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Diving Holidays to Marsa Alam, Red Sea: An Introduction

red sea reef mersa alamMarsa Alam mirrors the Red Sea region of old. Some 300km south of Hurghada the coast is suddenly as barren and dramatic as it has always been. Here the contrast portrayed by the rugged mountains bowing into the turquoise water is mesmerising. As striking as the awesome beauty of the coastline is the air purity thanks to the complete absence of humidity. Moreover the desert and mountains in the backdrop are vibrant with life, and thanks to the absence of development the starry skies at night are worthy of the best firework display. Because of the high presence of fresh water in the soil some of the coastline harbours rich mangroves born from the contact between fresh and saline water; this vegetation is rich with a myriad of both bird and marine life. Encouragingly the government has decreed these mangroves as protected nature reserves. Thankfully the handful of hotels now opened in the area are markedly aware about the responsibility of preserving this unique region and have built their projects in harmony with this delicate environment.

Those not comfortable on week long trips at sea on our liveaboards can now access some of the sites available on our southern Red Sea Liveaboards from the beautifully built hotels as we now offer day boat diving and mini-safari liveaboards so one can access sites such as Sha'ab Sharm, Ghadir El Bar & Arug Ghadir, Marsa Shoona, Abou Dahab, Samadai and Elphinstone. Shore diving is also available from Diving Ocean dive centre which offers contemporary diving facilities and flexibility when it comes to the sites dived each day.


DAILY ACTIVITIES

- Day Boat Diving - 2 boat dives per day (includes tanks, weights & dive guide), with boats and sites depending on your dive experience
- Transfers from and to your Hotel (if you're not in the Tulip Hotel)
- Night dives
- Mini safaris
- Equipment rental & shop
- Personal dive guides

 
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Marsa Alam Diving centre, Red Sea

Diving Ocean dive centres were established by professionals dedicated to diving the southern Red Sea and actively promoting the protection of the natural environment.

Diving Ocean operates from Port Galeb, Naaba and Marsa Alam ports, using their own dive boats and covering an area within 75 km of these costal marks, thus offering at least 20 different remarkable dive sites. Unlike other dive operators in the area they guarantee boat dives on almost every day of the week.

Day boat dive sites include Sha'ab Sharm, Ghadir El Bar & Arug Ghadir, Marsa Shoona, Abou Dahab, Samadai and Elphinstone

Diving Courses
Bubble-maker (8-10 Years old)
Discovery Scuba Diver
Padi Scuba Diver
Open Water Diver
Scuba review

Advanced Courses
Advanced Open Water
Adventure Dive
Rescue Diver
EFR
Emergency First Response
Dive Master
Assistant Instructor

Snorkeling
Half day excursion by boat in
Marsa Mubarak bay
Full day excursion by boat discovering
Samadai dolphins

Marine Biology
Tropical Marine Biology Introduction Course
Padi Fish Identification Specialist
Study and research Trips

Diving equipment
Air-compressor Bawer
12 lt aluminium tanks. Int/DIN 60 full range equipment Torches
Diving Computers

Snorkeling Equipment
Pair mask/fins
Life jackets Mares
Life jackets Childs
Short diving suits

Diving Center
350 m2 extension
Course rooms
Video projection room
Equipments store room
Raising pool
Workshop
Shop


Diving Ocean

Inflatable boat: Mako
8 meter inflatable boat
Two 90 mercury engines


Equipped with diving tanks holders and divers bench

RashidBoat: Rashid (day boat dives)
25 meters
Marine engine caterpilar Turbo-diesel 500 CC
2 Sundecks
Indoor Livng Room
2 toilettes
GPS, Radio UHF

 
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Diving accommodation in Mersa Alam, Red Sea

solaya hotelSOL Y MAR SOLAYA
The Solaya is located in beautiful Coraya Bay, in the new Egyptian destination of Marsa Alam.

Marsa Alam is one of Egypt's most peaceful destinations on the Red Sea coast, and is closeto Edfu Island on the banks of the Nile. Its close proximity to Luxor - Egypt's most notable destination for historical sites - makes Marsa Alam an attractive destination. Coraya Bay is truly a wonderful getaway, and is perfect for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Famous for its jewel-coloured waters, it is home to all rare and wonderful kinds of fish and marine life, and is sure to please all its visitors.  The Sol Y Mar Solaya offers you first class service in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Here, you can have fun with the crowd or simply relax on the hotel's private beach or at one of the spectacular swimming pools. In the evening, you can indulge in a romantic dinner on the restaurant terrace, or indoors with candlelight. You are sure to have a memorable vacation at this beautifully appointed hotel.

solaya hotel roomLocation
The hotel is situated in a peaceful and unspoiled private bay, just 5 km from Marsa Alam International Airport. The city of Marsa Alam is 73 km away. Coraya Bay is one of the very few bays on this coastline which allows easy access to the water.

