MARSA NAKARI VILLAGE
There are not so many three star hotels available in the Marsa Alam region and of those there are this is probably one of the best rated by guests. The village provides basic accommodation, a reasonable choice of food and a great spot for diving.
Rooms: 25 challets, 7 royal tents and 30 standard tents.
Room and tent facilities: Chalets have hallway, ensuite bathroom and sun terrace. Royal tents are twice the size of a standard tent and well equipped with fan, mini-fridge, wardrobe, bean bag, table and chairs. Standard tents have twin beds. Toilets and showers are located just a short walk away.
Other facilities: There is also a restaurant and a bar area. Pets are allowed and there is free parking. Several diving companies operate from here utilizing either the house reef or speed boats to take you to other areas. Camel safaris and kite surfing may be available on request.
Location: 18km south of the town of Marsa Alam and about 78km south of Marsa Alam airport. It was the location of a Roman port city and remains of this ancient settlement can be found on a hill overlooking the bay.
Established: around 20 years ago.
Reviews: As of June 2012, Marsa Nakari was rated 31st out of 69 hotels in the Marsa Alam area by TripAdvisor. All eleven reviewers rated it as either “very good” or “excellent”.
Reviewers on TripAdvisor and Yorkshire-Divers.com have generally been very positive.
ON THE BEACH AND THE SEA
“On our last day a pod of dolphins came into the bay and the guys in charge of the boats and dive shelter piled us into ribs and took us out to the middle of the bay so the dolphins kept swimming right by us.”
“We spent an amazing three and a half hours one day swimming and playing with many dolphins.”
“Do the trip to Dolphin House. Incredible diving plus the chance to snorkel with the dolphins. We were lucky and did, informative trip.”
“The beach and diving centre are less than five minutes walk. Once you’ve put on your diving equipment, you can immediately walk into the sea and start your dive. There was so much to see for me as a beginner and for the rest of the group who had made 100 plus dives.”
“North reef at Nakari very nice but after lunch the south reef was beautiful. Two turtles and a small white tip reef shark. Then after dinner bean bags on the beach to watch the stars.”
ON THE FOOD
“The food at the restaurant is delicious and varied.”
“The food is outstanding…. So much effort has gone into it and it shows.”
ON THE STAFF
“The staff is really nice and really helpful”
ON THE CHALLETS (HUTS).
“Definitely could do with A/C in the en suite huts. Finally found out the best way to sleep was with my feet at the head of the bed so I was closer to the fan.”
“We stayed in a hut. Good beds, no bathroom, no aircon. The shared bathrooms and toilets are cleaned multiple times a day and always in perfect condition. There is always enough hot water to take a warm shower. If you are willing to pay more, you can book the chalets with bathroom and aircon.”
ON THE TENTS
“A wonderful first night in our tents listening to the roar of the waves hitting the reef outside the bay. Surprisingly cool compared with El Gouna (a resort 4 hours north up the coast) at night and expecting to wake up at 6am too hot to stay in the tent, we all slept in until past 7am with two blankets covering me !”
“Though the Nakari Village is certainly more enjoyable if you dive (we didn’t), my girfgriend and I had four wonderful days in this resort… Considering the overall low price, I would definitely recommend it, especially for divers.”
( TripAdvisor.com Jimith 14 April 2012 )
“The location is very quiet and all you have to think of is diving, relaxing or eating.”
“Most visitors come for the diving (Nakari is also a diving centre ), but it is possible to just sit on the beach and read a book.”
“If it’s good diving, a bountiful house reef, delicious food, peace and cleanliness you’re after, this is the place for you…. Nakari is small and friendly, nothing but sea and sand to the front and desert and mountains to the back. Lovely !”
“We are definitely planning another trip back to Nakari again.”
“A million miles from Western life. First rate staff, fabulous food, amazing diving…. no room service, no plasma TV, no spa, no dressing for dinner. Just relax… and go home chilled. It was the first holiday I’ve never felt like coming home from. I’m off again in 2011.”
“I absolutely loved this experience. Staying in a tent right next to the sea was just wonderful. The food was excellent and the staff so friendly.”