Review of Kiteboarding Spots in El Gouna – Accomodation and general information for your stay there


El Gouna is the kiteboarding spot where I have been the most often. It’s easy to say why: I go there and can relax immediately. This works at the second visit the latest. There is not so much to explore in El Gouna. It’s just a beautiful peace of (artificial) land in Egypt where you can really enjoy your holidays and chill. Some call it Venice of Africa because all of it’s channels. I used to say the Monaco of Egypt. However. It’s not the typical egyptian hotel-ghetto-dont-move-out-of-the-hotel atmosphere like i feel it’s everywhere in hurghada but a nice and calm holiday town, guarded and with all the comfort you like.

So there is no more beautiful place for kitesurf i have seen in Egypt yet. During the day you can kite as much as you want. In the evening you have nice Marinas, lots of Restaurants, Bars, etc. can go out with your girl/boy/women/men and have a nice time in the beautiful town.

And yes the town is really beautiful. It’s clean, nice buildings, big yachts, marinas, bar etc. And for kiteboarding you have really perfectly equipped stations in el Gouna. 8 of them. All with nice areas to relax, school, shop, rental, storage, repair, showers, bar, etc. So the kind of kiteboarding station where you don’t really have to move away because there’s everything you need during the day.

If you are bored of the one spot where you are staying you can do a trip to Tavila, a small uninhabited island 45min by boat out. With pristine beautiful coloured water and off-shore flat water session. As far as I know all of the kitestations organize / or know somebody organizing trips over there. Just ask.

I recommend staying 1 or 2 weeks. If you just do holidays there you may get bored after 2 weeks. As accomodation use the hotels the nearest to the kitebeaches – see my recommendations below.

I stayed in El Gouna already more than 10 times. So if you ask me, it’s definitely worth going!


Find here some nice pictures to get an overall impression about El Gouna. I stayed most of the time at the Kitepower El Gouna Station. The station closed and now reopened as it had to move. Pictures of the different kite stations in El Gouna you find below where the stations are presented.

Accomodation in El Gouna for kiteboarders


Cheap and near to the kitebeaches:

fanadirFanadir Hotel (no kids)
Located in walk distance to Kiteboarding-Club. Located in the new Marina – most north of El gouna. Has pool, nice rooms and has offerings with breakfast and dinner. No kids allowed. Stayed there several times and liked it. Open Hotel Website »

mosaiqueMosaique Hotel (kids allowed)
This hotel is directly beneath Fanadir hotel. The main difference is that kids are allowed.These two hotels also from organisational side belong together. If it’s not fully  booked sometimes only 1 kitchen is open and guest from Fanadir eat at Mosaique or vice versa which is pretty nice. Room Quality, Pool etc. are same as Fanadir. So if you have kids choose, this, else Fanadir :) This hotel is also in walk distance to the kitebeach (7-10min). Nearest Beach would be Kiteboarding Club with the Kite Station. Open Hotel Website »

captainsCaptains Inn
I stayed there the time the new Marina was not finished. Nice Rooms with breakfast. Located in the beautiful Abu Tig Marina where lots of bars and nice restaurants are. So here is also more life in the evening, compared to the New Marina. You can also walk to Kiteboarding Club Beach from here but it may take 15-20min so you rather take a TukTuk or the Shuttle Bus. So If you want to stay in the more beautiful Marina, this is the place i recommend (also as always lots of kiters stay here…) Open Hotel Website »

More expensive but with a dedicated kitebeach only for hotel guests

moevenpickMövenpick Hotel
If you stay here you will most likely use the Kitepeople Kitestation directly at the Mövenpick Beach. This is a beautiful hotel and if you like you can stay the whole holiday at that place as you have sleep+food+kite all together. Open Hotel Website »

Also more expensive but also one of the most beautiful in El Gouna

sheratonSheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna
Here i can only say that’s a Sheraton Hotel. So you get the quality you expect. It’s quite central so you are near Downtown El Gouna. But to go to the kitebeaches in the North of El Gouna you will have to take a TUK TUK each day or taxi. If you like 5star Luxury + El Gouna Style then take this one. As it is egypt and not the Bahamas it is still affordable although it’s a Sheraton Hotel.  Open Hotel Website »

Appartements in El Gouna for Self-Caterer Kiteboarders

There are villas you can rent. They are really very nice (in general, because the kind they are built are pretty similar), most of them have a pool 2-3 bedrooms and bathrooms and a big kitchen/living room. They are for 5-6 persons most of the time. So if you are the self-catering style tourist this is for you and if you come here as more than 2 persons. I personally prefer the full-service hotels in el Gouna as I don’t want to care about shopping when I stay and the hotels are pretty cheap. But well. As you like.

