About Red Sea College & Marriott
The Marriott in Sharm is an exceptional hotel that offers outstanding value in a central location for everyone, including families. And teamed with the award winning Red Sea Diving College, you have a resort based holiday in Sharm with serious style. Shore and boat diving at recreational and technical levels await. Discover just how relaxing a shore based diving holiday can be!
The hotel itself is split over 2 locations, just opposite each other. You can opt to stay either beach or mountain view. There are a range of rooms for all budgets, making this a 5 star hotel choice that is truly affordable for all! The guest rooms are spacious with comfy Marriott standard comfy beds, separate sofa bed, safe, hair dryer and mini bar, TV and wifi (local charge) as standard. Cots and cribs can be accommodated but please remember to prebook. If you need more space why not upgrade to either the junior or even presidential suites? The suites boast a dining and living area as well as king size double beds.
As you would expect from a 5 star hotel, the facilities on site are impressive. For non divers or those dry days, you can relax on the private beach or at one of the many pool. There is a full fitness centre and health club well as table tennis, volleyball and sailing all on site. As as you watch the sun sink, spoil yourself at one of the bars or restaurants. All tastes are catered for. There is a pool and beach bar, buffet, European bakery - ideal for snacks . The Sushi bar is outstanding and we highly recommend a meal at the Italian restaurant. There is even Harry's pub if you yearn for a home away from home with live music.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Red Sea is between 4-5 hours flying time direct from the UK. Scuba Travel have over 20 year's experience in the Red Sea and have carefully selected a fleet of luxury liveaboards and superb hotels that meet our exacting standards. Explore the sheer beauty of the Red Sea on a Red Sea liveaboard from North to South. Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and El Gouna are popular resort locations, whilst Marsa Alam, El Quesir and Hamata are perfect for those looking for quiet escapism.
Weather and Climate
Fine weather is the order of the day pretty much throughout the year, with rainfall quite rare and short lived. The hottest time of the year is July – August with air temperatures over 30°C. Even in Egypt’s so called ‘winter’ the average rarely falls below 20°C. Water temperature varies from 20°C in February to 29°C in September. Please choose your exposure suit accordingly, depending on your personal preferences.
As standard our holiday packages are based on flights from London Gatwick, direct to your Red Sea hub - Sharm el Shekh, Hurghada or Marsa Alam. Where possible, we are happy to offer regional departures, in particular Manchester. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. Unfortunately, not all regional flight routings are compatible with liveaboard schedules. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Egypt, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.
As flights are direct between the UK and Egypt, there are no stop over options available.
Arrange before you go
All UK visitors to Egypt need an entry visa (valid for a 30 days). This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Save time and prebook your visa with Scuba Travel's prepaid visa service. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
Most flights to Egypt are charter flights. This means seating is allocated at check in. For some carriers we are able to prebook leg room, window or aisle seats. Please speak to your travel consultant about availability and the current charges levied by your airline.
Charter airlines do not enable online check in for flights to Egypt. You must print your ticket coupon prior to travel. Do ensure you leave up to 3 hours, especially over busy travel periods.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren’t as expensive as you might think. click here
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival in Egypt, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. Our representative will be waiting either airside around the baggage carousel or in the arrivals hall. They will be holding a board with either Scuba Travel, your destination or your name on it. If you have prepaid for our visa service, you will be given your visa on arrival. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Airport transfers are always included in your liveaboard or resort holiday package when using our flights. Our representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport. We try to keep transfer times as short as possible, with most being no more than 30mins travel time from the airport to the boat/hotel. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Egypt, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost
At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Egypt.
Included in your holiday
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Plugs and electricity
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Deposits and Balances
Ways to pay
We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
Red Sea Diving College have a long history in Sharm and today remain on of Sharm's premier dive centres for recreational and technical divers. A firm favourite with UK divers, Red Sea Diving College repeatedly is nominated and wins awards for the highly quality of both their diving and training.
Once you are ready to hit the water, Red Sea Diving College can arrange shore or boat diving. The house reef is only a short walk from the dive centre. Splash into Naama Bay and discover why even dive guides love to dive here! The fleet of 6 day boats are roomy and depart daily for a host of Sharm's best known dive sites. Ras Mohammed, Trian, the Thistlegorm and Dunraven are all offered on a regular basis alongside popular local sites such as the Gardens. So what are you waiting for? Jump aboard!
- House Reef
- Fleet of day boats
- 5 star PADI IDC centre with full range of courses available
- Popular choice for technical diving and courses including rebreather training
Red Sea Diving College can offer a full range of PADI courses right from taster DSD sessions to Go Pro instructor courses. But is their technical training that really stands out. This is one of the few dive centres where you can complete a full range of rebreather courses including Poseidon Discovery MK6, Inspiration (Classic and Vision), Evolution, Megladon, SEntinel, rEvo III and JJ-CCR. Not hot your own unit? Don't worry! You can even rent the units or electronics locally.
Diving Rates & Prices
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Red Sea College & Marriott.
- 1 days diving from: Price on request
- 3 days diving from: Price on request
- 5 days diving from: Price on request
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from: Price on request
- PADI open water course from: Price on request
- PADI advanced course from: Price on request
- Nitrox Specialty from: Price on request
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): Price on request
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.