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Marsa Alam, Red Sea

Marsa Alam offers windsurfing and diving holidays with a protected, shallow water area for beginners and flat water, chop and some swell for intermediates and experts. It is a great, uncrowded training spot with constant sideshore wind from the left. With the lack of crowds and space, it's been described as being like ‘Dahab 20 years ago'. This is a fantastic place to windsurf and suitable for all levels. Around 1 hour from the new airport at Marsa Alam, this superb untouched area has to be seen to be believed. Set among the Wadi Gamal National Park it is also diving and snorkelling paradise.

Sailing Spot and Conditions
The launching area is in a shallow, flat water lagoon. As soon as you sail out of this lagoon, moderate waves invite you to jump and play. The height of the waves depends upon the wind strength, but they are always easy to control and safe. On your way back to the lagoon you can really plane through all manoeuvres. The conditions offer a unique mix of shallow water and waves further out. In Marsa Alam, the wind blows particularly steadily and consistently and does not turn, thus maximizing the effective wind hours you can spend on your board. Join one of our pro coaching windsurfing weeks where non windsurfers are welcome to enjoy the superb beach hotel or a  beginner/refresher course with flexible packages for taster sessions, 2, 3 or 5 days courses including equipment. Intermediates and experts will also enjoy the clean, consistent winds and perfect slalom area.

Culture and Activities
The sailing is off the coast of the Wadi Gamal National Park and is the gateway to the pristine, uncrowded diving and snorkelling of the southern Red Sea. The PADI dive centre based at the Hotel Shams Alam offers a range of dive packages, snorkelling and courses. Boat and snorkelling trips to Gamal island are available. The surrounding landscape can be explore with a jeep safari or visit to the local village, Salatin. Further afield trips are available to visit Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and Aswan Dam. There is no local nightlife but the hotel has several bars and restaurant and occasional evening entertainment. This is the place to come and relax and enjoy the stunning, natural landscapes.

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Great Reasons to go to Marsa Alam, Red Sea

Best Time: March to November.
Launch: Sandy beach with shallow training area with some coral heads. Shoes recommended.
Wind Direction: Cross shore
from the left.
Wind Type: Thermal. Strongest early in the day.
Shorebreak: Slight to none.
Water Conditions: Flat water inside bay. Ideal for training. Slight to rolling swell outside bay.
Suitability: All levels.
  • Suitability for all levels.
  • Purpose build, spacious windsurf centre.
  • Clean consistent winds, perfect slalom area.
  • Open all year round.
  • Diving & snorkelling.
  • Good choice for non sailing friends & family.
  • Stunning, natural lanscape in protected, national Wadi Gimal Park.

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