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Masdoda is a popular diving spot located about a ten minutes boat ride from Coraya Bay resorts area. Its canyon and reef drop-off are inhabited by many species of Red Sea fishes, such as butterflyfish, groupers and surgeonfish. If you stay at Coraya Bay, you can reach the site during short two hours tours departing from the jetty.

Red Sea raccoon butterflyfish at Masdoda
The Red Sea raccoon butterflyfish, endemic to the region, is easy to spot on the reef.

How to get to Masdoda snorkeling spot?

Masdoda (or El Masduda) is a diving spot located about 4km (10 minutes by speedboat) north of Coraya Bay resorts area. The main way to reach this spot is to book a tour with Coraya Divers, a diving club located at Iberotel Lamaya Hotel.

An about 2-hour tour to the reef costs around €30 for 2 persons (2020). Diver transports will have priority, therefore booking advised.

Masdoda snorkeling map, Marsa Alam

Water entrance for snorkeling Masdoda

You’ll enter the water from the boat.

Masdoda snorkeling exploration tips

Masdoda is famous for its canyon and reef drop-off, which boasts colorful and vibrant underwater landscapes. Around the reef, the depth varies from 3 to 12ft/1 to 4m, reaching more than 30ft/10m at the foot of the drop-off.

Masdoda coral reef
Thousands of bright-red sea goldies gather on the slopes.

The spot-fin porcupinefish, the Red Sea raccoon butterflyfish, the threadfin butterflyfish and the Sohal surgeonfish are some of the most commonly spotted fish at this location. Hundreds of sea goldies gather around the corals. Keep an eye in the blue, where you can spot larger species, like barracudas.

Spot-fin porcupinefish at Masdoda
A spot-fin porcupinefish noted sheltering under reef outcrops.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

This spot is explored from a boat. There’s no restaurant in the area.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth3ft/1m on the flat, 30ft/10m past the drop off
  • Water entranceFrom a boat
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsCost of the snorkeling tour (from Coraya Bay, approx. €15pp., 2020)

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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.