Marsa Alam Egypt

Marsa Alam Egypt is a tropical paradise boasting a rich blue sea with coral reef barriers, and beaches that are, well paradise. It is popular with windsurfers, scuba divers, snorkelers and sun worshipers a like.  For diving enthusiasts, Marsa Alam’s diving sites  are considered to be a wonderful treasure waiting to be discovered, brimming with coral reefs and an abundance of magnificently colored sea life where spinner dolphins and sea turtles swim freely.

Adventure seekers have plenty of attractions to discover in the deserts near Marsa Alam. Visitors can go on quad bikes or jeep safaris off-road into the desert, and combine it with a visit to a Bedouin village, marking an unforgettable and adventurous experience. A mouthwatering barbecue dinner and a camel ride cannot be missed while visiting a Bedouin village.

If you are a history buff, then this is the right city. It is believed that the Pharaohs mined brilliant green emeralds in the mountainous areas of the Eastern Desert southwest of Marsa Alam. The Cleopatra Mines or Mons Smaragdus  became the most famous mining complex in the ancient world, and at various times the mines at Wadi Gemal , Wadi Nuqrus and Gebel Zabara were in use during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. If you are interested in tracing back the Roman glory, the Roman Settlement of Myos Hormos  is not far from Marsa Alam.

Being a relatively remote location that enjoys a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, Marsa Alam is considered the ideal destination for honeymooners. As the night falls, the stars light up the sky and Marsa Alam is  transformed into a romantic getaway.  With crystal blue waters, tranquil sandy beaches, and the mysterious touch of the desert, Marsa Alam is the ideal gateway from a mundane life and conventional vacation spots.  Come visit beautiful Marsa Alam Egypt!

Marsa Alam Weather (When to Visit)

The Weather is sunny and dry all year round. There is a lot of wind especially from November to February. Air temperature varies depending on the season.  You can expect 75°F on average from October to March.  Air temperature is much higher in Summer from April to September and is usually around 95°F.  The best times to visit Marsa Alam goes from mid-March to mid-April, and from mid-October to mid-November: in these periods you can enjoy a warm or hot (but not too much) weather, and the sun shines but it’s not at the zenith. In summer the heat can be too intense, although typically the wind blows, and being the sea very warm you can escape in the water for long periods, maybe for snorkeling. But you must be prepared to periods of extreme heat, in which even lying under beach umbrella can be tiring.  In winter, it can sometimes get a little cool for beach life, especially for those who are sensitive to cold, although in the central hours of the day you may well sunbathe.

Best Marsa Alam Beaches

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A site that has become famous in the area for the huge Green Sea Turtles and Dugong visiting it’s seagrass area right next to the beach. Turtles can be found in as little as 1 meter depth.  Many types of beautiful reef fish can be seen on the reef, and with luck you will swim with the Dugong when it is present at the site feeding on the seagrass.

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It’s a pristine fine as talc white sandy beach that puts the Maldives in the shade.  At low tide (and the tidal range here is limited) it’s a perfect lagoon and it’s easy to wade in thanks to the gentle gradient of the sea bottom which eventually leads out to deeper waters with a maximum depth of 20 meters to the shore side of the reefs.  There is an impressive diversity of fish, as well as many different types of colorful coral.

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The four Hamata Islands are located off the remote and wild southern Red Sea Riviera of Egypt, about 130 km south of Marsa Alam and 45 km north of the small settlement of Berenice. The islands are fringed with some of the most beautifully colorful coral reefs you can find anywhere in the world, sandy beaches so white that the archipelago is sometimes referred to as “the Egyptian Maldives” and tranquil lagoons where you can snorkel and admire the abundant and diverse sea life.

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Close to the well-tended natural reserves of the Valley of the Camels, Gorgonia Beach is a little way out of Marsa Alam. Still it’s ideal for those looking for a more structured way to spend your time by the sea. Beach umbrellas and inviting, comfortable loungers lace the sands here, while amenities, food and drink are all at hand.


