trip to Satayh “ Dolphin Reef “ from Portghalib to have an experience of snorkelling and seeing a group of 60 - 80 dolphins will dance in front of your eyes and playing with these amazing animals,and enjoy the delicious prepared lunch by the onboard your boat before getting back to your hotel.
Have an amazing snorkeling adventure excursion to the Island of Hamata in Portghalib. enjoy visiting around 3 Virgin Islands where you will discover the untouched nature of Hamata National Park and seeing the corals and colored fish around the islands that you cannot see anywhere else.
Abu Dabbab is one of the most famous dive sites in the Red Sea and of all of Egypt. It is one of the few places in the world where you can dive with the very rare and endangered Dugong aka the Sea Cow. In fact, there are two resident Dugongs in the Abu Dabbab bay named Dennis and Dougal.
Enjoy Sharm El Luli Excursions/Tours in Portghalib, Relaxing day in a natural area! You will be collected from your hotel in Portghalib and taken to the beautiful Sharm El Luli Tour, Here you will spend the day in a snorkeling area, Sharm El Luli is a particularly rewarding place to explore the underwater world in water temperatures warm
Enjoy Sharm El Luli Excursions/Tours in Portghalib, Relaxing day in a natural area! You will be collected from your hotel in Portghalib and taken to the beautiful Sharm El Luli Tour, Here you will spend Half day snorkeling in Sharm El Luli,Then we will visit Qalaan and Take our lunch there
Seascope Submarine Portghalib Day Tours
Semi Submarine Portghalib for the whole family to see the underwater life of the Red Sea without getting wet!. Join us for a fantastic Seascope submarine Portghalib excursions and clearly see, film and photograph the Red Sea most famous corals, fish and others marine life
El Phinstone Reef is one of the most frequented dive sites in the southern Red Sea area. It’s a long narrow reef reaching approximately 300 meters, and lies 12 km away from Ras Abu Dabbab. Its spectacular walls drop far below 100 meters on both sides.
The reefs around Portghalib are renowned for their fantastic corals and varied marine life and there is no better way of seeing them than with an expert guide on your four days’ diving. To make things easy for you, we offer a complimentary pick-up and drop off service from all nearby hotels.
Explore the beauty of the Red Sea in Portghalib with Diving Excursions. You can also discover a lot of rare and beautiful kinds of fishes and untouched corals. Portghalib is a great location especially for experienced divers guided by our friendly experienced team of guides.
Learn to scuba dive in the Red Sea on a 6-hour tour from Portghalib. Explore the underwater marine life at some of the best dive locations, accompanied by an expert diving guide at all times. Get credits for your diver’s course if you choose to continue.
AVERAGE MONTHLY WEATHER IN Portghalib, EGYPT
What's the best time to travel to Portghalib in Egypt? Here are some annual weather facts we collected from our historical weather data:
Hot season / summer is in May, June, July, August, September and October.
Portghalib has dry periods in January, February, March and April.
On average, the warmest month is July.
On average, the coolest month is January.
April is the wettest month. This month should be avoided if you don't like too much rain.
March is the driest month.
For more information, see the weather forecast and our average climate infomation (by month in graphs) below.
Until recently Portghalib was a sleepy fishing village, but the barren hinterland has a surprisingly interesting history.
There is plenty of evidence in the rock inscriptions and paintings that Stone Age man made in the surrounding mountains many thousands of years ago. The smooth rock was perfect for such work. This prehistoric art includes depictions of hunting scenes showing numerous animals including giraffes, ostriches and hunting dogs.
Wadi Hammamat and the Silk road to Asia
Graffiti from a later period can also be found in the towering smooth walls of Wadi Hammamat ( Valley of Baths ) which is closer to El Quseir, but still a not too distant excursion from Portghalib. These include graffiti dating from Pharaonic times, including drawings of reed boats which have been dated to 4000 BC.
Evidence suggests that the valley was the major trading route between ancient Thebes (Luxor) and the Red Sea and that crucially it provided a trading link via El Quseir, the Red Sea and the Silk Road between Thebes and Asia. Historians believe that ancient Egypt's trade routes extended not just to Arabia, but as far as the Han Dynasty of China.
Biblical text also suggests that the Jews may have used the valley on their exodus from Egypt although there's no other evidence to support this. However, we do know that the Romans later constructed watch towers and wells at regular intervals along the route.
