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Dive Review of Red Sea Diving Safari/Shagra Eco Village in

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Frank Nelson, PA, US
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5839
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Riviera Maya Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
3   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions so to speak.  Dive to your hearts content  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Had no photo shop so to speak. Not sure if anything around could be found
for repairs.  RIB's used for excursions and boat handlers use to camera
gear and very gentle with it. Rinse tanks available at the dive shade for
regs and cameras, other tanks for other gear suits, bc, etc
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
\It is a long trip from the States with many connections, but worth the
trouble.  Pgh to Atlanta, Atlanta to Gatwick UK, and the Thomson Air from
Gatwick to Marsa Alam.  Make sure you get visa $15 before you get in custom
line.  Custom went smooth and met by Red Sea Diving Safari van and 30 min
ride to Shagra Eco Village.  Check in quick but arriving after 5:30 when it
is dark is a real hassle finding your room.  Your front door is really the
rear.  Do not drink tap water.  Have coolers every 3 huts and thruout
village.  Staff is very friendly and speaks and understands english.  Had a
resident shark expert giving lessons to the staff, an ecologist from
Ireland who took care of everything enviromentally(water temp, critter
sightings, currents, viz, etc) logging it from this village and the other 2
owned farther south.  Recompression chamber across the road and the Dr
dives daily and is on staff.  They sat down with us and just chatted away.
Very friendly and down to earth.When taking a shower the flooor drain
overflows, which happens in all chalets.  Can live in a tent on the beach
but need to walk to another place for bathing and toilets.  Village very
clean despite all the sand around.  There are no tv's radios, newspapers, 
Just dive, dive, dive.  The house reef which extends in both directions for
miles is a smoregasboard of aquatic life.  Mountains of hard corals
especially staghorn.  Fish don't seem to be very skittish and easily
appproached to take pics. The owners and workers are truly concerned about
the enviroment and do whatever is necessary to keep it as pristine as
possible.  Most divers are from UK, France, Germany.  I was the only US
person there.
It was hard to find any info in any magazines about this place.  I learned
about it from a Brit who I dove with in Mexico.  If you can deal with the
long flights it is well worth the effort.   
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