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About Marsa Alam 

The best season to dive in Marsa Alam is between the months of June and September. It has 18 wonderful diving sites with a water temperature of 21 to 25 ° C. The average visibility is 30 meters and the average depth of the dive is 10 meters. Regarding the streams, we can say they have a medium level.

And about the marine life stand the following: anemones, dolphins, barracudas, corals, groupers, jacks, moray eels, octopus and nudibranchs.  Also, you may appreciate the reef fish, the gray nurse shark, Hammerhead shark, starfish, tuna and turtles.

All this splendid variety of marine life dwells among reefs, walls and wrecks resting on the seabed of Marsa Alam. The entire coastline is formed by a reef, which is in truly exceptional condition. The always attractive hammerheads are often found in a great dive site, called Elphinstone. You can see as well the dolphins from your boats, which departs from Marsa Alam.

Diving in Egypt’s Red Sea

The Red Sea in general is a gem for diving and it has not yet been sufficiently explored. As divers worldwide go realizing the magnificence of its spectacular reefs and its magnificent marine life, these waters shall be taken as the best diving destination after all. Egypt has become little by little in a popular diving destiny to perform the best marine sport. All this waters magic from Marsa Alam have spectacular coral walls, beautiful marine gardens and so many wrecks full of marine life where they found their final destination. 6.5 nautical miles from the coast of Marsa Alam, we can find the Red Sea Spots found the Elphinstone, where you can enjoy sea turtles and Anthias.

Marine life in the Red Sea

An immense variety of sharks are the attraction for the divers of this site. Together with the hammerhead sharks, gray reef sharks and white tip sharks (especially between October and January) are highlighted. The waters of the plateau north of the Elphinstone reef are shallow, so they are most suitable for beginner divers. In the south plateau the waters are deep, with a fall in 30 meters which lead to depths of 70 meters. On other hand there are groups of up to 60 dolphins frequenting the Shaab Samadai, also called “Dolphin House.” This site is a horseshoe-shaped reef located outside the southern coast of Marsa Alam.

Besides the playful and sweet spinner dolphins, we can find living there an interesting variety of reef fish stocks as the masked butterfly fish, groupers leopard and lion fish. The home of these beautiful species is a precious turquoise lagoon.

Most spectacular dives 

Shaab Samadai has three amazing diving sites, one of them the exterior reef. Moreover, the spectacular underwater caves. In addition we have the Pinnacles that is at the south of the reef, and which have depths ranging between 5 and 25 meters. On other hand we have a site denominated Furia Shoal that is a network of hard coral formations, which form a complex reef system.  These reefs are the home for a great variety of pelagic fish, dolphins and several species of sharks that move by a magnificent coral garden. The turquoise lagoon, which we mentioned before, contains the remains of a sailing ship and a tug plethoric of marine life to explore. The reef complex is considered one of the most notorious reef topographies worldwide.

The turtles, stingrays, the Spinner dolphins, dugongs and the inevitable sharks are just some of the species that live in these reefs. Talking about figures, we have in the Red Sea (in general) and Marsa Alam specifically, for every meter of coral about $ 300,000 generated annually from tourism (including, of course, tourism diving). And for each shark it can generate up to $ 100,000 a year. These great figures demonstrate the quality of diving that you can practice in this area. It should be noted that the huge reef formations allow juveniles of the most varied species, the fish thrive is not an easy prey for larger predators.  For this reason, you can find fish of all shapes, sizes and colors that make diving an extraordinary experience for others.

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