Marsa Nakari - Red Sea

HOLIDAY PACKAGE - FROM £925

Marsa Nakari is around half the size of Marsa Shagra offering peace and tranquillity with the same exciting diving concept. Add to this the warm welcome, laid-back atmosphere, superb red sea diving and snorkelling and guests leave smiling, returning year after year.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Beach Safari Tent full board
  • Flights & Transfers
  • 5 day unlimited house reef diving package
  • 2 orientation dives on first diving day
  • Cylinders & Weights
KEY HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Beachfront Tents & Chalets
  • Intimate with wonderful views
  • Easy access 1.5km house reef
  • Technical & Free Diving
  • Access to Dolphin House & Elphinstone
  • Focused on sustainable tourism
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    Marsa Nakari Aerial Video

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  • Marsa Nakari

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 with all the benefits. A fantastic house reef just minutes from the shore, unlimited diving and peace and tranquillity, this offers 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, this 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

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.

***Special Offer***

Guests staying for a minimum of 4 weeks consecutive or longer will receive a discounted price on accommodation and diving!

This offer is valid for stays at Marsa Shagra, Marsa Nakari and Wadi Lahami, or a combination of villages.

Prices start from £1475 per person and include flights*, transfers, accommodation in a Beach Safari Tent twin share, full board and 20 days unlimited diving.

*Flights prices and accommodation may differ depending on duration, location and time of year..

Give us a call on 01323 648924 or drop us a line at info@oonasdivers.com and get your extended holiday booked!

  • Marsa Nakari

We have included the resort map so you can get a feel for how the various element of the resort are laid out. Also, we find our customers often like to reserve certain room numbers as they like the view or may prefer to be closer or further away from the main services. As a guide, the walk from Chalet 52 to the dive shade will take around 7-10 minutes.

  • Marsa Nakari Dive Map
  • Marsa Shagra
  • Marsa Shagra

Oonasdivers and Red Sea Diving Safari (RSDS) have been Red Sea diving partners for over 20 years. We have worked exclusively together to create renowned scuba diving experiences in the southern Red Sea across their three outstanding scuba diving focussed soft tourism resorts.

Diving at RSDS is kept something of a secret by those who visit. There is an air of “I want to keep this to myself” for every diver who has been there, and that is really part of the essence that makes these resorts so special. Owned and led since the late 1980’s by Hossam, his family and long serving team, many of whom have worked at the resort for over 10 years. Oonasdivers founder worked with Hossam to open up the Red Sea to scuba divers in the 1990’s from the UK.

Hossam’s focus on reef protection has created what is probably the best house reef in the Red Sea. Marsa Shagra has two kilometres of private house reef open daily for the resorts visitors to explore at their leisure. You can find all of the marine life expected in the Red Sea just on this reef. Recently, Eagle Rays were mating in the area between the Marsa, offering divers daily sightings of these beautiful creatures.

The resorts each have their own identity and feel which has developed over time as the number of divers has increased. ‘Shagra’, as it is often called, is by far the most visited. It offers the largest house reef and daily access to Elphinstone for diving with the Longimanus. Guests are often drawn to its smaller sister ‘Nakari’, on their second or third visit to RSDS or may have already had a taste after a one-day dive trip from Shagra to see what it’s all about. Nakari offers a quieter, more laid-back setting with less divers, resulting in a highly relaxing diving experience. Moving onto Wadi Lahami, the frontier resort, where although there may be a capacity of 60 divers you will often find no more than 20 in resort at any one time. Here you can really get the feel of being miles away from anywhere.

Wadi Lahami is located on an almost empty coastline where the mangrove areas attract a wonderful variety of wildlife that you may not expect to see in Egypt. The daily diving at the Fury Shoals delivers outstanding dives over and over. The newly renovated Deluxe Chalets with A/C will without a doubt be a draw for our regulars and those looking to experience the adventure of this remote village for the first time.

Back in the late 1980’s Hossam and his small dive team used to travel down the coast road by truck stopping off and putting up tents every few days. In essence a land based dive safari. This later developed into the three fixed resorts, but the same tent experience is available still and is a very popular option with guests.

