- Sustainable, eco-conscious operations with a focus on education
- Relaxed atmosphere ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, families and groups
- Access to Marsa Alam's best diving, plus a house reef with easy shore access
- Family-friendly facilities with well-appointed rooms, two pools, and beach
Abu Dabbab Lodge offers an inspired and sustainable escape, with PADI courses and guided diving throughout Egypt's stunning central Red Sea. You'll have some of the area's best diving right on your doorstep here, with colourful, light-filled coral gardens just minutes from the resort, host to rare marine life like dugongs and dolphins. Adventurers can further explore the region, with day trips to more challenging dive sites known for their currents and up-close encounters with pelagic sharks. Back on land, you'll find family-friendly facilities, and comfortable eco-inspired accommodations, plus plenty of room to relax at a spacious pool complex or Bedouin-style beach bar complete with tents in the sand.
About Abu Dabbab Lodge
Set back from Abu Dabbab Beach, this serene eco-lodge is one of Marsa Alam's most attractive options for a sustainable and family-friendly stay. You'll enjoy close access to all the region's best dive sites, including an expansive house reef, with calm conditions ideal for scuba diving, swimming, and snorkelling. Spend your days lounging poolside, or leave the resort to explore nearby international restaurants, beach bars, and shopping for locally made artisan crafts.
Bedouin hospitality is known for being some of the world's warmest, and the staff at Abu Dabbab help each guest feel like family, even before they arrive. Enjoy a worry-free travel experience with seamlessly organised transfers and activities, including desert safaris, PADI courses, and guided leisure diving. Families will feel perfectly at home here, with easy dining options for all ages, a kid-friendly pool complex, and professional scuba diving and snorkelling for children.
Explore the resort
Abu Dabbab Lodge offers wooden rustic-chic bungalows with surprisingly spacious and modern interiors. All of the resort's rooms are situated around a pool and lounge complex and surrounded by tropical gardens. Set back from the beach, this resort feels perfectly private, ideal for deep relaxation and a focus on nature. But, visitors are also invited to head on down to the shore where they can enjoy a beach bar, Bedouin tents in the sand, and a casual dining cafe. The lodge also boasts a main restaurant where delicious chef-inspired menus blend east with west, catering to even the most discerning of palates.
Marsa Alam is home to some of Egypt's most impressive coral reef diving, and Abu Dabbab is ideally situated for exploration. You'll have access to legendary sites known for encounters with rare ocean wildlife, as well as Abu Dabbab's beautiful house reef starting just a few metres from the shore. Non-divers can enjoy snorkelling, swimming, and other land-based activities like camel and jeep tours of the surrounding desert. And, with all the attractions of Abu Dabbab beach at your doorstep, even land lovers will never run out of things to see and do.
Diving with Blue Ocean
Abu Dabbab Lodge's dive centre, Blue Ocean, is among Marsa Alam's best-established operators, with four locations, a liveaboard vessel, and 14 years of experience in the region. Their passionate and professional international team offers PADI courses and guided adventures for divers of all skill and comfort levels, including introductory classes and experiences just for kids. Experienced guests can join a wide variety of streamlined day trips throughout Egypt's central Red Sea - with expert local guides happy to help with whatever you might need.
Beginner divers at Blue Ocean are in for a treat. The dive centre features comfortable air-conditioned classrooms, well-maintained rental equipment, and dive boats customised for easy diving. Plus, you’ll receive plenty of friendly hands-on training and assistance both above and below water, and an environment ideal for learning with the resort's stunning house reef starting just a few fin kicks from the sand. The diving in Marsa Alam is incredible, no matter how much or little experience you have. Close to shore, you can expect colourful coral gardens and chance encounters with surprising species like dolphins, sea turtles, and dugong. Further-flung adventures are ideal for advanced guests, with heart-pounding drift dives and encounters with sharks.
- Snorkellers on the Abu Dabbab house reef may be rewarded with glimpses of the region's rare dugongs.
- Don't miss out on a desert safari, complete with camel rides, Bedouin tea, and a BBQ under the stars!
- Plan a dry day to explore Abu Dabbab Beach's charming restaurants, lush lounges, and cool artisan craft vendors.
- Pack a modest outfit or two for sightseeing - covering up the shoulders and knees is a sign of respect here.
Blue Ocean Dive Centers and Resorts is passionately dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Red Sea's incredible marine life. With the motto 'Nature First', this dive centre aims to promote and uphold ecological awareness in the region and works in close harmony with governmental authorities and dive communities.
One of Blue Ocean's most important local initiatives includes hosting Hepca's Turtle Watch programme. This concept is designed to collect vital information from professional and recreational divers on the movements, abundance and distribution of the Red Sea's turtle populations. The programme also focuses on reducing the use of plastic and disposables as a precautionary measure - one of the greatest threats to Egypt's sea turtles. During nesting season, beach loungers are removed, and lights are dimmed at night, to help support healthy and successful reproduction free from the stress of human intervention.
The Abu Dabbab Lodge works in cooperation with Blue Ocean to hold daily and weekly beach clean-ups, as well as large monthly events with other local resorts joining in as well. The resort invites guests to get involved, with an environmental and clean-up briefing given during check-in. Visitors can also join scheduled workshops to promote eco-tourism and educate about wildlife underwater.
Diving in Marsa Alam, Brothers Islands and Elphinstone
Hammerhead sharkMay - October
Oceanic whitetip sharkYear round
Thresher sharkSeptember - Febuary
Soft coralsYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
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Official dive center rating
PADI 5-Star IDC Resort
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