Among the exquisite diving site at Marsa Alam are: Elphinstone Reef; is the mythic dive site of the south. The walls plunge deep into the blue, richly decorated with soft, bright pink, red, white and brown corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans, many fish species, including dolphins, jacks, snappers groupers and wrasse may also be seen. Shaab Marsa Alam; l arge reef with lovely corals, goatfish, snappers and jacks. You can also visit Shaab Samadai; which is a horseshoe shaped reef, creates a shallow turquoise water lagoon where a large herd of spinner dolphins live permanently. Others often show up around noon for a rest and to teach their babies how to hunt. Daedalus Reef; a huge round reef with a lighthouse more than 40 miles away from the coast, features an excellent opportunity for spotting big pelagic all around its steep walls with an extreme variety of fish and coral. Strong currents possible. Shaab Sharm; b ig reef with big walls, hammerhead and grey reef sharks in summer, Malabar grouper, barracudas, and schooling reef fish the rest of the year. Currents, soft corals and giant fans. Abu Galawa:
On 'Fury Shoal' group, this reef has a good hard coral garden on the north side, and a wreck of an old tug boat fully covered with corals leaning on a pinnacle on the south side. Pay a visit to the numerous diving sites at Marsa Alam like; Shaab Mansour , Zabargat or Zabargad, and Rocky Island, Shaab Claude, Sataya (Dolphin Reef), Habili Gamal, Abu Dabab, Abu Galawa Soraya, Erg Diab, & St Johns Reefs
There are lots of diving centers at Marsa Alam. These diving centers can arrange you daily diving tours and packages. You can also, have a professional diving trainer. Divers can also enjoy camping at any of the diving camps scattered at Marsa Alam. It's guaranteed that you have a unique adventurous experience.
Marsa Alam was mainly a fishing village on Egypt 's Red Sea coast 132km, from Al-Quseir. Well known and famous among divers and fishing enthusiasts.
Nowadays, with a new international airport recently opened, Marsa Alam has great potentials to become one of the most important diving spots not only in Egypt but in the whole world, a number of tourism projects and many new hotels are taking place.
The airport was actually a part of a larger development project designed to create a state of the art resort area in Port Ghaleb, including about 1,000 marina and port, with a dock-side harbor, yacht club and spa, along with a highly animated town center and a marina area; on the marina there will be shops, galleries, boutiques,
Marsa Alam relaxing beachrestaurants and bistros, nightclubs, discos and a casino. In addition, there will be a conference center and festival hall, along with a combined desert and links golf course. The private marina will not only be the largest in the Middle East , but an international sea-gateway for yachts to visit Egypt . The untouched coral reefs at Marsa Alam are spectacular for snorkeling or diving. The mountains surrounding Marsa Alam are definitely worth exploring.
Only a short time ago, it would seem that most of the accommodations at Marsa Alam were tent camps, but now, many new, fine hotels have been built.
Sightseeing in Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam is increasingly becoming one of the popular tourist destinations in Egypt. Here is where you can enjoy both the rugged desert sands and also the limpid blue water of the Red Sea. It's also a place of great historical significance and there are plenty of sites that you can visit during your stay. Here are some of them:
Emerald Mines, Marsa Alam:
Emeralds were treated as symbols of great power and eternity. There are two legendary mines in this region that are Cleopatra and Mons Smaragdus. There are plenty of ruins all around and you can still see the mineshafts, windows, niches and walls. These mines are located in the desert area between Marsa Alam and the Nile Valley. Guided tours are conducted in these places for the convenience of the tourists.
Bir Umm Fawakhir, Marsa Alam:
It is a Gold mining settlement that was probably established in the 5th and the 6th century. The Christians occupying this settlement mined the surrounding mountains for gold. The buildings are still there with ancient inscriptions etched on them granite boulders.
Mons Claudianus, Marsa Alam:
This was an ancient Roman settlement built in the sandy deserts between the Red Sea and the Nile. The settlement used gray granite from the surrounding mountains in order to build beautiful columns and also to add grandeur to the ordinary houses and buildings. The remnants of the settlement are admirable and you will also like the unfinished temple of Venus and the Hadrian's villa.
Quseir Fortress, Marsa Alam:
The Sultan Selim built the Quseir Fortress in Marsa Alam in the 16th century. The Ottoman Fortress in located right in the center of the town Quseir. The troops of Napolean seized the fortress in 1799 and fortified it with canons mounted high on the walls. The fortress gradually lost its importance after the opening of the Suez Canal in the year 1869. The museum has been presently refurbished and a museum has been opened in the fortress that displays historical memorabilia.
Myos Hormos, Marsa Alam:
This is an ancient port that was used as a trade link between Egypt and India. The Romans used the port to export goods like metals, textiles and gems in order to receive silk, pearl, spices and medicines.
Wadi Hammamat, Marsa Alam:
The bekheny stone that was extensively used for pyramid making came mainly from this region. There are plenty of rock carvings that are still to be found here.
Wadi el Gemal National Park:
It is renowned for its varied terrains, as it comprises of both dry riverbeds and also coastal regions.