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Abu Dabbab Bay has one of the best sandy beaches in the Marsa Alam region but is deservedly better known as being one of the few places in the world where you can sometimes dive and swim with the endangered dugong “sea cow.”   Experience the marine life of the Red Sea up close snorkeling at Abu Dabab Beach. It is considered one of the prettiest bays of the Marsa Alam region where you can encounter native wildlife such as giant sea turtles and dugongs.

Marsa Alam Tours & Activities

Day Tour to Luxor

Rather than spend the long journey to Luxor cramped in a minibus or coach, travel in style with a private vehicle and your own personal Egyptologist. Check off key highlights of ancient Egypt: the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Temple of Karnak, and enjoy a restaurant lunch. If you finish early, or if shopping’s a priority, explore the bazaar.  Learn more about the Luxor Day Tour.

Early Morning House Reef Dive

Scuba Diving in our beautiful bay is a breathtaking experience. You will have the opportunity to swim right next to the most amazing creatures in the Red Sea. Your eyes will be amazed with all the colours and life that is in the surroundings of our house reef!  Learn more about the Early Morning House Reef Dive.

Amazing Sailing Nile Cruise from Aswan for 1 night

To enjoy sun set and sun rise while cruise sail above the Nile River which has many secrets. You can be one of a lot who desire to find out some of these secrets. Their professional tour agent will give you a full Egyptology tour.  Learn more about the Amazing Sailing Nile Cruise from Aswan.

Amazing Tour 4-Day 3-Night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor

Amazing Trip To Discover The Realty Nile River cruise is undeniably one of the best ways to see the ruins of Ancient Egypt as well as modern life along the banks of the Nile. This 5-star luxury cruise travels between Aswan and Luxor for 4 days and takes you into the heart of Egypt with daily excursions to major landmarks. Select an upgrade for a private option that means personalized attention from your own guide.  Learn more about the Amazing 4-day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor.

Sunset Desert Safari Trip By ATV Quad

Enjoy a wonderful Sunset trip by quad bike to explore the Charming desert of Marsa Alam. experience driving between the mountains of Marsa Alam with an enjoyable chance to see the Bedouin life and seeing the amazing sunset view of the Eastern desert.  Learn more about the Sunset Desert Safari Trip by ATV Quad.

Best Marsa Alam Restaurants

Dolce e Salato  $11 – 30

The best Italian food in Marsa Alam, prepared by Mara from Rome. Pizzas are shortcrust, made using extra virgin olive oil, and range from a simple Margherita to pepperoni, mozzarella and tomato. The pastas and salads are equally good, and there are burgers and sandwiches as well. Coffee is Italian-style, as are desserts, including homemade biscuits. Beach delivery available.  Telephone:  +39 0931 835225  Web:   Dolce e Salato.

Al Sultan Restaurant  $11 – 30

Al Sultan restaurant and lounge bar has been designed with a warm and oriental feel offering an unique panoramic view over Port Ghalib International Marina. The lounge bar offers a full range of drinks including a selection of Whisky, Brandy and Liqueurs, cocktails, soft drinks and beer and coffee. Special events and live music shows with professional musicians, dancers and singers delivers to customers an unique musical experience. Telephone:  +20 101470 7776  Web:   Al Sultan Restaurant.

Divino  $11 – 30

Delight your sense with authentic Italian cuisine. Try their amazing menu and extensive beverage list, and if you are looking for a special night out, don’t miss their parties! Telephone:  +20 1097 832888  Web:   Divino.

Bicafe  $11 – 30

Enjoy their exquisite sushi bar and cocktails with a dazzling view of the Marina! Try their specialty drinks or find a quiet corner to just chill and smoke your flavored shisha. Telephone:  +20 1002 209225  Web:   Bicafe.