Since the 1980’s, as resorts have developed they have carefully added locally styled chalets with internationally recognised facilities such as A/C, LCD TV, fridge with daily refilled mini-bar, kettle and tea and coffee making facilities. They really have it covered, and if you need anything else you just need to ask.

  • Marsa Shagra
  • Marsa Shagra
  • Marsa Shagra

The resorts approach to soft tourism means that they aim to limit the use of bottled water in resort. Where possible we would kindly recommend taking your own vacuum water bottle to refill during your stay, this will mean that your visit leads to no water bottles being opened, something to be proud of we think. The mineral water is supplied using refilling water stations which are free of charge for your whole stay. Shagra has its own solar power farm enabling it to use its own renewable energy.

  • Marsa Shagra
  • Marsa Shagra
  • Marsa Shagra
  • Marsa Shagra

Since taking my role in 2016 and having visited RSDS for the first time I can honestly say I am in love with the whole experience. It isn’t possible to put everything in this website that RSDS stands for and is, or to try to explain the absolute passion it evokes in its visitors. Its a "state of mind".

As a diver with over 3000 dives under my belt, a recently qualified other half, an eager 8-year-old son and an inquisitive 6-year-old daughter, RSDS brings a new sense of adventure to what we can do as a family. Just a week past my son’s 8th birthday he was on the house reef at Shagra doing his Bubblemaker course with Ondine, one of the expert dive instructors onsite there. As I watched him take his first breath underwater, I thought about how this would have only been a dream for me when I was 8!

I am not a marine biologist by any means, but I take a keen interest in how reefs look health wise and the reefs at RSDS are exceptional. In my job I periodically re-visit destinations that we offer to monitor the effects of conservation efforts, fishing and other externalities on the dive environments and in my humble opinion the house reefs at RSDS are a glowing reflection of the 20 years Hossam and his family have protected them and managed the environment with great care and attention. Only a few metres from the beach you can find all of the varieties of marine life that you would expect to see in the Red Sea, bar the deep pelagics.

You will also find fish of the same type in varying sizes confirming that the reef is developing healthily. The house reef provides a nursery for many young fish, such as the beautiful juvenile Emperor Angelfish. I hope you find my view interesting and it gives you an insight into what RSDS is over and above your every day dive resort. We are always on hand to answer any questions you may have just drop us a call.

Beach Safari Tent

Tent-outsideseats

Facilities

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Sunrise View
  • Shower gel & handwash provided in public bathrooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Guaranteed Sea View
  • Frequent Public Bathroom Cleaning

Next to the water’s 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, handmade furniture and an outside seating with sea views. Taking a small torch may prove useful at night.

Royal Tent

Royal-twin

Facilities

  • Fan
  • Mosquito Net
  • Mini Fridge
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Sunrise View
  • Shower gel & handwash provided in public bathrooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Guaranteed Sea View

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.

Deluxe Chalet

Deluxe-swan

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Mosquito Net
  • Mini Fridge
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Wardrobe
  • Side & dressing table
  • Sunrise & sunset view
  • Laundry Service

The Deluxe Chalet is our finest room standard overlooking the mountains on one side and the Red Sea on the other. With the additional benefit of air conditioning, ensuite, mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilites this accommodation is fantastic for those hot summer months. Towels are provided for showering. Two of the guest houses have inter-connecting doors, great for young families.

Chalet Fan

Chalet-terrace

Facilities

  • Fan
  • Mosquito Net
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Wardrobe
  • Side & dressing table
  • Mountain & sea view
  • Sunrise & sunset view
  • Laundry Service

The Chalet Fan is built in an attractive Arabic style and facilities include twin or double beds, fan, wardrobes, side table, dressing table with mirror and a terrace on both sides, one overlooking mountains and the other the Red Sea. The Chalets are 4x6 metres and have an ensuite with towels provided for showering only.

All of the meals, plus freshly baked cake each afternoon, are included within your package. Tea, coffee, water and bottled soft drinks are also included. Beer, wine, fresh juices, speciality teas and coffees, ice cream, chocolate and crisps are not included in the package and will be allocated to your room by name, signed for and settled at the end of the week during check out. You can purchase Pizza and BBQ food during the day from the Cafeteria and drinks in the evening from the Bawadi Bar.