FACILITIES

Reception
Lobby

Buffet restaurant

A la carte restaurants

Bars

Pub

2 swimming pools (one is heated during winter)

Free beach towels and sun loungers

Health club with gym, sauna, steam bath & jacuzzi

Laundry service

Shops

In-house doctor

Limousine service available, 24 hours, 7 days a week

24-hour concierge services

All major credit cards are accepted

coraya beach resortCORAYA BEACH RESORT
The Iberotel Coraya Beach is ideally located in the natural bay of Ghorafafat and lets you explore the hidden treasures of Marsa Alam's Crystal clear waters and coral reefs. This is a unique hotel elegantly built in a traditional Moroccan style that rhymes with the rich surroundings of the area. The resort proudly offers class service in a comfortable and relaxed setting. The breathtaking colors of the sea, soaked from the comforting shelter of the mountains and the mysterious pristine reefs and marine life are just a scent of your most unforgettable holiday at Iberotel Coraya Beach Resort.

Whatever you choose to do with your time, Iberotel Coraya Beach Resort is certainly the perfect getaway for a relaxed and carefree holiday like nowhere else!

  • Reception
  • Lobby
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Coffee Shop
  • 24 hours room service
  • 2 swimming pools (one heated during winter)
  • Free beach towels and sun loungers
  • Health club
  • Amphitheater
  • Internet services & fax
  • In-house doctor
  • Limousine service available, 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • 24-hour concierge services
  • All major credit cards are accepted

coraya room364 rooms including 132 spacious family rooms and 7 suites spread over different bungalows.

Standard rooms are a spacious 34m²
Family rooms are a large 37m²
The suites are a luxurious 41m²

All standard and family rooms have sea or garden view. The junior suites have a master bedroom and a living area as well as a nice sea view.

Non-smoking rooms are available upon request.

coraya beach
All rooms are equipped in style with:

  • Individually controlled air conditioning
  • Wide balcony with 2 armchairs and a table
  • Shower/WC
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Satellite TV
  • Mini bar
  • In room safe
  • Luggage rack
  • Shaver plug
  • Hair dryer

samaya hotelTHE SAMAYA HOTEL
The Samaya is a stunning family resort situated in Madinat Coraya, in the Marsa Alam region. Marsa Alam, the untouched paradise of the Red Sea, is located 67 km south of Quseir and is world-renowned for its astonishing turquoise and emerald-colored waters. The surrounding environment features pristine beaches and superb opportunities for diving enthusiasts.


samaya hotel roomCoraya Bay is a destination with excellent hotels on offer, and it is one of the very few bays on this coastline, which allows easy access to the water.


The hotel's highly trained staff will cater to the individual needs of every family. At Sol Y Mar Samaya, you are sure to have a memorable holiday experience.

  • Reception
  • Lobby
  • Buffet restaurant
  • Bars
  • 3 swimming pools (one heated during winter)
  • Free beach towels and sun loungers
  • Gym
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Internet services & fax
  • In-house doctor
  • Limousine service available, 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • 24-hour concierge services
  • All major credit cards are accepted

tulip resortTULIP RESORT
The hotel is located directly on the beach of Marsa Alam, in close proximity to Marsa Alam Airport. The guest rooms are beautifully designed low-rise bungalows, laid out in a U-shape around the main swimming pool area.The area hosta a moderate climate in winter and summer, making it a year-round holiday choice.

With its own private sandy beach and house coral reef for snorkeling, the Tulip is a paradise for water lovers. The clear sea water, the coral reefs and its marine life make it a favored destination for divers, from beginners to professionals (Diving Ocean is located in this hotel).For water sports enthusiasts and for lovers of relaxation alike, the Tulip Resort is an ideal resort choice for an unforgettable holiday.

All rooms are tastefully decorated with fully equipped bathroom with shower, private terrace or patio, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, hair dryer, fire alarm system and smoke detectors and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. Electric current: 220 volts A/C. There is a choice of sea, pool or garden view.

The hotel also offers 'Diver rooms' which are situated away from the main hotel. They are considerably less in price than the hotel standard rooms but must have four occupants to book one.

solitaire hotelSOL Y MAR SOLITAIRE   
The resort is located in Marsa Alam, a new and fashionable Egyptian destination. Here, the pastel colours of the desert and its mountains meet the sapphire tones of the sea. It is renowned for its marine life and coral reefs, with their rare species of fish and colourful underwater landscaping. The Sol Y Mar Solitaire is an ideal resort for guests who want an exciting vacation in unique surroundings. The resort is secluded and offers tranquillity in a beautiful and pristine area of the world. It is also a perfect choice for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts. At Sol Y Mar Solitaire, we offer a combination of personalized service, attention to details and a genuine sense of hospitality.

sol y mar solitaire roomLocation
The hotel is situated on a peaceful and unspoiled private beach of white sand. It is around 110 km from Al Quseir and 38 km south of
Marsa Alam International Airport.

