My girlfriend and I have just come back from a fantastic week at Marsa Nakari. We cannot say enough good things about the village! The house reef was excellent with great unlimited scuba diving. The service from the staff was consistently first rate. Particular thanks go to Hisham who guided us on a couple of great dives and really looked after us all week. Also the restaurant staff must be singled out for serving tasty food all week, and making extra fuss of my Girlfriend on her birthday (including making her a chocolate cake!).
I have been to Marsa Shagra a few times before and wanted a change to a more relaxed pace of diving, and Marsa Nakari certainly provides this. The house reef is great and there is a hug range of other diving excursions to keep you busy throughout the week. The south side of the house reef is particularly pretty and includes all kinds of swim throughs where the fish hide from the gently current.
We stayed in an air-conditioned Madyafa Lodge which was great. The beds were comfortable and we slept nine hours every night!
Our stay covered the day of 22nd April which is Earth Day. We had the opportunity to participate in a reef clean-up dive which was a lot of fun. We recovered a fair bit of debris from the house reef and left it a better place than we found it!
Scuba equipment hire is good. They didn't have a BCD available to fit my girlfriend (the casmp was full), but one of the staff drove to the neighbouring Marsa Shagra village to get her one which was most kind and a good example of the general quality of service.
We booked with Oonas Divers (thanks Lydia) who provided their usual, no-nonsense, straightforward service. My top tip is to try to keep your baggage under the 20kg allowance for the Thomson flight. Technically you are supposed to get another 5kg if you present a scuba cert card, but this seems to confuse the airport staff (UK and Egypt) and a long discussion is likely to follow!
We would both whole-heartedly and highly recommend Marsa Nakari for anyone looking for a relaxed, beautiful holiday with good food and great staff to look after you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Marsa Nakari is a charming sea-side lodge approximately 20 km south of Marsa Alam city. Its main appeal is its proximity to the Sammadai protectorate (Dolphin House); one of the Red Sea’s most important national parks and attraction. There are various other highlights including Wadi el Gemal national park, desert trips, cultural encounters, historic sites, Luxor, daily boat, and much more. Marsa Nakari is also a historical site dating back to the Roman times and known to the ancients as the port of Nechesia. The remains of its ruin are still present atop a hill towards the southern end of the bay. Marsa Nakari is the dream holiday for those seeking to experience Marsa Alam’s true heritage. Expect the silence and serenity of the desert atmosphere and the world-renowned beauty of the red sea reefs. Our villages are small because we maintain a minimal impact policy towards the environment. Our accommodations consist of standard tents, luxurious royal tents, huts, or deluxe chalets. Natures beautiful simplicity permeates our village theme and our tourism model will give you a new appreciation for the serenity and simplicity of Marsa Alam's pristine environment. ... more less
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