15 Best Things To Do in Marsa Alam, Egypt

Marsa Alam is popular among the tourists as one of the best sea resort towns along the coast of Red Sea. The sandy beaches and crystal blue water of the Red Sea are quite unparalleled. The part of the sea it occupies, the U-shaped Abu Dabab Bay, is a breeding ground for sea turtles. Together with the warm and sunny beaches, coral reefs and great surfing options, Marsa Alam is the place to be if you want something other than history and art in Egypt. You can also visit tourist attractions in Marsa Alam like Dolphin House, Astronomy Center, Marsa Soona Bay.

Here's the list of places to visit and 15 best things do in Marsa Alam:

1. Elphinstone Reef 

Elphinstone Reef is the fascinating attraction of Marsa Alam. The reef is full of wild sea creatures like sharks and barracudas as well as friendly ones like dolphins and turtles. The reef is deep and full of mysterious caverns and coral reefs that make the diving a lifetime experience. Although meant for more expert divers and veterans, newbies can learn and dive to the shallower places.

2. Aqua Coraya

For a day off from the natural waters and some fun with the artificial ones, visit Aqua Coraya. It has excellent water rides guarded by the security and lifesavers all the time. Once you are done and dusted with all the splashing and squealing, the drinks and snacks bar will charge you up instantly. It is a great place to spend with friends and family.

3. Dolphin House at Samadai Reef

The Dolphin House at Sha’ab Samadai Reef is a diving site where you can see dolphins in their natural habitat from up close. The offshore reef has a portion of the lagoon where Spinner dolphins live in their usual pods. There are dolphins of all sizes, and you can swim and snorkel alongside the friendly creatures. 

4. Sharm El Luli

Sharm El Luli in English means ‘paradise,’ and the place is nothing short of it. Azure blue waters stretching till the horizon starting from the hot, sandy beaches make it one of the best attractions of Marsa Alam. You can take a walk along the beach, rest upon the occasional rocky outcrops or even swim out easily, if the tide is low. 

5. Sataya Reef

Just like the Samadai Reef, this is also a major attraction at the south-eastern tip of Fury Shoal diving spot off Marsa Alam. The lagoon at the reef resembles a horse show. You can spot even more aquatic creatures here, like fusiliers, Spanish dancers, parrotfish and Oceanic white-tip sharks. Deep sea diving for the experts and snorkeling for the amateurs are the popular sports.

6. Wadi Gemal

Go to the south of Marsa Alam, and you will encounter the vast stretches of rugged coastal plains called Wadi Gemal or in English, the Valley of Camels. Wadi in Arabic means a channel or a ravine, and there are one flowing inlands of this park through a mangrove forest along the coastline. Once known to be the mining grounds of minerals and stones for the Pharaohs, it is now a tourist attraction with some flora and fauna to be explored. 

7. Cleopatra’s Mines

Although a part of Wadi Gemal National Park, Cleopatra’s Mines deserve a separate mention. The powerful and mighty Egyptian queen who refused to be ill-treated for being a woman had immense love for the green colored precious stone Emerald. It is a legend that one of the mounds in Wadi Gemal used to be a supplier of emeralds to the queen. The legend also says that it is the first ever emerald mine and the sole source of the gem for the Roman Empire afterward.

8. Marsa Mubarak

It seems like there is no dearth of diving sites in Marsa Alam, and there should not be. In the modern era, its attractive and exotic coral reefs are the factors depending on which the place built up its tourism and economy largely. Marsa Alam is yet another of such diving reefs in the south of Port Ghalib. But this place is also famous for the visits by green sea turtles and dugongs quite frequently. 

9. Astronomy Center

Deserts and stargazing go hand in hand. But you do not always need to lie down in the sand to enjoy that. The clear night skies of Marsa Alam can be enjoyed from the Astronomy Center, with the help of special devices like giant wide screens and Astro Laser. The stories behind the mysteries of our huge universe will be explained to you in an interesting manner. 

10. Kitesurfing at Marsa Alam Beach

This is more of an activity rather than an attraction. But the multiple kitesurfing arenas on the Marsa Alam beaches are as fun and exciting as the diving and swimming. There will be professionals to show you how to do it, and all sorts of safety measures will be taken. You need to let your hair down and enjoy the wind and the sea.

11. Port Ghalib Marina

Port Ghalib Marina does not exactly offer something that the rest of the attractions do not. But on the other hand, it is an exquisite marina area where everything from diving, snorkeling, launch trips, sunbathing, swimming, surfing to shopping, eating and drinking can be done – all within easy walking distance. You also get to rent a desert safari trip or the traditional desert camel ride over here.

12. Marsa Soona Bay

Marsa Soona beach is for those who love to remain away from the crowd and simply enjoy a day out at sea under the sun. Ten times more peaceful than the other diving and snorkeling areas, the Marsa Soona Bay is naturally full of much more sea creatures, ready for you to explore. You can find scorpions, coral gobies, lionfish, morays, pipefish, clownfish and so on. 

13. El Qusair 

El Qusair is the best shopping center around. It might take around half an hour’s drive from the outskirts of Marsa Alam, but you will get everything that you want or need. From regular items like jewelry, leather products, perfumes, and oils to antique things like papyrus, they sell everything. But beware of conmen and fake products at all times.

14. Mara's Dolce en Salato Gastronomia Restaurant

A continental café and pizzeria along the beach, Mara's Dolce en Salato Gastronomia is a reasonable haunt to visit when you are famished from all the diving and snorkeling. It serves well-sauté pasta, pizzas with a thin crust and delicious toppings and many other from their extensive menu. 

