The city with nearly 6,000 inhabitants is located about 270 kilometers south of the tourist stronghold Hurghada. In recent years Marsa Alam has grown from a village of low stone huts to a small town. The reason is the coastal road to Edfu, on which Marsa Alam is an important junction. Since 2001, the city can also be reached via the airport of the same name, which is located about 60 kilometers south of the city. If you are looking for relaxation and tranquility on vacation, this is the right place for you. Especially divers will find colorful coral gardens with soft and hard corals and unharmed reefs. Also water turtles are omnipresent, with a little luck you can even discover them during a snorkeling trip. Sunshine hours average between eight and eleven hours with an average of one rainy day, which usually falls in December.
The original fishing village of Marsa Alam is still relatively undeveloped for tourism, even the events during the revolution left the small town untouched. However, enthusiastic divers keep coming back because the famous dive sites, such as Dolphin House, Elphinstone Reef, Fury Shoals, Daedalus Reef, St. Johns Island, Zarbargad or Abbu Dabbab are unique opportunities to experience a pristine underwater world, full of fringing reefs and bays. Also the possibilities to observe marine animals like manta rays, dolphins, dugongs, eagle rays or sharks is unique. Far away from mass tourism you will find dreamlike diving regions that are second to none. Pre-booked diving safaris are also possible at any time. Wadi Gemal, an untouched desert island, where you can find not only corals, is always worth a visit. Gebel El Rosas is a reef, about 30 meters deep, here you can find everything you expect from a dive in Egypt. A special experience is the observatory "Astronomy Center", which is best reached by camel. Here you can experience an incredible starry sky, which will remain in your memory for a long time.
The climate in Marsa Alam can be described as dry and hot desert climate. There is hardly any precipitation all year round, only in December there can be a rainy day in between. When autumn colors the leaves in Europe, the temperatures in Marsa Alam are still the same as in summer. Both air and water temperatures drop only slowly and the sun shines from the sky for at least ten hours every day. Only in November and December the sunshine hours drop to 9 or 8 hours. So you can escape from the European daily routine and experience the high summer once again in autumn. Even when winter holds Europe in its clutches, it is still warm on Marsa Alam, even the water temperatures remain above 20 degrees. The air temperature is also cooled somewhat, but with lows of 14 degrees, winter-stricken Europeans still find unexpected warmth. So if you want to escape from winter, you will find the perfect climate in Marsa Alam.