Taking a day out fishing at sea is a great way to relax, bond with new friends and to treat yourself to freshly cooked fish.
You couldn't imagine a better place for sea fishing. A warm climate, even in winter with beautiful turquoise waters and relatively calm and warm seas that teem with fish all year round, unlike other seas which are more seasonal. There are also some idyllic coral reef lagoons and bays for swimming, snorkeling and relaxing.
You will have a great time, and you have a great chance of catching a real sea monster that will give you an incredible memory as well as providing you and your friends with a sumptuous meal. Enjoy your trip but don't relax too much, because the reel will suddenly start singing and you will usually be surprised by what you find at the end !
What you'll need -
To make the most of your trip make a check list before leaving.
You'll need to take your passport with you as this is often required on leaving Egyptian harbours. But equally essential are appropriate clothing, warm clothes in winter and a cap and/or sun cream in summer.
Remember to bring a towel, swimwear and snorkeling gear if you want to explore any of the island reefs or just jump in for a cool off.
Don't assume, without asking first, that your boat will provide your fishing equipment for you so make sure you will have the fishing tackle, bait and any other equipment you need. We don't know of anywhere in Marsa Alam where you can rent or buy this at the moment so you may need to go to Hurghada or check first that your boat captain can provide equipment.
Your guide or boat captain may also be able to advise you on how best to use your equipment, whether the tackle is of the right strength and how to avoid getting it ensnared on the coral.
Some boat trips provide their guests with on board meals but do check first and take a little of your own food or drink if you think you might not be happy with what's provided. Also, remember that however tasty the fish might be - if you try to eat all your catch in one go you might not feel too well later.
You can also take your mobile as there's normally a reasonably good reception for at least two or three kilometres off shore although you can never be sure.
Legal and environmental considerations -
A local agent Steven can organize a fishing and snorkeling trip from anywhere in the Marsa Alam area.
Day trips from just 69 euros -
For more information either read my comments below or contact Steven via his email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The earlier you book ahead the better, especially in the busier summer and Christmas periods.
He arranges fishing trips twice a week, depending on the weather, for just 69 euros per person (minimum six people)* for a day trip including food, drinks, permits, transfers from and back to your hotel and all fishing equipment or 397 euros for the entire boat.
A day trip will start off when you are collected by car at 7am from your Marsa Alam hotel. The boat itself is based at Hamata harbour located on the southernmost, and until now seldom visited, section of Egypt's Red Sea riviera. The departure time is 9am.
The first hour of fishing will be spent trolling and then followed by two hours bottom fishing. After that a swim at a beautiful sandy bay followed by lunch and then on to another area for more bottom fishing before returning to Hamata Harbour by 4.30pm.
You will then be driven back to your hotel to be dropped off at around 7pm. The boat skipper is a fishing expert with years of experience and will be happy to give you any advice or help you need.
The boat and her equipment -
The 21 metre vessel, Nadeen Safaga (shown in one of the photos on the right and in the large photos below ), has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sun deck with a seating capacity for up to twelve passengers.
It also has a spacious and comfortable lounge where you can eat or relax with a cup of tea or soft drinks and if you wish watch satellite television. The boat is fully equipped with all the latest navigation, radio communications and safety equipment, including life jackets, and there is also a comprehensive first aid kit including sea sick medication should you need it.
The captain will also provide you with all the fishing equipment you might need including trolling tackle, still fishing tackle, hooks of different sizes, sinkers in various sizes, line swivels, fillet knives, needle pliers, scissors, hook extractors etc.
Larger and even more luxurious boats can also be arranged and for those wanting the convenience of a boat moored close to their hotel Steven can organize boat trips from Port Ghalib.
Multi-day safaris from 82 euros pp per day
Steven can also provide longer multi-day trips. The price for the entire boat for 24 hours is 650 euros and it can accommodate up to 8 passengers for these longer excursions ( which would work out at 82 euros per person) plus the price of a return taxi.**
What you might catch !
There are over one thousand species of fish to be found including Giant Barracuda, Groupers, Bonitos, Dorado, Giant Coral Trouts, Trevally, Skipjack Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna, Dog Tooth Tuna, Emperors and many more. You can read more about some of these species on our Red Sea fish page.
However I would be remiss if I didn't add that you should check with your captain to ensure that you will be able to fish any particular fish species you might be interested in taking into account factors such as the area in which the boat will be sailing, seasonal factors and any change in environmental considerations.