Marsa Alam, Egypt – 24th February - 3rd March 2017
Duration: 1 week
Diving in Marsa Alam: Marsa Alam is the gateway to the exciting Southern Red Sea and its myriad pristine reefs. Diving is by boat day trips from the harbour next door with some of the best dives taking place at the legendary Elphinstone Reef and Sha’ab Samadai, otherwise known as ‘Dolphin House’. This is virgin diving away from the crowds at its very best.
Learning to Dive: Marsa Alam is the ideal place to dip your fins into the water for the first time. There are a large number of safe and sheltered sites that offer superb visibility to appreciate the fabulous marine life. Plentiful reefs sit in shallow water that is perfect for beginners. A full range of courses are offered by Dive Wimbledon and qualifying dives are undertaken at sites situated just a short boat ride away. For the qualified diver, Marsa Alam’s many dive sites offer an abundance of reef marine life and an incredible diversity of corals, including impressive towers and pinnacles to explore.
To take advantage of the best this area has to offer, day trips are organised to outer sites. The dramatic walls and drop-offs of Elphinstone Reef are a spectacular dive. The sheer walls of this great finger-like reef plunge steeply into the blue, richly decorated with soft corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans. Sharks often swim by the spot to feed on the abundant reef fish population. The northern plateau is home to schooling hammerheads with frequent sightings of oceanic white tip sharks.
A trip to Sha’ab Samadai or ‘Dolphin House’ is another absolute must. A large, horseshoe-shaped reef creates a shallow, turquoise lagoon that is frequented by a pod of around 60 spinner dolphins. The diving here typically takes place between 10-15 metres on the southwest tip of the main reef. There is a fantastic network of caves and tunnels and a carpet of seagrass that hides moray eels, leopard groupers, goatfish, lionfish, masked butterflyfish and more.
Cost: £765 including flights, taxes and transfers on an All Inclusive basis in a twin shared room. If anybody would prefer not to share then the single supplement is £156. Marina View Rooms are also available from £35 or Deluxe Rooms from £112. We have arranged this holiday through Regal Dive who are always voted in the top three dive travel agents in the UK by readers of Diver magazine. They are ATOL and CAA protected.
Hotel: The hotel is the 4* Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib..
The Marina Lodge at Port Ghalib offers all inclusive accommodation in 201 rooms including Marina View rooms (standard rooms -32m² ) and deluxe rooms.
All rooms are air conditioned with en-suite facilities, a private balcony or terrace and views of the garden, marina or swimming pool. Rooms are also equipped with hairdryer, mini-bar, satellite TV, telephone and a safety deposit box.
Deluxe rooms are bigger then the standard rooms (38m²) compared to the 32m² standard rooms and have a view of the gardens, marina or swimming pool.
There are two large swimming pools at the hotel and a large sun terrace. The dive centre is conveniently located on site, while active non-divers will appreciate the on-site sports club and gym.
There is a main buffet restaurant and a poolside snack bar. The hotel has a separate bar and a shisha terrace for relaxing in the evenings. Guests will appreciate the convenience of the currency exchange, internet access, laundry and car rental on site.
A beach is located 4 minutes walk from the hotel. Marina Lodge guests have free access to the beach, sunbeds, umbrellas and towels.
Facilities available at Port Ghalib are developing and there is a Costa Coffee and Pizza Hut open at the Corniche & Khan shopping centre. There is also a Moroccan and an Oriental restaurant, as well as a supermarket and a few bazaars. Access to the new marina and the bars and shops is via water, with a local charge payable.
Diving Costs: The diving is being arranged through Emperor Divers who are located onsite.The cost of a 4 day dive package (8 dives) is £146, a 5 day dive package (10 dives) is £175 or a 6 day dive package (12 dives) is £204. This price includes guide, tank and weights. Full equipment can be rented in Egypt from 25 Euros a day. if you would prefer we can rent the equipment for £10/day. For those completing the Open Water or Advanced courses with Dive Wimbledon the equipment is provided free of charge. We will be instructing the courses with a local guide accompanying us. It is possible to complete more dives per day or night dives so let us know if you are interested and we can quote you the prices.There is a 2 Euro government environmental fee pppd, lunch on the boat can be purchased for 7.50 Euros and anything purchased locally incurs a 10% sales tax. Nitrox can be rented 5 Euros a fill or 30 Euros for unlimited fills (12l) or 6 Euros a fill or 40 Euros for unlimited fills (15l).
Courses: We will be running the following courses depending on demand:
PADI Open Water Diver
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver
PADI Rescue Diver
PADI Enriched Air Diver
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy
PADI Deep Diver
PADI Night Diver
Please enquire for other courses or course package prices
VISA: EU nationals travelling to Hurghada can purchase a VISA from Hurghada Airport on arrival for $25. If you would prefer to arrange a VISA before arrival this can be purchased from the Egyptian Consulate in London for £20.
Payment: If you have any questions or are interested in joining us on this fabulous holiday please contact Roger on 02085406874 or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A deposit of £250 is required with the balance due 10 weeks before departure. Payment can be made by cheque payable to Dive Wimbledon, BACS, or over the phone using a card. The balance of the holiday can be paid by cheque, debit card or BACs. Credit cards can be used but incur a 1.75% charge (2.25% for AMEX) charge levied by the tour operator.