World class diving and access to the legendary Elphinstone Reef
Marsa Alam is the gateway to the diving in the Southern Red and the abundant, pristine reefs. It used to be only accessed by liveaboards but now divers can access the diving directly from the shore. It's a combination of shore diving along the vast costal reef, some of which you can walk to and some by jeep, or day boats take you to the famous Elphinstone Reef and Sha'ab Samadai. If you want to get away from the crowds this is some of the best diving around.
LEARNING TO DIVE There are some some nice sheltered bays along the coastline of Marsa Alam which have some beautiful reefs. As a novice, some of the house reefs and shore diving are super places to train at however to make the most of the superb diving available here we would certainly say it is better to have a few dives under your belt. We can arrange for you to do your referral dives here in the UK with our sister company www.idiveteam.com and then you can do your qualifying PADI open water dives with one of our affiliated schools in Marsa Alam.
QUALIFIED DIVERS It's an easy start here in Marsa Alam as diving at house reefs is available at most of the hotels. You will soon want to move on to the world class diving that is on offer here. It's a combination excellent shore and boat diving with some impressive sites on both counts. The stunning soft and hard corals, a huge variety spectacular reef fish and interesting topography certainly have plenty for qualified divers to enjoy.
For shore divers it's somewhat a tradition to pay a visit to Marsa Abu Dabbab to try and spot Dennis the resident Dugong who dines on the sea grass in the middle of the bay. Aside from Dennis there is lots to see here on this easy shore dive with excellent reefs which are brimming with marine life. It's a well known mark for seeing turtles, guitar sharks and moray eels as well as a plethora of colourful reef fish.
If you want to make the most of your trip to Marsa Alam we can organise you trips to some of the further sites accessed by day boats. The legendary walls and drop offs make Elphinstone Reef such a spectacular dive. As you dive the dramatic walls which drop vertically into the deep blue you will float over the beautiful fans, soft coral, sponges and gorgonians. It's common to see sharks patrolling these areas waiting for the reef fish to stray too far from their home. There is also a good chance of seeing schooling hammerheads and oceanic white tip sharks at the northern plateau.
Diving with dolphins is on most divers bucket list so a dive site called Dolphin House, or the official name Sha'ab Samadai is an absolute must when you come to Marsa Alam. It is a big, horseshoe shaped reef which has created a gorgeous turquoise lagoon which has a pod of resident dolphins. The lagoon is shallow at only 10-15 metres towards the southwest tip of the main reef so it's a nice relaxed dive for all levels. The site has an amazing maze of tunnels and caves and layers of seagrass in which you can spot the hiding leopard groupers, lionfish, morays and many many more.
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