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Marsa Alam, Egypt’s Red Sea, offers more than 400 species of corals and reefs, as well as hundreds of species of beautiful fish, marine animals, anemones, sea urchins and more. Here we will highlight the ultimate beauty of the dive sites of Marsa Alam.

Marsa Alam is perfectly located on the west coast of the Red Sea in Egypt. Recently, it was voted one of the best diving sites in the world, from where you can fully explore the wonders of the southern Red Sea. In addition, Marsa Alam offers several world-class resorts that line the coasts and beaches, and what makes it even more interesting, it is only a 4-hour drive from Hurghada.

Marsa Allam is a perfect dive site for those who are looking for new challenging dives and unique animal experiences. Its dive sites provide a real opportunity to dive with unique species of sea turtles, fluffy dolphins, dugongs and mantas.

In fact, the diving season in Marsa Alam is all year round, but the ideal time for diving in Marsa Alam is from May to August. We recommend visiting Marsa Alam in the fall, when it is calmer and the water temperature is still mild. You should expect a water visibility range of up to 30 m, but ask an expert about the perfect local dive sites and sea conditions before diving without guidance. Pack a 3 mm or 5 mm wetsuit; depending on the cold tolerance, and always carry a diving knife, flashlight and DSMB.

The best dive sites in Marsa Alam

  • Abu Dabab Beach
  • Diving depth: up to 25 meters
  • Location: 30 km north of Marsa Alam.
  • Water view: 5-20 meters; better in deeper areas
  • Suitable for: all levels.

Abu Dabab is considered one of the most popular beaches in Marsa Alam; there are many turtles and dugongs. It is also a dive site for all skill levels, although there are no coral reefs and often poor visibility. Professional divers consider the best place to get close to sea turtles and dugongs.

Fortunately, the bay has recently been closed to boats, which makes snorkeling and diving easier and more relaxed. You can share with a group of endangered species of sharks – one of the rarest sharks in the world. It’s strange, but beautiful, as if a stingray had been crossed with a real shark. Nothing to worry about, nothing aggressive. However, never touch them, as twisting the tail can loosen the mask.

Elfin Stone Reef (Sha’ab Abu Hamra)

  • Diving depth: from 20 to 70 meters (60-200ft)
  • Location: 50 km northeast of Marsa Alam and 10 km from the coast.
  • Water visibility distance: 20-30 meters
  • Suitable for: only experienced divers

awesome Reef Line is located in the open sea, just over 12 km from the coast of Marsa Abu Dabbab. The arrival of the Zodiac from Marsa Alam takes about 20 minutes. It is considered one of the best reef plateaus in the Red Sea; it is about 300 meters long, 30 meters wide and 40 meters deep. However, on its edges there are almost vertical rock walls. The western slope is slightly less vertical than the eastern slope and is more sandy with some rocky ledges and small caves.

Elphinstone is a perfect option if you are looking for shark experiences, especially the large and usually solitary white tip ocean tip. Many divers report up to four locations in a single dive! Please be careful with these lovely animals and never feed them. Sharks can be seen all year round, but they are most numerous from October to December.

The reef attracts a variety of marine life, including monkeys, tuna, sapphire moon fusiliers, black snappers and solitary giant barracudas. Therefore, it is better to observe the reef from afar.

Sataya Reef

It is still not as well known as other dive sites in Marsa Alam; currently only a few tour operators visit it. However, this gave him an additional privilege, which makes it a special reef. You are probably more likely to swim near dolphins than, contrary to popular belief, these friendly but slightly stressed animals. Therefore, avoid areas with a lot of people and boats.

Samadai Reef (home of dolphins)

  • Diving Depth: from 10 to 15 meters (32-49 feet)
  • Location: about 20 km southeast of Marsa Alam
  • Suitable for: All Levels

This is one of the most popular reefs of Marsa Alam; you can consider it one of the most important habitats for dolphins in the world. It is home to a large family of about sixty spinner dolphins. They are nocturnal animals and return to the shallow waters of the reef every morning to rest. It is better not to feed or play with dolphins, as this is unnatural for them and can cause stress.