Marsa al `Alam Travel Guide

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Marsa al `Alam Highlights

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     Great coral reef, new and high standard accomodations 

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     Too many people are really poor... 

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     Egypt, you'll come back again ! 

Marsa al `Alam Things to Do

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    by Mara_2 Written May 10, 2010

    Excellent diving inside the Solitaire Resort!
    Really great, great guys!
    It is a German operated diving center, but they speak fulently english and some italian. All the people working there are really very nice and helpful!
    We had a great time diving with them and so many beatiful underwater scenes.
    Take care to make several night dives at the house reef: they are really beatiful! We saw in one night-dive only 6 spanish dancers!!!! Fantastic!
    Insist to make a boat whole-day trip: we swam with 50 dolphins and were not at Dolphin House site!!!! Great experience!

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    by PALLINA Written Jan 28, 2009

    Reachable by bus and than by boat from any resort in Mars'Alam, they have really nothing to envy to Carrabean's and Maldives' atolls. Such atolls are very small and wild; there is nothing there besides sea and beach, so be sure that your boat can offer at least something to drink. Actually we bought an organized tour from the hotel and it costed more or less 50 usd each.

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    Dolphins are protected

    by adelinemmc Written Oct 27, 2008

    A boat trip to Dolphin Reef will give you a chance to see dolphins. A huge pod lives there and is protected by marine park status.

    The park is divided in 3 zones, one is accessible by all, one only by snorkellers and the most protected one is a no-go area for humans so the dolphins can be free from harassment.

    Sightings are not 100% guaranteed but chances are good.

    Costs in 08 were 50 euros (inc. of a 15 euros marine park fee) and included lunch on board.

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    by adelinemmc Written Oct 24, 2008

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    The airport seems to be going through a refurbishment program and as a result the duty free shop is very difficult to find. Just ask for directions and follow the (small) signs.

    What to buy: The selection is not very good at present. The usual cigarettes and alcohols but don't expect a wide choice.

    What to pay: All prices are in USD but you can pay in euros or Egyptian pounds and by credit card.

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Marsa al `Alam Local Customs

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    Floating plastic on the beach

    by adelinemmc Written Oct 27, 2008

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    Don't follow this local custom!

    Egypt is a nice country but look more closely and you'll see garbage and in particular plastic bottles and bags absolutely everywhere: in the desert, on the beach, underwater in the coral...

    What a shame.

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    by RitchiS1 Written Jan 17, 2010

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    PAY THE VISA AT THE COUNTER AT THE AIRPORT IN DOLLARS . So the VISA costs only 15 Dollars . When you enter the Airport you ll have a couter of the bank on the left side . There you can pay the Visa in Dollars . In EURO you ll pay 20 Euros , that will be 2 times mor as in Dollars !!

    Unique Suggestions: PAY THE VISA AT THE COUNTER AT THE AIRPORT IN DOLLARS . So the VISA costs only 15 Dollars . When you enter the Airport you ll have a couter of the bank on the left side . There you can pay the Visa in Dollars . In EURO you ll pay 20 Euros , that will be 2 times mor as in Dollars !!

    Fun Alternatives: PAY THE VISA AT THE COUNTER AT THE AIRPORT IN DOLLARS . So the VISA costs only 15 Dollars . When you enter the Airport you ll have a couter of the bank on the left side . There you can pay the Visa in Dollars . In EURO you ll pay 20 Euros , that will be 2 times mor as in Dollars !!

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    by PALLINA Updated Apr 10, 2008

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    It' a one-day excursion advised by every tour operator. it's a long journey from Mars'Alam, in fact such a place is near Sudan. The most disappointhing this was there were very few camels and people. The tour there consist in a visit where camels stayed in quaranteen...(we couldn't get in), then a place where contracts are signed (by hands shanking) and then, where camels are loaded in lorries to be delivered somewhere else. If you are an animalist, try to avoid this third step. I am not an animalist but I really felt bad to see how these animals were beaten to get into the lorry. Shalaten is itsself nothing special; I remember a lot of rubbish everywhere. Restaurant included offered camel meat, of course.
    This excursion, moreover, was bloody expensive (100 $ each person in April 2006)

    Fun Alternatives: You have to ask before if the market is daily or weekly. In the first case, do not go. Too little market to justify the journey and the cost.

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    by tarek.lotfy Written Jan 24, 2009

    Fondest memory: Fustat Wadi El Gemal, is the most beautiful spot of the Red Sea, Enjoy green in the middle of the desert, beautiful evening with the star light.

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