The arrival of a new international airport 60kms to the north of Marsa Alam has truly opened up this exciting area of southern Egypt.
Well renowned for its spectacular diving, until recently these waters could only really be explored by liveaboard or from the pioneering safari dive camps. However new hotels have now sprung up at various points along the coast line, many with their own dive centres, allowing divers to also explore these fantastic reefs from the comfort of a luxury hotel if they so choose.
The number and quality of the liveaboards in the area is also increasing, many with exciting itineraries that take in the major attractions such as Elphinstone, Daedalus and St Johns.
The current development of Port Ghalib, 10 minutes from the airport, into an international style marina will also provide a focus for tourist amenities and facilities in the area.
The port of Marsa Alam itself however has retained the atmosphere of a quiet local town with only a few small shops and cafes, and much of the surrounding area is untouched desert, particularly as you head south towards the Wadi Gimal National Park and beyond.
Increasingly non-diving visitors are also being drawn to the area by the year round sun, the wonderful snorkelling opportunities and the dramatic desert backdrop, and other sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing are becoming increasingly popular.
Whether you are looking for the adventurous, diver friendly atmosphere of the dive camps or a liveaboard, or to relax in a luxury hotel, Marsa Alam is the perfect destination for those wanting to get off the beaten track.
Red Sea Diving Safaris Eco Villages Nakari Village, Shagra Village and Lahami Village
These camps were set up by Hossam Helmy who with his team has been diving and exploring this area for nearly 20 years.
Originally travelling dive safaris the tents are now pitched on 3 permanent sites at Marsa Shagra, Marsa Nakari and Wadi Lahami.
Rooms have also been added for those wanting greater comfort, rooms with shared facilities at Marsa Shagra and Marsa Nakari, and rooms with private facilities and fans at all three sites. New accommodation has recently been added in the form of Royal Tents.
The emphasis of these camps is the diving and accommodation is offered on a full board basis. Marsa Shagra is the main site, north of Marsa Alam town, near to hotels such as the Calimera Habiba while Nakari is a smaller camp 18kms south of Marsa Alam town. Wadi Lahami, designed for the more experienced and adventurous divers, is in the deep south near Hamata.
Awlad Baraka Village & Al Saraya Cotton Houses
Situated 14 kms south of Marsa Alam town overlooking Tondoba Bay, this unique dive camp offers African style huts with either shared or private facilities, and palace-like tents with a separate sleeping area, sitting area, private facilities and wooden terraces with a seaview.
Full board accommodation is offered with meals taken at the camp restaurant. There is also another caféteria on the beach, near the Blue Heaven Holidays Diving Centre also run by Aymen and Constanze the creators of the camp.
The untouched house reef and nearby Samadai Reef (Dolphin House) make this a divers paradise.
Part of the Emperor Divers Red Sea Dive Centres this PADI 5 star Gold Palm Resort Dive Centre offers a range of courses as well as diving opportunities that include the famous reefs at Elphinstone, Shab Marsa Alam and Ras Abu Dabab.
The location just couldn’t be better and the facilities at Emperor’s dive centre are second-to-none.
Based in the Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib, you are literally just a few metres away from our boats moored on the hotel jetty and the airport is just a 10-minute drive away.
Enjoy with Emperor Divers Marsa Alam some fabulous day dives to the famous reefs of Elphinstone, Marsa Mubarak and Dolphin House Reef (Shaab Samadai), where there is a good chance to see dolphins in this beautiful protected National Park . Or opt for Abu Dabab where two of the most famous dugong in the world live, Denis and Lucy – a great day out for all the family as this is an easy dive and snorkellers also get the chance to spot the dugong.
Marsa Alam has several dugong in the area and the bayshere are home to excellent corals, large turtles and Guitar rays and the islands are a highlight of the area. There is a myriad of places to see and things to do, whether it’s day diving, doing one of the trips below, learning to dive or taking your diving further, you will find the award-winning team at Emperor Marsa Alam ready to give you a warm welcome.
is fast becoming a popular extreme sport with divers looking to go that bit deeper, for that bit longer, in safety. An exhilarating journey through silent canyons and deep wrecks in warm waters teeming with life; that’s the incredible experience of Tekstreme diving in the Red Sea .
As part of award-winning Emperor Divers , Tekstreme offers the best team of technical instructors and instructor-trainers, with the latest in technical gear and incredibly high safety standards.
Whether it’s 10 minutes on Trimix in Thomas Canyon or two hours with an Inspiration at the Blue Hole, your Tekstreme team will make sure your tech adventure is one of extreme pleasure.
Tekstreme operates at Emperor Divers Hurghada, Sharm El Sheikh and Marsa Alam dive centres and offers one day trips from Sharm to the tech diver’s delight – Dahab. Covering the rest of the Red Sea, a selection of liveaboards offers a range of technical equipment.
