Roots Red Sea is, simply put, like being on a liveaboard, but on land.
Roots Red Sea is a small friendly resort aimed at scuba divers, snorkellers and those who want a quiet, peaceful, relaxed atmosphere but with the convenience of having the small traditional town of El Quseir on its doorstep. The tag as a camp should not be taken too literally, it relates more to the location than the outstanding accommodations with modern facilities.
Equi-distant between Hurghada and Marsa Alam, Roots will collect you from your arrival airport in their own transport, and the journey will take about an hour and a half (maximum). Upon arrival, jump off the bus and hit the bar - the staff take care of all your bags and bring your room keys to you at dinner, where they will give you a welcome briefing and explain the setup of the camp.
The focus here is all about diving. The British owners are based on site, and they, together with their team of staff, know exactly what a dive holiday is all about, and work tirelessly to deliver the goods. Do not be put off by the (old) name 'Camp' - Trip Adviser are so impressed that Roots have won a Certificate of Excellence based on the quality of the reviews.
This is a very authentic dive resort right on the edge of the desert, with shore diving galore right on site on some of the Red Seas very best and under dived sites. Marine life is amazing and the whole ambience is calm and relaxing. It's perfect to unwind after adrenaline filled days underwater.
7 nights soft all inclusive accommodation in a Deluxe Chalet.
Diving package is unlimited house reef diving plus:
- 1 Day Salem Express or Elphinstone by Hard Boat (Elphinstone requires AOW certification)
- 1 Night Dive with Beach BBQ
- Tanks and weights throughout (12 litre cylinders).
International Flights with 20kg hold luggage to and from London Gatwick are included:
Tuesday 24 September 2019 London/Hurghada
Depart Gatwick Airport 13:50
Arrive Hurghada Airport 20:10
Tuesday 01 October 2019 Hurghada/London
Depart Hurghada Airport 21:10
Arrive Gatwick Airport 01:45 (02 October)
Airport transfer to Roots Luxury Dive Camp (1 hour, 30 minutes)
The Accommodation is in deluxe stone chalets with en suite showers, air conditioning, satellite tv, and board basis is on a soft all inclusive (alcohol is charged for locally). The Deluxe Chalets all sit on the side of the desert mountain backdrop with stunning views of the Red Sea directly in front of them. The construction is local red stone, timber framing and a thatched roof offering a clean modern room.
Inside the chalet there is a separate en suite toilet and shower room, independent modern split unit air conditioning, LED satellite TV with 20 European channels, mini fridge, keypad room safe and a smoke alarm. There are various options of chalet with singles, twin rooms, double rooms and 2 triple rooms. The rooms are supplied with clean bed linen and 2 towels per person, beach towels are provided at the reception.
Additionally there are larger boutique rooms, all sleeping 2 people in comfort. Air conditioning, satellite tv, a refrigerator and en suite shower rooms, together with daily towels (and beach/diving towels too) are standard, and there are plenty of power outlets in the rooms to charge cameras, phones and the like. A surcharge would apply to these rooms. Wi-Fi access is free of charge, and the best signal can be found at the restaurant.
£1,350 including flights
Deposits (non-refundable) £350
Balance due 8 weeks before departure.
Single supplement is £105.00 if required and subject to availability
Egyptian Visa €25 payable upon arrival in Hurgada
A daily reef tax of €5 per diver is incurred per day diving on the house reef
A chamber fee (Donation) €6 per person is added to the resort bill.
Certifications and training Roots are fully geared up to hosting working Instructors, so LSD can directly provide courses from Open Water Completions to specialities on this trip. The prices for certifications carried out during this trip are:
|Course||Exclusive Price for Roots 2019|
|Open Water Completion||£100|
|Advanced Open Water||£200|
|Deep Diver Speciality||£150|
|Enriched Air Speciality||£100|
|Full Face Mask Speciality||£100|
|O2 Provider Speciality||£50|
|Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality||£100|
|Search & Recovery Speciality||£200|
|Digital Underwater |
|Fish Identification Speciality||£100|
|Underwater Naturalist Speciality||£100|
|Boat Diving Speciality||£100|
|Drift Diving Speciality||£100|
|Night Diver Speciality||£100|
Please contact the office if you wish to add any courses to your package. Twin sets, 15 litre cylinders, cavern rigs, sidemount and Nitrox are all available on site for rental, as is full equipment, cameras and computers. Roots is also rebreather friendly.
