Siva Port Ghalib Resort (was Sahara Sands at Port Ghalib) is an impressive hotel, built around a large salt water lagoon and is All-Inclusive board basis. The hotel is just a short distance from the shops, bars and restaurants of Port Ghalib. Elegant yet informal, the Siva Port Ghalib Resort caters well for both divers and families.
The Siva Port Ghalib Resort has 347 twin or double en-suite guest rooms each with air-conditioning, cable TV, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer, room safe and mini bar.
The hotel is situated on the sea front and has an attractive swimming pool. The Siva Port Ghalib Resort offers all inclussive baord basis. The property boasts three restaurants: A main buffet restaurant with Oriental, Asian, Indian and Italian themed cooking stations, as well as 2 a la carte restaurants, offering Mediterranean, Indian and Italian cuisine.
There are 3 bars including pool, beach and lobby bars. With comfortable seating areas makes it the ideal venue for sunbathers seeking refreshment and relaxation. The Siva Port Ghalib Resort also has a gift shop, laundry and baby-sitting services.
Baby-sitting service and inter-connecting rooms available.
The Siva Port Ghalib Resort is located in Port Ghalib which is 2¾ hours from Hurgahda Airport or a 10 minutes’ drive from Marsa Alam airport. Guests staying at this hotel dive with Emperor Divers, who are based at the Marina Lodge. The day boats depart from Port Ghalib marina, in front of the Marina Lodge, and daily transfers are offered.
Marsa Alam is the gateway to the exciting Southern Red Sea and its myriad pristine reefs. Once the sole preserve of liveaboard boats, this area is now accessible directly from the shore. Diving is a combination of shore dives along the 100km of coastal reef, reached on foot, or by jeep and truck, or boat day trips to the legendary Elphinstone Reef and Sha’ab Samadai, otherwise known as ‘Dolphin House’. This is virgin diving away from the crowds at its very best.
Learning to Dive
The coastline of the region around Marsa Alam offers a number of sheltered bays and some incredibly scenic fringing reefs. It is possible to learn to dive in Marsa Alam and the house reef and shore diving on offer is often particularly suited to novice divers. However, to take full advantage of the stunning dives available here it is recommended to be an advanced or intermediate diver with some experience.
Diving in Marsa Alam is world-class and combines the best aspects of shore and boat diving. The coastal reefs are stunning with impressive hard and soft corals, elaborate topography and an amazing abundance and variety of colourful fish. House reef diving is on offer at most hotels and offers the perfect starting point to your diving holiday.
Shore divers make something of a pilgrimage to Marsa Abu Dabbab, wishing to catch a glimpse of the resident Dugong that feeds on the sea grass found in the middle of the bay. Even without seeing ‘Dennis’, there is enough here to satisfy most divers wanting a relaxing shore dive with plenty to see. The reefs are beautiful and packed with marine life, whilst this site is also well known for its regular sightings of guitar sharks, turtles and eels.
To take advantage of the best this area has to offer, day trips are organised to outer sites. The dramatic walls and drop-offs of Elphinstone Reef are a spectacular dive. The sheer walls of this great finger-like reef plunge steeply into the blue, richly decorated with soft corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans. Sharks often swim by the spot to feed on the abundant reef fish population. The northern plateau is home to schooling hammerheads with frequent sightings of oceanic white tip sharks.
A trip to Sha’ab Samadai or ‘Dolphin House’ is another absolute must. A large, horseshoe-shaped reef creates a shallow, turquoise lagoon that is frequented by a pod of around 60 spinner dolphins. The diving here typically takes place between 10-15 metres on the southwest tip of the main reef. There is a fantastic network of caves and tunnels and a carpet of seagrass that hides moray eels, leopard groupers, goatfish, lionfish, masked butterflyfish and more.
Regaldive work with a number of well established dive centres in Marsa Alam:
Emperor Divers operate the diving centre at Port Ghalib at the Marina Lodge Hotel and a smaller centre at the Resta Club Marina View. Emperor's daily diving boats leave directly from the marina, in front of the Marina Lodge Hotel. House reef diving is available on a guided or unguided basis for all guests staying at Port Ghalib hotels. Guests staying further afield can also choose boat diving or house reef diving with Emperor Divers on a guided basis.
