Hamata Islands (Qulaan Archipelago)

The Hamata Islands

The Hamata Islands, a quartet of natural wonders, lie like hidden jewels off Egypt’s southern Red Sea Riviera. Positioned about 130 km south of Marsa Alam and 45 km north of the quaint settlement of Berenice, this region, once a well-kept secret, is now emerging as a destination of ethereal beauty.

The Egyptian Maldives: An Underwater Rainbow

Dubbed “the Egyptian Maldives” for their stunningly white sandy beaches, the Hamata Islands are surrounded by coral reefs bursting with vibrant colors, akin to an underwater rainbow. These pristine waters offer tranquil lagoons that are a snorkeler’s paradise, teeming with a rich tapestry of marine life.

A Sanctuary for Marine and Avian Life

As you explore these islands, expect to encounter an impressive array of birds, having chosen this idyllic location as their sanctuary. The surrounding waters are a haven for an array of marine creatures: graceful dugongs, playful dolphins, gliding rays, vibrant clownfish, and majestic marine turtles. The islands are surrounded by a kaleidoscope of Red Sea marine life, making every underwater excursion a discovery.

Scenic Vistas En Route

The journey to the Hamata Islands is as breathtaking as the destination itself. Along the way, you’ll be treated to views of majestic mountains, the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea, and glimpses of Wadi El Gemaal National Park. The route also passes by Sharm El Luli and the Qulaan area, known as the mangrove paradise, offering a visual feast of natural wonders.

Adventures Beyond Diving

While scuba diving remains a highlight in this marine utopia, the Hamata Islands offer a diverse array of activities:

  • Kite Surfing: Harness the wind and waves in an exhilarating dance on the sea.
  • Windsurfing: Glide across the water, merging skill and grace.
  • Bird Watching: Observe the rich avian life, a delight for nature enthusiasts.
  • Desert Trips: Embark on a journey into the vast, serene deserts.
  • Relaxation: Unwind on the unspoiled beaches, each a serene haven.
  • Fishing: Experience the joy of catching fish in these bountiful waters.

A True Escape into Nature’s Embrace

The Hamata Islands offer a rare escape into a world where nature’s beauty is preserved and cherished. From the vibrant underwater realms to the serene landscapes, each moment here is an invitation to immerse oneself in the tranquility and majesty of Egypt’s lesser-known paradise.

Created On 1 Jan 2019

Updated On January 28, 2024

MARSA ALAM Travel Guide
A group of people standing on sedimentary rock layers by the turquoise sea
Nature's audience - where the sea meets the layers of time
A black and white fish swims above vibrant coral in clear blue water
Life beneath the waves: a lone fish glides over a coral haven

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