Diving in Marsa Alam

Moving further south down the Red Sea coast of Egypt, you will come across Marsa Alam. This small, coastal town, which has a population of around 10,000 people, is quickly becoming one of the most popular, major tourist destinations on the Red Sea Region of Egypt thanks to its beautiful beaches and resorts. Marsa Alam is also widely known for its diverse underwater life. The popular attractions of this area include dolphins, sea turtles, and dugong sea cows. Divers are also certain to discover a wide array of fish species often encountered as well. The more adventurous divers will enjoy the shipwrecks and reefs that are a little further from the shoes of Marsa Alam. There is fantastic shore diving or you can jump on a speedboat to the sites that are slightly further afield. There are reefs to explore as well as drift dives along vast walls and with 60 dive sites to choose from you have plenty of choice. The region’s climate is another drawing point for tourism Masa Alam has a year-round dry, warm climate and is protected from extreme temperature associated with a desert climate that is experienced by other inland cities in Egypt.

Dive Sites in Marsa Alam

Featured places to go in Marsa Alam


The Hamata area features around a dozen wonderful dive sites to take in and experience.

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Aquatic Life in Marsa Alam

The underwater life in Marsa Alam is vast and varied but, beyond all else, the area is known for being able to dive and swim with the Red Sea Dolphins. There are an estimated 5,000 dolphins living in the area. There are seven different species of dolphin that make up this population with an eight that has been observed more recently. These dolphins include the Bottlenose Dolphin and the Indopacific Bottlenose Dolphin, Bryde’s Whale, Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Long-beaked Common Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, and the Spinner Dolphin. Recently, humpback dolphins have also been reported in the area.