Giftun Island is a nature reserve within the Red Sea, located in the Egyptian Arab Republic in Hurghada. It is also a natural habitat for seagulls, where nearly 50% of the seagulls in the world live, in addition to other reptiles and birds. Giftun Island is one of the coastal islands. Located near the western coast of the Red Sea, such as: Safaga Islands, and Shodoun Islands.
Giftun Island Sections
The rifts affected the Giftun Island and this led to its separation into two parts:
Great Giftun Island
It is the largest island in the Giftun Islands group, with an area of approximately 18 km2, and a longitudinal extension of approximately 11 km, starting from the coast of Hurghada, and the length of its coasts is approximately 34 km.
Little Giftun Island
It is the smallest section of the Giftun Islands, with an area of approximately 3 km2, located on the southeast side of the Greater Giftun Island.
The tourist importance of the island
Giftun Island is the first tourist island, because it is distinguished by its proximity to the Egyptian city of Hurghada, and what distinguishes it is the presence of diving sites in it, and its soft sand, where there are fourteen tourist sites for diving, in addition to its attractive and beautiful beaches, and due to its tourist importance, the island is considered one of the pillars of the economy The Red Sea and the Egyptian national economy, as it enjoys high economic values that result in large cash flows.
Some official statistics indicate that the Great Giftun Island has great tourist and economic importance, as tourists around the world are interested in visiting such sites, and prefer to enjoy its landscapes and natural resources in their initial state. Therefore, the area declared as nature reserves has increased to more than forty thousand kilometers in the Red Sea Governorate. In addition to declaring 22 islands as a reserve out of 40 islands, some legal procedures have been put in place to prohibit some practices within the scope of these islands. Hunting of marine and wild animals on the island has been prohibited, as well as the prohibition of transporting, killing or disturbing them.
Many tourism workers depend on Giftun Island as their main source of livelihood, as about 40-60 floaters come to the island per day, and it receives about 188,000 tourists annually, who represent 32% of the practitioners of marine activities in the city. Approximately 12% of the total Red Sea tourists, and the island generates significant revenues for the state resulting from tourism there.
Giftun Island, Hurghada