Portghalib's Ancient gold and emerald mines
There was another equally important reason why the Portghalib area was vital to the economy of ancient Egypt. The surrounding coastal area was rich in deposits of copper, lead, gold, emeralds and semi-precious stones. It is thought to have contained the first emerald mines anywhere in the world and was the sole source of emeralds for the Roman Empire.
You can still visit what are popularly known as Cleopatra's Mines in the Wadi El Gamal National Park south of Portghalib. Most historians think these mines were already in use during the Ptolemaic period ( 330-30BC ), some even arguing that the history of the mines may go back as far as the second millemium BC.
While there's no hard evidence linking Queen Cleopatra to the mines, there is every reason to believe they may have been in operation in her time. Cleopatra adored jewellery and she loved the green gem stone above all others and once gave an emerald with her portrait engraved on it to at least one favoured ambassador. Additionally, a large rock cut temple at Sikait is typical of the Ptolemaic period and Strabo writes of Egyptians mining emeralds only a few years after her death.
However the only datable artefact to be found in these mining villages is a Roman coin from the reign of Emperor Nero in the first century AD. By this time there were at least nine mining villages across an area of seventy square kilometres with the biggest two at Nugrus and Sikait. The Romans called the area Smaragdus Mons or The Emerald Mountains.
It was almost certainly the only emerald mining area in the Roman Empire and the mines remained in use until the fourteenth century but declined thereafter with the importation of emeralds from India.
The mountainous Red Sea coastline was also an important source of granite for the Empire, and slaves were used to hack the stone out of the mountains. Even the Roman guards considered such locations as a punishment posting. One such Roman granite/quarry complex, Mons Claudianus, can be found a two hour drive to the north of Portghalib off the Safaga-Qena road; about 40km west of Safaga.
It is thought that it was during the reign of Ptolemy II (281-246BC) that the first road was built linking Portghalib on the Red Sea with Edfu. This route ran through what is now the “Wadi el Gemal” (Valley of the Camels) national park. The main purpose of the road was to take emeralds and other precious stones and metals from the mines near the Red Sea to the Nile for onward shipment.
Historians estimate that the Egyptian Eastern Desert produced some thirty types of stone, gem stone and metal and that prior to 1000BC more than seventy gold mines contributed to a significant part of ancient Egypt's legendary wealth.
Some of the gold mines continued to operate under the British administration during the early twentieth century before eventually closing down due to the high cost of extraction. However recently they were reopened by foreign investors using the latest mining technology. These mines together with some marble and granite quarries provide employment for some of the population, although others are now being drawn in to the tourist trade.
The Ottomans, Britain and France fight for El-Quseir.
In 1571 the Ottoman Sultan Selim I constructed a formidable fort on high ground overlooking the port of El Quseir to protect both the harbour and the Ottoman Empire's flow of trade up the Red Sea. Both the fort and the town are a short excursion from hotels in the area.
In 1799 the French army under Napoleon seized the town and fort, widening the ramparts and fortifying them with cannon. Shortly afterwards these enhanced defences withstood an assault by the British battleships HMS Daedalus and HMS Fox.
In June 1801, however, the fort was finally abandoned by the French army when an invasion force of some 6000 British and Indian soldiers under General Baird landed at El Quseir. This force then crossed the Eastern Desert in a ten day march at the height of summer to capture Qena on the Nile. A feat which helped to hasten the final surrender of French forces in September.
Today, at the fort's main gate you can buy a ticket for a forty minute tour which includes a look at several small exhibits of the area's history, Bedouin life and traditions.
Portghalib is growing in popularity among the international diving community. The resort’s undisturbed tranquility, relatively remote location, approximately four hours away from the popular Hurghada resort, makes it the ideal destination for a peaceful, relaxing vacation. The appeal of Portghalib lies in its tropical appearance, boasting rich blue sea coasts fringed with coral reef barriers, paradisiacal beaches and proud palm trees. Portghalib has as a result become a favorite of divers eager to explore the resorts numerous un-spoilt diving sites where spinner dolphins and sea turtles swim freely. Snorkeling in Portghalib is par excellent with all the shore reefs and sea grass. It is possible to take a boat trip for snorkeling.
Portghalib marine is protected, and international bodies cooperated together in the preservation of the underwater marine life of Portghalib. The diving centers operating in the resort abide to environmental friendly procedures. The city is well equipped with all sorts of diving centers scattered in all resorts and at considerable distance to cater the needs of international divers.
