Roots Red Sea | Marsa Alam | Scuba Travel

Roots Red Sea | Marsa Alam - Red Sea

  • 29 rooms
  • Eco huts, deluxe chalets and boutique superior rooms
  • Buffet meals prepared freshly each day plus beach bar and 24hr tea and coffee service
  • Chose from B&B, half board or soft all inclusive (no alcohol)
  • Huge range of local land excursions to enjoy (local charge)
  • House reef, shore or zodiac diving offered daily
  • PADI recreational and technical courses available
  • Wi-Fi is available at the camp for a local charge of 10euro per guest per week

Roots Red Sea | Marsa Alam

Roots Red Sea is a small friendly resort in El Quesir. Those scuba divers and snorkellers looking for a quiet, relaxed atmosphere will love the can do attitude of this British run team. Roots "camp" is anything but basic, with a variety of accommodation and modern facilities. Getaway from it all and let the experienced owners Steve and Clare show you just what makes this corner of the Red Sea so special. Recharge your batteries without any animation to disturb the peaceful ambience.

Chose from 3 distinct room grades to create your own ideal holiday. The deluxe chalets are most popular with our guests, as the perfect combo between comfort and budget, with air con, en suite, Tv and fridge. The eco huts deliver value for money, with a basic room option, ceiling fan and shared facilities. Or upgrade to the superior boutique rooms, for extra space and full in room facilities. Stay on a B&B basis, half board or full board.

The public area facilities at Roots are charmingly rustic. A traditionally built reception welcomes guests with inspirational architecture. The chill out lounge and bar providing a quiet haven for relaxing and additionally serves refreshments to the fresh water pool just outside. Across the courtyard lies the main restaurant serving sumptuous meals for the guests. The kitchen team are happy to cater for most dietary needs. Outside the restaurant is the Terrace, where the evening buffet is served most of the year. Just a short walk away is the Roots private beach on Abu Sauatir Bay. Here you will find all you need to while away the hours: sun loungers; parasols, toilets, showers and the Beach Bistro where lunch is served each day.

Deluxe Chalets

The Deluxe Chalets all sit on the side of the desert mountain backdrop with stunning views of the Red Sea directly in front of them.
The construction is local red stone, timber framing and a thatched roof offering a clean modern room.
Inside the chalet there is a separate en suite toilet and shower room, independent modern split unit air conditioning, LED satellite TV with 20 European channels, mini fridge, keypad room safe and a smoke alarm.

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Boutique Rooms

At the top of the resort there are seven individual Boutique Rooms constructed completely in local red stone with an ornamental brick roof. These rooms offer the same specification as the Deluxe Chalets with separate large en suite facilities and generally a larger floor area. Double or single options

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Eco Huts

The Eco Huts are constructed with natural materials blended with a modern contemporary interior. The structure is a mixture of local red stone, thatched roof and woven reed exterior walls all creating a harmonious blend of Egyptian culture.
The modern clean washing and toilet facilities are situated just 20 meters away across the courtyard, with separate facilities for ladies and gents.

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The guest rooms at ROOTS RED SEA are designed to suit all visitors, from the basic Eco Hut with the minimum of private facilities; through the Deluxe Chalets on the hillside offering a modest size room with all the home comforts including en suite toilet and shower, independent air conditioning and heating ; to the stone built Boutique Rooms at the top the camp offering family sized rooms with full facilities.

Covid Information for Roots Red Sea

Information provided by Roots Red Sea and Pharoh Dive Club

LAST UPDATED 28th APRIL 2021



Roots re-opened in 2020 and the resort has covid safety measures in place.

The procedures call for guests to maintain social distancing at all times, wear masks in confined areas (which are limited at Roots) and utilise the sanitisers and protective equipment provided in all areas.

In addition the staff are wearing masks and gloves whenever in the public areas and maintain social distancing between themselves ad the guests.

The staff do not leave the premises to minmise any risk of the virus being brought onto the site - Roots is in a bubble in the middle of the desert.

Roots is currently operating at a reduced capacity, to minimise risk by pressuring communal areas.

Country Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

All passengers above 6 years old MUST come with either a negative PCR test (72hrs) with QR code or present a certificate of being fully vaccinated with QR code noting that arrival date must be after 14 days of receiving the full vaccine doses.

Vaccines approved by World Health Organization and The Egyptian Medicines Authority: Pfizer/AstraZeneca/Moderna/Sinopharm/Sinovac/Sputnik (2 doses) & Johnson & Johnson (1 dose only). Name of the vaccine must be clearly written on the vaccination certificate & QR code is mandatory.

Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a PCR/antigen test locally up to 3 days before their return to the UK

Until the 24th of October, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 PCR test on your return in the UK.

Eligible fully vaccinated passengers arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a lateral flow test on or before day 2 of their arrival from 24 October, rather than PCR tests . These can be booked from 22 October.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 15th OCTOBER 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

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.

Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

All passengers above 6 years old MUST come with either a negative PCR test (72hrs) with QR code or present a certificate of being fully vaccinated with QR code noting that arrival date must be after 14 days of receiving the full vaccine doses.

Vaccines approved by World Health Organization and The Egyptian Medicines Authority: Pfizer/AstraZeneca/Moderna/Sinopharm/Sinovac/Sputnik (2 doses) & Johnson & Johnson (1 dose only). Name of the vaccine must be clearly written on the vaccination certificate & QR code is mandatory.

Passengers from all countries will have temperatures observed, will be required to complete a monitoring card with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a PCR/antigen test locally up to 3 days before their return to the UK

Until the 24th of October, fully vaccinated travellers will need to take a day 2 PCR test on your return in the UK.

