Oil black market
Along the main road, which leads to Djerba, every so often can be observed points on which there is a pile of plastic canisters and metal casks. Local driver, who drove us on a trip into the interior of the country, explained that these were points for illegal sale of Libyan gasoline. As he said, the price of gasoline in Libya is incredible low, around few cents per liter only.
That must be extremely risky and very dangerous job, especially due to the high temperatures that are around 40 C degrees. At each sale point must be located a few hundred gallons of gasoline, which are directly exposed to the sun's heat and are stored in a completely inappropriate way.
Many resorts in the “zone touristique” offer you the opportunity to rent a safe. You can store your valuables and money in there during your stay. Not that you can’t trust the hotel staff, but you’ll never know.
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Don't buy wildlife or wildlife products
I think you can buy wildlife products all over Djerba, but I can only speak for Midoun.
Tortoises, scorpions, birds, snakes and so on are for sale in many souvenir shops. Remember it is NOT OK and most of time illegal to buy them as a souvenir. Check-out CITES You will need certificates en follow international standards before buying them.
Save your ATM receipts!!!
If you don't want to go home with Tunisian Dinars, pay attention to this one!
In order to exchange your extra Dinars for Euros or Dollars or whatever, you must have ATM receipts showing how you came about getting those Dinars. You turn those in at the airport at the currency exchange and the guy will give you the exchange. Otherwise, good luck spending those Dinars at home!
As in every touristic country u're travelling in, locals can be boring always trying to sell you something.
But, as you all know, most of them live on tourism so let them know you're not interested whith a:"non, choukrane" that means "no thank's".
In small cities such as Houmt Souk, beware of the so sympathetic merchant saying:remember me? We saw at the hotel! offering you a wonderfull mint tea and persuading you to buy a wonderfull handmade carpet.They're wonderfull, but cost even more than if u buy the same in France.
Food and strong sun
Be aware of what you are eating even in 3 star hotels. The food is really very tasty, but your stomach maybe is not used to it :) Also do not lay on the beach even half a day as African sun is very strong! I was in Ile de Jerba in April for one week. It didn't seem very hot as it was quite windy. I even did not try to get a suntan, but during that week I got so brown as I have never been in my life! When I came home some people did not recognise me :) It was fine, but 3 days of my stay in Jerba I was sick, had fever. I do not know if it was from the food or from the sun...
Change money in your hotel. The banks in Houmt Souq (which is the place with most banks) are often crowded, and it can take some time to change money.
The exchange rate is set by the Central Bank and is the same at all changing places.
During my stay on Djerba I got 156 Tunisian Dinars for 100 € .
Pictures and where not to take them
In Tunesia, it is permitted to take picture of about everything you will see. The exceptions are:
- all people wearing a uniform (Policemen, Garde National, Military)
- all official, goverment and military buildings. To simplify for the tourists (and the contriolling policemen) it is changed to All buildings that have the Tunesian Flag. This includes in this interpretation schools as well...
I claim no copyright for the picture that goes with this tip ;-)
Keep it Clean - Keep it Green!!!
Keep it clean is a tip you’ve got to keep in mind everywhere(around the world) you go. Keep it green is a bit more difficult when you are in Tunisia with a Sahel climate, but it is worth trying.
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