The hotel features 127 tastefully furnished guest rooms (including 9 suites), which have spectacular views of the sea, the pool or the well-kept gardens.

All rooms have a balcony/terrace or panoramic window and are fully equipped with:
Direct dial telephone, Satellite TV with music channel, Individually controlled air-conditioning, Bathroom with bathtub, shower and WC, Mini bar, Hair dryer, Safe deposit box. Non-smoking rooms are available on request

  • Reception
  • Lobby
  • Buffet restaurant
  • A la carte restaurants
  • Bars
  • Pub
  • 2 swimming pools (one is heated during winter)
  • Free beach towels and sun loungers
  • Health club with gym, sauna, steam bath & jacuzzi
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • In-house doctor
  • Limousine service available, 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • 24-hour concierge services
    All major credit cards are accepted

marsa alam kahrmanaKAHRAMANA RESORT             
Accommodation includes 150 comfortable and spacious villa style rooms, some with oriental domes, each with a large bedroom with either two singles or a king size bed, separate dressing room and en suite bathroom with bath, shower and hair dryer. All rooms have access to a private terrace overlooking the sea. Each spacious room is air-conditioned, with telephone, mini bar and satellite TV.

The 'Laguna Vista' has a large open air terrace towering over on
e of the two freshwater swimming pools, (one of which is heated during winter). The dramatic 'On the Rocks' bar and seafood restaurant are set in a natural cave. The open air discotheque is set amongst rocky dunes with traditional style Bedouin seating. The hotel's beach offers safe bathing in reef enclosed pools ideal for snorkelling.

- Two restaurants
- Three Bars
- Two swimming pools
- Private Beach
- Gym & tennis courts
- Open air disco

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Hamata Mini-safaris: Mersa Alam, Red Sea

Evening transfer, a night on-board in harbour and an early morning start to Small Abu Galawa. Check dive on this magnificent coral garden with its wreck of a sailing boat. Second dive at El Malahi, also known as the playground with its endless channels, caverns and swim-throughs. A good night dive is at Sataya south.

Travel overnight to
St John's and choose between Habili Ali, Habili Gaffar, Gota Kebir or Gota Soraya. All depending on weather and divers' experience. Wall dives with lots of soft corals and the chance to see large marine life. Second dive at Umm Aruk with its maze of pinnacles, anemone cities and lots of Napoleons. Third dive at St John's caves with tunnels covered in delicate red corals and a night dive, possibly at Sirnaka Island.

Early next morning, sail further north with the choice of dives between Shab Maksour, El Malahi, Shaab Claude and a third dive at Shaab Hamam with its row of pinnacles, boulder coral garden and an arch. Sail back to harbour for the last night on the boat and following morning transfer.

M/Y PEGASUS has been recently upgraded and remains a firm favourite with divers looking for value for money. Equipped with NITROX and a Zodiac 40HP, she has large dive and sun decks and takes up to 16 guests in comfort. The salon and dining room has TV, video and stereo. Sailing from Hamata, near Marsa Alam. Dive routes include St Johns Mini Safari and Fury Shoals.

Technical details:

  • Year built: 1997
  • Length: 27 m
  • Beam: 6.5 m
  • Draft: 322 m
  • Cabins: 8 x 2 berth cabins
  • 3 x WC + shower
  • Central air-con in salon/cabins
  • Salon/dining room
  • TV, video, stereo
  • Large sundeck & dive deck
  • Life raft & jackets
  • Oxygen + First Aid
  • Engines: 2 x 380HP M.A.N.
  • Generators: 1x 40kww Helwan, 1x Onan 30kw silent generator
  • Compressors: 2 x Coltri Sub MCH 13 Silent with Membrane Nitrox filling station
  • GPS, Echo sounder, VHF Marine Radio
  • 5m Zodiac 40HP

Maximum: 16 guests

Day 1               
Fly Gatwick to Mersa Alam meet & assist and transfer to Hotel for 3 nights

Day 2 & 3         
Day boat dives with Diving Ocean including Elphinstone               

Day 4               
Transfer from Hotel to Hamata for mini safari

Day 5 to 7        
Dive safari with last night on board. 3 days diving / 4 nights on board

Day 8               
Transfer to airport for return flight

St John's mini safari - 4 nights on board / 3 days' diving

*3 night safaris are also available on request

 

 
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OVERVIEW
 

A range of 4* hotels in proximity to Mersa Alam airport, adjacent to sea and accessible for divers.