15. Stella del Mare

Stella del Mare serves you one of the best seafood in the city. With cozy interiors, comfortable seating and courteous staff, there can be no other place to dine if you want a well-cooked lobster or delicious crab cakes. They serve other cuisines like Italian and American as well.

Enjoy all these and more in this historic town of Egypt. If you have time, you can book trips for longer journeys like to Luxor, Aswan or even Cairo – it will be worth the money and the effort.


Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Marsa Alam, Egypt

Must see places in Marsa Alam ranked on popularity. Here is the complete list of Marsa Alam tourist attractions & points of interest.

  1. # 1 of 15 Things To Do in Marsa Alam | Added 275 times in trip plans
    Sharm El Luli

    Tags: Beach, Walking Area

    Address: Halaieb We Shalatein, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Translated as “Paradise” in English, the Sharm El Luli is a sandy beach and lagoon that falls 60 km south of Marsa Alam. It is a long stretch of shimmering beach shore with few rocky outcr...Read more

  2. # 2 of 15 Things To Do in Marsa Alam | Added 162 times in trip plans
    Elphinstone Reef

    Tags: Water Body, Scuba

    Address: Al Qusair - Marsa Allam Rd, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Every diver enthusiast would know Elphinstone Reef as one of the most exciting places for diving in the world. This reef is replete with gentle, vibrant corals and fish species along with the terrifyi...Read more

  3. # 3 of 15 Things To Do in Marsa Alam | Added 143 times in trip plans
    Marsa Mubarak

    Tags: Scuba, Snorkeling

    Address: Marsa Alam, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Marsa Mubarak is the largest bay that falls in the south of Port Ghalib in Marsa Alam. This place is famous for nestling various diving and snorkelling opportunities for which people get attracted to ...Read more

  4. # 4 of 15 Things To Do in Marsa Alam | Added 68 times in trip plans
    Sataya Reef

    Tags: Adventure Sport, Scuba, Snorkeling , Adults

    Address: Marsa Alam, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Better known as Dolphin Reef to the international tourists, Sataya is situated at the south-eastern tip of the Fury Shoal diving area off Marsa Alam. It boasts of an interesting shape o...Read more

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    Port Ghalib

    Tags: Hotel, Bar, Restaurant, Water Sport

    Address: Marsa Alam, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Marsa Alam has recently experienced the surge in tourism owing to many factors such as the opening of an International Airport recently in 2003. Port Ghalib is a newly developed Marina area that house...Read more

  6. # 6 of 15 Things To Do in Marsa Alam | Added 257 times in trip plans
    Wadi Gemal

    Tags: Outdoors, Mountain, Park, Desert

    Address: Qesm Marsa Alam, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Translated as the Valley of Camels, the Wadi Gemal is a huge area of land with coastal area that lies to the south of Marsa Alam.  Inside this gigantic park, there are varied ecological habitats ...Read more

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    Marsa Shoona Bay

    Tags: Beach, Walking Area, Leisure

    Address: Marsa Alam, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Marsa Shoona bay is one of the picturesque beaches that adorn Marsa Alam. Here, apart from spending some leisure time, you can also watch turtles passing by. People who love isolation like to visit th...Read more

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    Gebel El Rosas

    Address: Halayeb We Shalateen Rd, Qesm Marsa Alam, Red Sea Governate, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Also called as the Oriental Bay after the Oriental Bay Hotel here, this area looks picturesque enough to catch your attention. This is a fringing reef that has a sandy offering safe water activities o...Read more

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    Iberotel Coraya Beach Resort Marsa Alam

    Tags: Water Park, Entertainment, Leisure

    Address: Al Qusair - Marsa Allam Rd, Qesm Al Qoseir, Red Sea Governate, Egypt

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Located inside the famous Iberotel Coraya Beach Resort in Marsa Alam, the Aqua Coraya is a beautiful and fun filled water park that offers immense entertainment to people who visit it. Recently opened...Read more

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    Astronomy Center

    Address: Km 23, Marsa Shagara, Marsa Alam, Egypt

    Timings: 07:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    There is no other way to appreciate the beauty of any desert than to stargaze. At the astronomy centre in Marsa Alam, the astronomers help you to understand the mystery of the Universe. Equipped with ...Read more

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    Intercontinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort

    Tags: Leisure, Spa, Resort

    Address: The Palace Port Ghalib, P.O. Box 23, Port Ghalib , Marsa Alam, Red Sea, Egypt

    Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Details

    Located at the famous area of Port Ghalib, the Six Senses Spa is a treat to the tired self. This spa is a popular destination for people who are looking for a unique and enriching wellness experience ...Read more

  12. # 12 of 15 Things To Do in Marsa Alam
    Port Ghalib Marina Image

    Address: Egypt

    Google Reviews

    I only had an hour there but it was really good, nothing to complain about! Good place to have a walk, relax, have a drink or dinner!

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    The Three Corners Equinox Beach Resort Image

    Address: KM 31 Marsa Alam Road، Marsa Alam، البحر الأحمر 84712, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details
    Google Reviews
    Ondřej Zdeněk

    This hotel would be rated 10/10. Nice and quiet Hotel with beautiful beaches. The sea is beautifully clean and there are beautiful corals. The bar offers a pleasant stay. I can not decorate the animat...

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  14. # 14 of 15 Things To Do in Marsa Alam
    High Dam Image

    Address: Al Fawalah, Abdin, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Google Reviews

    المبني شكله جميل

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    Giza Necropolis Image

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 06:00 am - 10:00 pm Details
    Google Reviews
    Amro Abdelfattah

    Such a great and interesting attraction. It's one of my favorite scenes. It was a nice walk especially if your around with a local guide who gives you a short explanation about the history of these am...

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