Giftun Islands are located in the Red Sea along the shoreline of Hurghada city , Al-Barhr Al-Ahmar governorate, Egypt.
Geography of Giftun Islands
The islands are among the Egyptian sea islands located along the Red Sea shore. They are divided into two separate ones _ Grand Giftun, and Small Giftun. By the way, the Grand Giftun Island has the second largest area after the Shedwan Island.
These two islands are a part of larger archipelago, including three more islands. The later ones are Abu Monqar Island, El Giftun El Kbeer (Grand Giftun ), and El Giftun El Sagheer (Small Giftun).
The Giftun Islands have rare geological compositions and rock intensity. They are famous for their rare coral reefs, colorful fish, and extraordinary birds, as well. Hamda, Near these two islands locate Banana Reef, Sha’ab Sabrina, Erg Somaya and Sha’ab Torfa which are among the famous reef spots in Hurghada. In addition, the marine life surrounding these islands, is one of the richest in Red Sea. It has more than 196 kinds of the solid coral reefs which represent about 80% of the biodiversity of the coral reefs in the Red Sea. Also, in these coral reefs live more than 794 species fish. Consequently, this number of fish represents about 65% of the biodiversity of fish.
It worth mentioning that two kinds of birds that face the extinction danger threatening exist on the island. These birds are the Kittiwake and a specific kind of eagles. One of the rare turtles lives on the beaches of this island, as well.
Importance of the Gifun Islands
These islands occupy a very distinguished touristic and economic position. The reason is that the Grand Giftun Island is one of the most important diving spot near Hurghada shoreline. Fourteen of the best diving spots locate nearby it. Secondly, Grand Giftun Island attracts a big number of tourists every year.
For its importance as a tourist destination, the island was equipped with some facilities on three different spots _ beaches. These spots are “Paradise Island”, “Mahmya Island”, and “Orange Island”. It obvious that the beaches names are misleading! They may be conceived as if they are original names for this island. Also, it may sounds that they refer to different islands.