El Quseir

A Red Sea diving resort dripping in history, Quseirs story dates back to around 4,000 years ago. Its port was an essential trading route through the Ptolemaic and Roman period, the Middle Ages and many other civilisations over thousands of years right up until the Suez Canal opened in 1869.

Today, Quseir is more commonly identified as a laidback holiday beach resort offering access to some of the south coasts best dive sites. As well as offering excellent shore diving on little explored reefs; it is a popular port for liveaboards heading to the Red Seas most celebrated southern offshore sites.

The central part of Quseir is situated 85km south of the town of Safaga, with the nearest international airport being Marsa Alam. Transfers to the southern Egyptian Red Sea airport take around 40 minutes by road.
As is the case in many of the neighbouring resorts, the area is protected under strict environmentally friendly rules. Since 1995, the area has been operating under these rules, supported and created by local authorities, NGOs and international organisations such as USAID. Regular monitoring and upkeep of mooring buoys has helped to preserve this celebrated underwater environment that also provides a haven for nesting turtles.

Purpose built jetties have created easy access for underwater visitors. The more isolated diving areas can by reached by jeep trips organised by local dive centres. The relatively untouched coral reefs are teeming with life thanks to the nourishing currents travelling through these waters.

Some of Quseirs best dive sites include the beautiful drop off of El Qadim, the coral wall of Beit Goha and the networks of walls, caves, canyons and tunnels of El Kaf.

Quseir has a story that spans more than four thousand years and wherever you visit, you are never far from an ancient building or artefact. It was here that Queen Hatshepsut is thought to have launched her expedition to the Land of Punt, as is suggested in the reliefs in Deir el-Bahari temple at Luxor.
From the modern bazaars, to the ancient caravan trail towards the Nile Valley which takes in several Pharonic and Roman sites, there is much to keep you occupied when out of the water.
The buildings throughout the towns old quarter stand as a reminder of Quseirs strategic shipping importance, particularly the fortress of Sultan Selim which dates back to the 16th century. The Ottomans felt that it was a necessity to protect the city against invaders and built the fort as a military stronghold. In more recent years, the fortress was restored and became a main departure point for pilgrims bound for Mecca.

The wadi (valley) which links Quseir with Qift on the Nile River contains more historical remains. Intersected by a series of other wadis, the most famous site along here is Wadi Hammamat, where there are around 200 hieroglyphic tablets along its cliffs and a series of inscriptions dating as far back as 4,000 years.
If history is not your thing, theres always the sandy beaches, desert and resort hotels to explore and enjoy. Windsurfing, kayaking and small catamaran sailing are also on offer to those wishing to try out other water-based sports.


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