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Makadi Bay is an important resort town located some 25 miles/40 kilometers south of Hurghada. Known for its crystal-clear and sheltered waters, it has 15 seafront hotels, all of them giving access to shallow reefs. The southern part of Makadi Bay features the most extensive reefs, offering a huge snorkeling area including drop-offs, patch reefs, and lagoons. It is a fantastic site to spot butterflyfish, puffers, triggerfish, fusiliers, and lionfish.
Makadi Bay is located about 25 miles/40 kilometers south of the city of Hurghada and 18 miles/30 kilometers south of the airport. This spot covers the large coral reef that fringes the southern shore of Makadi Bay.
The easiest way to access this spot is to stay at one of the resorts located along the northern shore of the bay: the Cleopatra Luxury Resort, the Stella Makadi, and the Labranda Makadi. The Stella Makadi has the best snorkel entry, from a jetty leading to the reef drop-off.
The best snorkel entry is from Stella Makadi Bay‘s jetty. This 350-meter-long walkway gives access to both the lagoons (snorkel entry 2, right side of the jetty) and the outer reef (snorkel entry 1). You can also enter the water from the beach at the Labranda Makadi (snorkel entry 3), but you’ll have to swim more than 200 meters offshore to reach the first coral reefs.
The southern part of Makadi Bay features extensive reef areas, which include a 500-meter-long reef drop-off as well as several lagoons dug in the reef flat.
The reef drop-off, which is accessed via the jetty at Stella Makadi, has the best coral (snorkeling area 1 on the map). In this area, depth ranges from 2 feet/0.5 meters on the reef top to over 20 feet/6 meters on the slopes.
Although in variable conditions, you will find patches of finger coral, fire coral, brain coral, as well as branching coral. Sea anemones, hosting communities of Red Sea anemonefish, are very common at reefs, as are the giant clams, some of them very colorful.
The drop-off is home to many fish species, coming in all shapes, sizes and colors. Common species at Southern Makadi Bay include parrotfish, tang, wrasse, butterflyfish and bannerfish, but also more uncommon species such as the giant moray, the greasy grouper, the peacock flounder, and the lionfish.
Although very poor in corals, the small lagoons (snorkeling area 2 on the map) also allow for decent snorkeling. Small fish, such as puffers, boxfish, and damselfish abound in these shallow, sheltered waters. This area is a good option for kids, but also if the drop-off is too windy.
This spot is the house reef of three resorts: the Cleopatra Luxury Resort, the Stella Makadi, and the Labranda Makadi.
These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.
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.
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Fringing reef with coral, seagrass beds and colorful fish
Fringing reef with coral and colorful fish
Series of patch reefs with kaleidoscopic sea life
Vibrant reef drop off with colorful fish
Free shore access
Reef flat and drop off with colorful fish