Here is an appartement for 4 Persons, nearest to the north Kite Beaches that i recommend.

Nice 2 Bedroom Appartement with pool

This appartement is near Fanadir and Mosaique Hotel. It has 2 bedrooms and an outdoor pool. It’s in walking distance to Red Sea Zone and Kiteboarding Club. Best choice for self caterer if you ask me and good price for value if you are 4 persons. See more about it here.

Wind, weather & waves

So it’s just about wind & weather in El Gouna, you won’t really find waves here. Regarding wind: most of the time it’s coming from north/north-north-west so it will be side-on or perfect sideshore. As you can see in die windfinder statistic – best month are June to September – but myself, I was in January/February as well as in August and always had some wind. Sometimes 2 days a week, sometimes 6. So my personal experience was that you can have always wind, and also always no wind. Of course, the statistic says it’s best during summer – but you also see the probability for over 4bft is high all over the year – that’s why I really like El Gouna, you can basically always go there :)

Temperature: It’s super hot in summer but you don’t have to be afraid – as you are at the sea it’s always ok. In “winter” you may wear a sweater outside (when there is wind and it’s cloudy it can get colder) and should wear a wetsuit (thin one is enough) on the water. Look at the average temperature on the windfinder statistic but be aware that you are at the desert and at night it can get cold in winter.

Kite-Spots, Map

All the spots in El Gouna are basically pretty similar. Very good for beginners to make their first meters – but of course also for advanced riders enjoying the lagoon. You always have a shallow lagoon where everybody is riding and practicing and farer outside (I think it’s more than 200m at most beaches) it’s getting deep. Every spot is around a kiteboarding station/school so you have basically 8 spots as there are 8 stations / schools. Normally you choose one of them and stay there because at all of them you have to pay for the “storage” which involves that you can leave your stuff there over night and which also includes the “fee” so that you are allowed to use the beach and the infrastructure. You pay normally about 70€ a week for stoarage. I think that’s fair. If you have to choose between the stations: I think they are all fine. Difference is that I think at Kiteboarding Club and Kitepower more Germans are hanging around. RedSeazone and the Station and Mövenpick seam more international to me. For others I can say regarding guests. But as said before, it doesn’t really matter. I think you can also choose which station is more sympathic to you by looking at the pictures. If there is wind in El Gouna you will have it at each of the 8 stations.

Kitepower El Gouna

Kitepower is the first Kitecenter in El Gouna. They are an official Duotone and Cabrinha kitecenter. They had to move to a new spot because of a building project on their old place. They rebuilt their new station in the highest of standards in the northernmost of El Gouna.

At Kitepower you have perfect kiting conditions at high or low tide. You can enjoy the probably largest standing area in the lagoon. About 5 square KM between knee, hip and chest deep water. At low tide there is enough water to kite in the lagoon, no corals or reefs near the shore. No obstacles up-wind – like trees, hotels or any other. Thus. clean constant sideshore wind-condition. The experienced team and rescue team ensure safe and perfect kiteboarding conditions. During your break you can enjoy the excellent restaurant and beachbar.

Tommy Friedl Pro Center El Gouna

When I was last time in Gouna in November 2018, they were still building this station. In the Internet it says they will open (or already opened)Feb 2019. I don’t find yet much about it except this video: When you look at it you see it looks quite nice and what is I think special compared to the others that there is also a Windsurfing Focus (as normally with Tommy Friedl, and it is to say also Element has Windsurfing) and they also seem to have something like an outdoor gym which is nice. I don’t find a dedicated website of the school yet. Maybe they have their main business over agencies. However. This is also a nice station. @Tommy Friedl Staff: When you read this you can send some more accurate infos over if you like :)

Element Watersports

They are an official Duotone Kite-Center in El Gouna. They have a big shallow water lagoon, over 5 square Km and depth of the lagoon up to 1,50m without reef. Also at low tide there is enough water in the lagoon. Opening hours are: unlimited. You can come and go when you like. They offer early bird Kiting and sunset-Kiting, Happy hours & BBQs. It’s a station quite in the north and therefore fore sure quiet. In the stations near the city you have more swimmers and infrastructure around. Here you have more peace!

