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Diving in Marsa Alam

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When to go to Marsa Alam

Diving here is available year-round, although there is some variation in water temperature: in summer months it’s about 30C/86F, whereas in January it drops down to 24C/75F. Also keep in mind that around April-May there is a plankton bloom that reduces visibility, and during late autumn and winter the Elphinstone Reef and certain other offshore dive sites can be unreachable due to weather conditions.


What to see

The abundant marine life of local waters includes such species as turtles, bottlenose dolphins, tuna, barracudas, sharks, dugongs, manta rays (only in summer), hammerhead sharks (May-August) and whale sharks (May-June).

Scuba diving in Marsa Alam

The town of Marsa Alam is located on the western shore of the Red Sea. The closest international airport is Marsa Alam International Airport that is located in 75 km from Marsa Alam. It's one of Egypt’s fastest growing tourist destinations. Marsa Alam is very popular among divers due to its nearby fringing coral reefs and other interesting diving locations. The underwater landscape at Marsa Alam is genuine and unspoiled.


Most popular dive sites

The best dive sites here are: Elphinstone Reef (a location widely considered Egypt’s best dive site), Dolphin House/Shaab Samadai (a reef lagoon that offers an opportunity to dive with dolphins), Abu Dabab North (where you can dive with dugongs), Fury Shoals and the wreck of the Hamada, which sank in 1993.

Dive centers in Marsa Alam

All 10 dive centers Marsa Alam