Tours & Excursions

Things To Do in Marsa Alam

Day One – Dolphin Encounters at Sataya Reef

Begin your Marsa Alam adventure by swimming with dolphins at the lesser-known but breathtaking Sataya Reef. Here, spinner dolphins play in waters less crowded than the famed Dolphin House, offering a more intimate experience. The reef itself is an underwater spectacle of pristine coral and crystal-clear waters, a short boat ride from Hamata. For those who prefer shallow waters, Abu Dabab offers encounters with turtles, dolphins, and the elusive dugong, all accessible from the sandy beach – perfect for families and novice snorkelers.

Day Two – Historical Journey to Luxor

Take a day (or two) to explore Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes. Just a few hours’ drive from Marsa Alam, Luxor is an open-air museum of Pharaonic Egypt, teeming with temples and historic monuments. Experience local life, wander through bustling souks, and enjoy a serene felucca ride on the Nile as the sun sets.

Day Three – Exploring El Quseir

Dedicate a day to shopping and sightseeing in the historic city of El Quseir. Visit the sixteenth-century Ottoman fort and stroll through the charming port. Shop in the local souks for authentic Egyptian goods at prices lower than hotel shops, but choose wisely as quality varies.

Day Four – Adventure on the High Seas or Sky

Opt for deep-sea fishing in Marsa Alam’s rich waters, or if you’re seeking a thrill, try kitesurfing at Mirage Resort. For a unique experience, head to Wadi Lahami’s legendary shallow lagoon for ideal kite surfing conditions, with soft, coral-free sand and a depth perfect for beginners.

Day Five – Desert Safari Adventures

Embark on a quad bike safari across the desert, or for a more leisurely pace, opt for a horse or camel safari. Witness stunning sunsets and starlit nights. Alternatively, delve deep into the Sahara on a jeep safari, perhaps visiting a Bedouin village or the ancient rock inscriptions of Wadi Hammamat.

Day Six – Port Ghalib by Night

Enjoy a night out at the burgeoning Port Ghalib marina. Savor Egyptian cuisine at seafront restaurants but be cautious with shopping – it’s a high-end area with prices to match. For better shopping deals, visit El Quseir or Luxor.

Day Seven – Beachside Relaxation

Conclude your week with a relaxing day at the beach. Engage in hotel-organized activities, explore local sea life, or unwind in a hammam, indulging in a traditional Middle Eastern soak and scrub.

Marsa Alam offers a diverse array of experiences, from underwater adventures and historical explorations to desert excursions and relaxing beach days. Each day presents an opportunity to immerse in the unique beauty and culture of this enchanting Red Sea destination.

Created On 1 Jan 2019

Updated On January 28, 2024

MARSA ALAM Travel Guide
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