Orca Dive Club operate the dive centre at the Concorde Moreen Beach Resort. House reef diving is available, as well as minibus trips and boat trips to a variety of sites including Elphinstone and Dolphin House.
The Oasis Diving Centre is based at the Oasis Dive Resort and co-managed by Werner Lau and Sinai Divers.
For a good overview of the diving in Marsa Alam, please see the video below, courtesy of our colleagues at Werner Lau.
Emperor Divers operate from the Marina Lodge Resort in Port Ghalib, but will arrange transfers from other hotels.
Regaldive guests are able to choose from day boat diving or house reef diving, or a combination in order to maximise the stunning diving available in the area. Day boats are moored in front of the Marina Lodge, with special trips available to Elphinstone and Dolphin House. There are also regular shore diving trips to Abu Dabab, Marsa Egla and the Hamada wreck.
Guests wanting house reef diving will be spoilt by Port Ghalib's excellent stretch of fringing reef which boasts three entry / exit points and depths from 3 - 40+m. Emperor Divers Marina Lodge centre also offers equipment rinse, storage facilities, classrooms and a training pool.
For diving only bookings, there is an additional admin fee of £15 per person.
Group Offer Book 10 dive packs and get one FREE. Offer does not apply during dive pack promotions.
Orca Dive Clubs are well established in the Red Sea and now operate the dive centre at the Concorde Moreen Beach Resort. The Dive Club takes full advantage of its location in the heart of Abu Dabour Bay on one of the finest stretches of Red Sea house reef.
Depending on level of experience, divers can opt for unguided dives, as well as individual dives or unlimited house reef diving from the jetty. Guided dives are offered at a small additional charge. The house reef offers a sheltered lagoon and a large variety of dives, north and south, amidst stunning corals and marine life, including a resident dugong.
In addition to house reef diving, Orca Dive Club Moreen Beach also offers boat diving special trips to sites including Elphinstone and Dolphin House. The boats leave from the marina in Marsa Alam, a 30 minute transfer away. There are also regular minibus trips to shore diving sites including the Hamada wreck at Abu Ghusun.
Orca Dive Club Moreen Beach is a well-equipped dive centre with classrooms, locker rooms, storage facilities and dive boutique. A range of courses are available and FREE Nitrox fills offered for qualified divers.
For diving only bookings, there is an additional admin fee of £15 per person.
Situated in the wonderfully unique Oasis Hotel, 20km north of Marsa Alam, the Oasis dive centre is a joint project between Werner Lau and Sinai divers, both synonymous with excellent service & professionalism. Oasis offers all levels of instruction, as well as specialty courses and FREE NITROX (32%) fills for qualified divers.
The stunning house reef is ideal for beginners, as dives can be made straight from the jetty. Introductory dives are conducted in a 4-5m deep ‘aquarium’ just off the beach in a nearby bay.
This area has everything experienced divers could wish for, and there are regular jeep and boat trips to legendary sites such as Elphinstone, Dolphin House & Abu Dabab.
Some of the hotels that Regaldive feature are remote and are self-contained units with restaurants, bars and sports facilities available, depending on the hotel. Other hotels are part of the Port Ghalib marina development offering shops, restaurants and nightlife.
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 20 ºC. 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. 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: Varies according to hotel. Minimum transfer time 10 minutes. Approx. 3 hours 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.
As flight prices vary from day to day, Regaldive will prepare a quote for you based on current flight prices available. This ensures that you receive the most competitive pricefor your chosen travel dates. Holiday guide price of £640 based on January 2017 departure.
Please call 01353 659999 or e-mail Regaldive, using the link below, for a quote:-
Board: All inclusive
Third Person Discount: £21
Lagoon View: from £28 per person
Sea View: from £70 per person
Gala Dinners: Xmas and New Year included
Child Prices: POA
POA = Price on Application
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