Dive Site

Shaab Marsa Alam

  • Current: N in the morning, N at midday, N/E in the afternoon
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A 25-35m, M, J, J, A 30-60m, S, O, N, D 50-80m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M: 23-25°C; A, M, J: 26-28°C; J, A, S: 28-32°C; O, N, D: 28-24°C
  • Depth: 30 m

Overview

Sha'ab Marsa Alam – an amazing diving spot 25 minutes off the eponymous coastal city in southern Egypt. Here, we won't only find the most beautiful mountain coral gardens but also cavern systems and a shipwreck! And just because it's so nice, you can also dive at night here.

Description

Sha'ab Marsa Alam has a reef length of approx. 400 metres and a width of 50 to 80 metres. The reef also has a few blocks and a lovely shipwreck which can be found behind the largest block. Many different types of fish such as moray eels, crocodile fish or snappers bustle in and around the shipwreck and are just as excited about this playground as we are.

We should take a closer look at the large block in the north-west located next to the wreck; here it's all about exploring and diving the cavern system. We dive to a depth of between 12 and 15 metres, which is why Sha'ab Marsa Alam is the perfect location for check dives.

A gorgeous coral garden can be found in the north and in the west respectively. Both cleaning stations here are permeated with sandy areas and hide sand eels, shoals of goat fish, snappers and other reef fish. We can also see octopuses, snails and cheeky nemos. Both spots can be reached with the Zodiac; the trip back to the boat can be dived however. Or we can just be picked up by the Zodiac again. Hello! We're on holiday!

Hotspots

  • Sha'ab Marsa Alam has a very special highlight to offer to some of us: diving with dolphins!
  • Wreck: Diving to a wreck is always a very special highlight and here it is possible for every man and woman.
  • Caves: The caves or caverns are located close to the wreck and it's a real pleasure for us to be enchanted by the plays of light here.
  • Coral garden: We definitely can't pass up on the mountain coral garden – it's considered one of the most beautiful around!

map Dive Plans

Colorful mountain coral world

This part of the reef is a very large lagoon with mountain corals of all colors. They extend from east to south to west with a water depth of 5 to 20m. Let the Zodiac take you to the northeast corner and relax in the coral garden to the west. Actually, the current should support you, but just orientate yourself on the fish. The western tip should be dived because behind it there is a chance of dolphins.

Snails and eels

In the east there is a somewhat older coral field between 20 and 30m deep, which is teeming with snails. In the middle a large sandy area of 20m with sand eels and white tip reef sharks. The zodiac should drop you off at the northern end of the coral garden and the current should always be on your side, no matter what time. Diving south you can, if the air allows it, dive another big block.

Checkdive with caverns and wreck

In the southwest there is a gota (coral block), on the north side of which lies the wreck of a safari boat. The area around the Gota is 10 to 15 meters deep and is ideal for making the first dive of the safari. After the general exercises, you should simply dive around the small reef and look at the wreck and the caverns: They are flooded with light, some are narrow and stretch up to three meters. So watch your ears, then a visit is definitely worth it.