Need some eye candy to get you through winter? Or are you looking for inspiration for an upcoming trip? Whatever your travel needs may be, here is a list of some of the most beautiful places surrounding Marsa Alam, a spectacular town on the western shore of the Red Sea in southeastern Egypt. Hopefully it inspires a spring vacation or maybe even a winter retreat.
Marsa Nayzak in Marsa Alam
This natural pool was formed after a meteor hit planet earth thousands of years ago. It is located 14 km south of Marsa Alam.
El Nayzak from the top of a mountain
Nayzak Beach near Marsa Alam
Ras Banas in Marsa Alam
A Red Sea peninsula located near the Egyptian-Sudanese border, offering a delightful adventure to divers, and a pleasant experience for swimmers who want to enjoy gazing at coral reefs and colourful fish through its clear waters without going the extra mile.
Ras Banas (photo: tda.gov)
Wadi Qulaan in Marsa Alam
Wadi Qulaan is located inside Wadi El-Gemal Protetcted Area in Marsa Alam. The area is considered another escape from touristic beaches, and a place to enjoy unspoiled nature. Apart from swimming, those seeking adventure can get around the protected area to enjoy hiking and bird watching. Make sure you search for Gabal Hamata where ibex and gazelles are still found.
Qulaan white islands in Marsa Alam (photo: placesonline)
Marsa Nakari Village
The main appeal of Marsa Nakari is its proximity to the Samadai protectorate (Dolphin House); one of the Red Sea’s most important national parks. The coral reef system of this off-shore reef and the dolphins that inhabit its lagoon are one of the southern Red Sea’s most popular attractions. This dive village offers easy access to this beautiful site by day boat as well as benefiting from an extensive and diverse reef with tons hard and soft corals.
Marsa Nakari (photo: scubaverse)
Marsa Nakari is the smaller and more remote alternative to Marsa Shagra and is suitable for all levels of qualification from non-divers to instructors – there really is something for everyone.
The ultimate diving adventure! Enjoy the relaxed, laid back atmosphere of Marsa Shagra, a unique location the likes of which you will not find anywhere else in the world. A diving village with an extensive house reef offering easy access from the shore. Marsa Shagra offers an unlimited diving concept where you can dive as much, or as little as you like.
Marsa Shagra (photo: panoramio)
Marsa Shagra (photo: yogaliferetreats)
Wadi El Gemal near Marsa Alam
Wadi El Gemal (which translates to Valley of the Camels) is an extensive area of land and coastal water lying to the south of Marsa Alam. It includes many diverse ecological habitats and a rich variety of animal and bird varieties including several endangered species.
It covers a total of some 5,000 square kilometres, including several islands, a stretch of mangrove rich coast line and an extensive mountainous area inland which surrounds one of Egypt’s largest desert wadis.
Wadi Lahami near Marsa Alam
One of the most unique aspects of Lahami is the mangrove area just north of the village. Many waders and shore birds live and nest here and it is a beautiful site for bird watching. You’re almost guaranteed to see ospreys which nest here year round. Some of the more common birds are the White Heron, Night Heron, Striated Heron and sometimes the Spoonbill. The Sooty Falcon is common in the summer as well as the White-eyed Gull, along with the White-cheeked and Caspian Tern. Sometimes you can even be fortunate enough to see flamingos including the Pink Flamingo. In autumn and spring, thousands of small birds such as Swallows, Stonechats, Pipits, Wagtails and Kingfisher can be seen.
Wadi Lahami (photo: activeadventures)
There is also the opportunity to visit Al Shelatin camel market, take a mountain trip to pharaonic mines where gold and emeralds were retrieved.