Roots Red Sea | Marsa Alam - Red Sea

  • Guests 29 rooms
  • Rooms Eco huts, deluxe chalets and boutique superior rooms
  • Restaurants Buffet meals prepared freshly each day plus beach bar and 24hr tea and coffee service
  • Food and Drinks Chose from B&B, half board or soft all inclusive (no alcohol)
  • FacilitiesHuge range of local land excursions to enjoy (local charge)
  • Diving House reef, shore or zodiac diving at up to 50 dive sites
  • Diving Extras PADI recreational and technical courses available
  • Internet Access Wi-Fi is available at the camp for a local charge of 90LE per guest per week

About Roots Red Sea

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.

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

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.

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.

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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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.

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

Visa 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 to 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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Included in your holiday

Your holiday includes 7 nights on a B&B basis basis in a deluxe chalet with a 5 day no limit house reef diving package. Flights from Gatwick to Hurghada or Marsa Alam with airport transfer

Excluded

Excluded from your package are any meals or drinks outside of your above package, additional diving or local excursions. 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. A wide variety of different diving packages can also be offered at the time of booking. Night dives, nitrox, kit hire and courses are all paid for locally. There is a 5euro compulsory reef tax. 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.

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 a holiday to the Roots Red Sea is around £250 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option

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 loyalty discount is all about! If you have booked directly with Scuba Travel, on your 3rd full price holiday you will automatically be eligible for a loyalty discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction. We are always happy to offer discounts as described below but these are not cumulative and we do not offer further discounts on special offer prices.

5% off for loyalty customers

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.

Abu Sauatir is the simply outstanding easy entry house reef for Roots Red Sea, a fact borne out in a recent marine biology survey which recorded over one third of the Red Sea fish species in the bay in just a 2 week period!

The first thing that regular visitors to the Red Sea will notice is you will have the dive sites to yourselves, with over 80 sites and 6 dive centreís, El Quseir offers 'Millionaire Diving' - astounding dive sites with you and the marine environment, not other divers!

Shore access can be simply such is Serib Kebir, a few strides on the sandy beach and out into the colourful fringing reefs or the more challenging entries such as Nafag Rene which is a hole in the reef leading to a 10 minute swim through caverns to reach the outer reef.

Zodiak diving from the harbour offers some of the best diving in the region and all so close the historic town. The Rock, the topic of a recent Sport Diver article, is an amazing mount with several hundred anemones forming a swirling topping of tentacles extending to the dazzling array of a thousand damsel fish that call the anemones home.

The extensive gardens at Ras Qusier provide jaw dropping dives amongst endless varieties slow growing hard corals all absolutely teeming with fish life. The 40m wall provides a regular haunt for the large Napoleon Wrasse that frequent the region. Omar Sukan is simply a natural aquarium, awesome fast growing hard corals stretching as far as the eye can see with a busy metropolis of marine life covering the area.


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Further afield by hard day boat are the off shore ergs of Monica and Lassal, here soft corals abound with masses of predator fish hunting around these nurseries for the smaller fish. The surrounding corals are also fascinating with schools of bannerfish, morays, angels and other reef fishes taking full advantage of the colourful pinnacles.
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