Massawa is located 60 miles east of Asmara on the Red Sea. The
ride takes about 3 hours due to the fact that the road goes from
7700 feet to sea level. From June through September it is very
hot - as high as 110 degrees. When we were there is September
it was about 95 to 100.
Massawa is in 3 parts - the mainland, Taulud Island
and Massawa Port Island. There are many hotels on
Taulud Island but the island itself is not very interesting for the
tourist. The Dahlak hotel ($15 a night) is located on
Taulud Island right by the causeway to Massawa Port Island.
This a good location since Massawa Port Island is the old part of
town and is most interesting for the tourist. The Dahlak hotel
also has a boat to Green Island, a small island close by that is good
for snorkeling. Also, at the Dahlak, there is a dock where you
can swim from. After looking at several hotels, I would
definitely recommend the Dahlak. Surprisingly, there are few
places to swim in this area and it is very hot. The Gargussum
hotel is located on a beach outside of town. There doesn't
seem to be any snorkeling at this beach.