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 is funded 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 24°51’N in the north and 24°06’N in the south; and between the Red Sea coast in the east to about 34°28’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

Since the original Aziab.com website some of the restaurants have changed. We will be updating this section soon with new reviews 🙂