  • Marsa Nakari
  • Marsa Nakari
  • Marsa Nakari
  • Marsa Nakari

Marsa Nakari's restaurant offers a wide choice of culinary delights to meet with everybody's taste and palate. A lavish open buffet is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant also offers alternating theme nights where guests can enjoy different cuisines every night.

Vegetarians and other special dietary requirements are extremely well catered for. Please do let us know in advance regarding your requirements.

The restaurant has a welcoming ambience and an outdoor terrace furnished with natural bamboo artwork. The terrace overlooks a wonderful panoramic view of the tents, desert and the sea, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the sparkling water under the sun during the day and an unforgettable white moon shine over the black night water during dinner. If you're lucky, you can see the dolphins jumping out of the water during your breakfast, it will take your breath away!

Dining times - Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant at the following times:

Breakfast 06:30h-09:30h

Lunch 12:00h-14:00h

Dinner 18:30h-21:30h

  • Marsa Nakari
  • Marsa Nakari
  • Marsa Nakari
  • Marsa Nakari

The Cafeteria is the hub of the resort and a central meeting point for divers pre and post dive for drinks and snacks, it is just a few steps walk from the diving shade so you can easily refuel between dives and relax at one of the sun shades. As sunset approaches and divers fill their last tanks of the day, often people will hang out here and watch the sunset with a beer discussing the days diving and planning tomorrows house reef exploration.

Marsa Nakari has a beautiful house reef, around three quarters the size of its big sister Shagra. The quality of the reef is just as pristine as Shagra with vibrant colors and soft corals. A big draw is the quick access to Dolphin House by speedboat similar to that of Elphinstone at Shagra. Here you would hope to see dolphins in their natural environment swimming in their pod, often seemingly showing off for their visitors if you catch the timing right. There are also some other great outer reefs to explore by zodiac, we recommend a trip to Habili Nakari for every visiting diver. Its proximity to the resort means often you will be the only divers there potentially making for a private dive for just 8 guests!

Dolphin House

This site is famous for the pod of dolphins that live in the horseshoe shaped reef. As with all wildlife nothing is guaranteed, but here you’re in with a good chance of a sighting. The crew will often take you to the quieter areas where you will avoid the larger groups. This site is ideal for both snorkelling and diving trips, visitors can enjoy a leisurely snorkel before taking a dive on the outside of the horseshoe reef that is about 1km in diameter.

Outer Reef Diving

Marsa Nakari has access to a number of outer reefs making the resort well placed if you want to do less house reef diving and visit other sites. The diving on the outside of Dolphin House is of great quality and only 15 minutes by speedboat from Nakari. Accessing outer reefs can take many hours via a liveaboard or day boat from Hurghada so you could well have done your dive and be back relaxing in resort before the other divers even arrive!

  • Marsa Nakari Dive Map

At RSDS all diving outside of the house reef is subject to an additional charge. The cost depends on the zone of the dive site. We offer credit packages that you can pre-purchase to use on additional dives during your stay. You can then join these dives as they are organised throughout the week around your unlimited house reef package.

  • Marsa Nakari Dive Shade
  • Marsa Nakari Dive Shade
  • Marsa Nakari Dive Shade
  • Marsa Nakari Dive Shade

The dive centre and shade are the hub of daily scuba activities at Shagra. You will hear tanks clinking from around 5am through to 9pm as guests embark on their personal dive schedules throughout the day. The centre staff are always present around the shade and office so you can check any planned zoned dives and ask any questions that you may have. The equipment team are present from around 6am if you need a missing item or to grab your rental gear. The operation of the diving board is a honed process over many years. Guests have a numbered locker (bring your own padlock when you come) to keep their gear in and then when you go for a dive you write this on the north or south board accordingly. If you are on a zodiac/zodiac profile the boatmen and dive crew will monitor the board to ensure they know who is in the water, whereabouts they are and when they need to be collected. The crew are busy with binoculars for any SMB coming up in case of an emergency so they can immediately be on hand to assist as required. They will also check your locker if you forget to remove your name from the diving board so they can be sure that you have returned. This board is fantastic for finding a buddy to dive with too.

