There is hardly any vegetation in the Egyptian desert and only a few acacias and thorn bushes can be found. Merely the banks of the river Nile are green with date palms, mulberries, fig and carob trees, lotus flowers, bamboo and reeds.
The fauna is not very manifold, either. Camels, donkeys, sheep, goats, jackals, hyenas and wild cats are the bigger mammals. In addition, there are rabbits, mice, lizards and scorpions to be found in the desert. On the banks of the Nile and in the Nile Delta many species of water birds are resident joined by numerous European migratory birds in winter. It is mainly the underwater world which attracts us. We mainly dive on the fringing reefs and in bays. In Sinai we also dive in Ras Mohamed national park and in the Straits of Tiran.
Well-known dive sites in Marsa Alam include Elphinstone and Dolphin House.
The variety of fish species in the Egyptian Red Sea is incredible. Nearly all of the species of the Indo-Pacific Ocean are resident and you can nearly see everything all year long along the fringing reefs: Manta rays, whitetip reef sharks, Dugongs, sergeant and angel fishes, lion fishes, puffer and porcupine fishes, blue-spotted stingrays, octopus, moray eels, spinner and bottlenose dolphins.