The “Red Sea Riviera” which spans the eastern shore of Egypt as well as a majority of the coast of the Sinai Peninsula has long been known for its amazing resorts and luxurious hotels. Most of the popular villages have thriving shopping, dining and nightlife scenes and make for a unequalled change for those who inhabit some of the nearby cities and towns . These are only some of the reasons that the Red Sea Riviera villages are so actively visited.
Another reason for the frequent visits from inborn Egyptians and world wide tourists alike is the unbelievable conditions for diving , snorkeling and water sports that are presented inside the surrounding waters of this entire region . The Gulf of Suez and Gulf of Aqaba all host unique wildlife, corals and creatures that draw millions of enthusiasts to the region each year.
One town which is becoming increasingly popular is Marsa Alam, which is located along the southern region of the Red Sea Riviera, close to the Tropic of Cancer and Arabian Desert. Here tourists enjoy the lush scenery, full of palm trees and soothing breezes from the coastal waters.
Diving and Snorkeling
Marsa Alam holidays tend to be all about the diving, snorkeling and water activities made so enjoyable by the special conditions of the surrounding waters.
Guests frequently encounter well-preserved or completely unspoiled diving sites. This is due in part to the majority of the Red Sea Riviera now falling under governmental protection as a national park, and the fact that most dives are now heavily regulated. Protecting both the plant life and fauna from disturbances and the noxious effects of divers who may “collect” creatures will go a long way to maintaining the popularity of the area and increasing its visitation.
Those enjoying Marsa Alam vacations will be able to view dugongs (similar to manatees), Red Sea Spinner Dolphins, coral and hammerhead sharks among many other creatures when they scuba dive in the area. There are also ample opportunities to learn how to sail, surf and snorkel as well.
One of the coolest things to see in Marsa Alam is the location of the Cleopatra Mines. Also known as the ancient emerald minds or Mons Smaragdus (Emerald Mountains), this is one of the most famous and oldest mining complexes of the ancient world and is believed to be used by Egyptian Pharaohs.
Tourists looking to enjoy holidays in Marsa Alam will also have a wide range of accommodations to choose from, including comprehensive resorts offering Red Sea diving packages, training and documentation as well as more elementary hotels which provide an excellent place to rest after a day in the warm Egyptian sun.