Hakuna Matata  $11 – 30

Hakuna Matata is a restaurant with an international à la carte menu.  Every day they prepare fresh fish, seafood, various types of meats, salads, pastas, pizzas and much more.   With a beautiful view of the marina why not start your day with breakfast at Hakuna Matata.  Handmade croissants, fresh orange, mango juice, guava or coffee, delicious sandwiches will be a beautiful way to start the next day of your holiday.  If you feel like lunch, they have a wide selection of soups, salads, pastas and pizzas for you.  They also invite you to a unique selection of dishes for dinner: fish, seafood, lamb, steaks. Telephone:  +20 122 594 4903  Web:  Hakuna Matata.

Best Marsa Alam Bars

Wunder – Bar

Chill out and try their ice-cold beers, cocktails and sangria. Taste some of our most delicious menu options, like steaks, fresh fish and tapas.Listen to the cool beats from guest D.J. and watch live sport on HDTV. Telephone:  +20 1024 955563  Web:   Wunder – Bar.

Al Sultan Lounge Bar

The lounge bar offers a full range of drinks including a selection of Whisky, Brandy and Liqueurs, cocktails, soft drinks and beer and coffee. Special events and live music shows with professional musicians, dancers and singers delivers to customers an unique musical experience.  Telephone:   +20 101470 7776  Web:   Al Sultan Lounge Bar.

La Plaj & Sailor’s Beach Bars

La Plaj and Sailor’s Beach Bars are the perfects places to enjoy a refreshing drink or cocktail in casual ambiance while enjoying the stunning view of the bay or a chat with friends. They are located in the Brayka Resort.  Telephone:  +20 106 663 9615  Web:   Brayka Resorts.

Zuzu’s Bar

Located in the Steigenberger Coraya Beach Hotel. A pleasant billiards bar, where you can enjoy a game or two with friends over a drink. Telephone:  +20 65 3750000  Web:   Zuzu’s Bar.

Best Marsa Alam Hotels

Diving Station – Reef Villa

Occupying a beachfront location, Diving station – Reef Villa is located in Marsa Alam. It offers an on-site diving and water sports center and a restaurant that serves all 3 meals. Snorkeling can be arranged upon request.  All the rooms at Reef Villa are simply decorated. Each one offers a sea view and a wardrobe. The bathroom is fitted with a bath or a shower.  At Diving Station – Reef Villa you will find a 24-hour front desk, barbecue facilities and a terrace.

The Three Corners Sea Beach Resort

The Three Corners Sea Beach Resort is a romantic resort offering a flat screen TV, a refrigerator, and a minibar in the rooms, and it is easy to stay connected during your stay as free internet access is offered to guests. The resort features a 24 hour front desk, room service, and a concierge. Plus, guests can enjoy a pool and breakfast, which have made this a popular choice among travelers visiting Marsa Alam.

Bliss Marina Beach Resort

Bliss Marina Resort we offer sun & fun to fill your days in our fabulous Water Slides & Water Park and beautiful pool area or on our huge 300 m long sandy beach, we have something for the whole family.  The Bliss Marina Beach Resort has 110 family rooms and suites, all of them overlooking the pool and /or magnificent Southern Red Sea.

Steigenberger Coraya Beach

A holiday for two at the five stars adults only Steigenberger Coraya Beach is a real paradise for all your senses! With its original Nubian style and 800 meters long sandy beach, the resort enjoys a unique blend of both southern Egypt and the Red Sea notes and flavors. To add an extra notch, the 364 rooms are built in groups of bungalows, with a spectacular sea, pool and garden view, prepared to host you with their elegant furniture and comfortable facilities.

Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort

On the West Coast of Egypt’s Red Sea with a beachfront location, this resort looks like a small village surrounding 4 outdoor pools. It features a 24-hour gym and rooms with views of the Red Sea.  The wide dining choice includes a Bedouin-themed cafe with water pipes and belly dancing. The main restaurant offers oven-baked pizzas and a dessert buffet. Salads and grilled kebabs can be ordered at the poolside bar.  The air-conditioned rooms of Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Res have elegant contemporary décor, balconies and flat-screen TVs. They include wood ceiling beams and mosaic bathrooms with frameless showers.  Guests of Hilton Marsa Alam can book diving excursions in Abu Dabab Bay reef.


