Marsa Shagra Eco Lodge, diving trip to Egypt

Marsa Shagra is an eco lodge and perfect for your diving trip to Egypt for those who really want to focus on diving. Here you live just outside Marsa Alam in peace and quiet directly on the beach to the Red Sea. There are four different forms of accommodation, some of which are simple with accommodation in tents directly by the beach. There are also royal tents, small cozy huts (cabins) and for those looking for comfortable accommodation with air conditioning there are several so-called deluxe chalets. There is also a common dining room here, and on-site massages and various opportunities for shore excursions are also offered. The price for your diving trip includes full board and we build packages with free diving from land for five days or the number of days you wish, including tanks, weights and weight belt. 

Four different types and standards of accommodation are offered:

  • Tent - located on the beach 3,5, X 3,5 m
  • Royal Tents – These tents are almost twice the size of regular tents
  • Hut – A smaller bungalow similar to a stone house
  • Delux chalet – 24 m2 large stone house with rounded roof.

You dive directly from land and you can dive as much as you want. You can also dive from a boat for an additional fee. The area is divided into different zones depending on the distance from the resort, and you book and pay for these boat dives directly on the spot.

Diving at Marsa Shagra

  • Land-based diving on your own house reef
  • Boat diving is available 
  • The sea in the area has been protected for over 20 years 
  • Eco Lodge
  • Pressure chamber
  • Elphinstone
  • PADI diving center with a wide range of courses

The house reef at Marsa Shagra has one of the richest reefs along the coast in terms of marine life. The area has also been a protected area for the past 20 years. Many of the rarer species in the Red Sea can be found directly on the house reef. The reef is also frequented by larger pelagic animals such as dolphins and manta rays. The advantage here is that you can dive as much as you want from land here. The house reef starts directly at the beach and you will find lots of fun to watch or photograph and film. For those who snorkel, the reef is already full of life below the surface before it drips down to the far end.

Boat trips can offer big encounters, sharks, dugongs and more

In the region around Marsa Alam, you also have the chance to see and dive with slightly larger animals. If you are lucky, you can see both dolphins, dugong (manatee) and large sea turtles. If you take a trip to Elpinstone, you may also have the chance to see several species of shark. Marsa Shagra has a variety of dive sites frequented by divers.

The world-renowned dive site and Elphinstone reef is a long extended reef that rises in the depths to the surface. Here there are breathtaking drop-offs on both the west and east walls. The walls are covered in beautiful hard and soft corals and inhabited by a teeming marine life. At both ends of the walls are plateaus that are often patrolled by various sharks of which year fin shark and hammerhead sharks are perhaps the most spectacular. Also manta rays, whale sharks and thresher sharks are sometimes seen here and other pelagic creatures. (To dive at Elphinstone you need at least 30 logged dives to be allowed to dive here). Out at sea you can often see different things liveaboard pass on its way to the various reefs that offer among the best diving in Egypt.

Pictures with © approval from Red Sea Diving safari, Marsa Shagra, Egypt

Accommodation

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Tent

The tents are located near the beach and inside each tent, 3,5 x 3,5 meters, there are two beds with sheets, blankets and a pillow per person. The tents have electricity for lighting, to charge batteries and to use a computer. The tents do not have their own toilet, but you use the shared showers and toilets with running hot and cold water.

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Royal Tent

These are almost twice the size of the regular tents and you can choose whether you want two single beds or a double bed. In the Royal tent there is a ceiling fan, a small fridge, wardrobe and a table with chairs. Otherwise, the same conditions as the normal tents apply for electricity and bathroom

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Hut

Huts are smaller bungalow-like stone houses. This type of accommodation has been used in the desert for a very long time because they keep their cool even in the desert. Huts have a fan in the roof, otherwise the same conditions apply as the tents with electricity and bathroom.

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Deluxe Chalet

Madyafah is a 24m² stone house with a rounded roof. The house is in the Nubian style, which is very efficient because it stays cool without air conditioning. There are two terraces with bamboo chairs and one of the terraces has a mountain view, while the other faces the sea. The cottages have a ceiling fan and air conditioning. Own bathroom with cold/hot shower and toilet. They are furnished with two beds, wardrobe, side table and dressing table with mirror. Fridge and kettle are available.