The House Reef

The house reef is 0m-50m+ deep depending on where you dive and how far away from the shoreline you venture. There are a few overhangs 40m+ on the south side. You really have to explore it for yourself. There are six broad dive profiles offered on the house reef;

• North Reef - GO Shore / BACK Shore
• North Reef - GO Zodiac / BACK Shore
• North Reef - GO Zodiac / BACK Zodiac
• South Reef - GO Shore / BACK Shore
• South Reef - GO Zodiac / BACK Shore
• South Reef - GO Zodiac/ BACK Zodiac

RSDS still operate Truck dives to local shore based dive sites all within a 30 minute ride from the resort, Dugong sites are only a short drive away. Snorkel trips are also run in this way and a great way to see turtles in the shallows at a local lagoon. Truck Diving (Zone A)
• Marsa Abu Dabbab
• Marsa Assalai
• Marsa Egla
• Marsa Samadai

RIB Diving (Zone B)

Planned RIB dives in Zone B;

• Shaab Nakari
• Ras Samadi (Dolphin House)
• Habili Nakari
• South Garden
• Habili Dori
• Ras Tondoba
• Marsa Abu Dabbab
• Marsa Assalai
• Marsa Egla
• Marsa Samadai

RIB Diving (Zone C)

Planned RIB dives in Zone C;
• Shaab Masra Alam
• Habili el Ghadeer
• Wadi el Gemal
• Shallaneat
• Shaab Sharm

RSDS offer the PADI Solo Diver course. Solo diving is becoming more popular at RSDS as we have many divers who are looking to improve their skills and use this course as a way to increase bottom time during the trip as you can go and dive as much as you like and not need your buddy to fit your schedule. Solo diving also offer you the benefit of experiencing the reef all on your own at your own pace. As RSDS offer unlimited diving this allows for those who choose to maximise their time in the water.

When Solo diving it is important to observe safe bottom times and manage your diving using your computer and stay within safe diivng limits.

  • Marsa Shagra
  • Marsa Shagra
  • Marsa Shagra
  • Marsa Shagra

Hossam the owner of RSDS helped devise, establish and continues to provide support to the Decompression Chamber located across the road from Marsa Shagra. You can take a visit to Baro Medical to see what it is all about, just ask at reception and they will help organise it. Each guest pays an in-resort fee of 7 EUR as a donation to the chamber to keep it running.

The Red Sea lies between Africa and Asia and is surrounded by desert. The warm waters, minimal rainfall and sunny days attract travellers from all over the world. The diving season is year-round with visibility averaging 30m. From December to February, the nights can be cool, with warm, balmy nights in the summer months. July and August are the hottest months. In winter, there can often be a breeze. Marsa Nakari is just 18km south of Marsa Alam city, 291km from Hurghada Airport, and 78km south of Marsa Alam Airport.

There are over 1200 species of marine life that can be found in the Red Sea, the most common are clown fish, moray, turtles, napoleon, and parrot fish. Add to this sharks, dolphins, pristine corals and even the elusive dugong, and you have a diving destination that has something wonderful around every corner. Reefs team with life, a kaleidoscope of colours sure to impress every diver, with the clear waters also attracting snorkellers and underwater photographers along with beginners and those wanting to try their hand at technical diving and free diving.

Average temperatures in Summer (April-October):
Air 26-30°c / Sea: 27-31°c

Average temperatures in Winter (November-March):
Air 22-24°c / Sea 23-25°c

We can arrange flights into both Hurghada Airport and Marsa Alam Airport from a selection of airports in the UK, the flight time is around five and a half hours.

Transfers between the airport and the resort can be included within your package. You will be met by a representative from Red Sea Diving Safari outside the terminal building. The transfer time from Hurghada is approximately 4 hours, and from Marsa Alam around an hour.

A Visa is required for entry into both Hurghada and Marsa Alam.

