GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION
Visas have the form of tax stamps and can be purchased upon arrival in Sharm El Sheikh or Cairo at the airport. Costs: appr. 12 GBP.
We recommend to exchange some money at home. Banks in Sharm El Sheikh often have strange working hours but banking machines can be found all over the city. Shops and restaurants usually do not accept credit cards. Egyptian pounds will be needed for your occasional consumation and for shopping at the end of the dive safari.
As of May 2005 there are no obligatory vaccinations needed. It is recommended to care for the following basic vaccinations: dyphteria-tetanus, polio, thyphus, hepatitis A+B. For more information see your doctor and/or consult the internet.
On booking the flight state that you are travelling with "diving equipment". Most airlines may grant additional weight allowance.
DIVING EQUIPMENT: Renting equipment in Egypt is more expensive than in Europe, so we recommend to bring the whole diving equipment: - mask, snorkel, fins (booties) empty pocket weight belt (weights are on board) - BCD - regulator - wetsuit (see diving conditions) - Tanks, weights, and tools are aboard ship. torches are recommended for some of the wrecks.
At the beginning of every dive safari we will do a "check dive". This is for you to get used to the diving equipment, the conditions and to give the opportunity to adjust weights. As many dives lead us deeper than 18 metres we recommend an advanced diving certification. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification can be obtained during a dive safari aboard the Dive Runner.
The diving conditions during our dive safaris are perfect: warm and clear water the whole year round, easy dive platform entry and exit, no dragging around of equipment and magnificent underwater life. Water temperature varies between 25-29 degrees Celsius in summer to 21-23 degrees in winter.
TIP: Approximately 10%. Taxi rides have to be bargained in advance and include tip. On ship if the service was satisfactory, it is common to give the skipper a tip to be shared between the crew, the amount is entirely up to the guests . This usually is done at the end of the dive safari.
CHECKLIST (proposal):- diving equipment - logbook - certification card - passport, flight ticket, money - sun protection - sunglasses - 2 x bathing suit - 1 big and 1 small towel - hat - body care - shorts, t-shirts - sweater - medication - photo equipment - books - mobile phone - light shoes -
winter: hat, jacket , sweater/fleece