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Scuba diving in Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam’s coastline offers lots of things to do, some excellent beaches and superb diving either from the shore, day boats or liveaboards.
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Diving in Marsa Alam

Quick facts

There’s plenty of shore diving here; dive centres arrange minibuses to other shore diving spots too, so it’s great choice if you really don’t like boats. Large comfortable boats make day trips, and Elphinstone excursions leave regularly. Some operators use smaller inflatable zodiac boats to zip you to dive sites. The shore diving is relaxed and calm and suitable for all levels, but some further sites like Elphinstone require more experience to enjoy comfortably.

Marsa Alam or more precisely Port Ghalib is a popular place to leave from to take a liveaboard holiday for Egypt’s more southern sites. St Johns, Daedalus, Fury Shoals, Brothers and Elphinstone are all big ticket dives on these cruises. Boats are large and comfortable and range in luxuriousness. On the whole the sites on the liveaboard itineraries are more suitable for advanced and experienced divers; many operators stipulate a minimum of 30 dives. These sites are deep and can experience some strong current.

When to go

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What to see

Expect to encounter dolphins on the way to dive sites by boat and maybe even underwater too. There's a resident manatee at one of the sites and lots of huge turtles to be seen. Crocodilefish are easy to find and pipefish squirm around the reef. While oceanic whitetips and hammerheads grace at Elphinstone, closer to shore you can see whitetips and bowmouth sharks too. Tuna and mackerel hunt along the reef and expect the usual clouds of anthias and swirls of fusiliers too.


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