About Scuba Diving Marsa Alam
Scuba diving Marsa Alam is unique because you can take in all the natural beauty without needing to worry about the crowds of scuba divers found in areas of larger resorts. This also means that the environmental destruction caused by humans is minimal here.
If you are looking for a great scuba dive sites, filled with marine animals and brilliant coral reefs? Then you should go Scuba diving in Marsa Alam.
Whether you are a seasoned expert and want to scuba dive with sharks, if you want to dive down to sunken ship wrecks or into caves, or if you are a beginner and just want to enjoy the tranquil reefs Marsa Alam offers it all.
However, beginners would do better diving during the calmer and warmer summer months, as winds can be strong during the winter, leading to rough seas.
When is the best time to go scuba diving Marsa Alam?
In the summer months, Marsa Alam boasts ocean temperatures that average over 30 degrees Celsius, or 86 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a perfect climate for diving.
In January, the water temperatures tend to average around 24 degrees Celsius, or 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so even in winter, these dive sites can be warm and comfortable.
From May to September, a 3mm wetsuit is recommended, and you can wear a 5mm wetsuit during the colder months of the year.
Beware of rougher winds and seas, though, during the winter months of December through to February. In addition, be advised that during April and May, visibility be compromised due to a plankton bloom, which occurs seasonally.
One great thing about Marsa Alam is the climate. In the summer, overall temperatures rise but remain comfortable thanks to the sea breezes, and comfortable temperatures are also felt throughout the rest of the year, with hardly any rainy days.
Must see scuba dive sites when scuba diving Marsa Alam:
- Abu Dabab Reefs – Six reefs are found in this fairly shallow dive site a few miles out at sea, which also boasts a shipwreck, underwater cave, and visiting dolphins.
- Elphinstone Reefs – Featuring deep drop offs, this dive site is for experienced divers who are seeking encounters with wildlife including sharks and other large fish.
- Marsa Abu Dabab – Suitable for all divers, this relaxing site has no coral reefs but it does offer encounters with the very rare guitar shark, as well as the Dugong and sea turtles.
- Samadai Reef – This site is home to spinner dolphins, and to protect their population, there are restrictions on where and when you can dive here, but in addition to the dolphins, you can expect to see coral and the various animals that call it home.
Marine life found when scuba diving Marsa Alam:
Marsa Alam is an excellent location to see a variety of colorful coral reefs on your dives, but also an array of shark species, including the guitar shark and the oceanic white tip shark.
Of course, you will also see dolphins, sea turtles, sea horses, myriad fish that call the reefs home (such as jacks, tuna, blue lunar fusiliers, black snapper, and lone barracuda), as well as the unique Dugong which is an endangered species.
About Marsa Alam
Marsa Alam, Egypt’s southernmost resort area, is filled with natural beauty throughout, thanks to the fact that as early as 20 years ago, it was still just a small fishing village and hardly a tourist attraction. Today, diving in Marsa Alam is one of the world’s best-kept secrets, with its warm ocean currents that are brimming with sea life and magnificent coral reefs.
In addition to spectacular beaches, with their soft sand and warm breezes that will draw you in and relax and calm you, you can set forth on adventures through the desert and mountains that are nearby. Take in all the history that Marsa Alam has to offer, including rock inscriptions that are thousands of years old. And don’t forget that the weather is always guaranteed to be beautiful.
How to Get to Marsa Alam?
Getting to Marsa Alam is not difficult, especially if you are flying in from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria because you can get direct international flights from those locations.
However, if you are traveling into Marsa Alam from other countries, you will have to book a flight to Cairo, Egypt and then get a connecting flight through Egypt Air, which will land you in Marsa Alam. If you prefer, there are also bus and taxi services available for those who want to travel between cities in Egypt, such as from Cairo to Marsa Alam.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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