Temperatures
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
noon in (º C)
20
22
23
26
33
35
37
38
35
31
26
23
night in (º C) 
9
9
13
16
20
23
24
24
23
18
14
11
water (º C) 
20
18
22
23
25
26
27
28
27
27
25
22
Weather forecast for Sharm el Sheikh
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Climate in Egypyt and Jordan
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chrystal clear water
The weather in Egypt and Jordan is the typical dry desert climate with sunshine all year round and possible rainfall (few hours during 3-4 days) usally in Dec. and Jan.

Water temperatures varies from a max. of 28 degrees in the summer to a lowest of 20 degrees in winter.
Storms are rather seldom and due to very little rainfall no sediments are washed into the sea.

Clear water and fantastic coral growth is the result.
Which suit to bring along ?
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Variety of wetsuits
The average water temperature in winter is 20 - 22 degree Celsius.

According to your personal sensitivity we recommend a wetsuit or semi-drysuit of 4.5 mm to 7 mm. Some of our clients even use a drysuit. Diving three dives with a 3 or 4.5 mm wetsuit might get chilly. An additional neoprene shirt would help. Due to strong winds we recommend a neoprene headband to prevent ear infections.

During summer, from May to October, a long john, a 3 mm wetsuit or even a shorty are sufficient.

Gloves are not really needed and are forbidden at most dive sites.
Medical Form
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

From 1 February 2005 all our clients have to fill in a medical form of RSTC. In case of any doubts clients have to consult a physician to receive an exemption.

Therefore and in order to avoid delays we recommend that you read and fill out the form before arrival. All safari clients must bring the form and if needed the doctors certificate with them.
New EU Security Regulation on hand luggage
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Only one bag per passenger is permitted!
Since November 6, 2006, new rules for the contents of hand baggage apply for all airline passengers throughout the European Union (EU).
Passengers may carry liquids in their hand luggage, but only within single containers (tubes, cans, bottles) each of which with a capacity not greater than 100 ml. These must be contained in a separate, transparent plastic bag, which must not exceed 1 litre in capacity (approx. 20 x 20 cm). Only one bag per passenger is permitted. This plastic bag (e.g. re-sealable freezer bag, standard bag with zip fastener) may contain any number of containers, but must be completely sealed and presented for examination at the security checkpoint.

Two exceptions will be made:
baby food that is required during the flight; medication that is required during the flight.
Accommoadation




There is a wide selection of accommodations, ranging from simple lodgings to luxury hotels. The cost for one week in a three star hotel,including flight,transfer and half board per person in a double room is approx. EUR 500-900.
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Entry & Visa Egypt
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Egyptian visa

Upon arrival, your passport has to be valid at least for another six months.

At the airport you can receive a tourist visa for US $ 25.00 which is only needed for dive sites Thistlegorm and Dunraven. You do not need to obtain anymore the normal tourist visa to dive in the Ras Mohammed National Park!

IMPORTANT!!!
When arriving in Sharm el Sheikh you must ask for a visa valid for all Egypt to be allowed to dive the wrecks of the Thistlegorm and the Dunraven. When entering Sinai via Israel, you have to obtain your visa before leaving your home country.

The visa is a sticker (see photo) which you have to adhere into your passport. Important: please add the entry registration card you will receive during the flight from the flight attendant, completely filled in, to your visa page.

Free of charge visa for Sinai “Sinai Visa Only”
You can enter Sinai with a special Sinai visa which restricts you to dive the areas of the wrecks, valid for a stay up to 14 days.
Entry & Visa Jordan
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Jordanian Visa
Most nationalities require a visa, which can be obtained prior to arrival, or they can be issued at the airport if arriving by air. A single entry visa costs JOD 10 (16,50 €), is valid for one month and is payable in Dinars only.

Extensions are possible for up to three months and are available at any police station. All visitors require a passport valid for at least six months after date of arrival in the country and all tickets and documents for onward travel.
Language Egypt & Jordan
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The official language is Arabic. However, most locals who are active in tourism speak English, German and Italian as well.
Currancy - Egypt
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20 pound note


The national currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE).

Currently one EUR is 18.55 Egyptian Pounds (November 2016).

The diving center accepts most international currencies as well as VISA and MASTER CARD.

Traveler Checks are only accepted in the banks.
Money - Jordan




The national currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD).

Currently one EUR is 0,79 Dinar (September 2016).

The diving center accepts most international currencies as well as VISA and MASTER CARD.

Traveler Checks are only accepted in the banks.
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Restaurants
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Typical egyptian dishes
Most of the holiday makers stay in big hotels which offer an international menu. If you get hungry at any time there are beach bars in every hotel which offer hamburgers, pasta or sandwiches. Those who would like to taste the Egyptian cooking should not hesitate to dine in a typical restaurant, at reasonable prices. The different dishes are real tasty, though sometimes they are a little fatty. Fried chicken liver, parsley salad, falafel or the national dish foul (brown beans) are on the menu. If you wish, with tahina (sesame sauce) or babaganoug (mashed egg-plant with garlic). For a better digestion sweet black tea is served after meals.
Electricity Egypt & Jordan
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The voltage is 220 V with 50 Hz, and you should be prepared to failures of the electrical supply which still do occur sometimes.
Health


At present time no vaccinations are required. However, it is advisable to be vaccinated against Hepatitis-A and Tetanus.

