Marsa Alam situated in eastern Egypt is the gateway to the southern Red sea. It is one of the fastest growing holiday resorts in Egypt and is popular with wind surfers, divers and sun worshippers fortunate enough to have discovered the resort's remote tranquillity.
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 Sheikh.
The southern Red Sea is renowned for its incredible reefs that are home to pristine hard and soft corals and a large variety of fish life. The marine life is varied and colourful and with chance, the lucky divers might get sights of turtles, pods of dolphins or the famous dugong. The whole area offers great house reef diving as well as beautiful offshore coral gardens and thrilling drop-offs.
Famous dive sites that can be visited from Marsa Alam include Elphinstone Reef where oceanic white tips are often encountered in season; Shaab Samadai, well known to be frequented by large pods of dolphins; Abu Dabab, where the dugongs live and Fury Shoal, home to beautiful coral gardens.
Marsa Alam really does provide access to some of the most beautiful and pristine dive sites that the Red Sea has to offer.
The Dive Centre
For shore based and daily boat diving in Marsa Alam, we use Emperor Divers which is located at the Moreen Hotel, 20km south of Port Ghalib and Marsa Alam airport.
Emperor Divers at Marsa Alam is a PADI Resort Centre and is able to provide a full range of recreational and technical diving courses from learning to dive to professional. The perfect location to learn to dive - there is a 3 metre training pool and classroom.
Multilingual instructors and guides have vast local diving knowledge and will ensure you get the best possible diving during your stay.
Emperor Divers take care of all transfers for daily diving from any Marsa hotel.
PLEASE NOTE: Anyone diving or snorkelling in Egypt must have their passports with them at all times as these are required for the boat permissions. The local coastguards do carry out random checks and anyone without a passport with them will not be permitted to join the boat.
Marsa Alam is not far from Luxor and Aswan and could be a perfect platform to visit these 2 cities full of ancient wonders. From your hotel, various water activities are available and it would be a shame to miss them.
The village is located in one of the best parts of the Red Sea mountains and quad biking as well as desert trips are available for those who would like to explore this exceptional habitat.
Lastly, a trip to the Egyptian southern Red Sea coast cannot be complete without discovering it's most famous habitants: the camels. A trip to Wadi El Gamal will let you observe them in their natural environment or a visit to Shalateen Camel Market will immerse you fully into the Bedouins' traditions.