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Marsa Nakari is a charming village featuring a sheltered bay just 40 km south of Marsa Alam city. A smaller, quieter and more remote alternative to Marsa Shagra but wilh all the benefits. A fantastic house reef just minutes from the shore, unlimited diving and peace and tranquility. The perfect mixture for a perfect dive holiday.
Established over 20 years ago, Marsa Nakari was discovered by Hossam Helmy and his Red Sea Diving Safari team whilst exploring the fringe reef on the Egyptian coastline between Safaga and Sudan.
Marsa Nakari's main appeal is its proximity to the Samadai protectorate (Dolphin House); one of the Red Sea’s most important national parks. The coral reef system of this off-shore reef and the dolphins that inhabit its lagoon are one of the southern Red Sea’s most popular attractions.
One of three natural bays, which also include Marsa Shagra Village and Wadi Lahami Village, which essentially put the region of Marsa Alam on the map.
At Marsa Nakari, Hossam has endeavoured to promote sustainable tourism along with eco diving and his educational diving programmes are a continuation of his desire to ensure the long term future of this area.
This unique tour gives divers exclusive access to many outstanding reefs including Elphinstone and Samadi Reefs from this still relatively remote location. Marsa Nakari benefits from an extensive and diverse house reef with hard and soft corals of offshore quality. Our guests say these villages are the best value and all-round diving experience you will find in the Red Sea.
Marsa Nakari is the smaller and more remote alternative to Marsa Shagra and is suitable for all levels of qualification from non divers to instructors – there really is something for everyone.
All of the Oonasdivers team have extensive knowledge of all three villages and will be able to help you decide which of these stunning villages best suits you. It is also possible to combine Marsa Nakari, Marsa Shagra and Wadi Lahami in one trip, spending time at two or even all locations. Marsa Nakari Village is a unique concept, superbly located to provide the very best diving in this southern area. As a guest you are completely free to dive at leisure and relax in one of the most peaceful of environments on the planet.
A small village with a maximum occupancy of 120 people, Marsa Nakari offers the following types of accommodation:
Beach Safari Tents
Next to the waters edge, these spacious twin bedded tents have electricity and share modern toilet and shower facilities. A great choice for those who enjoy an expeditionary feel and briefly wish to leave the western world behind. Inside each tent there are 2 beds a metre apart and you are supplied with 2 sheets, blankets (not necessary in summer) and a pillow per person.
Taking a small torch may prove useful at night should you need to go to the bathroom.
This accommodation is included in our published prices. There is no additional charge for a single Tent during the months of January, February, June, July, August & December.
Royal tents are the ideal choice for couples, being almost twice the size of a normal tent and include the choice of either a double bed or twins. They have a floor standing fan, mini-fridge, wardrobe, bean bag seats and table, with a small table and chairs situated outside – perfect for catching the early morning sunrise. They share the same bathroom facilities as the standard tents.You can upgrade to a Royal Tent for £25 per person (based on a 7 night stay). Single supplement applies.
The Mandarah is an ancient Egyptian term, which describes a guest room for very close friends or relatives in an Egyptian house. The huts have a tiled floor and two beds, bedside table and a clothes cupboard. The Mandarahs are three and a half metres square with domed roofs and terraces with a sea and bay view. Guests staying in Mandarahs share the same bathroom facilities as the standard and royal tents.You can upgrade to a Mandarah Lodge for £25 per person (based on a 7 night stay). Single supplement applies.
Madyafa Guest Houses
Built in the same attractive Arabic style as the Mandarahs, they are more spacious with en-suite facilities. The term Madyafa comes from the ancient Egyptian era. Facilities include twin or double beds, wardrobe, a side table, dressing table with mirror, shower, toilet and terrace. The Madyafa is 40 metres square divided into two by 24 metres square rooms inside with domed roofs. In addition there are two terraces, front and rear, each measure 8 metres square, which have bamboo chairs. The terraces have a mountain view and a sea view.
You can upgrade to a Madyafa Guest House for £75 per person (based on a 7 night stay). Single supplement applies.
Deluxe Madyafa Guest Houses
With the additional benefit of air conditioning, mini refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilites these guest houses are fantastic for those hot summer months.You can upgrade to a Madyafa Guest House with AC for £125 per person (based on a 7 night stay). Single supplement applies.
Two of the guest houses have inter-connecting doors, great for young families.
Linen is provided
You will need to bring your own towels for beach and shower use with the exception of guests staying in the Madyafa Guest Houses where a shower towel will be provided.
220v recharging points available
Medical Kit and Emergency Oxygen
Rinse tanks and drying lines
Safety deposit box
- Flights & Transfers
We can arrange direct flights from Gatwick to Marsa Alam each Wednesday.