Red Sea Diving Safari Dive Centres
Based at the 3 Red Sea Dive Safari Eco Lodges and the Kahamana Hotel (Pioneer Divers) these excellent dive centres offer great diving for all levels of divers.
The main dive centre at Marsa Shagra, Marsa Nakari and Pioneer Divers offer PADI courses as well as a choice of dive packages for shore and boat diving.Marsa Shagra & Nakari also offers unlimited house reef diving in buddy pairs for those suitably experienced. Wadi Lahmami offers dive packages for more experienced and adventurous divers.
The boat diving from here is by RIB. On their first day in Ecolodges Shagra Village, Nakri Village or Lahami Villaage, the guests will receive an orientation dive around the bay accompanied by one of the guides. After this initial orientation (if the guests wishes and their diving ability allows) they are free to enjoy our unlimited diving set-up. Zodiac services are available allowing for the option of up to 6 different patterns within the house reef.
This is definitely one of the most enjoyable factors of Red Sea Diving Safari, as it is wonderful to have the freedom to dive in buddy pairs at their own pace and at the times they want to. Individual guests don’t have to worry, as there always seem to be other divers very keen to go for a dive which they can join. in addition, the safari trucks travel twice a day to dive the Sharms, Marsas and reef walls along the coastline where easy access to the reef makes this area ideal for shore based diving.
The coastal reef reaches a maximum depth of 55 meters and is heavily pitted with caves and swim-throughs. The equipment is loaded on the truck, which usually leaves between 07:00 to 08:00 hours. The flat bed trucks are open and the guests sit in the front part on mattresses, whilst the dive gear and cylinders are loaded into the back.
These dives will be guided, and the guide will give a briefing on arrival at the site. A tarpaulin is spread on the ground for gearing up thus preventing the equipment getting sand in it.
After the dive the guests will either move back to the Ecolodges for lunch or have lunch on site before heading off between 13.00 and 14.00 hours for the second dive.
Blue Heaven Holidays Diving Centre, Tondoba Bay
A member of the PADI international Resort Association this dive centre offers diving on wonderfully untouched reefs.
Dive packages included unlimited buddy house reef diving for those suitably experienced, and 2 dives a day by boat, jeep or safari. Courses can also be undertaken.
For those interested in conservation work this centre was a founder member of HEPCA (Hurghada Enviromental Protection and Conservation Association) and organises Reef Checks regularly throughout the year.
Wadi Gimal Diving Centre, Shams Alam
Based at Shams Alam Resort the Wadi Gimal Diving Centre is named after Wadi Gimal Island opposite the beach, a protected natural marine reserve.
The hotel/ dive centre boasts a fabulous house reef, which as it is mainly shallow is a paradise for snorkelling and ideal for courses, intro dives and night dives.
A range of day (and half day) boat trips to more than 30 dive sites (mainly unknown) are offered. They also visit better known reefs such as the wall of Shaab Sharm, the Coral Gardens of Wadi Gimal Island and the Ergs from Ras Hornkorab where Barracuda and schools of silvery jacks can normally seen.
A range of courses from Open Water to Divemaster are available. The Wadi Gimal dive centre has been established since 1999 and is the only diving resort with direct access to the Wadi Gimal National Park. Our modestly sized operation ensures that we maintain the principles of a family run business with quality service and efficiency to compliment the astounding natural beauty of the area.
Barakuda Diving, Lahami Bay Beach Resort
Lahami Bay has a wonderful 5km house reef. The dive centre here offers PADI & TDI courses as well as shore dive packages.
Boat trips can be added at an additional supplement. Directly facing the reefs of the Fury Shoals, Lahami Bay is by far the nearest resort to the world class diving highlights of the South Red Sea, including Zabargad island, Rocky island and St. John’s reefs.Departing from the resort’s private marina, the fleet of quality diving boats of our Baracuda Diving Center – Lahami Bay can reach in 10 to 60 minutes over 40 pristine dive sites.
Before the opening of Lahami Bay , those sites were reachable only by means of live aboard safari boats on lengthy trips. Among those dive sites, in the immediate vicinity of Lahami Bay are the renown reefs of Sataya, Malahi, Abu Galawa, Shaab Maksur, as well as several shipwrecks. New dive sites are being continuously discovered in the surrounding mostly uncharted waters of the South. Lahami Bay House Reef is in itself a diving destination.
Starting less than a hundred meters from the beach, countless coral barriers, patches and pillars at depths from 15 to 60 meters extend into the sea in kilometre long formations.
This unique house reef system offers unlimited possibilities for daytime, early morning and night diving, either directly from the beach, or by means of designated small house reef boats. We have plenty more options for Diving in the Red Sea