What to see and do
Reef Samadai is the most popular and famous landmark of Marsa Alam. It is also called the "dolphin bay". Near the reef there is a large population of wild dolphins, who always like to communicate with people. For 50 US dollars, you are hired to a reef Samadai by boat.
Gebel Elba National Park is the second most visited tourist attraction. It is 250 kilometers to the south of the resort, almost on the border with neighboring Sudan. Here you can see rare birds - crowned quail, deserted eagle owl and silver cheglovok.
This trip is considered by many tourists as doubtful, as it will take 3,5 hours by bus, and there is no guarantee that the birds you will see. To tell the truth, birds in general, few tourists are interested.
Wadi El-Gemal is also a national park. This is the only place in Egypt, where wild gazelles are still found. This park is convenient because it is very near the city of Marsa Alam - a 30-minute drive. There are mines in which they extracted emeralds, known as "Cleopatra Mines" or Mons Smaragdus.
In Wadi El Gemal you can ride a camel, and even become a professional driver, for which there is a special school. Given the global warming in the world, in a couple of decades it can be useful to us in Russia, do not miss this chance.
And, of course, diving. Marsa Alam is the "Mecca" of diving in Egypt on a par with the resorts of Dahab , El Qusair and El Gouna . If you are interested in the underwater world, but you do not want to dive into the water, then you can ride on a ship with a transparent bottom. It is very clean water, and the reefs are beautiful.
Marsa Alam is famous for sea turtles, which creep directly to the beach for the joy of tourists, especially children. Of course, we can not give a 100% guarantee of such an event, but here it often happens. This is an "untouched paradise", which is strikingly different from Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh.
From the city of Mars, Alam arrange excursions to Cairo with a flight on a local airline plane. Of course, we do not recommend a one-day excursion to the sights of Cairo , since you will only catch a glimpse of the Egyptian pyramids , and you will not have time to see everything. It is better to take a two-day tour with an overnight stay in Cairo.
Decide how interesting you are to the resort of Marsa Alam, and about other tourist cities in Egypt you can read in our articles ( links below ).