Location: Marsa Alam is an old, small town located in the south of the Eastern Desert in Egypt on the Red Sea. It is 790 kilometres south of Cairo and about 300 kilometres from Hurghada .
Overview: It is famous for diving and fishing. Now, Marsa Alam is one of the fastest-growing holiday resorts in Egypt, which is popular with windsurfers and divers. Sun worshippers are fortunate enough to discover the resort's remote tranquillity. In the past few years, Marsa Alam has become an important touristic destination, especially after the opening of Marsa Alam international AirPort.
Many people, tourists, and Egyptians believe that Marsa Alam , in the few coming years, will become another Sharm El-Shiekh. The new Marsa Alam International Air Port is the first privately owned and operated the International commercial airport in Egypt. Furthermore, it is the first airport in aviation history operating under a complete BOT system. Although previously a small fishing village, the construction of an International Airport in 2001 has established Marsa Alam as an upcoming and exclusive holiday resort.
With a host of tourism projects planned for the near future, Marsa Alam is set to rival the popularity of established Egyptian resorts, such as Hurghada and Sharm El-Shiekh.
How to reach: By bus: You can reach Marsa Alam by a bus from Cairo and it takes about 12 hours. By plane: You can fly from Cairo to Marsa Alam , the flight takes about One and a half hour.
Sightseeing: Marsa Alam is a village with a small harbour and stone quay; it is the ideal base for a fishing holiday. The Dokki Shooting Club has a rest house there and can arrange deep-sea fishing trips. Sharks, lobsters, turtles are among the catches. There are some fine offshore coral reefs and good diving facilities, for which the area has become well known.
The city is from the major region to be visited in the Red Sea because of its unique beaches, it is also the starting point of deep fishing. Marsa Alam is definitely unique in itself because it is the best in the world as a whole where you can enjoy diving, snorkelling and the different water sports and desert Safari. You are offered the opportunity to make a wonderful excursion aboard one of the nicest boats.
There, you can practice all your favourite hobbies of diving and snorkelling You are going to have lunch in an oriental style. Food will be served before your eyes and served hot.
Get in Marsa Alam :
Marsa Alam International Airport
You can reach it by whether from Cairo , Luxor , or Hurghada .
You can reach it from Cairo , Giza, or Alexandria , but it would take more than 10 hours driving. You can also reach it from Hurghada or Luxor , but it would take less time.
Discover the 10 top attractions in Marsa Alam , Twenty years ago, Marsa Alam , was a sleepy fishing village, but the region’s beautiful beaches and its’ virgin coral reefs are set to make it a prime holiday spot. Situated 200 kilometres south of Hurghada , Marsa Alam rapidly increased in popularity, and since the opening of its International Airport.
1- Satayah Dolphin Reef National Park
Take a boat trip to the Satayh Dolphin Reef, a protected area where you can snorkel and Swim with dolphins As you enjoy the underwater marine world observe around 60-80 dolphins who will put on a show for you as you get the opportunity to connect with them. This region is home to many dolphins and sea mammals and you will be mesmerized by the different varieties of corals and fish. The trip starts from Hamata Harbour 120 K.m south of the City of Marsa Alam
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2- Shaab Samadi Dolphin Reef-National Park
This lagoon 18km south-east of Marsa Alam is home to three dive sites with a reef system full of interesting coral pinnacles and fish life. What makes Samadai so special, though, is the pod of spinner dolphins (numbering up to 480) that regularly visits the lagoon. Sha'ab Samadai. The Samadai reef, also called the Dolphin House, is probably the most famous diving site near Marsa Alam where you can see dolphins
3-MARSA MUBARAK NATIONAL PARK
Take a boat trip to Marsa Mubarak, which is considered one of the most beautiful snorkels and dive sites in the area of Marsa Alam . During this tour, you will be able to explore the protected bay of Marsa Mubarak, which shows some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the Red Sea and the magnificent underwater seascapes. The crystal clear warm water of this site hosts a great variety of flora and fauna. If you are lucky, you may even get a glimpse of the endangered Dugong “sea cow”, which occasionally visit this sheltered bay to graze on the seagrass. The trip Starts from Port Ghalib
