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Marsa Alam, Egypt
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Hawker, Marsa Alam

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

The small village of Marsa Alam is one of Egypt's top sea and sun destinations. Not only does this stretch of Red Sea Coast boast sparkling seas it has the look and feel of a tropical paradise - coral reefs, sandy beaches, mangroves and palm trees. What's more, the southern dive sites host a whole range of sea life and are, as of yet, unspoiled. Spot tropical fish. See sharks and rays. Swim with dolphins. Watch green turtles and even dugongs. The one drawback? There's no movida on this strip of sand. There are no restaurants, outside of the hotels, and no markets or village shops. And even if one or two were built they would likely be distant. The resorts and dive camps at Marsa Alam are scattered north and south along the coast and many are a considerable distance - 50 kilometers or more - from the main village.
Getting There
 
The area of Egypt known as Marsa Alam stretches roughly 100 km (62 miles) along the Red Sea from Elphinstone Reef to Shams Alam. The main village is located 250 km (155 miles) south of Hurghada and roughly 60 km (37 miles) south of Marsa Alam airport. Numerous charter companies and low cost airlines offer direct service between Marsa Alam and European cities. Egypt Air offers service between Cairo and Alexandria and Marsa Alam. Air Memphis, an Egyptian charter company, connects Marsa Alam to Cairo and Hurghada but all flights are sold exclusively as part of a package.
Getting Around
 
Most resorts and dive camps are located a considerable distance from the airport and main village. Taxis can be booked at most front desks and are valid alternative for independent travelers. Area hotels offer a variety of sightseeing excursions but are often pricey. With a bit of legwork you can do it yourself for a much lower fee as most hotel tours are outsourced to local companies an not run in-house.
When to Travel
 
The best time to visit Marsa Alam is September through October and the month of March when the sea is calm and there is less chance of wind. The coldest month is February with an average daytime temperature of 22°C (71°F). The mercury pushes 40°C (104°F) in July and August. (Evenings are significantly cooler throughout the year.) The temperature of the sea ranges between 22°C (71°F) and 29°C (84°F). The windiest months are April, May, November and December and it is often too rough to snorkel and dive at this time of year. There are three peak seasons: February - April, July and August, and 25 December -10 January.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
The Red Sea Coast from Hurghada to Sudan is a protectorate. Leave no trace is essential for preserving the reefs. Don't touch the coral or feed the fish. Be conscious of your fins. Remove any rubbish. Don't collect coral, alive or dead. Bags are randomly checked at Egyptian airports and tourists found carrying coral are fined and in some cases barred from returning.
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