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Dive Review of Red Sea Divng Safari/Marsa Shagra Eco Lodge in
Red Sea/Marsalam

Red Sea Divng Safari/Marsa Shagra Eco Lodge: "first time after C 19", Oct, 2021,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 29 Helpful votes). Report 11671 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
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Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments Egypt, Marsalam, Marsa Shagra Eco Lodge
My travel plans and attempt in September to fly to Madagascar, Nosy Sakatia again went down the drain for the 3. time due to C 19. The prime minister of the country would decide in the middle of October if and when he would allow western tourists into the country again, my travel agent told me. For more than 1.5 years I had not done any serious diving neither at home in cold water nor in warm waters abroad. I longed for the deep blue.
The big question where to get wet again arose. The Maldives and Red Sea were more or less open for European tourists, so I chose the latter. I had already visited Sharm el Sheik for the Thistlegorm, went to El Quesier for jeep safari and day boat trips, Hugharda for more of that plus live aboard and last not least to Port Ghalib for a 2 week trip on board the Royal Evolution into Sudanese waters (see undercurrent June 2013 ). This time I planned to head south to Marsalam and found some Eco Lodge resort named Marsa Shagra village. Tents and chalets were offered which looked cozy to me. Diving concerned they promised trips to Elphinstone reef and ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Red Sea Divng Safari   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide more than 100 destinations, mostly South Pacific and Asia, Africa and Caribbean
Closest Airport Marsalam Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10-40 M / 33-131 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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By Frank Nelson in PA, US at Oct 07, 2021 11:29 EST  
I had done this resort a few years ago and found it to be quite accommodating and the diving excellent. They did not charge for the trips to the outer reef.
By report author: Michael Joest in Kehl, DE at Oct 07, 2021 11:54 EST  
thank you - well, the setting is beautiful and my little chalet was exactly what I´ve been looking for forgot to mention: there is a recompression chamber = hyperbaric center right next across the street the flies around were a damn nuisance, they don´t cruise around you like in Europe but try to crawl into every opening you offer (eyes ears nose ) disgusting that
By Frank Nelson in PA, US at Oct 07, 2021 15:44 EST  
When I was there the Dr and his wife who operated the chamber were at the resort everyday I was there and we talked, had dinner, and was invited to tour the chamber and building.
By report author: Michael Joest in Kehl, DE at Oct 08, 2021 00:13 EST  
yes, I had to visit the chamber too cause the dogs played a bit too roughly with me in the water close to the beach, got some ugly scratches on my hand, where the dive center suggested more than just betaisodine for treatment to make sure it´s not getting worse - the doc put some antibiotic on it, lucky me
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