El Quseir was once one of Egypt’s most important trading hubs, but today it is a tranquil destination that is almost entirely undiscovered. Shore diving is the norm here, and a number of pristine dive sites are accessible by jeep, truck, zodiac or sometimes day boat.
Some excellent fringing house reefs also make El Quseir a great choice for those, including snorkellers, who want to enjoy the plentiful marine life without the crowds.
Learning to Dive
El Quseir offers varied topography, abundant marine life and the advantage of less crowded sites. There are a few shallow reef patches, but generally the sites in this area cover multi depths that are not ideal for novices. However, if you want to study for your Advanced course, or develop your photography skills, then El Quseir is a great choice.
There are up to 50 dive sites within easy reach of the centre, including Serib Kebir, the Rock and Sharm Fungani. You’ll enjoy exploring coral covered pinnacles on the sandy slopes, as well as navigating and exploring the labyrinth of coral gardens. Glide through narrow passages and blind alleys into the territory of the crocodile fish, moray eels, sea snakes, lionfish, porcupine fish and blue spotted stingrays. You may even find the elusive white tip or guitar sharks taking cover. Although not renowned for the larger pelagics, the area boasts a large and diverse fish population.
El Quseir also offers a number of excellent house reefs, giving easy access to some wonderful dives with napoleon wrasse, turtles and even the occasional reef shark and leopard ray. Underwater photographers will delight in the macro life, with spectacular Spanish dancers and other nudibranchs on offer.
For those wanting to experience dive sites further into the Southern Red Sea, boat day trips can be arranged to celebrated sites such as Elphinstone Reef, famed for its sharks, and the sombre wreck of the Salem Express.
Pharaoh Dive Club are able to offer guided Tec dives as well as a rnage of Tec courses. For details, pease enquire with the Regaldive team.
Pharaoh Dive Club
Pharaoh Dive Club is a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm IDC centre, located on the beach at Roots Red Sea in El Quseir. The British owned and managed centre has direct access to a good house reef. Zodiac and hard boat diving is available from El Quseir harbour, just 10 minutes away. The house reef has a very shallow area for training, and a dedicated classroom.
The centre is fully equipped with new, modern rental diving equipment. There is also a Bauer Compressor with pure air certification, first aid and Oxygen all on-site. Down on the beach a permanent dive base has been set up with shaded areas for kitting up with hanging rails for wetsuits. A seating area for briefings and a house reef dive map are also here. Changing rooms, toilets and fresh water showers are nearby. Pharaoh Dive Club is also a BSAC training centre and are able to offer guided Tec dives as well as a rnage of Tec courses. For details, please enquire with the Regaldive team.
Although individual dive packs can be booked, Regaldive offer a package including flights, transfers, accommodation on soft all-inclusive basis and 5 days unlimited / unguided diving. This package is great value.
Dive sites from Roots Red Sea
Book your dive pack or course with Regaldive prior to departure. Our prices are lower than those in resort. You can also take advantage of our great value dive pack offers.
Any dive pack offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn without notice. For diving only bookings, there is an additional admin fee of £15 per person.
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Pharaoh Dive Club El Quseir Diving Prices - Travel dates 1 Jan – 31 Oct 2017
This is a remote resort, situated about one hour's drive from Marsa Alam airport, or one hour 45 minutes from Hurghada airport.
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The hottest time of the year is July and August with air temperature of over 30 ºC. The coolest time is January with the temperature at around 20ºC. Rainfall is negligable and it is invariably sunny but breezes can be cool.
Egypt is 1 or 2 hours ahead of GMT depending on the season as Egypt does not operate Daylight Saving Time.
Egyptian pounds or LE. Approximately £1 = 20LE
We recommend that you take some money in Cash to Egypt. There is a currency exchange desk available at the hotel. Please note that Scottish notes and Australian Travellers Cheques are not accepted in Egypt.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognised part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to travellers for personal recognition of the services offered. We would advise that you allow approx. £10 for gratuities for local staff for the duration of your stay.
Rough Price Guide
- Local beer: 35LE
- Snack meal (pizza / sandwich): 40LE
- Bottle of mineral water: 10LE
- Soft drink: 15LE
There are flights from London Gatwick direct to Marsa Alam every Wednesday.
Alternatively, there are flights from London Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham to Hurghada.
Flight duration: Approx 5 - 5½ hours
Transfer: Approx one hour from Marsa Alam airport and one hour 45 minutes from Hurghada airport.
