Red Sea Diving
Hotels in Port Ghalib
Hotels in Marsa Alam
Once a small fishing village, now the gateway to the spectacular dive sites of the Southern Red Sea, Marsa Alam is one of the fastest growing holiday resorts in Egypt and offers tranquillity and uncrowded diving.
Dive Centres in Marsa Alam
Emperor Divers, located in Port Ghalib
Essential Diving Info
Location: On the Red Sea coast of mainland Egypt, around 4 hours south of Hurghada.
Transfer time: Approximately 10 minutes from Marsa Alam Airport.
Medical: Nearest recompression chamber / medical facilities are at Marsa Alam.
Diving in Marsa Alam
- The offshore islands in this area have recently been reopened for diving after a long closure by the Egyptian Government and have been designated as a Marine Park.
- Suitable moorings have now been installed for dive boats visiting this area.
- Enjoy some fabulous day dives to the famous reefs of Elphinstone, Marsa Mubarak and Dolphin House Reef (Sha'ab Samadai), where there is a good chance to see dolphins in this beautiful protected National Park.
- The bays here are home to excellent corals, large turtles and Guitar rays and the islands off Marsa Alam are a highlight of the area.
Marsa Abu Dabab
A world famous selection of dive sites boasting an unbelievable number of Giant Turtles as well as the chance to spot Dugongs and Guitar Sharks. A must for anyone visiting the Southern Red Sea.
A large cigar-shaped offshore that offers wall diving that is both exhilarating and spectacular, with regular sightings of Napoleons and Turtles as well as large Pelagics including Manta Rays, Grey Reef, Hammerhead and Oceanic white tip Sharks, Tuna and Barracuda; all drawn to the reef by its strong current and abundance of fish life.
A short ride by bus and boat from Port Ghalib is Sha'ab Samadai, a horseshoe shaped reef known locally as Dolphin House. Offering truly spectacular diving including the awe inspiring Cathedral swim-through and a remarkable collection of hard and soft coral, anemone cities and a resident Napoleon Wrasse. The reef is also used regularly by a pod of Spinner Dolphins and there may be an opportunity to snorkel with them between dives.
Parrotfish, dolphins, angelfish, butterflyfish, clownfish, emperorfish, barracuda, tuna, turtles, napoleon wrasse, moray eels, stingrays, reef sharks, guitar rays, whale sharks and, occasionally, manta rays and dugongs.
Discover Port Ghalib, featuring a half-mile stretch of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Activities for non-divers
For the active there is a host of water and land based sporting activities. The adventurous may head to Luxor, home of the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Alternatively relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Excursions, activities & tours from Marsa Alam >>
Map of Marsa Alam Diving Sites