  1. Mick Krug

    Who would think that Egypt would have such great beaches. Wow, Marsa Alam rivals anything in the Caribbean. It has everything that you want in a good beach vacation. According to the pictures, the skin diving and snorkeling must be great. A camel ride anyone? Great video!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, a camel ride! I love camels anyway, so a camel ride along a beautiful beach and in Egypt….could not get better! And yes, Marsa Alam Egypt does rival anything in the Caribbean!

  2. Robert M Doyle

    I never knew there was so many fun things to do in Egypt, as well as seeing beautiful beaches. I always thought of it as drab, Pyramids, windstorms, and sand that is immense and quite intense, such as is depicted in Disney’s Alladin animated film. Glad to learn about this. Would love to have a camel ride!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      When visiting Marsa Alam Egypt, you have to do the camel ride! That is a definite must for sure. Along with visiting Sharm El Sheik. Glad you enjoyed reading and learning more about this wonderful beach destination. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. stefanie taylor

    I love Egypt, and have been twice to Sharm El Sheik but we only ventured out of that area once to go to the old market.
    There is just so much to do there and the scuba diving, or even just snorkeling is not to be missed; coral reefs everywhere, and you can actually swim among the colourful tropical fish.

    And the Bedouin camel ride is not to be missed, and was one of the best parts of the trip for me. You just have to be careful you agree a price before you go on a camel ride otherwise you will find that you end up paying a lot more than expected (this happened to us and the guy wouldn’t let us off the camel until we had paid up lol). It’s funny now 🙂

    Anyway, can’t recommend Egypt enough as you get everything that you would normally get from a tropical holiday for a much cheaper price!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I would have to agree with you Stefanie 100%. This is just one of those places not to be missed. Not just for the beach lover, but it has so much more to offer, that is for sure. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave comments.

  4. Evan Cruz

    Hello there Leahrae, great post on Marsa Alam; I never knew that there were these many options here for scuba diving and snorkeling along with those ancient temples! The ones that caught my eye were the Hamata Islands, especially with our description and picture of the nice coral reefs and that catamaran over the water! Thanks.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed Evan! Marsa Alam Egypt is definitely a wonderful beach destination with so much more to offer! Thanks for reading.

  5. piseth

    beautiful..a lot of beautiful pictures and videos

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes, I agree…..very beautiful 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Melinda

    I had never heard of Marsa Alam. It sounds like a beautiful place. I definitely would need 2 weeks to see everything that I want to check out!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Definitely two weeks for Marsa Alam for sure. So much to see and do, yet also to just relax and take in the sun and sand. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Brandon

    WOW you blew my mind with passport, to hotel and resort purchasing prices. I’m looking to check out more on the sataya reef it sounds like a definite yes. Blue vision diving hotel is only 6 minutes away from the beach and I know I have the best tv when comes time to start heading in, but that’s the east of my worries. Thank you,


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome Brandon. Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations and come back for more wonderful locations!

  8. Kevin Ferguson

    I love this! So much helpful information, always thought about going to egypt but never liked the unknown, this has definately helped with choosing a destination as your information looks solid, look forward to browsing more and finding that perfect place!


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Glad you enjoyed reading about Marsa Alam Egypt. Wonderful beach destination and so much more. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  9. Mick Krug

    I’ll bet not too many people have heard of Marsa Alam, Egypt in our hemisphere. The beaches look very nice. Very similar to some of our Caribbean island beaches. Lots of things to do here. I really enjoyed the video. Is it safe for americans to travel there? I hope so.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Mick, very safe to travel to Marsa Alam Egypt. No, not too many have heard of this wonderful beach destination. But, it is a wonderful place with beaches that are listed as the top beaches in the world. Paradise really! Thanks for stopping by and visiting Marsa Alam Egypt.

