Once a simple small fishing port the Marsa Alam area has ballooned into a thriving resort area popular with divers. Marsa Alam is a more southerly destination in the Red Sea.
Expect to encounter dolphins on the way to dive sites by boat and maybe even underwater too. There's a resident manatee at one of the sites and lots of huge turtles to be seen.
Crocodilefish are easy to find and pipefish squirm around the reef. While oceanic whitetips and hammerheads grace at Elphinstone, closer to shore you can see whitetips and bowmouth sharks too. Tuna and mackerel hunt along the reef and expect the usual clouds of anthias and swirls of fusiliers too.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
There are direct flights from many European capital cities, but otherwise connections are available from Cairo to Marsa Alam.