About Marina Lodge & Emperor Marsa
If you are looking for an outstanding dive centre and hotel combo for your next Red Sea resort holiday, then look no further! Only a 10 minute transfer from Marsa Alam airport, the Marina Lodge sits in the heart of the impressive Port Ghalib complex and is your gateway to the incredible dive sites of the Southern Red Sea, surrounded by desert along a stretch of unspoilt coastline. The team at Emperor Divers are on hand on site making this a diver's hotel in a prime location at the heart of the Southern Red Sea. Perfect!
Each of the 206 rooms is decorated in a Nubian style and set around their water side location. Rooms overlook the harbour, pool or out to sea, and all have air con, balcony, mini bar and en suite come as standard. There are twin or double rooms and family suites. There are also 2 wheelchair accessible rooms.
The resort has everything you could need on site... not just the dive centre. The main restaurant serves a range of international dishes and there is a pool bar if leaving your spot in the sun seems too difficult! There are 2 swimming pools and a large sun terrace for soaking up the rays. Or why not take a short stroll to the hotel beach. The roof top terrace is a popular hang out at the end of the diving day. The Marina Lodge is a 3* hotel that was designed for divers. The focus here is on the remarkable diving and trading stories at the end of another great day blowing bubbles.
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 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.
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
Your holiday includes flights from Gatwick, airport transfers, 7 nights accommodation in a standard room (half board, 2 people sharing) and 5 days diving (2 dives/day). Local marine park fees may apply for divers.
Excluded from your package are any meals or drinks outside of your above package, additional diving or local excursions. 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 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.
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,
Mobile phone coverage will depend on your carrier - please confirm any overseas charges before travel.
Plugs and electricity
European 2 pin plugs
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
Special trips, night dives, 3rd dives and any extras are arranged and paid for locally
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Nitrox is available for a local surcharge
Deposits and Balances
A typical deposit for a holiday to Marina Lodge is around £250 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option
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
Marsa Alam is growing in reputation as one of Egypt's must see diving destinations and feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of home. The diving is endlessly varied and suits divers from complete novice right through to technical guru. A rare dugong spends his days munching sea grass alongside massive turtles and guitar sharks - a phenomenal sighting if your luck is in. Ras Shona combines a seagrass bed, ideal for small critters, with a gorgeous hard coral reef and is real favourite for batfish, crocodile fish and lionfish. Elphinstone will satisfy your thirst for prime wall diving and a fast drift. Oceanic white tips, hammerheads, manta and greys are all seen here seasonally and whenever you visit, the enormous gorgonians and clouds of anthias will impress... these are just a handful of the dive sites you could visit.
- House Reef at the Marina Lodge hotel beach
- Fleet of day boats located at Port Ghalib harbour
- Shore & sprredboat diving options
- Only 10 minutes from Marsa Alam airport
- PADI recreational courses
Most dives are made from the fleet of custom built dive boats, harboured in Port Ghalib. Most dive sites are 15-90 mins from the dive centre. Full day or half day trips are are planned everyday to a whole host of sites (local charges apply for special trips). In between relax in the sun, there is always plenty of space for everyone. The fast RIB heads out regularly too to sites such as Elphinstone so you spend more time in the water! Or if you prefer a shore dive, there are several sites along the coastline and a house reef that combine excellent fringing coral reefs with intriguing sea grass beds - ideal to while an hour away.
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 atMarina Lodge & Emperor Marsa.
- 1 days diving from:£75 (2 boat dives, 12ltr tanks, weights)
- 3 days diving from:£225 (2 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks, weights)
- 5 days diving from:£340 (2 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks, weights)
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from:£On request
- PADI open water course from:£220 (excl manual and cert card)
- PADI advanced course from:£195 (excl manual and cert card)
- Nitrox Specialty from:£115 (excl manual and cert card)
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit):£approx 35euro per day paid locally
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.