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Egypt

Egypt

Egypt is an incredible country filled with culture, arts, architecture and adventure. The obvious attraction of Egypt is the world renowned Pyramids of Giza, however it isn’t until you get up close to these HUGE structures that you really appreciate their magnitude and beauty. Luxor is known as the world’s largest ‘open-air’ museum. Similar to that of the pyramids, the scale and grandeur of this extraordinary place cannot be described. Within Luxor, there are a number of must-see’s including the huge pillars of Karnak, Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings for its incredible art work and the Tombs of the Nobles to get a fantastic history lesson. With the Nile River running through the town, your jaw will remain dropped for your entire visit.

Another fantastic destination in Egypt is Sharm el Sheik. Located at the northern end of the Red Sea, on the tip of the Sinai Desert, it has grown from a desert outpost to a bustling city home to all manner of watersports and activities over the past 20 years. You can ride a camel at sunset, visit Mt Moses, St Katherine Monastery, or the ancient City of Petra just across the border in Jordan.

In terms of diving, Marsa Alam offers mantas, spinner dolphins and even sharks for those inclined. Marsa Alam is located on the coast of the Red Sea, east of Luxor. The port, Marsa Ghalib, is home to liveaboard boats that travel the beautiful and pristine diving locations in the southern part of the Red Sea. Far from the sleepy fishing village it once was, Marsa Alam’s beautiful beaches and virgin coral reefs make it a prime holiday destination.

Egypt - Red Sea Aggressor

Liveaboards in Egypt

Ghazala-I-Liveaboard

Ghazala I

  •  Departure Point: Sharm El Sheikh
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: No
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Dive Skiff: Yes
  • Nitrox: Available
  • Liveaboard Highlight: Luxurious Accommodation
  • Diving Highlight: The SS Thistlegorm Wreck
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Ghazala-II-Liveaboard

Ghazala II

  • Departure Point: Sharm El Sheikh
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: No
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Dive Skiff: No
  • Nitrox: Available
  • Liveaboard Highlight: Extremely Comfortable Cabins
  • Diving Highlight: The Thistlegorm!
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Ghazala-Voyager

Ghazala Voyager

  • Departure Point: Marsa Alam
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: No
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Dive Skiff: No
  • Nitrox: Available
  • Liveaboard Highlight: Specially Designed & Built For Divers
  • Diving Highlight: Crystal Clear, Magnificent Drop-Offs
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Seawolf-Diving-Safari-Liveaboards

Seawolf Fleet

  • Departure Point: Hurghada
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: No
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Dive Skiff: No
  • Nitrox: Available
  • Liveaboard Highlight: Incredible Onboard Facilities
  • Diving Highlight: Barracuda, Sharks, Rays, Dolphins & Turtles
  • Full Details Coming Soon…
Emperor-Divers-Liveaboards

Emperor Fleet

  • Departure Point: Hurghada, Port Ghalib (Marsa Alam) & Sharm El Sheikh
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Dive Skiff: Yes
  • Nitrox: Included
  • Liveaboard Highlight: All Liveaboards Offer FREE Nitrox
  • Diving Highlight: Amazing Fish Life
  • Full Details Coming Soon…
Blue-O-Two-Liveaboard-Fleet

Blue O Two Fleet

  • Departure Point: Various
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Dive Skiff: No
  • Nitrox: Available
  • Liveaboard Highlight: Amazing, Spacious Sun Deck
  • Diving Highlight: The Incredible Northern Wrecks!
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Red-Sea-Aggressor-Liveaboard

Red Sea Aggressor

  • Departure Point: Port Ghalib Yacht Marina
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Dive Skiff: Yes
  • Nitrox: Available
  • Liveaboard Highlight: Great Photography Facilities
  • Diving Highlight: Hammerheads, Dolphin, Soft Corals & Abundant Reef Fish Life
  • Full Details Coming Soon…
Red-Sea-Master-Liveaboard

Red Sea Master

  • Departure Point: Hurghada
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Dive Skiff: No
  • Nitrox: Available
  • Liveaboard Highlight: State Of The Art Entertainment System & Jazcuzzi!
  • Diving Highlight: All Types Of Diving!
  • Full Details Coming Soon…

General Information

Australian passport holders require at least six months validity beyond your intended stay. A visa is required for Australian passport holders and due to a new online application system, will no longer be available at the border. Visas must be applied for either online or through the Egyptian Consulate. Due to changing circumstances, be sure to keep up through the DFAT website.

For more information and for holders of other passports, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for the latest travel advice.

The Egyption Pound (EGP) is the local currency in Egypt. One Australian dollar buys approximately 5 EGP.

The official language of Egypt is Literary Arabic. English and French are widely spoken.

220-240 volts and uses a European plug type

GMT+2 (8 hours behind Sydney)

As a predominantly Muslim country, conservative dress is recommended. In beach areas, shorts and casual beach attire is acceptable. In cities and religious sites, conservative dress code is recommended. Wear long trousers for men and pants or skirts for women, plus sleeved shirts to cover the shoulders. Fully covered shoes in cities is recommended as the streets can be muddy and/or dirty.

Egypt has a hot, desert climage. It is a very dry county except on the Mediterranean coast which receives more rain in winter. Coastally, temperatures vary from 10’C – 23’C in winter and 17’C to 32’C in Summer. In land more, summers can soar over 40’C.

22°C – 29°C depending on time of year.

35 EGP (Approx $5 USD) to be paid in EGP.

Tipping is a large part of culture in Egypt to subsidise low pays – known as a “Backsheesh” and tipping is customary on good service. This does not mean you have to tip if the service is not adequate and you should not feel forced into it. As a rule, 10% of a restaurant bill, 3 – 5 EGP for a hotel porter or other service. 25 – 50pt for a bathroom attendant. It is not customary to tip a taxi driver, as usually they factor their tip in to the agreed price. When in doubt, 10% of the bill is more than adequate. In hotels, leaving an envelope at reception for staff is customary, and they will divide the tip later.

You may also find young children holding their hands out on the street. Refrain from giving them money as you are encouraging this pattern of behaviour. If you wish to give to charity in Egypt, there are NFP Organisations that support children in Egypt and would gladly accept your donation.

This is Egypt

This is Egypt

Posted by Experience Egypt on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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