About 30km north of Portghalib and 12km offshore this reef comes up from a depth of 130m. A very good spot for pelagic fishes. The north has different beautiful plateaus at 2Om 35m and 40m. At the edge of the plateau if you look down in the deep blue it's possible to see hammerhead sharks watch your depth! After the plateaus, drift on the east side of the reef and don't forget to look in the blue and up. Encounter with big pelagic including oceanic white tip shark (carcharhinus longimanus) is possible. Situated 6.5 nautical miles from the Portghalib coast, the Elphinstone site is teeming with sea life including sea turtles and anthias. An impressive variety of sharks are also known to visit the reef, including hammerheads, grey reef sharks and from October to January, white-tip sharks.
The Elphinstone site is suitable for sea users of all skill levels, from snorkeling to experienced divers. The reef's northern plateau is very shallow, offering superb snorkeling possibilities, whilst the southern plateau is much deeper, with a drop-off at 30m (100ft) leading down to depths of up to 70m.
It's a small island with a light house about 55 sea miles offshore. Because of the long distance from the shore this dive site is mainly dived from live aboard boats. The north and west part are best. Encounters with big pelagic and hammerhead sharks are on the menu.
Samadai (Dolphin reef)
Nicknamed Dolphin House in reference to the pod of 60 or so spinner dolphins that frequent the site. One of the few places in the world where it's possible to dive with dolphins. They are wild free and not tamed or fed. A group of more than 100 dolphins is resident on this reef. Shaab Samadai is a horseshoe shaped reef off of the southern Portghalib coast.
In addition to the playful spinner dolphins that reside here, the shallow, turquoise lagoon is also populated by schools of reef fish including leopard groupers, lionfish and masked butterfly fish.
Shaab Samadai has 3 distinct scuba diving areas; the outer reef, the underwater caves and the pinnacles located to the south of the reef, with depths varying from 5m to 25m.
4km east of Portghalib. These 3 dive sites are on a 2km long coral reef which grows on a sandy bottom up to the surface. Nice coral and lots of reef fishes including white tip lagoon sharks. Small caves and canyons. Max depth: 27m
40 kilometers north of Portghalib. This reef contains a huge number of dive sites and is especially suitable for beginners and night dives. Small shark and stone fish are often to be seen there. Max depth: 20m
A network of hard coral formations make up the complex reef system of Fury Shoal. Inhabited by a variety of pelagic fish, dolphins and several species of shark, Fury Shoal is a diverse coral garden and a spectacular dive site. Aside from the endless colourful sea life, the lagoon also contains the wrecks of a tugboat and a sailing ship for your exploration.
The Gebel Elba National Park
This park encompasses a variety of ecosystems: mangroves, islands, coral reefs, sand dunes, desert plains and a cluster of mountains and together these unique habitats support a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna found nowhere else in Egypt.
The emerald is the oldest known gemstone. Uniquely green in colour and widely used in jewellery, emeralds were prized and cherished as symbols of eternity and power uring antiquity. It is believed that Egypts Pharaohs began mining emeralds in the mountainous area in the Eastern Desert southwest of Mersa Alam. Later identified as the Cleopatra mines or Mons Smaragdus (Emerald Mountains), the area became the most famous mining complex throughout the ancient world. The mines at Wadi Gimal, Wadi Sikeit, Wadi,Nuqrus and Gebel Zabara were energetically exploited during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.
They were also worked during later centuries until left deserted after the Spaniards discovered emeralds in Columbia in 1545. Today, the ruins of the Zabara and Sikeit mining settlements are still evident, as are the remains of temple structures and some old caved-in mine sites.
Wadi el Gemal National Park
In the Deep South some 40km after Portghalib. The park is a protected area which covers nearly 100km of coastal blissfulness (tropical palm groves, mangrove bays, paradisiacal white-sand beaches), and a 60km-deep wadi, or dried riverbed, well into the Eastern Desert. The area is protected due to its peculiar biodiversity and the wealth of greenery. It comprises, besides the aforementioned coastal area, the vast wadi itself, and a mountain range of impressive colours and geological importance. The indigenous inhabitants of Wadi el Gemal, belong to the Ababda tribes. They constitute one of four branches of the Beja tribes, known historically as the Blemmyes who were in constant war with the Romans, until they were finally subsidized by the conquerors. The Ababda are nomadic pastoralists, who graze their herds on the vegetation found in the wadi. They are very superstitious and are indifferent toward material things, have a deep respect for nature, are self-sufficient, hospitable and have great tribal solidarity.
A new tourist development near Portghalib International Airport, Port Ghalib is to feature a golf course and a wide range of bars, Restaurants, shops, hotels and an international marina.