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Marsa Alam, Egypt’s Red Sea options over 400 species of coral and reefs, along with lots of of magnificent fish species, sea animals, anemones, urchins, and extra. Here we’re going to spotlight the final word fantastic thing about Marsa Alam’s diving spots.
Marsa Alam is completely situated on the western shore of the Red Sea, Egypt. Recently, it’s chosen as top-of-the-line diving spots on the earth, from which you’ll utterly discover the southern Red Sea’s wonders. In addition to that, Marsa Alam gives a number of world-class resorts that line the coastlines charming seashores, and what makes it extra fascinating, it is just about four hours’ drive away from Hurghada.
Marsa Allam makes an ideal diving spot for many who are searching for new difficult dives and distinctive wildlife experiences. Its websites supply an actual alternative to dive with distinctive species of sea turtles, cute dolphins, dugongs, and manta rays.
Actually, the diving season in Marsa Alam is year-round, but the right time to dive in Marsa Alam is from May by means of August. We suggest visiting Marsa Alam in autumn when it’s quieter and the water temperature remains to be balmy. You ought to count on water visibility as much as 100 toes (30 m), however be sure that to ask an skilled concerning the good native dive websites and sea situations earlier than diving unguided. Pack a three mm or 5 mm wetsuit; relying in your chilly tolerance, and at all times carry a dive knife, torch, and DSMB.
Best diving spots in Marsa Alam
Abu Dabab Beach
Diving depth: Up to 25 meters
Location: 30 km north of Marsa Alam.
Water visibility: 5-20 meters; higher within the deeper areas
Suitable for: All diving ranges.
Abu Dabab is taken into account one of the vital in style seashores in Marsa Alam; it options many turtles and dugongs. It can be a dive website appropriate to all talent ranges, though it doesn’t include any coral reefs and never rare poor visibility. Professional divers rely it as one of the best place to get near sea turtles and the dugong.
Fortunately, the bay has lately been closed to boats making each snorkeling and scuba diving simpler and extra enjoyable. You can divide amongst a gaggle of the imperiled shark species – one of many world’s rarest sharks. It has weird however lovely seems to be as if a stingray had been crossed with an actual shark. Nothing to fret about, it’s not aggressive in any respect. However by no means contact them as a flip of its tail may dislodge your masks.
Elphinstone Reef (Sha’ab Abu Hamra)
Diving depth: From 20 as much as 70 meters (60 – 200ft)
Location: 50km northeast of Marsa Alam, and 10km from the shore.
Water visibility: 20-30 meters
Suitable for: Experienced divers solely
Amazing reef line lies within the open ocean, just a little over seven miles (12 km) from the Marsa Abu Dabbab shoreline. It takes round 20 minutes to get there by way of Zodiac from Marsa Alam. It is taken into account as one of many high reef plateaux in The Red Sea; it’s about 300 meters lengthy, 30 meters large, and 40 meters deep. Yet, at its edges, there are near-vertical cliff partitions. The west drop off is rather less vertical than the east and sandier with some overhangs and small caves.
Elphinstone makes an ideal choice in case you are searching for shark encounters, significantly the big and normally solitary oceanic whitetip. Many divers report as much as 4 sitings on a single dive! Please be cautious of those magnificent animals and by no means feed them. You can see sharks 12 months spherical, however they’re most quite a few from October to December.
The reef there attracts an infinite number of sea life together with jacks, tuna, blue lunar fusiliers, black snapper, and lone big barracuda. So, it’s higher to observe the reef from a distance.
It remains to be not but as well-known as different diving spots in Marsa Alam; few of the tour operators at present go to it. Yet, this gave it an extra privilege that makes of it a particular reef to go to. You most likely stand a greater probability of swimming near dolphins as opposite to what you may imagine, these pleasant however simply careworn animals. So, attempt to keep away from areas the place there are too many individuals and boats.
Samadai Reef (Dolphin House)
Diving depth: from 10 as much as 15 meters (32 – 49 ft)
Location: approx. 20km SE of Marsa Alam
Suitable For: All diving ranges
It is without doubt one of the hottest reefs in Marsa Alam; you’ll be able to take into account it one of many world’s most essential dolphin habitats. It’s dwelling for a big household of round sixty spinner dolphins. They are nocturnal animals and return each morning to the shallow waters of the reef to relaxation. It’s higher to not feed or play with the dolphins as it’s not pure for them and will trigger misery.
Samadai Reef is crescent-shaped with a small lagoon of sand and sea-grass inside, which is wealthy in marine life together with the normally elusive sea horses. You can even discover some underwater caves and not less than twelve coral towers! Remember, you need to solely discover the caves with an skilled information.
Hamada Wreck (Abu Gosoon Shipwreck)
Diving depth: from 0m as much as 18m
Location: 68km SSE of Marsa Alam
Water visibility: 15 to 30m
Suitable for: all diving ranges
The Hamada sank off a secluded shoreline south of Wadi El Gamal National Park in 1993. The wreck is exclusive because it’s appropriate for snorkelers, in addition to skilled and novice divers.
It is dwelling to younger corals, whereas the wreck itself is dwelling to numerous species, together with hump head wrasse, lionfish, butterflyfish, and moray eels. It is fringed with a few of the most superbly colourful coral reefs on the earth as a result of its sandy white seashores. It’s a fascinating website for diving that’s good for expertise the fragile concord and stability between man and nature.
Sherif Khalil is Owner of Dunes & Beyond. Dunes & Beyond gives luxurious excursions, Nile cruises and desert safaris in Egypt.
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