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; it would take you over eight hours to drive from Hurghada. The town itself seems little more than a dusty after-thought with tourist facilities focussed around the resorts that line the coastlines superb beaches. Port Ghalib is Marsa Alam’s rich brother. Just along the coast this new development boasts an international marina and its associated accommodations and playground.
There seems little between the Sahara and the sparkling blue waters, but there is quite a lot to do even if you aren’t diving, beach sitting or snorkelling. You can arrange a one or two day trip to Luxor, a days dolphin spotting or a trip to El Quseir. The adventurous can try their hand at kitesurfing or quad biking and camel riding safaris in the desert.
For fun head to Port Ghalib where international eateries, shopping, nightlife and an elegant marina have replaced a once dusty coastline. The oldest emerald mine in the world lies within easy reach and if you want to get off the beaten track, head to the camel market in Shalateen.
There are direct flights from many European capital cities, but otherwise connections are available from Cairo to Marsa Alam.