Best Things To Do in Marsa Alam, Egypt

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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 al Gimal 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 Gimal, 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.

Below we have a list of things to do in Marsa Alam and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Marsa Alam getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Marsa Alam with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Marsa Alam

Here is the list of things to do in Marsa Alam and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Sharm El Luli

    4.9 (275 Votes)
    Sharm El Luli

    Beach, Walking Area

    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 outcrops and some coral reefs. On some days, when the tide is low you can easily wade through the waters like you do in a lagoon. In the backdrop of its waters is the mountainous region that looks stunn...Read more
  2. Elphinstone Reef

    4.7 (162 Votes)
    Elphinstone Reef

    Water Body, Scuba

    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 terrifying ones such as hungry barracuda, dolphins and sharks.  Here, the divers can swim with some of the most dangerous yet fascinating of sea fishes. Although this place is more for expert divers, ...Read more
  3. Marsa Mubarak

    Scuba, Snorkeling

    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 it. What makes this place more attractive is that it receives frequent visits by the green sea turtles and a dugong. Some of its famous diving sites are: North Garden, North Wall, Inner Pinnacles, ...Read more
  4. Sataya Reef

    Adventure Sport, Scuba, Snorkeling , Adults

    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 of a horseshoe and is famous for spotting friendly mammals. If you decide to dive here, you will be able to encounter whitetips, fusiliers, Spanish dancers and parrotfish, at different depths, from ...Read more
  5. Port Ghalib

    Hotel, Bar, Restaurant, Water Sport

    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 houses plush hotels, happening restaurants and many bars to spend leisure time in Marsa Alam. Here the water sports enthusiasts can try on a range of activities such as diving, looking for dolphins, sno...Read more
  6. Wadi Gemal

    4.7 (257 Votes)
    Wadi Gemal

    Outdoors, Park, Desert, Bird Watching

    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 that nestle variety of animal and bird types including several endangered species. It spans a stretch of mangrove rich coast line and an extensive mountainous area inland which surround one of Egyp...Read more
  7. Marsa Shoona Bay

    Beach, Walking Area, Leisure

    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 this place as it remains solitary and aloof from the crowd. This bay area harbours a beautiful reef area full of colourful fishes such as pipefish, scorpions, coral gobies, crocodile fish, clownfish,...Read more
  8. Gebel El Rosas

    4.1 (228 Votes)
    Gebel El Rosas
    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 opportunities. This reef is located 18 km north of the city Marsa Alam and is known for its underwater fauna. While diving, you will come across a number of caves and caverns along with a great cora...Read more
  9. Iberotel Coraya Beach Resort Marsa Alam

    Water Park, Entertainment, Leisure

    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 in 2009, this park offers wonderful, healthy fun for all age-groups, with slides up to 10 meters height. What makes it even more important to visit is that it is the only Aqua Park near to Marsa A...Read more
  10. Astronomy Center
    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 special techniques such as Astro Laser, this attraction tells you the intricacies and concepts of universe in the best way possible. With the help of wide screens, you can see the images with full ...Read more
  11. Intercontinental The Palace Port Ghalib Resort

    Leisure, Spa, Resort

    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 to balance the senses and thereby ensuring a positive impact on their well-being. This spa combines Asian and Arabic treatments to relax and rejuvenate your body as well as soul. There are couple&r...Read more
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  13. High Dam

    Al Fawalah, Abdin, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
  14. Giza Necropolis

    4.5 (1 Vote)
    Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt
  15. KM 31 Marsa Alam Road، Marsa Alam، البحر الأحمر 84712, Egypt