when you're shopping you will be pulled into every kind of shop (mostly perfum) and be offered 'some egyptian traditional hospitaliTEA' - a funny flavoured tea in a glass. we did this in every shop but never bought anything. they told us it was rude to not accept, i am not sure if this is a custom or if it was just to hold us hostage until we bought something.
Diving in Sharm el Sheikh - Red Sea Dive College
I've been diving in Sharm el Sheikh for the past three years and it one of my favorite places. The water is crystal clear, there are tons of fish, and the dive centers are top-notch.
For the past two years, I have dove with Red Sea Dive College which I highly recommend. Besides, my recommendation, the dive center was also voted the Best Dive Center in 2006 by readers of Diver (http://www.divernet.com).
The three best locations to dive are Ras Mohammed, Tiran, and of course, the Thistlegorm Wreck which can all be reached by day-boat. Diving in Rah Mohammed National Park incurs a daily charge of 5 Euros per day but the diving is great. There are many dive boats that go to Ras Mohammed but the sites don't get too crowded because there are many different places to dive.
Diving in Tiran is also wonderful, especially one site called Aquarium which gives you an idea about the fish life. However, Tiran does get a bit crowded due to the number of dive boats that go there and the limited number of sites.
The Thistlegorm wreck is reputed to be one of the world's best wrecks. Sunk by the Germans during WWII, the British supply ship was headed to resupply troops in Alexandria, Egypt. German warplanes looking for the Queen Mary dropped their bombs on the ship and sank it on 5 October 1941. Today, the ship is still full of motorcycles, Wellington boots, airplane parts, tanks, guns, artillery shells, and all sorts of interesting fish life. The Thistlegorm is a wreck that I don't mind diving again and again over the years...in fact I've been there each year. The trip to the Thistlegorm does normally incur an extra charge with the dive center. Currently the supplement is 72 Euros. You can rent all the necessary equipment from RSDC. The equipment is in good condition and they have all sizes from children to XL-adults. Equipment rental for a complete set is 30 Euros per day.
Because I dive so often, I do travel with my own equipment and just take weights...I'm thinking that the weights do not incur a charge.
If you are interested in purchasing dive equipment, I'd recommend the dive shop right next to RSDC which if I remember correctly is called Maison De La Mer. There is also an excellent dive shop called Beyond Limits in the Naama Shopping Center on the top floor. Both shops sell internationally recognized brands such as Cressi and Mares.
The two items that I recommend everyone own when diving are easy to travel with and make life much more comfortable. The two things that I think everyone should own themselves is a mask and a set of fins. I don't know how many times my friends have complained that their fin rentals didn't fit and they ended up with blisters (especially those with super large feet) or had a problem with water leaking into the mask because a particular style did not fit their face correctly. Mask and fins aren't that expensive compared to other scuba equipment...and owning your own really does make life easier!
Drugs in Sharm
Sharm Al Sheikh is not the same like amsterdam and cristiano in denmark . You cant walk around in a place to choose and buy some joints and other drugs. It is illegal here in Egypt to buy, sell or smoke and use drugs. The punishment reach capital punishment for dealers and maximum 6 years for users.
This doesnt mean that there is no access to smoking in Egypt but there are lots of people who do smoke hash and marijuana.
Dont get trapped with stupid guys.
NOT IN PUBLIC