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Dive area / region : Marsa Alam - See the map Scuba Diving in Marsa Alam

Best diving season : June  •  July  •  August  •  September  •  October
Recommended number of days to stay : 5 to 7 days
Number of dive sites : 16 to 20 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 21-25C : Thin Wetsuit
Average visibility : 30 meters plus
Average dives depth : 10 Meters
Type of currents : Medium level currents
Months when these currents are present : N/A
General surface conditions : Medium conditions
Wreck types : Old wooden ship  •  Recent world ships  •  Artificial wrecks
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Type of marine life : Anemone  •  Barracuda  •  Corals  •  Dolphins  •  Grouper  •  Jacks  •  Moray Eels  •  Nudibranch  •  Octopus  •  Plants  •  Reef Fish  •  Shark - Grey nurse  •  Shark - Hammerhead  •  Shark - Reef shark  •  Softcoral  •  Star fish  •  Tuna  •  Turtles
Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Semiclosed


Suit: 3mm or 5mm wetsuit (November - April), shortie for rest of the year
Type of diving: Reefs, walls, wrecks

This whole coast line is one huge fringing reef of exceptional quality with new dive sites being discovered all the time. Dive sites such as Elphinstone (famous for its hammerheads!) and Dolphin Reef, previously only accessible to southern Red Sea liveaboards, can now be dived by day boats from Marsa Alam.

For diving enthusiasts, The Red Sea is a treasure waiting to be discovered, boasting kilometres of beautiful coral reefs and an abundance of magnificently coloured sea life. While Egypt has become a popular destination for divers eager to experience the magic of The Red Sea at first hand, the spectacular dive sites of Marsa Alam still remain relatively uncrowded, allowing holiday makers to discover the area's ship wrecks, coral walls and underwater gardens in peace.

Marsa Alam's Top Red Sea Diving Spots Elphinstone: Situated 6.5 nautical miles from the Marsa Alam coast, the Elphinstone site is teeming with sea life including sea turtles and anthias. An impressive variety of sharks are also known to visit the reef, including hammerheads, grey reef sharks and from October to January, white-tip sharks. The Elphinstone site is suitable for sea users of all skill levels, from snorkellers to experienced divers.
The reef's northern plateau is very shallow, offering superb snorkeling possibilities, whilst the southern plateau is much deeper, with a drop-off at 30m (100ft) leading down to depths of up to 70m.
*Shaab Samadai (Dolphin House): Nicknamed Dolphin House in reference to the pod of 60 or so spinner dolphins that frequent the site, Shaab Samadai is a horseshoe shaped reef off of the southern Marsa Alam coast. In addition to the playful spinner dolphins that reside here, the shallow, turquoise lagoon is also populated by schools of reef fish including leopard groupers, lionfish and masked butterfly fish. Shaab Samadai has 3 distinct scuba diving areas; the outer reef, the underwater caves and the pinnacles located to the south of the reef, with depths varying from 5m to 25m.
*Fury Shoal: A network of hard coral formations make up the complex reef system of Fury Shoal. Inhabited by a variety of pelagic fish, dolphins and several species of shark, Fury Shoal is a diverse coral garden and a spectacular dive site. Aside from the endless colourful sea life, the lagoon also contains the wrecks of a tugboat and a sailing ship for your exploration.

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