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Marsa Alam and The Deep South in Egypt
 
Marsa Alam and The Deep South in Egypt

Marsa Alam is fast becoming a catchword within the international diving community: fewer divers, healthy reefs, large pelagics, unique pinnacles, impressive drop-offs, interesting caves and coral covered shipwrecks, make of Marsa Alam
the ultimate diving holiday destination in the Red Sea. The area is large and varied, as what is called Marsa Alam is a stretch of coast some 100km long.

Well-established dive resorts, camps and diving centres in Marsa Alam, Egypt are scattered to the north and to the south of the main village, some a considerable distance away. All levels of scuba diving certification courses are
available in Marsa Alam.

Marsa Alam is also Egypt's springboard for liveaboard trips to out-of-the-way offshore and southern regions.

Particularly attractive are the three remote islands: Daedalus, Rocky and Zabargad; and the two outer reef systems:

Fury Shoal and St John Reef.

The Marsa Alam marine area is protected, as many other areas in Egypt, and diving centres here operate under environment-friendly procedures. Starting from year 1995, local authorities, NGOs and international bodies such as USAID have co-operated in the conservation of the underwater life of the region. Nowadays, regular checks and upgrades ensure the presence of mooring buoys in all dive sites.

Dive sites in Marsa Alam

Scuba diving in Marsa Alam can be performed from shore, or with comfortable boats going out for a day or a half-day trip. Marsa Alam offers an unique array of dive sites in the Red Sea Riviera, from the sea-grass beds of some of its
bays, home to the elusive dugong, to the sheer drop offs of Elphinstone Reef, the fabled house of the oceanic white tip shark.

Here are some of the most famous dive sites in Marsa Alam:

* Abu Dabab: the house of the dugongs! A holiday in Marsa Alam isn't really complete without a visit to the bay of

Abu Dabab to try to spot the elusive dugong. This beautiful creature with its happy face and its friendly manners is in
reality very shy and easily scared.

* Samadai: also called Dolphin House, a crescent-shaped offshore reef located approximately 5km southeast of

Marsa Alam. The reef is oriented E-W forming a natural lagoon on the south. The sheltered waters of the lagoon
provide a favourable resting habitat for a population of Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris).

* Elphinstone Reef: only for experienced divers, due to the strong currents often present, is the Red Sea dream dive. Pelagics, barracudas, rich walls, Elphinstone has it all. Difficult to reach as in the open sea, getting there is an
experience in itself.

Marsa Alam Diving Services

In Marsa Alam there are several reliable and professional diving centres, with services ranging from scuba diving
beginner certification courses to professional courses and technical diving, and providing guided dives to the area's
outstanding reefs, introductory dives and diving packages, with one, two or more dives per day, for those who are
certified.

For the non-licensed diving enthusiasts, the centres offer free of charge pool intros, where visitors can experience the thrill of scuba diving on a one-to-one basis with a diving instructor in the hotels swimming pool. The Marsa Alam diving centres also offer experience programmes, where the visitor can try actual dives in the sea straight away, under the strict supervision of a diving professional.

Marsa Alam, with its teeming life just off your resorts beach, is an ideal location of the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt to learn to dive, and most diving centres offer the full range of beginners courses. Even kids from 8 years on can enroll in children-dedicated scuba diving activities, such as the popular bubble-maker course, where kids learn to be familiar with water and scuba diving and have fun swimming around in a confined water area.

Scuba Diving In Hamata / Berenice

Hamata/Berenice is the absolute must for the keen scuba diver. A diving holiday in this remote area of the Red Sea, has all what the Red Sea is famous for. Starting from the outskirts of the Wadi el Gemal National Park, the area of Hamata/Berenice is a place out of the world and the gateway to Africa.

Remote, isolated, paradisiac, the area of Hamata/Berenice is for those who can do without nightlife, clubs and mad shopping, and love to be in the wilderness. The most famous dive sites of the South Marine Park, once reachable only with liveaboards, are at your doorstep.

The Hamata/Berenice marine area is protected, as many other areas in Egypt, and diving centres here operate under environment-friendly procedures. Starting from year 1995, local authorities, NGOs and international bodies such as USAID have co-operated in the conservation of the underwater life of the region. Nowadays, regular checks and upgrades ensure the presence of mooring buoys in all dive sites.

Hamata has become in the last few years a favourite port of departure for liveaboard trips to out-of-the-way offshore and southern regions. Particularly attractive are the three remote islands: Daedalus, Rocky and Zabargad; and the two outer reef systems: Fury Shoal and St John Reef.

Dive sites in Hamata/Berenice

Scuba diving in Hamata/Berenice can be performed from shore, or with comfortable boats going out for a day or a

half-day trip. The area offers some of the top-class dive sites in the Red Sea Riviera. Places such as the fabled Qulan Islands, Sha'ab Makhsour, Shaab Ossama, Sattaya and Shaab Claude are now almost at your doorstep and reachable on day trips.

Here are some of the most famous dive sites in Hamata/Berenice:

* Sattaya: the second Dolphin House of the South. A crescent-shaped large reef home to a huge pod of timid

Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris).

* Sha'ab Makhsour: only for experienced divers, this is the big tower plummeting to unfathomable depths where

there is a constant passage of pelagics, with the highest number of shark species present in the Red Sea.

* Sha'ab Claude: a scuba diver playground, with its labyrinth of coral canyons, crevices and overhangs playing awesome natural light and sound shows.

Hamata/Berenice Diving Services

Hamata/Berenice is an area under development, with very few hotels, eco-lodges and diving centres already operating.

Most of its coastal area belongs to the Wadi el Gemal National Park, where only eco-lodges are allowed to be built.

The few diving centres present at the moment offer reliable and professional services, ranging from scuba diving beginner certification courses to professional courses and technical diving, and providing guided dives to the area's outstanding reefs, introductory dives and diving packages, with one, two or more dives per day, for those who are certified.

For the non-licensed diving enthusiasts, the centres offer free of charge pool intros, where visitors can experience the thrill of scuba diving on a one-to-one basis with a diving instructor in the hotels swimming pool. The Hamata/Berenice
diving centres also offer experience programmes, where the visitor can try actual dives in the sea straight away, under the strict supervision of a diving professional.

Hamata/Berenice, with its wealth of unforgettable dive sites, is an ideal location of the Red Sea Riviera in Egypt to spend a diving holiday.

Source:http://www.egypt.travel/index.php


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