The Egyptian Pound is the currency in Egypt however euros and sterling are widely accepted in small denominations.
The time difference is GMT + 2 hours.
The calling code is +20
The plug type is C & F / 220v voltage
Please follow this link for up-to-date health advice and details of any vaccinations that are required before travel
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt

Visa - Your 30 day Egypt entrance VISA will be included in your package unless otherwise requested, however this charge has been waived until 30 April 2021 for those arriving in the governorates of South Sinai, the Red Sea, Luxor, and Aswan.

Transfers - After passing through immigration and collecting your luggage please proceed to exit the terminal building where your Red Sea Diving Safari representative will be waiting for you outside.

PCR Testing - PCR testing is currently available on arrival at Marsa Alam and Hurghada airports at a charge of $30 and will be mandatory for all arrivals who cannot present a certificate with a negative PCR result no older than 72 hours before arrival into Egypt. We strongly advise all guests to obtain this certificate before travelling for the following reasons:

· Some airlines are not allowing flight check-in without proof of the certificate, please check with your airline.
· When using this service you will be required to have a separate transfer from other guests who already have a pre-travel PCR, for which there may be an extra charge and a slight delay if we are not aware in advance.
· You will be required to quarantine in a chalet until the results are received (usually 12-24 hours) and upgrades will be charged at the on-site rate. During that time, you will be required to stay in your room and drinks and meals will be provided to your room.
· In the situation that you test positive, you and your travel companions, and anyone who was in the same transfer car, will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a chalet, even if your vacation was planned for less than 14 days, at extra charge. Private transfers can be organised on request.
· The service is provided by the Egyptian authorities and may be withdrawn at any time.

Please confirm in advance if you are intending to have your PCR test on arrival at the airport. You will be responsible for the costs associated with this service and quarantines necessary, and unfortunately, we cannot refund any lost diving days or other prebooked activities which are lost due to quarantine.

Due to the increase in costs resulting from the requirements requested from the authorities for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 Red Sea Diving Safari are implementing an on-site additional fee of €5 per person per night for their guests.

In order to support their guests with this additional expense Red Sea Diving Safari will waive the €5 per person per night COVID-19 fee for all guests who undertake the PCR test before flying to Egypt in line with the government guidelines, as long as they are travelling directly to Red Sea Diving Safari.

Due to the current pandemic there have been some changes to the way that Red Sea Diving Safari are operating that guests should be aware of before arrival:

General points/reception

· Guests’ temperature will be checked on arrival
· Luggage and the shoes of the guests are sprayed with disinfectant at check-in
· Check-in briefing now conducted by TV video rather than paper flyers (also available on the chalet TVs)
· Currently there is reduced capacity in resort
· Glass windows have been installed in the reception and cafeteria for protection
· Credit card payments are appreciated where possible
· Guest feedback forms removed and replaced with online guest feedback
· Information booklets and flyers have been removed from reception
· Guests are required to send a photo of their passport by email to the reception team, instead of physically leaving their passport in reception.
· Public area surfaces, handles, ‘high touch’ areas sanitised regularly
· Non-contact greetings encouraged
· Cushions have been removed from chairs
· The children’s playground is currently unavailable
· Massage is currently unavailable
· Increased signage to encourage social distancing, hand washing, hand sanitisation, reporting symptoms, etc.
· Hand sanitiser dispensers have been installed throughout
· Laundry is now washed on higher temperatures and machines are disinfected after use
· Tipping is now possible on the final invoice of the guest
· Chalets are left empty for 48 hours between check-out and check-in
· 5 chalets have been designated as quarantine chalets in case they are needed
· Tip boxes have been removed from our restaurant, diving centre and reception. Tips can be added to the final invoice of the guest at their request.


Staff

· Staff temperatures are checked daily on entry to the village
· Staff must wear masks, and some must additionally wear visors and gloves
· Staff are required to undertake a COVID-19 rapid test on return from vacation
· Minimum of 60 days on site before vacation, to reduce staff turnover
· Staff have been given additional training about COVID-19 and additional signs in Arabic are in place throughout staff working and living areas


Transfers

· Cars currently operating at 50% total capacity (e.g. 6 pax maximum in a microbus)
· Guests must observe the seating plan indicated inside the vehicle
· Air conditioning not being used


Food & Beverage

· Water dispenser scheme is currently not in service and plastic bottles of water are available as part of the soft-all-inclusive package
· Glass screens have been installed to cover the food at the buffet from the front and top, guests can request what they would like and the chefs will then prepare the plates and hand to the guests.
· Cake is served in individual portions at teatime, instead of being left as self service
· A glass screen has been installed in the cafeteria
· Maximum of 6 pax at a large table in the restaurant, 1m distance required between each person and tables are a minimum of 2m apart.
· Shisha is currently unavailable.


