Gorgonia Beach Resort house reef, located south of Marsa Alam, is a great spot to discover the Red Sea marine life at shallow depths. On the reef drop off, covered with a wide variety of hard and soft corals, myriads of colorful fish and sea turtles are easy to see, just under the surface of the sea.

Gorgonia Beach house reef snorkeling

How to get there?

Gorgonia Beach Resort is located at the border of Wadi el Gemal National Park, 45km south of Marsa Alam and about sixty kilometers north of Hamata. Only the hotel guests can access to the beach (and the snorkeling spot).

Water entrance

A hundred meters long jetty, located in front of the dive center, allows guests to get into the water directly on the drop off. The reef flat is indeed too shallow to enter the water from the beach without damaging the corals.

Gorgonia Beach Resort snorkeling map

Exploration

Once in the water, swim along the reef drop off, which extends all along the coast, on both sides of the pontoon. The water level on the reef flat is generally too shallow to snorkel it, but some kinds of “natural pools” dug in the reef flat can be explored.

Giant clam on Gorgonia Beach Resort house reef

The reef drop off is superb, descending gradually to sandy bottoms (↕6m). It is full of hard corals in shades of yellow, pink and purple, illuminated by the sun. Many giant clams are encrusted in the reef. The reef flat (↕0,5m) is the kingdom of sulfur damsel, peacock wrasse, bird wrasse and regal angelfish, one of the most beautiful fish of the Red Sea. In the deeper areas of the slope (↕1-3m), bluecheek butterflyfish, bluespine unicornfish, Sohal surgeonfish and shoals of blue-lined snappers are easily caught. From time to time, a green or hawksbill sea turtles also come to the reef.



School of blue line snapper at Gorgonia Beach Resort

Restaurants and accommodation

Gorgonia Beach Resort is the only accommodation available nearby. The resort has several restaurants.

 

  • Level required Intermediary
  • Protected areaWadi el Gemal National Park
  • Maximum depth18ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom ladders set on the jetty of the resort
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsAccess to the resort is for guests only
  • Restaurants nearbyYes
  • Public toilets & showersYes

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These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.