Until recently, Marsa Alam was just a small fishing village in southern Egypt. Since the opening of Marsa Alam airport in 2001, Egypt’s southern most resort has rapidly increased in popularity and will continue to grow. At present, it is still underdeveloped compared to more established resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada so its an ideal destination for those in search of a peaceful holiday.
The resort is served by Marsa Alam airport which is about 20-40 minutes to the north (depending on your hotel). There are fewer flights than into Hurghada International a further 2 hours north. Flight connections to Cairo are available from both Marsa Alam and Hurghada airports. Once in the resort, the hotels are self contained so there is no need to get around except on excursions where transport is usually included.
The area is primarily popular with divers who come of the relatively quiet dive sites compared to those around Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. It is also the perfect place to relax in one of the self-contained hotels.