It is also possible to fly from Gatwick into Hurghada on a Monday and Friday and from Manchester or Birmingham into Hurghada on a Friday.
The flight to Marsa Alam normally takes around 5 hours.
From Marsa Alam Airport the journey to Marsa Nakari takes approximately one hour and from Hurghada airport the journey takes approximately 3.5 hours.
The Red Sea Diving Safari representative will meet you outside the terminal building holding a Red Sea Safari notice (see left). You will need to purchase your $25 US Dollar (or equivalent cash) Egypt entrance visa at the counter in the arrival lounge.
- Daily Schedule
Within your package we include unlimited house reef diving and 2 orientation dives. Your first dive will be orientation dives on Marsa Nakari's house reef accompanied by a guide. After this you are free to enjoy Marsa Nakari's unlimited diving set up where you have the freedom to dive in buddy pairs at your own pace and at the time of your choosing. With the waters edge just meters away from the dive shade you can get kitted up and go!
For a small supplement you can opt to take the Guided Package which includes unlimited house reef diving, 2 orientation dives with a guide on the house reef on the first day, and a further 8 zone A dives to be taken from days 2-5. Zone A dives are all of the dive sites accessed from the shore (by truck/microbus) and generally 2 are offered each day.
Off Shore DivingYou will also have the opportunity to take a boat or RIB trip to Elphinstone and Shaab Samadai (Dolphin House), as well as Shaab Marsa Alam and Shaab Sharm. These trips can be booked and paid for on site.
The diving program covers over 60 dive sites which are categorised into a 'zoning system':
House Reef and shore dives accessible by mini bus or RIB includes the following dive sites:
Marsa el FoukeryMarsa Samadai
Short range off shore dive sites accessible by high performance RIB which includes the following dive sites (these are optional and are booked and paid for on site):
Long Range off shore dive sites accessible by high performance RIB which includes the following dive sites (these are optional and are booked and paid for on site):
Habili el Ghadeer
Wadi el Gemal
Full Day Excursions
You also have the option to take a full day trip by hard boat to the following dive sites (these are optional and are booked and paid for on site):
Shaab Samadai (Dolphin House Reef)
Shaab Marsa Alam
Unlimited House Reef Diving
Nakari is situated in front of a small bay (Marsa) with a sandy bottom. The dive centre is in front of this bay which is the base for Marsa Nakari's unlimited diving set up. Marsa Nakari bay has a superb house reef which is home to hundreds of marine life species and an excellent variety of soft and hard corals.
The bay is shallow, starting from 1-10 metres in depth and slowly dropping as you reach the outside walls of 40-50m in depth.
High performance speedboats are on standby at your request offering the option of up to 6 different dive patterns within the house reef. These dives are unguided which allows for a real sense of exploration and adventure.
- Food & Drink
You will be supplied with three hearty meals a day in a buffet style layout, plus freshly baked cake is available in the late afternoon. Tea, coffee, water and bottled soft drinks are included free, cans (diet & tonic) are chargeable.
Egyptian beer is available as well as fresh juices, speciality teas and coffees, ice cream, chocolate and crisps – all of which are allocated to your room by name, signed for and settled at the end of the week during check out.
Vegetarians and other special dietary requirements are very well catered for. Please let us know in advance regarding your requirements.
- Optional Activities
Desert Excursions & Astrology
Red Sea Desert Adventures offer you a unique experience for Eastern Desert excursions with visits to Al Shelatin camel market, or mountain trips to Pharaonic, Ptolemaic and Roman ruins or gold and emerald mines.
Stargazing is something you should not miss as you explore the crystal clear night sky.
Both Marsa Nakari and Marsa Shagra give the best opportunities for non-diving family and friends to see the diversity and colour of marine life.
Desert Excursions by horse and camel
- Courses & Equipment
- It is now obligatory that for all PADI courses taken in Egypt, guests must have a manual EACH, no sharing at all, and if purchased before you arrive in Egypt you must provide "proof of purchase" to the dive centre or you will not receive your certification.
