Marsa Alam Travel Guide

Travel to Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam is a resort town on the Red Sea in Egypt. It’s renowned for its sandy beaches and coral reefs. The U-shaped Abu-dabab Bay is known for its sea turtles and dugongs (sea cows). Kite-surf site El Naaba Lagoon is separated from the open sea by a coral reef. Wadi el-Gemal National Park, south of the town, encompasses desert, sea grass beds, reefs and islands.

Divers have been heading to Marsa Alam for years, attracted to the seas that offer up some of Egypt’s best diving just off the rugged coastline. Despite this, the far-flung destination stayed well off the tourism radar for a long time. Now, however, the secret is out. The area is being heavily touted as the Red Sea Riviera’s new tourist drawcard by the Egyptian government, and the last few years have seen a construction boom along the coastline. While the town of Marsa Alam itself is a rather nondescript place, which most of the development has passed by, the strip of coast to its north and south has been snapped up by eager developers and is now home to a plethora of resorts and half-built hotels.

Marsa Alam’s coastline is a diving aficionado’s dream and there are some long-standing beach camps here specifically for those who want to spend most of their time underwater.