Things to do in and around Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam is still a relatively unknown Egyptian tourist destination. It’s unspoilt beaches and superb mild weather is a refreshing change from the more popular ports of call in Egypt. It’s a quiet location with tranquil waters and serene desert views.
Most Red Sea tourists have probably heard of it but would admit that they have never visited this delightful little town and its incredible natural environment.
The native people, the Ababda, say their lives are between the sea and the desert, reflecting their dependence on both for their livelihood. So, let’s take a trip around Marsa Alam.
Chillout and relax on white, sandy beaches.
Diving and Snorkelling
Both are popular and people from all over the world come to see the pristine reefs and superb coral, in Marsa Alam. The Red Sea boasts one of the best coral reefs in the world a length of approximately 2000 km and home to 300 hard coral species and about 1200 fish 10 per cent of which are only found in this area.
Located on the coast of the Red Sea, Marsa Alam is no exception it’s a divers’ paradise, with spinner and bottle nose dolphins, green turtles, the Dugong and other marine life at Elphinstone, Sataya the Dolphin House, Abu Ghusoun – shipwreck and Abu Dabab to name but a few.
There are many diving centres dotted along the coastline and their schools provide courses for beginners right up to PADI certification.
Below are a few of the most popular diving schools;
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If deep waters don’t appeal to you, then snorkelling is a great way to explore the sea. Strong winds can sometimes be challenging, so choose a location with sheltered bays. Oriental, Tondoba or Ras Hankorab, are amongst the best, the coral is spectacular so don’t forget your underwater camera.
Available daily, these are great for sightseeing and snorkelling in deeper waters. Join a group or charter a boat for the day, for fishing or just a relaxing afternoon.
Trips to Hamata Islands and Wadi El Gemal Islands leave daily. This archipelago is part of the Wadi El Gemal National park.
Wadi El Gemal
The National Park, also known as The Valley of The Camels, is 7400sqm and includes both marine space and virgin desert, it is described as the most natural area of Egypt.
Activities in the park include;
Bird Watching, Jeep Safari, Hiking, Nature Trails and Camping. You may even see a Dorcas Gazelle or Nubian Ibex.
Visit the Roman Hillside Settlement with its’ amazing Temple you can still even find ancient coins around the site.
Ancient Roman Temple
El Gulaan – The Lagoon, Mangroves near Hamata
Marsa Alam’s clean environment and low precipitation guarantees clear skies. It is truly amazing to drink “Gebana” (Bedouin coffee) under the stars after a traditional meal in a Bedouin Tent nestled between the sand dunes in the desert.
Other activities include
Quad Bike Desert Safari, kite-surfing and Paddle boarding – to give your holiday a real thrill! Add some adventure to your holiday with Quad biking and kite surfing. Camel rides are also a fun away to roam the vast desert.
Day Trips and Excursions
With all the activities and relaxation you could dream of, it’s got something for everyone but if you’re wanting to wander a little further then there’s plenty of tours and excursions that leave daily.
You could visit the world famous ‘ Valley Of The Kings’ in Luxor or check out the ‘Grand Aquarium’ in Hurghada. There’s also Aswan, El Quseir and Shalateen if you wanted to stretch your legs and really take in some culture. All within a few hours away from Marsa Alam.
For such a gorgeously picturesque destination, it’s crazy to think that it’s not the hottest holiday spot in the country. With all of this to offer and much, much more – it’s no wonder tourists are starting to flood to Marsa Alam.
Port Ghalib Marina
Check out the video below to see what’s on offer at this spectacular Marina.