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Spinner Dolphins


Red Sea Dolphins


A U-shaped coral reef lies in calm turquoise waters off the Egyptian coast, in which a group of up to 200 Spinner Dolphins rest, play and raise their young.

On 3 days each week we travel in well equipped dive-boats to the reef to swim with the dolphins in the sheltered bay. Safety is provided by the small boats which will pick you up and take you back to the main boat, when you are ready. You need to be able to swim, but no scuba experience is needed. You will be using a face mask and snorkel, and fins. Equipment may be hired on site.

The area is famous for the spectacularly beautiful coral reefs and marine life and very popular with scuba divers. You will have plenty of opportunity to snorkel or scuba from the beach. While snorkelling you may see dolphins, turtles and rays or the very rare dugong which lives in the area. Camel and horse rides and desert excursions led by local Bedouins are also available.

Accommodation is in a beachside ecovillage in tents, bungalows or luxury chalets to suit your budget. They all enjoy sea views on one side and desert mountain views behind.

Prices range from £318 (child sharing a tent) to £543 (adult in single chalet) for 7 nights. Full board, transfers and dolphin-swim boat trips are included. We will arrange direct flights from the UK for you from Gatwick, Manchester or Bristol. It takes about 5 hours and costs between £200 - £350, depending on the time of year.

The dolphins are wild and free, so we cannot guarantee they will be present, but we have enjoyed an 80% success rate since 2003.

Our Guests report:

“We have just returned from 2 weeks at Marsa Alam and will never be the same again. We, as a family, have totally fallen in love with the place and as I write this feel a deep sadness in my heart to have left it all behind, you have an incredible set up there that is clearly a cut above the rest in the area.

We did 5 trips to Dolphin House and were lucky every time, the last 2 trips were a dream come true, in the water surrounded by them all so close to us you could have reached out!!

The staff were amazing too, all so, so friendly and seemed genuinely sad to see us go - the kids were very popular!! They could not have been nicer or more helpful and welcoming.” - Jenny Harris, July 2005

EcoTourism Policies

Wild and Free work only with Egyptian companies who employ local workers. The boat crews and guides tend to be from fishing families who know the sea and local reefs well.

The reef where we swim with the dolphins has recently become a Marine Park and is monitored by Rangers specially trained for the purpose. We work closely with them to ensure the preservation of the dolphins and abide by the Marine Park Regulations as well as the International Dolphin Watch Code of Conduct. We are Approved IDW Dolphin Swim Operators.

You will stay in an environmentally friendly eco-village, built by local masons with local stone using traditional methods. Our contractors have received awards for promoting responsible eco tourism and care for the marine environment in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

We encourage our guests to take excursions into the desert with local Bedouin tribesmen to learn about their traditional ways of life.

By coming here, you help to provide employment for all these people who have would otherwise not have the opportunity to earn good wages in work that allows them to follow their traditional trades.

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