Dolphin House
Brayka Bay Activities Dolphin House

Dolphin House

Dolphin House is U-shape reef and frequently used by dolphins as a resting place. Therefore it is quite likely to see a large number of these beautiful animals. Other than that you can spot Napoleon fishes, turtles and morays as well as large variety of corals including soft corals and sea fans. Several underwater tunnels are waiting for you to be discovered.

Beginning in 2001 Dolphin house became the center of “dolphin frenzy.” Hundreds of people traveled from as far as Hurgahda to play with the resident spinner dolphins of Samadai. In a single day Samadai was hosting up to 30 boats and 500-800 people. Inexperienced snorkelers were coming in close proximity to the lagoon with no regard to the resting dolphins. Tourist activities were beginning to cause pressures on the dolphin, which led to a visible decrease of the population in a very short time. In the summer of 2001 a boat caught fire near the reef and the situation had become unbearable for the dolphins of Samadai. Immediate action had to be taken to protect this precious sanctuary. Various individuals amongst the community including HEPCA, The Abu Salama Society, and the Red Sea Protectorate (EEAA) came together and formulated a zoning plan for the site. The management plan was eventually signed by the governor, HEPCA, the Red Sea Diving Association, and the EEAA.

The maximum capacity for the site was set at 10 boats and 100-150 visitors per day. The site management plan focuses on 7 main targets.

1. Implementing a zoning plan for the sheltered area to create a restricted zone for;
(a) the exclusive use of the dolphins
(b) snorkeling activities
(c) boat mooring
(d) diving
2. Establishing a best practice guidelines
3. Implement a proper monitoring program
4. Restricting the day time use for visitors (10:00 am 2:00 pm)
5. Implement a service fee system
6. Strengthen law enforcement process
7. Implement a public awareness program

Today the dolphins of Samadai live a care-free life in harmony with the daily visiting tourists. It’s an amazing and truly fulfilling experience to be able to interact with these animals in their natural habitat. We consider the Samadai project a model of sustainable development planning, which should be adopted all over the world.

Brayka Bay Reef Resort is beautifully constructed around Marsa Brayka (Marsa=Bay), well known in the area of Marsa Alam as a wonderful spot for snorkeling and diving with easy entrance to the water over the beach. A private bay with house reef is... lees meer