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The Sataya Resort is one of the many coastal resorts in the Marsa Alam region. Its well-preserved coral reef, home to many fish and a few sea turtles, allows for great snorkeling sessions. Advanced snorkelers can even snorkel from the resort’s jetty to Nabaa Bay, visited by dugongs.

Hawksbill sea turtle at Sataya Resort
Hawksbill sea turtles are frequent visitors to the reef flat.

How to get to Sataya Resort snorkeling spot?

The Sataya Resort (not to be confused with Sataya Reef, an offshore reef known for its resident pod of dolphins) is a beachfront hotel in the Marsa Alam region.

The Sataya Resort lies 2 miles/3.2 kilometers south of Abu Dabbab Bay (a famous snorkeling spot), and just 0.6 mile/1 kilometer south of Marsa El Nabaa snorkeling location, known for its dugong sightings.

Sataya Resort’s house reef is mainly accessible to the resort’s guests. It’s not clear whether non-guests can access the hotel, but you can call the Sataya Resort to ask if they would allow you to use their pontoon. Advanced snorkelers can enter the water at Nabaa Bay and snorkel all the way to the Sataya Resort (only when there is no current).

Sataya Resort snorkeling map
Sataya Resort Marsa Alam snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Sataya Resort

Water entrance is from the steps at the end of the resort jetty. It is not permitted to enter the water from the beach, to avoid damaging the reef. When the sea is rough, the pontoon may be closed by the resort.

Halfway between the beach and the pontoon, a stair leads down to a shallow sandy lagoon, where you can see a few fish.

Sataya Resort House Reef snorkeling exploration tips

You can snorkel on both sides of the pontoon, the drop-off being a little steeper to the south.

Coral bommie at Sataya Resort, Marsa Alam
A coral bommie at the Sataya Resort.

If there’s a current, don’t drift too far from the jetty. Always head back towards the pontoon to get out of the water, unless you want to snorkel to Nabaa Bay (conditions permitting) and then walk back along the beach (1000 meters by following the reef drop-off).

The Sataya Resort house reef topography consists of an almost vertical wall, declining 26 feet/8 meters to sandy beds. It is not allowed to snorkel the reef flat because of the very low depth.

Rusty parrotfish at Sataya Resort
The Rusty parrotfish is one of the many parrotfish species that can be spotted at the Sataya Resort.

On the Sataya Resort’s house reef, the corals are in very good condition overall and are quite varied and colorful. A few giant clams add nice touches of color to the reef.

There are so many fish to be seen on the reef that it’s difficult to list them all. usual and abundant local fish include damselfish, large schools of surgeonfish (especially Shoal and Sailfin surgeonfish), lots of triggerfish of different species, parrotfish, butterflyfish, and the Regal angelfish. There are also schools of snapper hidden beneath the coral.

Lionfish at Sataya Resort
Close encounter with a lionfish next to the jetty.

Take a look under the pontoon, where lionfish, trumpetfish and juveniles of many species can be seen. Sea turtles frequently visit the reef – not only green turtles but also hawksbill turtles, much less common in the Red Sea. You may also be lucky enough to come across shoals of Indian mackerel, their mouths wide open to capture plankton.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

The Sataya Resort has 5 cafés and restaurants in its premises.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth3 feet/1 meter on the reef flat, 33+ feet/10+ meters on the drop off
  • Water entranceFrom a pontoon
  • Potential DangersOccasional current
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsStay at the Sataya Resort (or free by snorkeling from Marsa El Nabaa)
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, at the Sataya Resort

MAP Spot

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.