Marsa AlamEgypt / Red Sea
Marsa Alam is a great location for both novices and experienced divers. There’s a very wide range of different in-water experiences to be had, from diving or snorkelling on a shallow wreck near shore, enjoying underwater photography on a house reef, snorkelling with dolphins, diving with turtles or even an occasional dugong, to exploring the incredible offshore hard-coral fields and dramatic walls.
Emperor Divers is a reputable dive operator established in 1992 and with a reputation for combining a highly professional, safe and organised service with a warm welcome, friendliness and a sense of fun.
Three different dive packages options are available, which can also be mixed-and-matched:
- Hard boat – full day trips on large, comfortable boats, with lunch served on board. This trip is the one to choose if you want to access a wide diving area and enjoy a relaxing cruise and sunbathing.
- RIB diving – get to the dive and back, fast. A good option if you want to mix diving with family time.
- Unlimited house reef diving – like taking your time rather than be guided? Taking underwater photos? Take this option! But remember to take your buddy too.
PADI and SSI Dive courses are available, with the added comfort of being able to do training dives directly off the resort’s beach or jetty.
Boat trips with Oceans Red Sea
Oceans Red Sea offers all-inclusive boat excursions. Choose from full or part day trips with family and friends. Snorkel, swim or simply relax on a comfortable boat with a welcoming, professional crew. Trips depart at reasonable times so there’s no rush in the morning! The guides are amongst the best in the Red Sea, taking you to amazing sites and sharing useful tips on snorkelling and marine life facts.
Unlike the larger resorts of Hurghaha and Sharm El Sheikh, Marsa Alam is tiny so the town’s après dive is almost non-existent, but most resorts have their own dining, shopping and entertainment options. If you fancy a night outside your resort, you’ll find some decent bars and restaurants on the waterfront in a pleasant setting at Port Ghalib, which is the departure and return point for the dive boats.
Flights & Transfers
A weekly direct flight leaves from Gatwick. Flight time from the UK is approximately 5 hours. Transfer from airport to hotel is between 10 minutes to 1 hour (or possibly more) depending on your choice of hotel and its proximity to the airport, but many popular hotels are within 15 minutes.
Alternatively Hurghada Airport offers more UK flight options. Generally ticket prices to Hurghada are cheaper flying directly into Marsa Alam.
The three airlines offering flights to Hurghada are Thomas Cook, Thomson and easyJet, all flying from three different airports – Manchester, Gatwick and Birmingham.
Flight time from the UK is approximately 5 hours. The cost of a round-trip transfer from Hurghada Airport to your hotel in Marsa Alam is £21 and transfer time is approximately 3 hours.
Emperor Divers, our chosen dive centre, is located at the Marina Lodge Hotel in Port Ghalib. Should you choose another hotel in Marsa Alam, Emperor Divers offers free transfers.