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HAMATA

 

If you look up "In The Middle Of Nowhere" in an encyclopaedia you'd probably find a picture of Hamata there. It's basically one mosque, one school, one coffee shop, some camels and a few goats located about 3 hours south of Marsa Alam Airport, and about 360km south of Hurghada.

 

You get kind of a "Baghdad Cafe" feeling when you see the sign for Hamata Resort (left) on the way into the village. Something like the last frontier in the old wild west.

 

All you see around you the whole way from Marsa Alam is desert, sand and mountains and of course the Red Sea. All of the sudden there are a few buildings and that's Hamata.

 

 

 

 

 

With the finished construction of the new harbour (right) it seems like Hamata is telling the rest of Egypt "Watch out! We're preparing to take over the dive industry" and to be fair, Hamata has the main attributes to attract divers: Some of the best dive sites in the Red Sea reachable with daily diving.

 

 

 

 

For sure Hamata will grow into a more developed dive destination but at the moment there are two hotels and you can be almost sure to be the only dive boat at the dive site. Now is the time to go and explore. To see the real Hamata and the unspoiled dive sites in the area.

 

 

 

 

The School in Hamata (right) is founded by US AID. It's a fairly modern building with good learning facilities. Strangely sticking out as something alien in the otherwise primitive village.

 

The main reason for US AID to support Hamata with a school was of course the remote location. Without this help there is no guarantee that the children would have had a classroom let alone a teacher.

 


 

Wadi Gemal National Park:

Earned National Park Status: 2003
Area: 7450 km2

 

 

Just around the corner from Hamata you find Wadi Gemal National Park: One of the most beautiful places on the planet and the home to an unusual large population of the threatened sooty falcon. Between 2451'N in the north and 2406'N in the south; and between the Red Sea coast in the east to about 3428'E in to the mountains in the west. Also a part of the sea is included in the protected area; Hamata Islands and Wadi Gemal Island.

Wadi Gemal means The Camel Valley. Because here used to be huge camel trading place where the topography of the valley worked as a natural enclosure or corral. The Reserve area includes about 50 X 50 km area of the coastal desert. Wadi Gemal and its delta are the main attraction of the park and the area cover the entire division of the wadi. This is an absolutely gorgeous piece of land. Unlike the most of this part of Egypt there are trees and bushes. Long stretches of the coast line is also draped in thick mangrove.

The park area includes both desert and marine habitats to balance the wadi, both ecologically and functionally which means that the park is not just a pretty piece of land but a complete and meaningful ecological component.

 

The weathered landscape also make an irresistible subject to nature photographers coming here from all over the world.

 

 

 


Wining, Dining and misbehaving in Hamata

 

Restaurants, bars and pubs in Hamata

(in alphabetical order)

 

The aziab star-gazers (a secret group of a secret number of secret test pilots) will grade all of the establishments with one to five divers as shown below.

 

They will all be judged purely on what you get for your money. Every time the star-gazers visit any of the establishments the grading will also be subject for review.

 

What the f***k is this?

Hmmm... Could be worse

Not too bad actually I'll probably come again...

Good stuff mate! I'll be here tomorrow for another meal and a pint.

Bloody excellent!!! I don't wan to go home... Can I rent the back room?

 

Hamata Restaurant

 

This is the only restaurant in Hamata so it's tricky to grade it since there is no competition... However the food is good and the prices are low... why not give it 5 out of 5? Yeah go on...

If You want to eat you need to book in advanced. Not because it's so crowded and popular but because they need to know if someone is coming to eat or not...

Tel: +20 (0)10 40 37 238

 


Diving around Hamata

This is likely to be one of the best spots for daily diving in Egypt. With Fury Shoal and Wadi Gemal right outside the small harbour, the dive sites around Hamata does not leave a lot to desire.

 

The dive sites around here might not be the most well known in the world (yet) but their fame are growing. Sites like Claudio, Abu Galawa and Sataya are already on many liveaboard itineraries and sites like Shaab Hamam, Shaab Buhar starts to be mentioned in dive magazines. There are also a few wrecks in the area like the sailing yacht on Abu Galawa Sorayer and Tien Hsing on Abu Galawa Kebir.

 

Nowadays some of the liveaboards departure from Hamata to save travel time on the way to St. John's, Daedalus or Zabargad and Rocky Islands but mainly it's the very few daily boats that traffic the area.