Hotels I recommend when you want to kite here:

Both are recommended as they are nearest to the Beach – but not walking distance.

Kiteboarding Club El Gouna

The Kiteboarding Club El Gouna is a station quite in the middle. You meet mainly German Speakers there. Check out their website for more Infos.

Hotels I recommend when you want to kite here:

Both are recommended as they are in walking distance to the Beach.


The Readseazone Station is between New Marina and the Kiteboarding Club. Owners are from Poland so I expect less German and more polish / easter european / russion people here. But again, it’s all international – that’s just my personal feeling. Maybe this all helps to choose one of the 4. At the moment (Nov 2018) they rebuild the station and their office is shared at KBC but you still can kite at their beach.

Hotels I recommend when you want to kite here:

Both are recommended as they are in walking distance to the Beach.

Kite Family El Gouna @ Zaytouna Beach

Kite-School, Rental at Zaytouna Beach. Quite central location in El Gouna.

Hotels I recommend when you want to kite here:

Recommended as they are in walking distance to the Beach.

Kitepeople @ Mövenpick Resort

The Kitepeople kiteboarding station/school is located directly at the beach of the Mövenpick resort. As far as I know only hotel guests are allowed there. So the advantage here is definitely that your kitebeach is in front of your door directly in your hotel. Disadvantage as far as I feel is that you are also in the middle of the town. So up and downwind you have marinas, other hotels, villas etc. Once I was there to visit friends I felt it’s nice as it’s so near to hotel and pool but I enjoyed more to be outside a bit at Mangroovy-Kite (which is not there any more. Comparable: Kiteboarding-Club). Felt more free there. But again. Nice People at the station, good atmosphere and the also a shallow lagoon directly at the spot.

Hotel for you if you want to kite here: Mövenpick

Osmosis Kiteboarding @ Club Paradiso

Kite-School and Station located at Club Paradiso in El Gouna. The advantage of them is, that you can literally walk from your room to the kite-beach which is the hotels beach. So beneath Kitepeople this is the only station where Hotel+Kitebeach are together.

Private Lessons

Momo Kiteboarding will take you to the fantastic kite surfing locations in El Gouna. Momo provides kite lessons, trips, downwinder, kite safari with certified IKO instructors level 2. He is former egypt kitesurfing champion which is more then qualification I guess. He offers lessons in English and Arabic. More contact and Info on his facebook page: or momokiteboarding[ a t ] – tell him you are referred from

Of course all other schools will also offer you private lessons.

Wakeboarding in El Gouna

Early 2014 one of the coolest Wakeboard Parks in the World opened in El Gouna. Why is this great for us kiters? When there is wind go kitesurfing on one of the kitebeaches. When there is no wind go Wakeboarding at Sliders Cablepark. For me, with this El Gouna evolved to the best kite-holiday-spot that i now. The optimal spot for a one or two week vacation where I know I can do sports every day! It’s really great and the infrastructure at the Wakeboardpark is also awesome. Good food, chillout, Wifi, Pool. All you need to spend a great day. And of course 2 Cables. Almost no waiting time when I was there and friendly stuff. I also did a short video. Check it out below in the video section. Here you find more infos about the Cablepark in El Gouna and here you find the best hotels I recommend for staying in El Gouna as Kiteboarder.

Travel / Flight

You have to fly to Hurghada (There are a lot of cheap direct flights from Europe as it’s a popular holiday destination) and drive with a shuttle (organize yourself or the hotel is organizing it for you) to el gouna (it’s about a 30min drive).

Car rental

You don’t need a car, but If you want it any way you can rent it at Hurghada aiport.

If you do rent a car directly in El Gouna, there are only the locals ones and you are only allowed to drive in El Gouna itself. But as said, you don’t really need it. There is a pretty good bus system in el Gouna and when you stay at one of the hotels I mentioned above you can use the bus. They go directly to the kite stations. Of couse you have stick to their schedule but they go quite regular (like every 30min). And the bus is also very cheap. I don’t know any more how much it was exactly but like 10€ for a week or so.