Your first aid kit should include medication to against diarrhea. Due to the high temperatures and the resulting dehydration it is highly recommended to drink at least 4 liters of water a day.
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Doctors and the Decompression Chamber
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The Decompression Chamber in Sharm el Sheikh
In Sharm el Sheikh there are excellent doctors available, two hospitals and a modern decompression chamber with a 24 hour call-out service for diving emergencies.
A second new deco chamber has been opened 2005 in Dahab.
The chamber doctors speak several languages and have special training in hyperbaric medicine to treat decompression accident patients, lung embolisms or any other diving accident related injuries.

In order to guarantee that we maintain the pressure chamber every diving centre in Sharm el Sheikh requests their diving guests to make a small optional contribution known as the "deco dollar".

Sharm el Sheikh Hyberbaric Medical Centre

Sharm el Maya
Tel: 069- 3660922/3

24 hour Emergency Number:

Dr Adel Taher: 012 212 4292
Dr Ahmed Sakr: 012 333 1325
Time zone
Egypt Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
Egypt operates Daylight-Saving Time between the last Friday in April and the last Thursday in September when the clocks are 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).
Religion & way of life in Egypt
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Bedouin women in Sinai
More then 90% of all Egyptians are moslems. The christian minority (mainly copts) live in the major cities and in upper Egypt. One can feel the influence of the Islam in all aspects of daily life. Alcohol is available exept during Ramadan, but rather expensive. There are exceptions in touristic areas and Hotels. Friday is the official day off but mainly govermental institutions, banks etc. are closed. Most shops are open 7 days a week. More and more companies are closed Friday and Saturday.

Way of life:
The Islam is present where ever you go in Egypt. Egyptians are very friendly to visitors and there hospitality is second to none. But it is expected to show respect and modesty especially the way you dress. One should avoid tight and to exposed clothing. Topless on the beaches is strictly forbitten.
Religion & way of life in Jordan
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A family in Aqaba
The majority of the population
(95 %) are Sunni Moslems. The
4 % Christians belong to smaller fractions like Circassians, Chechians and Armenians. Like in Egypt one can feel the influence of the Islam in all aspects of daily life. Alcohol is available exept during Ramadan, but rather expensive. There are exceptions in touristic areas and hotels. Friday is the official day off but mainly govermental institutions, banks etc. are closed. More and more companies are closed as well on Friday and Saturday.

The islam is present where ever you go in Jordan. Jordanians are friendly to visitors and there hospitality is part of their Beduine heritage. In general they are more reserved then Egyptians. It is expected to show respect and modesty especially the way you dress. One should avoid tight and to exposed clothing. Topless on the beaches is strictly forbitten.
Excursions Sinai & Egypt
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The St. Katherine Monastery
The information boards in your hotel will inform you about the different activities: camel rides, riding tours with Arabic horses, desert tours or excursions to the St. Katherine Monastery and the Mount Moses.

20 km past the airport, expands the Wadi of Mandar. Here Bedouins offer tours into the wadi by jeep or on camel. Extended tours take you to the Colored Canyon and Ain Hudra via Nuweiba.

You can also enjoy 2-3 day trips to Cairo, Luxor, Assuan, Abu Simbel and to the City of Rocks Petra in Jordan.
Excursions in Jordan
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The ancient city of Petra
UNESCO world heritage site
Jordan is blessed with outstanding natural beauty, and an abundance of historical, biblical and archaeological sites, from the superb Roman Site at Jerash to the stunning Rose Red City of Petra; from the dramatic scenery of T.E. Lawrence's Wadi Rum to the spectacular Dead Sea. You can also book excursions to Eilat and the Sinai Peninsula.

Aqaba’s balmy weather and warm seas make it the ideal year round destination. You can combine your holiday with easy sightseeing trips.
Shopping in Egpyt
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The bazaar is always memorable experience. Even if you do not want to buy anything at all
You can do your shopping either in the hotel, in the center of Naama Bay or in the Souk, the bazaar of Sharm el Sheikh.

Besides typical souvenirs such as t-shirts, post cards, books, etc., there are also beautiful Egyptian presents such as hubble-bubbles, carpets, spices and many other gifts that can be purchased.

The real exitement while strolling across the bazaar is the bargaining about prices which are never fixed, they depend on the cleverness of the buyer himself. This really is an experience which you should not miss!
Shopping in Jordan
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Traditional hand-crafted carpets
Every town has a souk (market) selling everything from meat and live chickens, to clothes and jewelry. The gold is usually 18kt or above and there is no charge added for the craftsmanship of items like bangles, chains and earrings.

Tourist-oriented towns offer many handicrafts, including mosaic; mosaic schools train young people to work with the colorful, locally hewn stone.

Another distinctive local craft is ostrich-egg painting: the paint is applied with needle pricks and designs can take weeks to complete.

Other hand-crafted items include sand jars, hand-blown glass,
carpets and embroidered clothing. Bottled Holy Water from the river Jordan can also be purchased, as can skin-care products made of Dead Sea mud.
Bakshish
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Tips
"Bakshish " is the magic word in Egpyt. Without Tips nothing goes. It is part of the income and should always be calculated on top of the bill and for all services.
Important ! Not to over do it.
In restaurants max. 10 - 15 % if the service was good .Even there is already a legal service charge incl. extra tips are expected. Small services 2 - 5 LE. In the Hotels it is smart to pay the Tips in advance (room service) That will garantee a good service during your stay.