Marsa Alam

Unwind on pristine white sandy beach, explore ancient mangrove forests, and make friends with dolphins and Abu Dabbab (the dugong)

The Red Sea town of Marsa Alam is a true paradise for nature lovers, where remarkable mangrove forests nestle in shallow translucent pools of turquoise water. The proximity of the Marsa Alam International Airport makes this a convenient relaxing getaway for those in search of a sun-filled vacation on pristine beaches. Feel your stress melt away with leisurely beach strolls, dive and explore vibrant reefs, swim and snorkel in hidden lagoons, or retreat to nature reserves for camping and stargazing.

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Take a day trip to nearby Al-Qusair to explore an Ottoman-era citadel, visit a Roman port, and shop at a traditional souk (market).

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Enjoy a dip in the exquisite Al-Nayzak, a natural turquoise blue pool 5,000 m in diameter and shaped like an eye. Local legend claims that the unique geological formation was created by a meteorite, but that theory has been debunked!

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Take a camel safari through Wadi al-Gemal Natural Protectorate and stop to chat with the local Bedouins. Taste camel cheese and have several cups of special coffee ground with ginger and cardamom and brewed in a gebena, a traditional clay pot with a long neck.

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Want to see dolphins? Head to Samadi Reef, a well-known resting spot for dolphins. Pods of dolphins at this location have been known to reach up to 200!

Go birdwatching at the Island of Siyul, also known as “Island of the Birds”, home to eight species of indigenous birds that nest here.

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Take a dive in Marsa Mubarak to say hello to the famous Abu Dabbab (dugong)! There are only a handful of these beautiful creatures left in the Red Sea, and a few of them live here.

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