Diving Course Supplements (Booked and paid for in advance, in addition to standard diver package):
Scuba Diver (5 dives) £185.00 Open Water Diver (9 dives) £260.00 Scuba Diver upgrade to Open Water £175.00 Open Water Referral (4 dives) £160.00 Advanced Open Water (5 dives) £205.00 Emergency First Response £145.00 Rescue Diver (3 days, excluding equipment) £260.00 Scuba Review Payable Locally € 66 Course Licence Fee Payable Locally € 33
Speciality Course Supplements (Booked and paid for in advance, in addition to standard diver package)
PADI or NRC Nitrox Diver (no dives) £80.00 Nitrox Diver (2 dives) £115.00 Night Diver (3 dives) £130.00 Deep Diver (4 dives) £195.00 Drift Diver (2 dives) £90.00 UW Naturalist £90.00 Multilevel Diver £90.00 Boat Diver £90.00 Peak Performance Buoyancy £90.00 UW Photgrapher £90.00 Certification Fee payable on site € 33
Divemaster & Instructor Courses
EFR (Instructor Course) £200.00 Dive Master (15 days) £515.00 Dive Master Internship (6 days) £165.00 Assistant Instructor £440.00
Diving Courses for Children (Booked and paid for in advance, in addition to standard diver package)
Seal Team (8-10 years, 1 day) £130.00 Junior Open Water Diver (10 - 15 years, 3-5 days) £260.00 Junior Advanced Open Water (12-15 years, 5 dives) £210.00 Junior Rescue Diver (3-5 days, excluding equipment) £260.00 Bubblemaker (8-10 years) payable on site €66 Certification fee payable on site €33
Open Water Course Manual with RDP Metric (Slate) £35 Advanced Open Water Adventure Manual with Data Carrier £35 Rescue Manual with Work Slate £35 Divemaster Manual £25 Divemaster Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving £138
Discover Snorkeling (pay on site) € 22.00 Discover Scuba Diving (1 dive) £60.00 Please note the above prices include equipment.
Equipment Rental Prices (Payable on site):
Full equipment per day € 30 Full equipment for 3 days € 85 Full equipment + computer for 3 days € 100 Full equipment for 5 days €140 Full equipment + computer for 5 days € 165 Full equipment for 6 days € 160 Full equipment + computer for 6 days € 190 Regulator per day € 10 BCD per day € 9 Full wet-suit per day € 8 Half wet-suit per day € 4 Mask & Snorkel per day € 3 Booties per day € 3 Fins per day € 3 Depth gauge per day € 4 Compass per day € 4 Computer (obligatory) per day € 9 SMB per day € 3 Torch per dive € 7 15 litre tank per dive € 3 Twin tanks per dive in house reef only € 5 Nitrox 32% EAN per tank € 2Please note rental equipment is inclusive of the 10% sales tax. On site credit card payments are subject to a 3% surchargeWith regret, currently there are no 15 litre Nitrox tanks available.
What a fantastic place. All the staff are absolutely superb and made us feel really welcome. My dream came true when I dived with dolphins at Shoab Sharm and turtles on the South reef, and lots of other places too! The dives were all amazing, but as always it’s the people who help you plan and organise, and the people who look after you on holiday who make it so special.
Chris & Heather Brewer October 2013
A MASSIVE thank you to Oonasdivers for a fantastic trip to Marsa Nakari. Although this is not the kind of dive trip I would usually choose, I can not explain how amazing it was. Accommodation has everything you need, and possibly the nicest staff I have ever come across, throughout the dive team, housekeeping staff and waiting staff. A very very realxing dive holiday with amazing house reef, and plenty of dive trips to choice from. Cannot wait for a return visit :)
Pippa Cullen May 2013
Hi, I have recently returned from a weeks stay at Nakari eco village, I just don’t know where to start, everything was beyond perfect, from our initial welcome, facilities, accommodation, rest areas, food, the food was exquisite I have put on 5 kilos even with 20 plus dives a week, the dive guides who were all extremely knowledgeable and friendly, to the house reefs.
Words cannot fully express how I felt whilst staying at Nakari, the standards I have experienced previously have been surpassed and a new level has now been set which is going to be extremely difficult for anywhere else to exceed
My congratulations on a fantastic team at Nakari and my heart felt thanks to Virginie, Nagi, Mimi, Ehap, Roxy and many others who all helped to make my holiday the best dive holiday to date
20 out of 10
Many, many, many Thanks
We had a wonderful week at Marsa Nakari...
We all loved the unsophisticated simplicity, stars and peace... and of course, the diving wasn't bad, given that it was late in the season and the sea pretty rough...
Mido wasn't there as he was getting married, but Tarek was delighted that you'd sent your regards and asked when you'd be back. He was indeed adorable and I felt for him when he confided that he feared we were bored! I put him straight...
I won't hesitate to recommmend the place and your company if the opportunity arises
thanks for you advice...
Just wanted to say I had a fantastic week at Nakari. Beautiful place, pristine reefs, delightful staff, very good food - I am fatter than when I went despite the exertions! - and a real family feeling.
Absolutely memorable - thanks to all.
I'll be back
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