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A day at Wadi Sabarah

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Crafting a blog about Wadi Sabarah has been a challenging yet rewarding endeavour, as this hidden gem embodies the essence of affordable luxury like no other place I’ve encountered worldwide. From its captivating architecture and the soulful character of the building to the warm hospitality of the staff and the delectable cuisine, Wadi Sabarah stands out as the ultimate escape for everyone—couples, divers, and romantic souls alike.

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Tucked a mere 20 minutes away from Marsa Alam airport along the picturesque southern Red Sea, Wadi Sabarah Lodge and Botanical Gardens beckon travellers into a realm that captures the unique charm both above and beneath the water’s surface.

With a commanding view overlooking 700 meters of unspoiled fringing reef, Wadi Sabarah is a masterpiece of thoughtful and distinctive design. Constructed from repurposed fossilized coral limestone, the resort seamlessly merges with its awe-inspiring natural surroundings, creating an ambiance that is both breath-taking and harmonious.

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The Arrival

Arriving at Wadi Sabarah, I transitioned from a short stay at Red Sea Diving Safari by air-conditioned mini-bus. Welcomed at the front door by one of the friendly staff members, the journey into this architectural marvel began. The reception area offered an immediate respite, where I was graciously offered a refreshing drink. The check-in process was hassle-free, involving a simple copy of my passport and a brief form. Soon after, I was escorted to my chosen abode — the Junior suite. Opting for this upgrade on this particular trip allowed me to thoroughly explore and appreciate the variety of room types and facilities, all for a minimal cost difference.

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Nestled a mere 10 meters from the reception, my room at Wadi Sabarah was nothing short of a revelation. Upon opening the door, I was immediately captivated by the sheer luxury that awaited me — a level of opulence typically associated with a higher price point. The room unfolded into a spacious living area adorned with a well-stocked mini-bar, a chic chaise longue, a comfortable 3-seater sofa, and an inviting armchair. At the far end of this retreat was a king-size bed, impeccably made with the freshest linen, providing a sublime haven of comfort. What truly amazed me was the inclusion of not one but two bathrooms, each exuding an air of sophistication. The first boasted a walk-in shower, two basins, and a toilet, complete with fresh towels and indulgent Wadi Sabarah soaps and toiletries. The second bathroom, located in a separate room, housed a freestanding bath. Stepping onto my veranda, I was greeted by a panoramic view of Wadi Sabarah and the breath-taking Red Sea, complete with a hammock, chairs, and a table for the ultimate relaxation.

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The Culinray Oasis: Tamarisk

A brief stroll upstairs led me to the Tamarisk Restaurant, a culinary oasis where tables adorned the perimeter and a central bar beckoned. As I entered, I encountered Samir (Sam), the amiable owner, and Moustafa, the General Manager, engaged in friendly conversation at the bar. Sam’s passion for both the history of Egypt, evident in the lodge’s design, and the lodge itself was nothing short of breath-taking. Sam is so passionate that there will be a new museum built on site housing Egyptian History artefacts which will complement the amazing Library that is currently in situ.  Moustafa, the new GM, displayed a wealth of experience that already left its mark on the lodge.

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The staff, recognizing me by name with utmost respect, created a personalized touch that made my experience exceptional. After Sam’s departure for business in Cairo, I enjoyed my lunch in the wonderful restaurant and surroundings.  The culinary delights at Wadi Sabarah have consistently been outstanding in taste, authenticity, and presentation. Lunch, like dinner, was freshly prepared daily, offering a choice between vegetarian and meat options. My midday feast consisted of a zucchini stew accompanied by a fresh salad, rice, and homemade bread—a perfect blend of flavours that was utterly delicious.

Wadi Sabarah, committed to sustainability, is entirely plastic-free, offering water from Brita Vivreau dispensers, including both still and sparkling options—a thoughtful touch.

Post-Lunch Explorations and facilities

Following lunch and a delightful walkaround with Moustafa, I explored the meticulously maintained infinity pool and the pristine beach. A new jetty and yoga studio, set against the backdrop of the Red Sea, added to the allure. Yoga sessions, held twice daily by Jo, the manageress of Emperor Divers on site, provided an enriching experience.

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Emperor Divers: A dive into excellence

Emperor Divers, a recent addition to Wadi Sabarah, quickly established itself as a positive asset to the overall ambiance. Overseen by Luke and Tracy, who also manage Emperor Egypt, Emperor Divers earned a reputation for professionalism, safety consciousness, and enjoyable diving experiences.