Eligible fully vaccinated passengers arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a lateral flow test on or before day 2 of their arrival from 24 October, rather than PCR tests . These can be booked from 22 October.

Not fully vaccinated travellers will be required to take a day 2 & day 8 covid test plus 10 days quarantine at home or test to release on day 5

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

Updated 15th OCTOBER 2021

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 to 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.

Travel

Flight options

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.

Stopovers

As flights are direct between the UK and Egypt, there are no stop over options available.

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

All UK visitors to Egypt need an entry visa (valid for a 30 days). This can be obtained on arrival with cash payment. Or you can npw apply online by clicking here 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

Insurance

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

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

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.

Check in

Charter airlines do not enable online check in for flights out of Egypt. You must print your ticket coupon prior to travel. Do ensure you leave up to 3 hours, especially over busy travel periods.

Lounge

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

Parking

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.

Transfers

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

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. There is currently no departure tax leaving Egypt.

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Tipping

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.

Currency

Euro, USD and sterling cash (notes) are all widely accepted. It can be handy to have small denominations of Egyptian pounds for use outside of the hotel/tipping. Credit and debit cards are accepted in most hotels and larger restaurants, but will be processed in Egyptian pounds and subject to a transactions surcharge,

Phone coverage

Mobile phone coverage will depend on your carrier - please confirm any overseas charges before travel.

Plugs and electricity

European 2 pin plugs

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

Special trips, night dives, 3rd dives and any extras are arranged and paid for locally

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is available for a local surcharge

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for this holiday is around £250 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option - larger deposits may be required for some flight options/dates

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

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

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
10% off for repeat customers travelling within 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

7 nights on a B&B basis basis in a deluxe chalet (2 people sharing) - You can upgrade your room type, board basis to either half board or soft all inclusive (no alcohol) - please speak to a travel consultant at the time of booking
5 day no limit house reef diving package
Return airport transfers are included
You will need an Egyptian visa for entry - please speak to your travel consultant to see if you are able to use our Egyptian visa service or if this needs to be arranged in advance/on arrival.

Excluded

Excluded from your package are any meals or drinks outside of your above package

Special trips/excursions, night dives, nitrox, kit hire and courses are all paid for locally.
There is a 5euro compulsory reef tax.

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.

Talk to your consultant about adding international flights from the UK for a competitive price


Pharaoh Dive Club on site at Roots is a 5 star IDC centre, with a reputation for their friendly team and helpful staff. The operation is run by British couple Clare and Steve, who have a vast personal experience of working in the Red Sea region.

The first thing that regular visitors to the Red Sea will notice is how quiet the area is. You will have the dive sites to yourselves. Diving around El Quseir is extremely varied with numerous pristine coral gardens, challenging wall dives, off shore ergs, sea grass meadows, extensive cavern systems and a resident pod of dolphins.

There is something for every diver with options for unlimited house reef diving, shore diving, zodiak diving and hard boat diving, there are even opportunities to take excursions to visit world renown sites such as Elphinstone and Salem Express.

House reef Abu Sauatir

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 25

The House Reef of Roots Camp offers something for every diver from the total novice to the highly experience. Entry is a gentle sloping sand bank with a large plateaux. You will find some elusive species - Spanish Dancers are abundant, Ghost Pipefish and Red Sea Walkman are frequently spotted, there is a resident Hawksbill Turtle. For photography the site is perfect with good lighting, and great subjects including a pinnacle with a perfect Red Anemone and partner Clown fish.

Serib Kebir

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 20

This is fantastic site offering something for every diver. An easy shore entry leads into a sandy bay, deep mounds in the middle of the bay, a pristine sloping reef to the north and a cavern system towards the south where you will also see one of the most spectacular coral gardens in the area. Beside the classic reef fish you can encounter some the rarer species such as the stargazer and sea moths.

Abu Hamra

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 30

There is a short walk across the sand to the lagoon entrance where you will find a roped channel out to the reef. The channel is buzzing with reef fish going about the daily business and completely ignoring the divers. Out of the channel there are interesting reefs both towards the north and the south, but the real attraction is the series of pinnacles raising from 20m. These offer shelter to clouds of glass fish . Watch out Hawksbill turtles and occasional reef sharks which are not uncommon sights.

The Rock

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 20 | Max Depth: 40

The Rock is one of the most famous dive sites in the El Quasir area. In the middle of a bay there is a mound absolutely carpeted with Magnificent Anemones and hundreds of Anemone fish. It's a fantastic dive for photographers that usually s[end many dives here trying to capture the perfect clownish pic. A bit further away from of the mound a pinnacle at 25m is home to a Giant Moray, the overhang on large rocks at 30m will often hide the massive Napoleons and some big groupers. Heading across and up the reef for the safety stop you arrive at a hard coral plateaux, breathtaking in it is colourful beauty and schools of fish - Barracuda, Black Snapper, Fusiliers, Unicorn fish among many others. Looking out for passing Eagle rays.

The Cathedral

Skill level: Advanced | Ave Depth: 8 | Max Depth: 10

The Cathedral is a large chamber in the reef which can be accessed as a simple in and out, however for those with suitable experience it is merely the entrance to a whole system of caverns that can easily keep a diver entertained for over an hour without exiting the system. Dives are restricted to a maximum of 4 divers with suitable experience.

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Main restaurant

Across the courtyard lies the main restaurant serving sumptuous meals for the guests. The kitchen team are happy to cater for most dietary needs.

The Terrace

Outside the restaurant is the Terrace, where the evening buffet is served most of the year.

The Beach Bristo

Just a short walk away is the Roots private beach on Abu Sauatir Bay. The Beach Bristo offer different lunch options for divers and beachgoers