Tanks and weights are included in the price (surcharge for Nitrox). All other kit can be hired at the centre.
Kit hire prices are:
Standard Equipment per day
Mask & Snorkel € 4
Foot Fins € 3
Boots & Open Heel Fins € 5
Wetsuit € 5
BCD € 8
Regulator Set €10
Full Basic Dive Equipment €25
Premium Equipment per day
Boots & Open Heel Fins € 8
Regulator Set €15
Full Premium Dive Equipment €35
Auxiliary Equipment per day
The Catering Roots has its very own chef and catering crew who provide you with three full cooked meals a day. Breakfast is served from 07:30 each morning, and offers toast, cereals, pancakes, porridge, fruit and young hurts, with tea, coffee and juice in abundance. Hot breakfasts are cooked to order, and the chef is a dab hand at poached eggs and porridge! Lunch is top quality diver food. A choice of two main dishes, with salads, breads, local dips and fruit, together with soft drinks. Shepherds pie, bolognese, pasta bakes and such are common, although the chef and his team can provide various alternatives for those who have particular dietary requirements. Dinner is served either in the restaurant, or as a BBQ on the Roots Beach, just across the road. Again salads, breads, and two or three dishes are served, and the kofta, chicken kebabs and burgers are excellent, especially when eaten under the stars! The catering crew bring the bar to the beach too, so no walking to top up your Sakara!
The Diving This part of Egypt is largely un-dived, and therefore you can expect the healthiest of corals, and masses of marine life. All the bucket list critters tend to be here in sensible numbers as human interruption has not impacted them. Night dives with 5 or more Spanish Dancers on the house reef are daily occurrences for example. Diving is mainly from the shore, and the local dive sites all have shaded kitting up areas, toilets and showers. All your equipment is transported to and from the dive sites for you so there is no need to hump heavy gear around - even for the house reef dives. A fully equipped dive centre sits right on site at Roots, offering all the support you need for the local diving and further afield excursions.
The house reef at Roots comes as standard to all guests, and you can dive on an unguided and unlimited basis here in daylight hours. Basically, after an orientation, the reef is yours. The house reef itself offers a great choice. The lagoon at the point of entry is a perfect training area, with a large sandy bed at 8-15 metres depth, surrounded by the reef itself, giving students a great place to learn and further develop their skills. The depth drops down beyond 40m within 50 metres of the shore, so speciality certifications can also be done here without a problem. Leaving the lagoon itself, the south route takes you onto a beautiful wall, starting with a pinnacle right on the corner of the lagoon, complete with its own bright red anemone on the top. A good orientation point.
Moving further round to the south, the reef opens up and provides several swim trough's, and caverns too. To the north, the topology is different. Huge pinnacles dropping down to below 40m open up to again provide gorges and caverns, and schooling Spanish mackerel, octopi, turtles and horned puffer fish are common sightings here, and dolphins are also often seen. Not bad for a house reef. The house reef also provides the base for the INON photography courses run here, and part of the PSA Cavern courses.
Additionally to the house reef diving our package includes one day diving either the Salem Express Wreck or Elphinstone by Hard Boat. Please note that Elphinstone requires an Advanced Open Water certification. If you want to you can upgrade your packages to include extra local shore diving, and zodiac diving, as well as taking in additional specialist excursions to Elphinstone, the wreck of the Salem Express, and the dugong and guitar sharks (and green turtles) at Abu Dabab. In all, there are over 35 different dive sites available on a daily basis from Roots, all offering top quality diving without the crowds.
Evenings Evenings are spent relaxing around the camp fire, having a massage from the resident masseuse in the spa chalet, supping a Sakara or two, or challenging the staff or the rest of your group to a game of volleyball on the court in the centre of the camp. Bring a guitar, or just plug your MP3 player into the stereo system. A lounge in the restaurant area has a full tv and stereo system, and there is even a large screen for movies or photography shows by the camp fire. There is a small library and selection of board games too, and sometimes there is a formal poker night laid on by the resident hustler and owner, Steve.