Until recently, Marsa Alam was just a small fishing village and as a result, it still has an unspoilt feel to it, with good dive sites, with not just an abundance of fish and great visibility but sea turtles and dugongs as well.
Marsa Alam is situated near the Tropic of Cancer where the Arabian Desert meets the Red Sea, and it has the appearance of a tropical paradise with its palm trees, mangroves and coast fringed with coral reefs. The dive sites in and around Marsa Alam are plentiful, ranging from those for the more experienced diver (Elphinstone and Dolphin House) to the numerous spots for beginners and also snorkellers. There are many sightings of spinner dolphins, dugongs and hammerhead sharks.
In ancient times, the mountains concealed gold and emerald mines. Under Ptolemy II, a road was built linking Marsa Alam and Edfu and is still in use today. The town centre is still quite small, with a few restaurants and shops, so Marsa Alam is a place to relax and enjoy the sun and sea.
It is possible to visit the Emerald Mines and also the Temple of Seti I at Khanais. Menmaatre Seti I was a Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, the son of Ramesses I and Queen Sitre and the father of Ramesses II. The name Seti means "of Set", which indicates that he was consecrated to the god Set.
Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century and took on a growth explosion thanks to tourism in the 1980s. ...