Egypt, but with an international airport being built just a few km away in 2001, it has now become a tourist hotspot. To cater to the new needs of the tourists that are coming in, many resorts have been built. The good thing is that the beautiful beach here is under ATOL protection, meaning it has been unaffected by the tourism and still has its natural beauty.was once a small fishing village in the east of
Marsa Alam is a wonderful diving spot. There are guided tours available and lessons for beginners. The vast areas of coast line and coral reefs mean that you’ll see an abundance of very rare and unusual creatures around this area, such as dolphins, turtles and exotic fish. If you’re lucky you might even see Dennis the Dugong. You’ll also find what is called Dolphin House Reef while diving. You’ll see spinner dolphins swimming around the caves and tunnels. Even if you’re not big on diving, you can still have the opportunity to see these amazing fish without getting wet! You are guaranteed to see the vibrant marine life on an hour and a half submarine ride.
If you are visiting here especially for the diving, many of the other divers will stay in the beach camps, set up by Hossam Helmy. You’ll have the choice of staying in a tent, or if you are looking for more comfort rooms are available too. If you want to stay somewhere a little more exotic, close by at Al Saraya Cotton Houses are African style beach huts to stay in. You’ll be able to pick from rooms, including a palace room with a luxury feel. In each of these accommodations meals are provided for you. There are also more resorts when you go into the village, which will offer you evening entertainments and swimming pools. The Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort is a good value 4.5 star hotel.
The Wadi El Gemal National Park is another amazing thing to see while in Marsa Alam, with 5,000 km squared of land to cover, you’re very much advised to take a guide with you. You can get round by foot, camel or in a 4 x 4 safari. The area acts as a channel from the mountains to the sea for water to come through during the rare times of rain. You’ll see a variety of wildlife, including many acacia trees, wild camels, gazelles, hyraxes and other species. It’s amazing how everything survives out here with such small amounts of water. Other than the wildlife here, you’ll be able to find the oldest emerald mine, dating back to the first century BC.
A holiday to Egypt, Marsa Alam is a very unique one. You’ll be kept entertained by many various activities. The friendly Egyptians will make you feel welcome too. You’ll be sure to love your experience out there.