Marsa Alam is a rapidly developing, young resort in Egypt, located 280 kilometers from the resort of Hurghada. The wonderful weather, crystal clear water, the richest underwater flora and fauna of the resort have become famous among many vacationers who are not averse to spending time in the underwater world of the Red Sea.
Initially, the resort was a small village with a population of at least three thousand inhabitants. After the signing of the Camp David Agreement, a real construction boom began. In the mid-80s, when Egypt focused on the development of mass tourism and allowed foreign airlines to make charter flights, together with the tourist infrastructure of Marsa Alam instantly grew to the size of a small town with a population of 35-40 thousand people and received the status of the administrative center of the Red Sea province …
Marsa Alam is an ideal place for those wishing to take a break from the hustle and bustle of big cities. There are many restaurants, cafes and bars offering exquisite and unsurpassed cuisine of the peoples of the world.
The resort has had a diving school for 10 years. Those interested can take a course of any level of complexity under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
The diving center is located on the beach, there are 30 rooms on the second floor (specially for divers).
The school is open from 7.30 am to 8 pm throughout the year. Training is conducted according to the PADI standard.
The resort’s diving programs include exciting boat trips with diving in the sea, as well as particularly interesting dives in the early morning and at night.
The main attraction of Marsa Alam is the coral reefs.
Dolphins House or «Dolphin House»: a huge reef curved in the shape of a horseshoe. Here, clear, clear water, and algae grow at the bottom. In this place, you can meet flocks of dolphins.
The Marsa Alam reef is a good dive site, where you can see many unusual fish that you will not find in the vicinity of Hurghada.
Abu Dabbab Reef — untouched coral pillars that rise from the depths to the very surface, around which exotic fish live.
The Elphistoune reef has sheer walls extending to an incredible depth (at the foot of 120m). The walls are completely covered with a variety of corals, among which butterfly fish flutter, parrot fish swarm and small purple groupers scurry about in bright spots.
Shaab Sharm is a large hammer-like reef covered with coral thickets, inhabited by barracudas, malabars and coral fish.
Abu Galawa: The reef is covered with beautiful coral gardens and is located in shallow waters. In the area of the northern end of the reef there are the remains of an ancient sunken ship.
Reef Zabargad — interesting for lovers of night diving, the maximum depth of the reef is 25m. There is an opportunity to see unique emerald colored corals, octopuses and crocodile fish.
Also from Marsa Alam you can go to the Aswan reservoir, on the territory of which there are several dozen historical monuments of Ancient Egypt, and 145 kilometers south of Marsa Alam, in the desert, is the tomb of the great Sufi ruler of the 13th century Sayad ash-Shazli.
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