Rooms

· Housekeeping service is only provided twice per week. If guests require towels and linen they are welcome to ask in the reception.
· Housekeeping staff are required to wear full suits, gloves, visors and use additional equipment for deep cleaning (e.g. steamers).


Wifi

All 3 resorts have internet access via Wi-Fi around the reception areas. Please ask at reception for more information and prices. Please remember that due to the remoteness of the location’s internet access is not always as fast and efficient as other parts of the world. This is also a shared connection for all guests, so the speed is also linked to how many others are also using the service. If you need to be connected all the time and in your Tent/Chalet then you should organise your personal WIFI/SIM Card.

Personal Wifi/SIM Card Usage

SIM cards are available to purchase at Marsa Shagra, and by prior arrangement at Marsa Nakari and Wadi Lahami. Vodafone 4G works well in Egypt. Your phone will need to be un-locked for the SIM to work in it (if you have a contract phone it will likely be locked - check with your provider before you leave). For the best data connection, purchase a MIFI before departure (a MIFI is a little box that a SIM Card slots into and provides a WIFI connection for your devices to use).

Electricity

220v European style 2 pin.

Lockers & Storage

At Shagra all Deluxe Chalets have mini safes for your valuables, for all other accommodations there are lockers available for use in reception. At Nakari & Lahami valuables can be stored in the reception safe.

Toiletries

It is possible to purchase essentials such as shampoo and toothpaste etc, but we do advise our guests to take their own.

Towels

Ample shower towels are provided in the room, beach towels can be rented for 5 Euro for the week from reception.

Drinks Plan

All resorts include inclusive water, selected soft drinks, standard tea and coffee. Speciality teas and fresh coffee and juices are available to purchase locally from €2. Beer and wine is also available.

Medications

At Marsa Shagra there is a small pharmacy opposite the resort, this would be suitable for pain relief etc, there is also the doctor located in the hyperbaric chamber. Please ensure you take all of your prescriptive medications with you. If you need any medical help whilst on resort please speak to reception.

Mosquitos

As all resorts have some pleasant planting, we do suggest all guests take insect repellent as a precaution.

Your little luxuries

You can take your own little luxuries and store them in your room fridge (subject to room choice). Take your Vacuum coffee cup to enjoy hot drinks on the go, re-fill free of charge at the restaurant or in between at the cafeteria. Take your own drink and just grab hot water and milk.

Health & Well-Being

We want you to have a great holiday as does every member of staff at RSDS. If you have any problem, something is not to your liking or you are not feeling well which can be common in a hot country especially if it is your first time away. Do speak to reception, the dive centre or one of the staff who can in turn help ensure your problems are solved. We are also able to help via e-mail while you are away, just drop your booking manager a message. Always drinks lots of water, especially in the hotter months. You can easily become dehydrated and get an upset tummy. If this happens speak to reception or alert the dive centre team who can in turn help deal with your issue promptly to ensure you can enjoy your holiday.

Currency

Euro is the preferred currency, if you wish to purchase a small amount of local LE this can be arranged through reception. Your final bill can be paid in cash, or card. Visa and Mastercard are accepted with a 3% charge, sorry they cannot accept Amex.

Tips

We recommend a tip of approx. €60 per person for a 7-night stay. Tips are at your discretion, and this is just advisory only. You may also tip any member of the team privately.

