Most excellent hotel with a stunning reef
I knew from my friends that Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza is a wonderful hotel but it has surpassed even my wildest expectations. I am sure many people have mentioned the hotel’s excellent services including friendly and competent staff and very good food but, being a devoted snorkeler, the reef was the most important thing for me. I have never spent so much time in the water! I just could not stop… The reef is truly fantastic and offers endless possibilities for an avid snorkeler. Coral gardens are truly breathtaking. Both the northern and the southern parts of the reef are very beautiful and rich with wildlife. I spent 6 to 8 hours in the sea every day and was rewarded with fantastic encounters with the exciting creatures such as hawksbill sea turtles, impressive giant moray eels, eagle rays, beautiful and funny titan triggerfish, shy but lovely groupers (peacock grouper, coral groupers, greasy groupers, epaulet grouper, moon grouper, etc.), groups of squid, porcupine fish, orange-striped triggerfish, bigeye emperors, conspicuous and diverse butterflyfish, bluespotted stingrays, colourful checkerboard wrasses, elegant filefish, parrotfish, Picasso fish, etc. Arabian and orangespine surgeonfish and unicornfish are common but beautiful and eye-catching. It was lovely seeing porcupine fish with their sweet timid faces courting. I liked watching bluespotted stingrays rooting in the sand for some food while other fish waited for an opportunity to grab a bite from what was excavated by the stingray. One of the most captivating sights is gaping Indian mackerels that look like small fireworks from a distance.
In the northern part, I once saw a young Napoleon wrasse and was lucky to have two sightings of a young blacktip reef shark which, however, was very shy and disappeared before I could take its picture. If you snorkel to the south you come across the amazing coral gardens with big groups of bigeye emperors, batfish and other bigger fish. Finally, you reach Marsa Mubarak Turtle Bay with its huge green sea turtles that you are likely to see (not always, naturally). If you are lucky, you may also see a dugong, a sweet, serene animal with a smiling face. For me, it was a great, unforgettable experience. You can also walk to Marsa Mubarak, it’s just a 15 minutes walk. The first time I went to Marsa Mubarak was after 4PM and there were no turtles but several species of rays (eagle ray, blue-spotted stingrays, honeycomb whip ray) and a banded snake eel I saw for the first time. At Marsa Mubarak I also saw octopuses, crocodile fish, hooded cuttlefish, Arabian boxfish, yellow boxfish, Moses sole, stonefish, tasseled scorpion fish, baby triggerfish, and many others. When the weather is too rough and the outward reef is closed you can snorkel in the lagoon with its surprisingly abundant marine life including the turtles, crocodile fish and many others, sometimes even a visiting dugong. I would also like to mention that, unlike many other Egyptian hotels, this hotel does its best to protect its reef and there is always someone to stop people or prevent them from walking on the corals. Amazing place! My heartfelt congratulations to the hotel’s amazing General Manager Abou El Haggag Elammari with running such a place you want to come back to again and again. I am keenly looking forward to going back to Three Corners Fayrouz Plaza.
There is a very good diving centre at the hotel (thank you, Radka and Solomoni!), Extra Divers Fayrouz, which provided me with an excellent snorkeling companion for the long trips to Marsa Mubarak and rented out a waterproof camera for me after my own ceased to be operational. Solomoni was very friendly and also helped me with photography, having made quite a few great pictures. I went to Abu Sail with the boat and enjoyed that trip very much. Next time I hope to go to Dolphin House.
Hope to see you all very soon!