Marsa Alam is a resort town on the Red Sea in Egypt. It’s renowned for its sandy beaches and coral reefs. The U-shaped Abu Dabab Bay is known for its sea turtles and dugongs (sea cows). Kite-surf site El Naaba Lagoon is separated from the open sea by a coral reef. Wadi El-Gemal National Park, south of the town, encompasses desert, sea grass beds, reefs and islands.
What to see in Marsa Alam?
Marsa Alam is primarily visited as a diving site so it is expected that it abounds in beaches and coral reefs. With recent surge in tourism here, most of the attractions here have been made tourist friendly.
Visit the new Port Ghalib Marina and experience a lovely stay in its luxurious hotels, resorts and berthing space for about 1000 yachts. For those who are interested to do something more than diving can visit the National Parks of Gebel Elba and Wadi El Gemal which are home to a stunning variety of birds and desert animals.
The central attraction of Marsa Alam is the Elphinstone Reef which is a sheer 70-metre coral wall where whitetip reef sharks and giant turtles circle above your head. There’s also Samadai Reef, a place where wild spinner dolphins come together.
For those who are interested in history can go to the south of Marsa Alam and see Wadi El Gemal, which translates as Valley of the Camels. As you make a visit to the national park, don’t forget to see an ancient emerald mine, which supposedly supplied Cleopatra with her favorite piece of jewelry. Take day trips to the different attractions, and you will be able to experience the city in the best way possible.
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