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

Red Sea Diving Safari/Shagra Eco Village, Nov, 2010,

by Frank Nelson, PA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5839.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Riviera Maya Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 81 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 3 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions so to speak. Dive to your hearts content
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments \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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