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Jo, running the daily operations, showcased an impressive knowledge of the Red Sea, providing comprehensive answers to all my queries. The diving centre, equipped for both house reef and boat diving, offered all PADI courses and operated from Port Ghalib, ensuring access to the exceptional reefs of Marsa Alam.

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Evening delights and Educational insights

In the evening, Jo presented an enlightening talk on “Cleaning Stations” and the role of the Wrasse, blending entertainment with education. I certainly learnt a lot from her talk and it was really well received by all present.  The communal dinner at Tamarisk Restaurant, featuring a family table for solo travellers, facilitated engaging conversations with individuals of diverse nationalities. A delightful soup, followed by Egyptian beef stew, rice, flatbread, and vegetables, constituted a culinary masterpiece. Dessert, featuring homemade Egyptian pastries, concluded the meal on a sweet note.

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A tranquil goodnight

Post-dinner, I retreated to my room, sinking into the plush comforts of my bed wrapped in soft cotton sheets, marking the end of a blissful day.

Breakfast Farewell and Departure

The next morning, a traditional Egyptian breakfast awaited me at Tamarisk, featuring felafel, foul, a delightful omelet, and freshly baked pastries. After a few espresso indulgences, it was time to bid farewell. Checkout proved painless and efficient, with heartfelt goodbyes exchanged with Moustafa and the staff. Departing from the hotel by car, I headed to Marsa Alam Airport, cherishing the memories of an extraordinary stay.

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Prices start from €1200.00, based on double occupancy for 6 nights with full board and 4 days of diving with Emperor Divers. For more information, prices, and availability at Wadi Sabarah, contact Hello@myseatosky.co.uk.

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Join Pharaoh Dive Club for Red Sea Splash Family Summer Camp in August 2024

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3rd AUGUST 2024  – 1 or 2 WEEK PROGRAMMES

Daily water programme with Snorkelling & Scuba Diving.

Beginners or qualified, something for all.

Leave the kids with the Splash Team for days of Excitement, Fun & Adventure!

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BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

There are various options for accommodation with options for 2, 3, 4 or 5 guests.

Eco Huts provide accommodation for families of up to 4. The best option to enhance the adventure and closest to camping with basic facilities. For August we will provide central air cooling for all the Eco Huts.

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Deluxe Chalets are only suitable for 2 guests. Fully air conditioned rooms with private bathroom and other facilities.

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Boutique Rooms are available for families of up to 5.
Individual bespoke rooms fully air conditioned with private bathroom and other facilities.

Eco Huts: £675 per adult / £425 per child / Under 8 FREE of charge
Deluxe Chalet: £830 per adult / £505 per child / Under 8 FREE of charge
Boutique Room: £925 per adult / £550 per child / Under 8 FREE of charge

BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

This is a truly unique opportunity to have a Family Desert Adventure totally away from it all! You will be based at the remote Roots Red Sea on the coast of the Egyptian Eastern Desert, 140km south of Hurghada city.

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Red Sea Splash main focus is Snorkelling & Scuba Diving but that’s not all, we provide a rounded week of activities in support.

Pool& Field Games – Arts & Crafts
Marine Biology Workshops
Cultural Activities – Orienteering Adventures

Roots Red Sea have established strong links with the local communities of Hamerwain  & El Quseir affording our guests to have a true taste of the local culture, SPLASH CAMP embraces this opportunity and bring in the local children to join in the fun with our adventure seekers.

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During the day, families are welcome to take part in all activities together or the kids can be left with the SPLASH CAMP team while the parents enjoy the facilities or go diving themselves!

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At the end of the day, its family time while the SPLASH CAMP team take a break. For those with the energy, there are family evening activities planned a few evenings.

Open Air Movie Night – Desert Star Gazing Walk & Talk
El Quseir Evening City Tour

The second week is very special, we head off on the Big Blue for a liveaboard safari around Fury Shoals.

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BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

U-8 Splash Club

Sadly we can’t offer Scuba Diving to the Splash Club but we can have lots of fun Snorkelling & Free Diving!

