Marsa Alam is located on the West coast of the Red Sea, about 300 Kilometres east of Luxor. The resort boasts glistening blue sea coasts fringed with spectacular coral reef barriers.
Snorkelling & Diving
By far Marsa Alam's main attraction is its shoreline and marine life. A paradise for snorkelers and divers alike, Marsa Alam offers a variety of world renowned exhilarating sites for underwater enthusiasts and prides itself as being one of the best diving destinations on the Red Sea. From famous sites like the Elphinstone Reef where you can catch a glimpse of reef sharks and hammerheads, to the Dolphin Reef to famous shipwrecks. A fascinating underwater world awaits.
Wadi El Gimal National Park
One of Egypt's largest national parks and one of the last places in Egypt to find wild gazelle is Wadi El Gimal National Park in Marsa Alam. Full of coral reefs and mangroves, you can hike, dive and even enjoy bird watching at Wadi El Gimal. Wadi El Gimal is a protected area and covers an area of 60km on the Red Sea coast.
Gebel Elba National Park
250km south of Marsa Alam and part of the Gebel Elba Protected Area, this national park includes a variety of islands, coral reefs, sand dunes, desert and mountains, with such unique habitats found nowhere else in Egypt. Snorkelling at Gebel Elba National Park is known to be exceptional. The plants found here are also the richest in Egypt.
Mons Smaragdus (Emerald Mountains)
The Cleopatra Mines, or Mons Smaragdus (Emerald Mountains) as the Romans used to call it, are believed to be the mountainous area where the Egyptian Pharaohs began mining emeralds, the oldest known gemstone believed to symbolise eternity. This area became the most famous mining complex of the ancient world as it was the only emerald mining area in the Roman Empire. It is also referred to as the Cleopatra Mines because Queen Cleopatra adored jewellery and she loved the green gem stone above all others.
Temple of Seti
You would be pleasantly surprised to know that Marsa Alam is also home to a historical ancient monument, the Temple of Seti I at Kanais located along the desert road. It is one of the top things to see in Marsa Alam and on the way you can catch a glimpse of an ancient well and remains of a Roman fort. Once you reach the temple, you can only see the entrance but cannot enter the temple as it is closed to the public for its protection.
If you are travelling with a family with kids, be sure to visit this newly built water park only 5km away from Marsa Alam International Airport. A fun day out, Aqua Coraya offers waterslides, a children's pool, and a pool bar.
Marsa Alam is renowned for being one of the world's best kite surfing spots, especially in Wadi Lahamy Lagoon 140km south of Marsa Alam where the shallow waters are at 70cm deep only and the wind is at perfect speed for those ready to learn to sport or for experience surfers.
A safari into Marsa Alam's mountainous desert and sand dunes either by jeep, horseback, camel, or quad bike is an absolute must and thrilling experience.
Marsa Alam was once a small fishing village but is now a gateway to fantastic dive sites in the Southern Red Sea it is a fast growing holiday resort and offers relaxed and uncrowded diving.
Marsa Abu Dabab
Nov 2011- 31 Oct 2012
Scuba Diving £150
Open Water / Junior Open Water £285
Open Water Referral £150
Advanced Open Water + 1 Day Diving* £255
Emergency First Response £79
Rescue Diver + 1 Day Diving*£305
Enriched Air Nitrox +1 day Diving* £129
1 Day Diving (2 boat dives) £50
2 Day's Diving (4 boat dives) £100
3 Day's Diving (6 boat dives) £139
4 Days Diving (8 boat dives) £185
5 Day's Diving (10 boat dives) £215
6 Day's Diving (12 boat dives) £255
7 Day's Diving (14 boat dives) £295
8 Day's Diving (16 boat dives) £339
9 Day's Diving (18 boat dives) £280
10 Day's Diving (20 boat dives) £425
11 Day's Diving (22 boat dives) £465
12 Day's Diving (24 boat dives) £509
7 Nov - 18 Dec 2011, 1 Jan-18 Mar, 7 Jun- 29 Jul 2012
Scuba Diving £129
Open Water / Junior Open Water £240
Open Water Referral £129
Advanced Open Water + 1 day Diving* £215
Emergency First Response NA
Rescue Diver + 1 Day Diving* £295
Enriched Air Nitrox +1 Day Diving* £119
1 Day's Diving (2 boat dives) £45
2 Day's Diving (4 boat dives) £85
3 Day's Diving (6 boat dives) £119
4 Day's Diving (8 boat dives) £155
5 Days Diving(10 boat dives) £179
6 Days Diving (12 boat dives) £215
7 Day's Diving (14 boat dives) £250
8 Day's Diving (16 boat dives) £285
9 Day's Diving (18 boat dives) £325
10 Days Diving (20 boat dives) £359
11 Day's Diving (22 boat dives) £395
12 Days Diving 24 boat dives) £429
Groups policy: 1 free per 10 paying
*Divers must start on the same day
For more information or pre-booking, please contact our local partner, Tarot:
phone: ++202 37613680
2 Day Luxor Highlights (by bus)
A great way to explore the ancient history of Egypt, this two day tour is perfect for those seeking a taster of fascinating Luxor.
Arriving in Luxor, stop off at the massive Colossi of Memnon, the magnificent Temple of Queen Hatschepsut, the spectacular tombs at the Valley of the Kings and an alabaster factory. Visit the awe-inspiring Temple of Karnak, the largest temple complex in the world, also visit the Luxor Temple, constructed by Ramses II, the Temple of Medinat Habu, Valley of the Queens and Tombs of the Nobles.
1 Day Aswan Memories (by bus)
Aswan is located 80 miles south of Luxor and is a peaceful and comparatively small resort with plenty of historical interest. Visit the famous Philae Temple, followed by the Aswan High Dam, where you can marvel at the sheer size and design and continue to the Unfinished Obelisk.
Desert Discovery (afternoon/early evening event)
Drive out into the desert to a traditional Bedouin village and enjoy some local Egyptian tea, before going on a short camel ride, enjoy a guided tour of the Bedouin village and see how these traditional dwellers really live before enjoying a BBQ dinner.
The Camel Market & Shalateen (full day)
visit the city of Shalateen, here you'll visit the camel market, where you can see thousands of camels being traded between the Egyptian and the Sudanese.
After seeing the camels, visit the market area where you can haggle with the hundreds of outlets selling many souvenir items or visit the Egyptian cafe, super market or restaurant.
Desert & Red Sea (full day)
Drive out to a traditional Bedouin village and enjoy some local Egyptian tea before going on a short camel ride, continue to Abu Dabbab beach, where you can snorkel the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea or simply spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach.
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