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Marsa Alam is fast becoming one of Egypt’s most popular holiday destinations and for good reason. It’s the most southern of Egypt’s resorts and is situated along the beautiful coastline of the Red Sea which is famous for its amazing coral reefs and soft sandy beaches. Its spectacular dive sites have been a hotspot for avid divers from around the world for many years but it was only recently that hotels and resorts have been able to accommodate demand for more tourism to this stunning area.
The dive sites off the coast of Marsa Alam are some of the most unspoilt in Egypt, with Elphinstone Reef one of the best. A 70 metre coral wall has created a thriving environment for marine life including whitetip reef sharks, manta rays, giant turtles and even dolphins. There is of course plenty to discover on land too, such as the Cleopatra Mines or Mons Smaragdus where the Pharaohs are thought to have mined emeralds in the mountains.
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Top five things to do in Marsa Alam
Diving in Sha’ab Samadai
Just 18km southeast of Marsa Alam are three spectacular dive sites within Sha’ab Samadai. The density of coral reefs and marine life here make it well-worth a trip and if you’re lucky you might spot the pod of dolphins that roam the area.
Marsa Alam’s desert surroundings are perfect for adventure and there are plenty of quad bike tours on offer where you can explore the beautiful surroundings in style.
Lunch at the fish market
What better place to enjoy a delicious fish dish than on the coast of the Red Sea. Choose from the freshest catches of the day at the Port Ghalib Marina.
Snorkelling in Hamata Islands
Off the coast of Marsa Alam are the National Park protected Hamata Islands which are renowned for their amazing snorkelling and diving opportunities.
No trip to Marsa Alam is complete without a visit to the place that is said to have provided Cleopatra herself with her beautiful jewels.
Marsa Alam facts
The summer hits its peaks in May, June, July, August, September and October.
The warmest month is usually July, so if you prefer to stay out of the heat then go once the high season has cooled down.
The Red Sea is home to around 1200 species of which 17% can only be found in these waters.
In ancient times, the coast around Marsa Alam was rich in copper, lead, gold, emeralds and semi-precious stones. It is thought to be the sole source of emeralds for the Roman Empire.
Elphinstone Reef is considered one of the best dive sites in the world.
Pods of wild spinner dolphins are regulars around the shores of Marsa Alam.
Nearby are the ruins of Myos Hormos where you can see Roman artefacts and hieroglyphic tablets on the cliffs.
The Red Sea is about 2200 km long, but less than 330 km in width.