Splash Club includes:

Certified Snorkel Course – Marine ID Games – Intro to Free Diving
Arts & Craft Sessions – Adventure trails – Cultural Playtime – Pool Games

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U-12 Explorer Club

In addition to an exciting snorkelling and Free Diving Programme in the Splash Club we can take you under the water on SCUBA to a whole new world of fun and wonder. If you are under 10 your first breath under water will be as a Bubblemaker and continue with daily Seal Team Missions. From 10 we will complete a Discover Scuba Diving experience in the amazing Red Sea. Alternatively we offer a full junior certification programme to become an international qualified Scuba Diver.

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U-16 Adventurer Club

For qualified Scuba Divers regardless of age it’s the Adventurer Club and exploration of the local reefs and marine life. There will be 2 dives every day with the Open Ocean marine field station team who will introduce you to Red Sea marine life and workshops on marine research. Alternatively there are opportunities to continue your scuba diving certifications with our instructional team.

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Parents are welcome to join the club activities and join the courses.

BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

Big Blue might seem like the new kid on the block, but the team behind the highly acclaimed liveaboard is far from that. They have been running Red Sea safaris since the late 1980’s and were in fact part of the early pioneers who ventured out to the unknown on vessels that in today’s world, really shouldn’t have left the harbour! It’s that experience and the years of operating the award-winning Roots Red Sea resort which truly set Big Blue apart from the crowd!

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Large lounge area, spacious sun deck and terrace deck.

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Airy restaurant with five tables with up to six chairs per table, serving a varied and delicious menu with special dietary requirements catered for.

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The spacious cabins have side by side beds and a large walk in wet bathroom.

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Ample dive deck for divers & snorkelers.

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Safety is everyone’s priority, whether you are relaxing on board, swimming, snorkelling  or diving.

On board Big Blue is fitted with smoke alarms, emergency lighting and a fire alarm system. The lower corridor has a full-size door fire exit at the bow and open stairs to the stern. There are evacuation plans in each room along with life jackets, glass breaker tool and a fire extinguisher.

BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

Red Sea Splash at Fury Shoals is a very rare opportunity to get involved with marine biology expedition for children and adults. Open Ocean biologists are on board to provide fascinating and entertaining facts about the marine life you will see. The team will provide workshops on marine life identification and survey methods both of which, should you wish, you will have the chance to put into practice during your safari.

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The week is open to snorkelers, scuba divers and non divers too!

Fury shoals is perfect for first time mariners as it offers plenty of protection from the weather.

We board at Port Ghaleb on Saturday evening and prepare to set sail early on Sunday morning.

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Heading south, our first day will be diving the reefs of Abu Dabbab before sailing overnight to reach our ultimate destination the Fury Shoals.

Here we will spend four days swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving amazing reefs. This includes guaranteed DOLPHIN encounters at Sataya Reef!  After the last dive we haul anchor and head back to Abu Dabbab for our final two dives before disembarking our boat BIG BLUE.

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Camp Extension Cost*
Adult £650 per adult
Under 16 £350 per child

BOOK NOW: INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM / TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

FURTHER INFORMATION – INFO@PHARAOHDIVECLUB.COM

TEL: +44 7598 329059 or +20 100 6822000

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Meet Pure Dive Resort: Your Gateway to Unforgettable Diving in Bali, Indonesia

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If you’re passionate about the underwater world, listen up! We’ve got an incredible opportunity for you to experience the vibrant reefs and majestic marine life of Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia.

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info@purediveresort.com / +62 811 3999852 / www.purediveresort.com

Pure Dive Resort isn’t just another dive centre; it’s a team of experts dedicated to providing world-class scuba diving and freediving adventures around Nusa Penida, Lembongan, Ceningan, and even Bali.

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Whether you’re a seasoned diver or completely new to the sport, Pure Dive Resort has something for you:

For certified Divers: Discover stunning dive sites, encounter manta rays, seasonal mola-mola (sunfish), and a dazzling array of marine life.

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For beginners: Embark on your scuba journey with beginner programs like Try Scuba and Basic Diver, Open Water and Advanced certifications.

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Freedivers: Explore the depths on a single breath with guided freediving experiences and courses.

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Exclusive Scubaverse Offer: Save on Your Next Adventure

As a valued Scubaverse follower, you get an exclusive 10% discount on any Dive & Stay or Learn & Stay package booked at Pure Dive Resort for 2024. Dive into the crystal-clear waters, explore breath-taking reefs, and create unforgettable memories in this diver’s paradise.

Visit https://www.purediveresort.com/package-offers/ to explore amazing packages and claim your discount with the code: SCUBAVERSE10

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