Departure tax: N/A
Passengers travelling to Egypt must have six months valid on their passport from the date of departure from Egypt.
A single entry tourist visa for Egypt is required for all nationalities. For British passport holders with British citizenship, Egyptian visas can be obtained conveniently and inexpensively on arrival at Marsa Alam and Hurghada airports.
Other nationalities should check with consular office.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to Egypt, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio. Though malaria does exist in Egypt, it is generally not present in the coastal resorts.
Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic.
Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and from your local healthcare provider.
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Roots Red Sea
Everything We Expected and More, I Absolutely Loved it!
"Our holiday was really lovely, we had such a good time!
It was everything we expected and more, I absolutely loved it. We had no trouble at all and felt perfectly safe, from the moment we landed. They met us as soon as we come out of the airport and got us to our destination as soon as possible.
The accommodation was superb and they continue to grow, it was kept very clean! I felt comfortable and had everything I needed, it was a home away from home and I can't wait to visit this place again.
The food was amazing every single night and day. We even had a Sunday roast lol which was really nice, but they done stuff like burgers and home made chips, lasagna, spaghetti bolognese, pizza, fish and desserts. We was well catered for and I could not find one single fault with anything!
The dive site I could talk about all day long, everyday we saw something new, it was beautiful. Crocodile fish, leopard Ray (which was huge), tornado Ray, nudibranch, loads of puffer/porcupine fish, of course the blue spotted Ray, we even saw a giant puffer fish!! We saw a Spanish dancer, barracuda, yellow fin tuna, scorpion fish and a huge stone fish. I could bang on all day about the life on this reef and there is loads more that I have not mentioned. We did not need to venture out at all.
We did go to another reef though, 15 mins away to a nearby beach. This was just as nice, loads of canyons to explore!
All of the staff were fantastic, very polite and always on hand if you needed anything! Lovely to be around and they worked really hard.
I'm not sure if I can pick out a favourite memory from the holiday. In saying that though, on a Tuesday evening they have a BBQ in the beach with a fire and a small bar. This was great, we had done our night dive and when we come out, we sat down for some dinner under the stars on the beach - what more could you want?
This is the second or third time that I have booked with Regal Dive - the service is 2nd to none and I am always very happy with it. I will definitely be booking again in the future!"
- UK | 15 June 2016
Roots Red Sea
I'll be back... and so should you!
"I don't do a lot of reports these days because the reviews are either self written or bleating and moaning rubbish, but after 10 days at Roots Luxury Camp I felt I needed to put a few words down for the uncertain reader who is unsure if they should go.
Well the answer is GO! We try not to do the same place diving more than once and the only place that has really inspired us in Egypt after trying most places was Dahab until we came across Roots. It's just brilliant, the site is brilliant, the management are brilliant, the staff are brilliant, the coral is superb and the sea life is as good as it gets in Egypt and the best I have seen.
The dives offer easy for the beginner to challenging for the experienced and the house reef is just unbelievable and you could easily holiday just doing this reef. To top this, they have a range of really exciting off site shore dives, boat dives, wreck dives and so I could go on and on.
This is a true divers resort from beginner to expert, without all of the pretentious puffed up rubbish you get in Sharm. The food is fantastic, everyone speaks to everyone, it has a maximum of 50ish on site and I will say it again, the food is excellent.
I’m going again and if you try it, you will be planning your next trip back as soon as you get home too!
- UK | 04 June 2015
Roots Red Sea
Return trip to Roots
"Just to let you know we had a lovely time at Roots again.
Steve and Claire have updated a lot of the facilities since last year, there is now a solid walkway down the beach to the house reef for example, without losing any of the family atmosphere which makes it such a pleasure to dive and stay there. They are updating the dive hut on the beach and it already has a solid floor and more bench space and that will soon have loos and shower rooms.
Moody and Martina looked after us for half the week as Steve and Claire were on dive safari. They did the usual great job. The amazing chef is still there and the food is as good as ever! In fact I do not think they have lost any of the staff who were there last September when we went which is I am sure one of the reasons it works so well. The transfers went well too minimising the stress levels.
I would also like to mention Mohamed Gamal, your local rep. He met us at the airport, made sure we got our ride and phoned during the week to make sure we were OK. Nicely done.
- UK | 29 September 2014
Regaldive - Welcome Home (Flamenco Beach, El Quseir)
We had a lovely time thank you.
Nice hotel - not been there before - will definitely be going back there again.
| 10 October 2012