An alternativ is to take a TukTuk (TokTok). These are driving all around El Gouna and are kind of the local Taxi. Just stop and take them on the road (or order at the hotel). They are not cars but kind of small motorbikes with sitting possibility for 2 at the back. They are also cheap. I think like 2€ a ride. They look like you can see in this picture:


I would say it’s medium. Flights from europe are quiet cheap (sometimes just 300€ from Germany) and you can get a hotelroom with breakfast and dinner for about 300-400€/week. Sometimes there are good flight+room packages where you can get it all together for 600-700€. Add the hoteltransfer to that, 50€ per week for storage and some extra money for snacks and drinks.

If you go to restaurants in el gouna, expect normal european / US standard restaurant prices (main about 10-15€). A beer is 2,50€. Everything with foreign alcohol is pretty expensive (Cocktails, etc.)

A typical day in El Gouna as kiteboarder

It’s a pure kite holiday. Get up, have a good breakfast and go to your kitebeach. Kite & Chill. In the evening have dinner in the hotel or a nice restaurant. Maybe have a drink at the bar and then prepare for the next kiteday, get good sleep! If there is no wind, you may walk around El Gouna in the Marinas or Downtown which is nice or make a tour like quad, camel, oasis, etc. You can also do go-kart driving, horse-riding or wakeboard. My opinion is, if you have been to egypt more than once, you won’t do things like camel riding very often. I see El Gouna as just kite holiday and if there is no wind, I take a book an relax. It’s sunny, you are at the sea, that’s fine. Of course if you also dive, you can combine it pretty well there.

Nightlife, Bars, Restaurants, etc.

You have lots of bars and restaurants around El Gouna. The best you find in Downtown or the Abu Tig Marina. Just go there with bus or TukTuk and walk around. They have nice terraces with view on the sea. I really like that. Also the bars around are nice. Everywhere you can get a Shisha too if you like. Regarding nightlife: Last time I was there there was 1 Club called Palladium – but you have to inform yourself when you are there when they play, because it was closed some nights.

Kiteboarding schools in El Gouna

As said before, there are 8 spots/stations in El Gouna which all come with a shop and school. So it’s the same as described at the spots.

Kitepower El Gouna:
Tommy Friedl Pro Center El Gouna: Pretty New (Feb 2019) and seems to have atm no website live. Google for it if some time passed by.
Element Watersport:
Kiteboarding Club El Gouna:
Kite Family El Gouna:
Kitepeople @ Mövenpick:
Osmosis Kiteboarding:


See above as described at Kiteboarding schools section. At each station you will get spare-parts, they help you with repair etc, and of course you can buy or rent stuff there.

Crime & Security

El Gouna is safe. Only tourists and personell are inside. I alway leave my stuff on the beach and it was never stolen anything. As always: don’t do stupid stuff you would do nowhere like leaving phone, wallet etc. lying around. Also put all your valuables into the safe in the room. I always hear stories like some cigarettes and small things like this nobody would really complain about get less and less every time the room was cleaned up :) So it may also be good to leave a little tip for the hotel personell on your bed every some days :)

General travel information

Visa & at the Airport
You need a Visa when you enter egypt at the Hurghada Airport. Check your travel-documents if your Visa is included from your travel operator. If yes go to the guys with the logo of your travel operator and get it there. If not, buy it from anybody there. Everybody will try to sell it to you. It’s 25$ don’t pay more, some try to charge you more and take the rest for themselves. It’s a hustle there, everybody is shouting and trying to sell, so keep calm thats the best. Also when you get out of the airport, everybody wants immediately sell you stuff and get you in their taxi, so again keep calm and look out where your organized transport is waiting :)

Almost every hotel will have WiFi, but mostly not for free. Restaurants also have WiFi most of the time that you can use when you eat there. Where I was always hanging around is the “Club House” in Downtown. They have eatable Pizza and a Pool. So before/after eating you can hang around at their pool and they have also free WiFi. I was always doing my work from here. This was when WiFi was pretty rare over there. But now it won’t be a problem. Even at the kitestations they may have it (but charge it too).

El Gouna Kitebeach Webcams

Webcom of Kiteboarding-Club:


On youtube you find several videos to get an impression of Kiteboarding in El Gouna – here is a short Video I made about the Cable Park.


If you have enough of the “same beach” in El Gouna, do a trip to Tavila Island. Approx 45 minutes by boat. Looks like this.

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