4- ABU DABAB BAY BEACH( NATIONAL PARK)
Beach Snorkeling trip. Abo Dabab bay is a beautiful snorkelling and dive sites in the area of Marsa Alam . It has Coral sides with Plenty of Colored fishes where you can Snorkel. the bay has a sandy beach with Seagrass with crystal clear and warm water hosts a great variety of coloured fish, Green Turtles and the endangered Dugong that occasionally visits the sheltered bay to feed on the seagrass
You can Join an extra amazing trip ( look for the dugong with speed boat from the beach). You get more luck to see the Dugong. This trip starts at 14:00 pm and takes about 1 hour and 30 Minutes
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5-SHARM EL LULLI BEACH
Sharm El Luli or Ras Hankorab is located some 60km south of Marsa Alam town, The pristine white sands and fifty shades of blue of the waters of Ras Hankorab. This spot is locally known as Sharm El Luli . Here's where you put on your mask and fins and just walk into the water right from the stone-free beach. The beach has a very kind gradient so you can wade in effortlessly. After two minutes of swimming, you are entering another world that looks like a magical underwater forest. If you are looking for colourful corals with different fish types and virgin beach it’s Sharm El Luli the sands are white and looks like pearls under the sun the sea is clear and reflects the colour of the corals. The coral formations at Sharm El Luli are truly fairytale stuff. The fish life here is interesting with so many different species. The vibrant colours, shapes, and sizes of dozens of different corals are just stunning. It is very encouraging Sharm El Luli hasn’t lost its charm. You just feel like drifting away and dream your own underwater dream. The beach itself is pretty spartan though with no shade structures of any sort. You may find shelter in the Bedouin tent where coffee and tea are brewed and served the traditional way.
6-WADI EL QULAAN-NATIONAL PARK
Wadi El Qulaan, the mangrove beach-National Park is really a great place to unwind and have a great swim in the lake. The water in the lake is extremely warm and good for those with rheumatic pains Then you can walk in the shallow water to the great mangrove tree beyond which there is an amazing open sea. This is a truly magical place. a world with great scenery and extreme serenity. taste the original Bedouin coffee in the tent close to the lake beach and relax for a while. The lunch served in the tent at the entrance of Qulaan was very nice particularly the fried fish.
6-Wadi El Qulaan
7-WADI EL GEMAL-NATIONAL PARK
Wadi El Gemal National Park "Valley of the Camels” is a national park is an extensive area of desert and coastal water lying 45 km to the south of Marsa Alam . It is located about 2 hours’ drive from Marsa Alam airport. The park is the site of prehistoric rock art, as well as Ptolemaic and Roman ruins, and the mountain “Mons Smaragdus” is the site of small mining communities that date back to ancient Egypt. The park is surprisingly rich in wildlife and vegetation and also historic sites dating back to before the Roman era
Wadi El Gemal National Park is the option of a camel-pulled wagon that will take you safely through the wadis and sand dunes stopping off so you can see the wildlife or so that you can taste the local food such as bread baked on fire in the sand or camel cheese.
8-WADI EL GEMAL-NATIONAL PARK
Have an amazing snorkelling adventure trip to the Island of Hamata in Marsa Alam . enjoy visiting around 3 Virgin Islands where you will discover the untouched nature of Hamata National Park and seeing the corals and coloured fish around the islands that you cannot see anywhere else.
Porto Ghalib has located just about 5 Km from Marsa Alam international airport acting as a premier integrated resort community with a unique combination of a huge number of bazaars and gift shops selling all Egyptian products and as well imported ones. Egyptian cotton and different types of statues beside water pipes and jewellery are the most common products can be noticed there. On the other hand, you will also find several cafes and food and beverage outlets such as Costa coffee, fusion, Baskin Robbins and more, relax with a traditional shisha water pipe and a soft drink in the beach café.