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, seagrass beds, reefs and islands.The resort is a hub for diving and water sports. Coral walls at Elphinstone Reef drop to massive depths and are home to underwater life including barracudas and moray eels. Horseshoe-shaped Samadai Reef is a dolphin habitat. The Hamada shipwreck, the remains of a cargo ship wrecked in 1993 on a reef near the shore south of town, is a popular shallow dive site. Schools of glassfish, lionfish and surgeonfish can be seen around the wreck. To the north, near the airport, Port Ghalib Marina has restaurants and a convention center.
When to visit
Marsa Alam is a year-round resort with a desert climate. Temperatures rise steeply May–Sep, which is a popular time to visit. Diving is possible throughout the year. 3alganoob Music Festival (dates vary, Egyptian Coptic Easter) takes place on the beach at Tondoba.