Red Sea Dive Resorts - Marsa Alam
"Marsa really blew us away. We were one of the lucky ones who saw a hammerhead and turtles on almost every dive and we swam with about 50 dolphins. Special thanks to all the Emperor team. As a family of divers, it's great to have that peace of mind when booking a trip; you really do get that extra special treatment with Emperor."
The Bradshaw Family, England
The location just couldn't be better and the facilities at Emperor's dive centre are second-to-none. Based in the Coral Beach Marina Lodge, you are literally just a few metres away from our boats moored on the hotel jetty and the airport is just a 10-minute drive away.
Enjoy some fabulous day dives to the famous reefs of Elphinstone, Marsa Mubarak and Dolphin House Reef (Shaab Samadai), where there is a good chance to see dolphins in this beautiful protected National Park. The bays here are home to excellent corals, large turtles and Guitar rays and the islands off Marsa Alam are a highlight of the area.
However, as from 16 May 2007, the bay at Marsa Abu Dabab has been closed to all water-based activities, including diving and snorkelling, in order to protect the resident dugong (sea cow) population. Concern over the threat to their continued presence has led to this decision by the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA). We are sure, like us, you can empathise with this decision as a necessary means to protect this endangered species.
There are still a myriad of places to see and things to do, whether it's day diving, doing one of the trips below, learning to dive or taking your diving further, you will find the award-winning team at Emperor Marsa Alam ready to give you a warm welcome.
Day trips: Dive sites
Dolphin House Reef (Shaab Samadai)
Click here for more dive sites
New to diving?
Dip your toes in the water in our fabulous pool and try the Discover Scuba Diving. Immerse yourself in a full day's professional training from just 60 Euros. A fabulous investment with a great return and sense of achievement. And when you're hooked, it runs seamlessly into your PADI Scuba Diver Course.
If you should get bored of the choice of pools, the sunbathing or hotel sports, try these:
snorkelling from our day boats or a FREE try dive - give it a go!
Dolphin House Reef (Samadai) snorkelling trip
jeep safaris, beach buggy rides
overnight trips to Luxor & Cairo
What you could see beneath the sea
Parrotfish, Angelfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Emperorfish, Barracuda, Tuna, Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Moray eels, Stingrays, Reef sharks, Guitar rays, Whale sharks and, occasionally, Manta rays.
"It's the first time I've dived abroad without some of my own dive buddies and found it a very easy experience since the boats were never crowded and the dives were all well organised. The convenience of the hotel, dive centre, boats and short trips to the dive sites was even better than I expected and just what I needed to relax after a busy period of work."
Ann-Marie Jamieson and Seonaidh, Scotland
Choose Emperor Divers and you choose the best in highly qualified, professional and encouraging dive staff. With a reputation second to none in the industry - and awards to prove it - your safety, comfort and enjoyment is the main priority. No matter what your skill level, you will have a fabulous time diving Marsa Alam.
If you're an advanced diver, your instructor-level guide can advise and train on any number of courses and specialties. Naturally, all our guides know the dive sites of Marsa Alam like the back of their hand.
Right in the Coral Beach Marina Lodge, just a few metres away from our boats moored on the hotel jetty. Marsa Alam's International Airport is only a 10-minute drive.
Dive centre facilities:
Emperor Divers/Emperor Scuba Schools - PADI Five Star Gold Palm Instructor Development Centre
Full range of PADI courses from learn to dive to professional
3-metre deep training pool - ideal for learning to dive
Emperor shop - diving accessories, diving and marine life books, diver's fashion
Great for macro-photography, boasting nudibranch, ghost pipefish and seahorse
Learn to dive or take a 'try dive'
Courtesy vehicles are provided for guests staying in a range of hotels, please ask for details when booking or click here for hotel list & transfer times
All instructors and guides have vast local diving knowledge
Jetty just metres away from the dive centre
Airport 10 minutes drive away
Languages spoken: English, German, French, Italian, Arabic
Things you should know before you go
Your diving in Marsa Alam includes 2 boat dives per day with guide, tanks and weights
Not dived for a while? Emperor recommends that you take a scuba review as required by your training organisation
Transfers from hotels to dive centre: Emperor offers transfers from many hotels, click here for the full listing and timings
Click here for information about Medical forms, Insurance and any additional charges incurred in resort
Marsa Alam Dive Centre Manager
(& Louise Kraechter)
I was born in Liverpool, England, and started diving when I was 13 years old after discovering a local BSAC club who got me hooked on diving in the UK. Along with (my much better half) Louise, I manage the Emperor Divers Marsa Alam Centre.
Since becoming a professional diver I have worked in Cyprus and have gained the PADI Staff Instructor, EFRI and TDI Advanced Deco qualifications. Louise is also a PADI Staff Instructor and EFRI.
Being from Liverpool I speak basic English :-) whilst Louise has German origins and conversational German. Whilst I was working in England I worked in the transport industries from driving to fleet manager but all of my spare time was spent working as a DM for local dive centers.
Together with Louise here at Marsa Alam, I am responsible for the daily running of a busy yet friendly centre. Previous guests have become good friends and hopefully many more will. I truly enjoy diving and teaching in the Red Sea as you just never know what will turn up. What makes Marsa a special place to work is the dive team we have here, the guides, boat crew and ground support staff all enjoy their jobs and this makes for a great atmosphere.