Marsa Alam diving guide | The best dive centers, dive sites and liveaboards

Blue fishes and corals in the Red Sea, Egypt

Marsa Alam is one of the best scuba diving destinations in the south of Egypt. Located on the southeastern end of Egypt, Marsa Alam is facing the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea. It has a climate favorable for divers all-year-round.

Marsa Alam has an international airport, which makes it easier for divers to reach it. There are also buses to Marsa Alam from other nearby airports like Hurghada and Cairo. Liveaboards are available in Marsa Alam Egypt throughout the year and are strongly recommended for the best diving experience. Note that most of the Liveaboards are leaving from Port Ghalib, which is located in front of the Marsa Alam international airport.

Recommendations | Scuba Diving Marsa Alam

Scuba diving can be done all year round in Marsa Alam. However, diving during the summer months (June – August) is the most comfortable. Below, we have included our recommendations for a Marsa Alam Liveaboard and diving center. For a full overview of our recommendations, refer to the section ''Liveaboards'' and ''Diving Centers'' below.

Liveaboard Marsa Alam

For a trip to the Marsa Alam area and the south of Egypt, we recommend the Blue Liveaboard. This vessel offers great facilities including different styles of accommodations (e.g. a Master cabin), free internet and Nitrox, and nice relaxing areas. It should be noted that most of the Marsa Alam liveaboards are leaving from Port Ghalib (although some of the liveaboards are leaving from Marsa Alam).

Price: a trip with the Blue Liveaboard starts from EUR 123 per day. The latest prices and availability can be checked here.

Diving center Marsa Alam

If you would like to go diving from Marsa Alam (shore diving or a day trip), we recommend the diving center ‘’Marsa Diving Center’’. Marsa Diving Center is a PADI diving center, located in Marsa Alam and offers scuba diving courses, shore diving and day trips to dive sites such as Elphinstone.

Latest prices and availability can be checked with Marsa Diving Center here.

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How to get to Marsa Alam Egypt

Option 1: By airplane to Marsa Alam International Airport

The fastest and easiest way to get to Marsa Alam is by airplane to Marsa Alam International Airport (RMF). Note that is about 1 hour travelling by car to Marsa Alam from the airport.

The marina of Port Ghalib, from which most of the liveaboards leave, can be reached in about 15 minutes. Tickets to Marsa Alam International Airport can be checked here.

Option 2: By car/bus

Marsa Alam is also accessible by bus via Cairo, Luxor, or Hurghada. Depending on you’re the location in Egypt, you can book a taxi or a transfer via a travel agency. Note that travelling by car/bus can take quite some time in Egypt.

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