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Shadwan Island, Hurghada

Shadwan Island, also known as Shaker Island, is the largest of a group of islands making up the Strait of Gubal and is located between Hurghada and Gouna. The island has a lighthouse and a Seismological Network station which studies earthquake occurrences and characteristics. The station was opened after the earthquake of 1996, which caused some damage – including many rock falls.

On the north-eastern side of the island, there are beautiful coral walls, some of which are more than 40-metres in height. A brilliant place to dive or snorkel amongst the shoals of colourful fish and maybe if you’re lucky, dolphins and some of the rarer species such as hawksbill turtles, white-tip reef sharks and grey pilot whales. An underwater camera is a must, as you will definitely want to take as many photos as you can while enjoying this amazing experience.