Prices include flights, transfers, airport taxes, accommodation, board as stated and diving as stated.

Boat and coastline diving. Diving World tends to offer boat diving packages as the diving is better.

Value for money hotels and dive packages from £499pp in low season.

 

 

CLIMATE:
Rain is very uncommon. Temperatures range from about 19 degrees in winter months to 40+ degrees in summer months. Water temperatures range from 19 degrees in winter to 28 - 30 degrees in summer

FLIGHTS:

Direct Charter with Thomson on Wednesday. Gatwick to Hurghada on Friday with road transfer on arrival 3.5 hours. Scheduled flights daily with connections via Cairo. Business class seating available at competitive rates.
 
 


VISAS
A passport is required for entry into Egypt and Sudan.  It needs to be valid for 6 months beyond your travel dates.

A visa is required for entry into Egypt and can be acquired upon arrival in Egypt at a fee. Touris visas are valid for 1 month.


PRICES
A comprehensive list of our prices for hotels and diving is in our brochure. If you would like a brochure, please fill in a "brochure request" form. Alternatively, just make an enquiry and a member of our team will respond with the details. The info in the brochure is exactly the same as
 
DIVE SITES

Day boat trips with Diving World's Diving Ocean take you to Elphinstone, Sha'ab Sharm, Ghadir, Wadi El Gamal, and Ras Honkorab.

Sha'ab Sharm
One of the most beautiful dive sites south of Mersa Alam with steep sloping walls on its east and south sides. The reef has characteristic shelves located both north and south and is best dived by following the edge of the plateaux. The southern plateau offers the best dive with colourful soft and hard coral (25m), and an abundance of fish life such as barracuda, grouper, snapper and giant moray eels. Grey reef and hammerhead sharks are common in the area, with huge napoleon wrasses and groupers.

Ghadir El Bar & Arug Ghadir
The Ghadir chain is a group of 3 coastal reefs made up of Ghadir El Bar, Erug Ghadir and Ghadir El Shark. Deep canyons chiselled in the reef with endless fields of anemones and huge table coral formations make El Bar and Arug Ghadir one of the most impressive dives in the south. Ghadir East boasts some stunning coral formations with tunnels and caves and a feast of multicoloured soft coral. Turtles, whitetip reef shark, tuna, stingrays and grouper are only but a few of the species that can be found in the area.

In the winter months high seas and waves breaking along the coast can cause some difficulty in accessing some of these offshore sites. Dive Rangers organise day boat and zodiac diving trips between Elphinstone and Dolphin reef.



Marsa Shoona
Offers 3 different dive sites: one closed; sheltered from currents, and two open reef dives.
Large corals vary dramatically on the northern side and the southern area is also abundantly covered with corals. The most attractive aspect of this dive is the spectacular quantity of Pelalgical fish that seek temporary refuge from open sea currents.
From

Naaba Bay Diving Ocean divers use a speed boat which reaches the most famous dive site of Southern Red Sea: Elphinstone, in less than thirty minutes.

coral

Abou Dahab
In vicinity with Elphistone, Abou Dabab bay is comprised of seven external reefs and two internal ones. These sites provide all divers with the opportunity to explore numerous coral formations with interesting circular shapes and in the surrounding area there are some submerged peaks.

Reef fish are present in very large colourful groups. All of the above are easily accessible dive sites but also very interesting for more experienced divers.

dolphins + diving
Samadai
From Marsa Alam harbour the Southern dive site is very easy to get to: Samadai (50 minutes), also known as the Dolphin House, because of the presence of a large Spinner Dolphin population who spend part of the day resting in the area. This half-moon shaped reed, is famous for the beauty of its underwater caves located at the edge of the bay

Elphinstone
Best dived in the quiet of the early morning when you are most likely to see hammerheads. This is a magical reef in deep blue water with countless rewards for divers and underwater photographers.

Along the southern plateau lies the most famous coral phenomenon: the Arch and face of the Pharaoh. Here large schools of surgeon fish dwell in the shadows of the arch as you drift through, while big pelagics swim in and around the deep-water corals. As you slowly ascend to your stops, observe the large silvertips along the plateau.

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The northern plateau is the perfect place to see hammerheads Ð usually in only 25m of water! As you drift back along the wall, you are bound to see a turtle, or another large silvertip speeding after its prey, while the more timid creatures take refuge in the crevices of the reef itself. Wadi Gamal
This is one of the best reef dives of its kind and a personal favourite with the Dive Guides. The 18-20m site is set among flowing banks of hard coral and yellow-green soft coral separated by sandy beds. Resident species include angel and butterfly fish and white tip reef sharks. The site is seasonally visited by huge schools of unusually placid jack and tuna, allowing for great wide angle shots. A resident turtle can be found chomping its way through soft coral and sponges.

 
     
 
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