Our trip to Marsa Alam, Egypt

October 2019

Luckily Swiss Airlines began offering non-stop flights from Geneva to Marsa Alam in October of 2019. View of Egypt and the Med:

We wanted to go to Sataya Reef and swim with dolphins of the Red Sea after our daughter Annie had been there in 2018.

We have been going to Egypt every year since 2011. We love the place and the people.

Marsa Alam is a small, but modern airport.


After searching the web we decided to stay at the Royal Tulip a little south of Marsa Alam. We used 'Steve Taxi' service to get us there.

Good kiting, good snorkeling, nice rooms, good food (Italian cook). All inclusive via Migros Reisen runs at 80euros per day for a double with sea view.

.We were delighted with the place. It has four huge pools, several restaurants, a great kite-boarding place and a very long pier (about 400 meters) that takes you out to the reef for some really great snorkeling.

After four days at the Royal Tulip we booked a two day cruise and snorkel trip with Sambo Boat trips. Not bad for 130euros per person transport included... two hours in a mini bus bus to Hamata Harbor, and then four hours back north to the Movepick in El Quesir. The mini bus takes you to the end of the dock where the NEW SAN GIARDINO (26m long with ten double cabins) was waiting for us.


We sailed for some two hours at about ten knots to arrive at the Sataya Reef , also known as Dolphin House. We immediately took our dive tour and sure enough there seemed to be hundreds of dolphins in the area of about six square kilometers. Also amazing views of the reef and fish and dolphins.


We sail for 1 hour north to visit another beautiful reef that has a 70 year old ship wreck.

We end our vacation by staying at the Movenpick in El Quesir (about a 4 hour drive north of Hamata Harbor). Nubian style architecture. Two great pools, rooms and food are great.




Our last sundowner

Flying back was un eventful. Weather is Geneva was rather mild for the season as we arrive in the evening.