Roots Red Sea is a small friendly resort ideally suited to divers and snorkellers wanting peace and quiet, but with the convenience of the small traditional town of El Quseir on its doorstep. The resort is surrounded by magnificent colourful mountains on one side and unspoilt Red Sea beaches on the other, making it a wonderfully relaxing destination. Pharaoh Dive Club has a base both at the resort and on the beach allowing divers to come and go as they please with easy access to a beautiful house reef. The centre runs daily shore trips to over 50 different dive sites as well as having their own zodiac and hard boat for full day excursions.
Roots Red Sea has won the TripAdvisor TRAVELLERS CHOICE 2022 AWARD – given to the top 1% in the category worldwide. This highly successful resort has won awards for the last six years, on two occasions they have won the Travellers Choice Award.
Regaldive offer a package including flights, transfers, accommodation on soft all-inclusive basis in a modern chalet and 6 days diving. This package, is great value.
Roots Red Sea has 34 rooms, consisting of Eco Huts, Deluxe Chalets, Superior Boutique Rooms and 3 specially-adapted rooms for less mobile and wheelchair users. Regaldive offers Deluxe Chalets as the standard room type, which can be either twin or triple rooms. Superior Boutique Rooms may be booked at an additional supplement.
All rooms are built using natural materials, a mixture of wood and local red stone. The wooden furniture and tiled floors enhance the authentic natural feel. The gardens have been cleverly created to minimize water usage but at the same time with some careful lighting help create a wonderfully relaxing ambience.
Deluxe Chalets have timber pitched roofs and are constructed of local stone and timber clad walls. They offer modern decor, en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, flat screen LED TV, room safe and mini fridge.
Superior Boutique Rooms are constructed from local stone and have decorative artisan built brick roofs. There is a large fully tiled shower room and toilet in each room. They offer modern decor, air-conditioning, wall mounted flat screen LED TV, room safe and mini fridge. Beach towels are provided for all guests.
Roots Red Sea has a beautiful private beach area with free sun-loungers and sunshades, toilets and showers. Breakfast and dinner are served in the main restaurant, with lunch taken at the beach restaurant. There is a bar and terrace area at the restaurant. There is also a beach restaurant serving lunch and drinks, as well as a Bedouin tent where a weekly barbecue is held.
Wi-Fi is available at the camp for a local charge of €10 per guest per week. A laundry service is available. Mountain bike rental is also available.
Roots Red Sea is 140km (approx. 1 hour 30 mins drive) from Hurghada Airport and 84km (about 1-hour drive) from Marsa Alam Airport. The small town of El Quseir is easily accessible, allowing Roots to combine the advantages of remoteness without any inconvenience. Pharaoh Dive Club is based on site.
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 with a few shallow reef patches that makes it ideal for novices. 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 Abu Humra. 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, elusive sea moths 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 range of Tec courses. For details, please 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, changing rooms, toilets and fresh water showers are also located here. 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. Please enquire for details.
Typically, 6 days unlimited and unguided house reef dives with Pharos Dive Club starts from £220 per person excluding equipment rental.
Book your dive pack or course with Regaldive prior to departure, and benefit from lower prices than those in resort. Although individual dive packs can be booked, Regaldive offer a great-value package including flights, transfers, accommodation on soft all-inclusive basis and 6 days diving.
Please discuss your requirements with the Regaldive team, who will prepare a quotation suited to your needs.
This is a remote resort, situated about one hour's drive from Marsa Alam airport, or one hour 45 minutes from Hurghada airport.
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 = 40LE
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 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. £20-30 per person for gratuities for local staff for the duration of your stay.
Rough Price Guide
Local beer: 65LE
Snack meal (pizza / sandwich): 130LE
Bottle of mineral water: 25LE
Soft drink: 35LE
Flights are available to Hurghada (HRG) from a number of UK airports. Please refer to the tables below for typical flight schedules, or speak to our friendly travel consultants for the latest information.
Typical Annual Schedule
HRG / RMF **
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HRG* / RMF
HRG = Hurghada Airport, RMF = Marsa Alam Airport, updated July 2023
Key: * = Winter only (November to April), ** = Summer only (May to October), *** = Irregular schedule ask for more information
NB: Please note that flight schedules may be subject to change by the airlines at any time. Full and up to date flight details will be provided with any holiday quotation.
Flight duration: Approx 5 - 5½ hours
Transfer times: These vary according to the hotel choice. Minimum transfer time is approx. 20 minutes, certain more remote destinations require longer transfers.
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 Hurghada airport, or in advance via the new e-visa portal - Visa2Egypt.
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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