Rustic yet chic Egyptian eco-accommodation and glamping with fantastic diving at its doorstep
- Eco-friendly stays that benefit the local environment and communities
- Fantastic diving at Elphinstone and the resort’s expansive house reef
- Amenities including a pizza kitchen, Bedouin lounge, and massage tent
- Activities including recreational and tec diving, snorkelling and freediving
This unique eco-conscious resort is part of the Red Sea Diving Safari family, one of the country’s top choices for environmentally friendly getaways and authentic Egyptian experiences. Stay in a cosy glamping tent, hut, or chalet set on the sands, explore the resort’s sprawling house reef to, and relax with surprisingly luxurious services including delicious wood-fired pizza, a Bedouin lounge complete with sheesha and local tea, and soothing massages and bodywork. When you’re ready to get out and explore, you’ll be perfectly placed for adventure with some of the Red Sea’s best diving close by.
About Marsa Shagra
Red Sea Diving Safari’s three eco-villages are setting a new standard for glamping and safari experiences in Egypt’s coastal Red Sea regions. Located 40-kilometres north of Marsa Alam, the Marsa Shagra village employs primarily local Bedouin staff members, giving back to the community and offering the most genuine experience possible for its guests. Visitors also enjoy an environmentally-conscious operation with solar panels, water filling stations, reduced laundry service, and a ban on single-use plastics. The resort also offers support to regional environmental organisations, with eco-workshops and activities open for guest participation.
Scuba diving and snorkelling, and exploration of the surrounding desert are the focus of the MArsa Shagra eco-village. Choose from packages with unlimited house reef exploration and access to non-motorised watersports equipment, and add on as much or as little adventure as you’d like. Red Sea Diving Safari also offers discounts for extended stays, and options to combine two or more villages in your itinerary for the ultimate Egyptian dive and safari experience. This is one of the best ways to explore legendary sites like Elphinstone, Dolphin House, and Fury Shoals all in one trip!
Explore the resort
Red Sea Diving Safari’s Marsa Shagra resort is modelled after a traditional Bedouin camp, with cosy seaside glamping tents, huts, and chalets. Throughout your stay, you’ll have access to several dining options with an authentic Italian pizza kitchen offering oceanside service and takeaway, a cafeteria serving Western and local dishes alongside souvenirs, toiletries, and other items for purchase, and a traditional Bedouin lounge. This makes an ideal end of the day retreat for sipping tea, stargazing, smoking sheesha, and partaking in traditional Bedouin barbeques with bonfires, live music, and coal-fired cuisine.
The resort specialises in down to earth safari-style holidays with a focus on the surrounding nature. Daily yoga sessions are offered from a peaceful shala set in the sand, and extended workshops are available. Visitors are also invited to indulge in oceanfront massages and participate in fun land-based sports like beach volleyball. Each guest room includes a separate area for tanning, but the expansive beachfront provides plenty of space for all - with easy access to the resort’s house reef as well. A variety of excursions and activities are offered, including horseback riding, ATV tours, trekking, and wildlife watching, with experiences led by expert locals and members of the indigenous Bedouin groups.
Diving from Marsa Shagra
Red Sea Diving Safari's in-house dive centre offers both guided and independent exploration on the resort’s house reef and beyond, in some of Egypt’s most legendary diving areas. You’ll have access to dozens of dive sites from comfortable custom RIBs crewed by a patient and professional team of local guides. Back on land, a full range of PADI and TDI courses are offered alongside engaging workshops with ecological and photography themes. Nitrox and other blended gases, professional-quality rental equipment, air-conditioned classrooms, and a privately owned and operated hyperbaric chamber are also included among Red Sea Diving Safari’s fantastic facilities.
Diving from Marsa Shagra means exploring rich coral gardens and plunging walls, plus plenty of pelagic action. Adventurous diving packages start with unlimited house reef exploration, allowing you to dive whenever you want from RIB or shore. Then, you’re free to add a few further-flung adventures to the mix at legendary sites like Elphinstone and Shaab Abu Dabab, where you’ll have the chance to encounter everything from sharks and turtles, to rare dugong. Don’t miss out on the excellent snorkelling and freediving, with fascinating wildlife like dolphins and colourful coral gardens starting just metres from the shore. Paddleboarding and kayaking are also available in nearby coves and sheltered lagoons.
- Support this resort’s eco-ethos by packing your own water bottle and reef-safe sunscreen.
- This resort rewards extended stays with deep discounts of up to 40%.
- Marsa Shagra has Accessible Deluxe Chalets and the entire village is suitable for wheelchair users.
- Join a photo or eco workshop or even a yoga retreat to maximise on your time in the region.
At each of Red Sea Diving Safari’s three eco-villages, visitors can get involved in conservation by joining organised clean-ups and eco-diving workshops, following the resort’s responsible diving guidelines, and connecting with staff to learn more about the region’s marine ecosystems. Guests are also asked to respect the local environment by reducing their personal water use, taking home hard to recycle items, and avoiding single-use plastics whenever possible.
Over the past 25 years, Red Sea Diving Safari has worked alongside HEPCA, The Red Sea Protectorate, the Egyptian Chamber of Diving and Watersports, Turtle Watch, Reef Check, and countless other environmental initiatives. Their efforts include raising awareness among locals and visitors, applying environmentally responsible business practices, funding and supporting environmental projects and collaborating on scientific studies and research.
This family of resorts was actively involved in the declaration of several Egyptian national parks and protectorates, including Shaab Sammadai - known as Dolphin House - and Wadi El Gemal protectorate. Red Sea Diving Safari also practices environmentally sustainable business operations with on-site waste and water recycling, solar power, coastal mangrove restoration, and programmes that engage local, indigenous people who are deeply dependent on the desert.
Diving in Marsa Alam, Brothers Islands and Elphinstone
Hammerhead sharkMay - October
Oceanic whitetip sharkYear round
Thresher sharkSeptember - Febuary
Soft coralsYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
PADI, TDI Resort
Bubble Maker, Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Tec