Compulsory Local Charges

These charges will be added to your bill at check out.
€7 DECO chamber contribution - Shagra, Nakari & Lahami
€5 Solar programme contribution - Shagra only


· Guests renting regulators are required to purchase their own mouthpiece on site, to keep, at a cost of €3. They can also bring their own.
· Additional disinfecting procedures are in place for rental equipment
· Rinse tanks are no longer in use and guests are required to rinse their equipment under running water in the diving shade.
· House reef white boards are not currently in use. Guests are required to inform the shade staff of their diving profile and they will keep the record and watch for their safety
· Lower maximum numbers of divers on our speedboats according to the speedboat size · Zone A (truck dives) are currently unavailable until further notice
· No entry to the diving centre - all communication should be carried out by the service window
· Defogging liquid provided to discourage the use of saliva for mask defog
· Guests are encouraged to keep all items, including wetsuit and BCD in their diving locker (instead of using hangers)
· Additional chemicals and disinfectants are in use in the diving shade area for sanitisation

Dive Centre Check In

The morning after your arrival, at approx. 8am you can check into the dive centre. Please ensure that you take your dive certification with you, along with any nitrox or medical certificate you may also need to present. Once you have checked it, been given your weights and locker number you will attend a thorough dive briefing, were you will receive information on dive profiles and instructions for the house reef and zodiac use, along with details of excursions available, prices and how to book. Once the briefing is over, you will be taken to the dive shade to kit up and prepare for your first of 2 orientation dives. Please note, if you have taken a 5 days dive package and wish to take a day’s dive rest mid-week, please ensure you inform the dive centre, so they know not to add an additional day to your bill on check out.

Dive Equipment storage

Lockers are provided to store your equipment in the dive shade. You can purchase a padlock for approx.; €2 but you are welcome to take your own.

Cylinders & Nitrox

A selection of 12ltr aluminium cylinders are available in both DIN and international fittings. 15ltrs are also available but carry a surcharge of €5 per dive. Nitrox 32% is available at €2 per fill

Water temperature & suggested wetsuit

Dec & Jan 26c to 20c 5mm - 7mm
Feb & Mar 23c to 20c 7mm
Apr & May 24c to 25c 5mm
Jun & Jul 26c to 28c 3mm - 5mm
Aug & Sep 28c to 30c 3mm
Oct & Nov 29c to 27c 3mm - 5mm

Snorkelling

Snorkelling is available at both Shagra & Nakari from the shore, it can also be nice to hop on the zodiacs as they leave to drop off divers and drop onto the edge of the Marsa and slowly drift back. Have a quick chat with the dive shade locally so they can advise on wind and current. Snorkellers can often join on excursions, for a small charge, please check locally with dive centre if the dive site is suitable.

DSMB

Please ensure you are able to deploy your DSMB properly and operate you own safety stop management for buddy shore diving, especially for the outer house reef zodiac to zodiac dives.

  • Marsa Nakari Groups

Nakari is often a draw for groups and clubs as you can enjoy the resort and organise your dives with the skippers at your leisure having greater flexibility for the whole group to dive together on the sites you want, in the order you want. The offshore reef diving is also great for groups as some can stay on the house reef and whilst others head to the outer reefs to explore.

  • LONG STAY OFFER

    Guests staying for a minimum of 4 weeks consecutive or longer will receive a discounted price on accommodation and diving! This offer is valid for stays at Marsa Shagra, Marsa Nakari and Wadi Lahami, or a combination of villages.

    PRICES START FROM £1595 inc Flights, Transfers, Beach Safari Tent with Full Board and 20 Days House Reef Diving

Seeing the stars is best done from the desert where you can lay back and see the milky way and many constellations. Your guide will help you spot them during your tour.

Take a quad bike trip into the desert and see some amazing geology dating back thousands of years. Enjoy the trip at your own pace and see some breath-taking views.

Take a camel ride at sunset along the water’s edge, or near the mountains where you can stop and meet some local Bedouins. This is something everyone does at least once during their stay!

Enjoy a massage by the sea. You can book the massage at reception in resort from 9-5pm.

Regular Snorkelling trips to Dolphin House are organised from the resort and also pople will often join from Marsa Shagra. Dolphin House is a Horseshoe shaped reef that has been home to a pod of Dolphins for many years. The area is protected and you are not able to freely explore the area. Your guide will advise which ropes to stay behind so to not disturb the area that is only for the Dolphins.



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