Shaab Samadai Dolphin House

Shaab Samadai Dolphin House

Tour Details

A marine sanctuary, Shaab Samadai, also known as the Dolphin House, is tucked away in the deep blue waters of the Red Sea and provides snorkelers and scuba divers with an unmatched experience. This natural lagoon, off the coast of Marsa Alam, Egypt, is well-known for its colorful coral reefs and the gregarious spinner dolphins that live there. Shaab Samadai guarantees a unique underwater experience for all skill levels of divers and snorkelers.

An Enchanted Marine World

The horseshoe-shaped coral known as Shaab Samadai forms a peaceful, shallow lagoon that is perfect for underwater research. Rich in both hard and soft corals, the reef structure offers a vibrant background brimming with marine life. Amazing species here, from vibrant parrotfish and graceful angelfish to the elusive Napoleon wrasse and the odd reef shark.

Shaab Samadai Diving

Shaab Samadai has many diving spots to suit divers of all skill levels. Advanced divers can explore the deeper parts where bigger pelagic species frequently graze since the outer reef walls drop to depths of over 20 meters. Usually between 20 and 30 meters of visibility are present, which makes it easier to see the variety of marine life.

Meeting the local spinner dolphins is one of the pleasures of diving at Shaab Samadai. These dolphins are well-known for their acrobatics and inquisitiveness; they frequently come up to snorkelers and divers to examine. It is quite wonderful to watch these clever animals in their own environment.

Shaab Samadai Lagoon Snorkeling

Snorkelling in the Shaab Samadai shallow lagoon is equally rewarding for those who would rather stay closer to the surface. The coral gardens in this quiet lagoon are teeming with life, and it’s the ideal place to explore slowly. Reef fish, sea turtles, and of course the gregarious dolphins are all common sights for snorkelers.

When the dolphins are most active, in the early morning or late afternoon, is when snorkeling is greatest. In order to prevent disturbing their normal behavior, it is crucial to respect their space and watch from a distance.

Environment and Sustainability

A protected marine area, Shaab Samadai is being conserved to protect its fragile ecology. The local government has taken steps to control the amount of boats and tourists so that the reef and its residents are not overly stressed. It is advised of divers and snorkelers to use reef-safe sunscreen and to avoid coming into touch with the coral.

Arranging Your Visit to Shaab Samadai Dolphin House

Moving There

Day tours to the reef are available from a number of dive shops and tour operators, and Shaab Samadai is reachable by boat from Marsa Alam. Usually taking an hour or more, the trip offers breathtaking views of the Red Sea.

When to Go

The warmest months to visit Shaab Samadai are April through October, when the sea is ideal for snorkeling and diving. These months see water temperatures between 24 and 30°C, which is acceptable for long stretches of time spent in the water.

Packing List

Though most tour companies supply rental equipment, remember to pack your snorkeling or diving gear when you arrange your vacation. Remember necessities include a hat, sunglasses, and lots of drink to keep hydrated. To photograph the amazing underwater landscape and the fascinating dolphins, one needs a waterproof camera.

To sum up

A real Red Sea jewel, Shaab Samadai, the Dolphin House, provides a special fusion of marine life and scenic beauty. Shaab Samadai offers an amazing experience whether you are gliding next to spinner dolphins, taking in the vibrant coral formations, or just enjoying the peace of the lagoon. Accept the challenge and see what treasures this remarkable marine refuge has hidden beneath its surface.

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Moodi, Trip Host

What is included in the tour

  • two scuba dives experience
  • rental equipment
  • buffet lunch veg + non veg
  • free photos and videos.
  • pickup & drop only 20 km from the city
  • water /soft drinks/snacks
  • water park visit

What makes this tour special

  • well equipped safety gear and instructions provided to divers for a comfortable experience
  • photos and videos of your journey under the sea with the marine life will be shared with you


What is Shaab Samadai, and why is it also known as Dolphin House?
Shaab Samadai, commonly known as Dolphin House, is a marine sanctuary in the Red Sea off the coast of Marsa Alam, Egypt. It is renowned for its vibrant coral reefs and resident spinner dolphins, which provide an unmatched experience for snorkelers and scuba divers.
What makes the underwater experience at Shaab Samadai unique?
Shaab Samadai offers a diverse underwater environment with a horseshoe-shaped coral reef forming a peaceful lagoon. The area is rich in both hard and soft corals and hosts an array of marine species, including parrotfish, angelfish, Napoleon wrasse, and reef sharks. The presence of playful spinner dolphins adds a special charm to the experience.
What kind of diving opportunities does Shaab Samadai offer?
Shaab Samadai caters to divers of all skill levels with its various diving spots. Advanced divers can explore deeper parts of the reef, where the outer walls drop to depths of over 20 meters. Visibility ranges between 20 and 30 meters, making it easier to observe marine life. Meeting the local spinner dolphins during dives is a highlight for many visitors.
Is snorkeling in Shaab Samadai equally rewarding as diving?
Yes, snorkeling in the shallow lagoon of Shaab Samadai is highly rewarding. The calm waters of the lagoon are filled with coral gardens teeming with life. Snorkelers can see reef fish, sea turtles, and the sociable spinner dolphins. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times for snorkeling when the dolphins are most active.
What measures are in place to protect the marine environment of Shaab Samadai?
Shaab Samadai is a protected marine area with conservation efforts to preserve its delicate ecosystem. The local government regulates the number of boats and tourists to prevent over-stressing the reef and its inhabitants. Divers and snorkelers are encouraged to use reef-safe sunscreen and avoid touching the coral.
How can I arrange a visit to Shaab Samadai?
Shaab Samadai is accessible by boat from Marsa Alam, with day tours available from various dive shops and tour operators. The boat trip typically takes an hour or more, offering stunning views of the Red Sea along the way.
When is the best time to visit Shaab Samadai?
The best time to visit Shaab Samadai is from April through October when the sea conditions are ideal for snorkeling and diving. Water temperatures during these months range from 24 to 30°C, making it comfortable for extended periods in the water.
What should I pack for a trip to Shaab Samadai?
While most tour companies provide rental equipment, it's advisable to bring your snorkeling or diving gear. Other essentials include a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water to stay hydrated, and a waterproof camera to capture the underwater scenery and dolphins.
What is the main attraction at Shaab Samadai?
The main attraction at Shaab Samadai is the opportunity to swim alongside the resident spinner dolphins. These dolphins are known for their acrobatics and curiosity, often approaching snorkelers and divers to investigate, making for an unforgettable experience.
How can I ensure a sustainable visit to Shaab Samadai?
To ensure a sustainable visit, follow guidelines to minimize your impact on the environment. Use reef-safe sunscreen, avoid touching or disturbing the coral and marine life, and respect the dolphins by observing them from a distance without disrupting their natural behavior.

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