  10. Markeysha Evans

    Great information. I have always wondered about other tropical resort places out side of the Caribbean. This article really opened my eyes to Egypt. Bookmarking this and subscribing.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Markeysha! There are really so many wonderful tropical paradises all over the world. I am glad you subscribed. You will learn about many of them thru my blog. Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

  11. Furkan

    I actually think of getting there with a bus. However I want to eat kebab there without breaking the bank. I know Hilton has it but I guess it would be really expensive there. Do you think Al Sultan Restaurant has a good variety of kebabs?

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      The Hilton is a GREAT hotel choice, and it is not going to break the bank for you. Some of the other Marsa Alam Egypt hotel choices I listed are a bit more expensive than the Hilton. I am not sure the extent of the kebab variety at the Al Sultan. I know that they do have them, and the food is wonderful. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

  12. shalisha alston

    Oh my goodness. Egypt! This place is amazing. I always pictured Egypt as one big dessert land. I had no idea how beautiful it is – especially the sea with its coral reefs. I bet the water is so clear, you can see far down into the water. I also thought that the temperature in Egypt is incredibly hot all year around, but I’m glad that’s not the case. More importantly, the weather is dry, not humid, like here in NYC. There’s so much rich history in Egypt. It would be magical to visit. I’d love to stay at the Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort in order to have a view of the Red Sea! I love the way you write about these travel destinations. You bring these places to life!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoy reading my travel posts 🙂 Egypt really is a perfect destination, and you will truly enjoy it here. There is so much to see and do, that anybody, even the beach bum, will be happy visiting. Thanks for stopping by beach travel destinations.

  13. Karin Nauber

    Thanks for this very comprehensive view of Marsa Alam. When I think of Egypt, I think of deserts and pyramids. You have opened my eyes to a whole new world! Thank you!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Good Karin! There is certainly a lot more to Egypt than the desert and pyramids. Although, I am fascinated by it all and to be able to see the desert, the pyramids, the history, and beautiful beaches….well that is a perfect vacation to me! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Daniella

    To tell you the truth, I am impressed! Egypt is way much beautiful than I imagined. It’s a dream destination:) I have close family in Isreal, and in September we are invited to do Roch Achana with them. It’s the new year in Isreal:) I will definitely go for a week in Egypt after the holiday ( Roch Achana). Just a question if you don’t mind. What currency is used in Egypt?

    Thank you for this excellent post!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      What a wonderful vacation you are going to have visiting Israel and Greece. I consider that a dream to be able to do two wonderful destinations in one trip. Here you will be using the Egyptian pound for currency. Thanks for visiting Marsa Alam Egypt Daniella.

  15. Andrew

    What a beautiful country. I love beaches, and I’d love to visit Egypt’s. Through your article, I have so many ideas and I see there are more options than I imagined. Thanks for this useful information!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Andrew for visiting beach travel destinations and learning about the wonderful beach destination Marsa Alam Egypt. They have some of the best beaches in the world, and the best part is that you can visit and find your spot without feeling all of the crowds that other beach travel locations tend to have.

  16. Nick

    WOW! Really great job with all the information about this destination! I’ve never been to Egypt but if I’m able to go one day, I will definitely be checking out this destination! Which of the hotels that you listed do you think would be the best to stay at? I mean price wise..

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I have to tell you that the hotels in Marsa Alam are really actually quite reasonable and I would go with the Hilton as my pick for a good price and a great hotel. It is a wonderful beach destination in Greece that is absolutely beautiful. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

  17. Eric

    Marsa Alam Egypt sounds like a beautiful location to relax and unwind. I have dreamt about going to a place and discovering a mummy but mostly in my dreams. Something about a tradition which involves a sarcophagus and mummification is quite fascinating although I doubt I would find enough time to enjoy each of the beaches.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I think with Marsa Alam, a good two weeks would be the amount of time needed to see everything if you are a history buff, and to also enjoy being outside and going to the beautiful beaches. I think finding a mummy, or even seeing one would be pretty cool! Thanks for visiting Marsa Alam Egypt.


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