Sharm El Sheikh Tourist Trap Tips by ukmagicman

Sharm El Sheikh Tourist Traps: 61 reviews and 27 photos

Bedouin Selling Tea - Sharm El Sheikh

Bedouin Selling Tea

Bedouin Gifts - especially bracelets

Bedouins are muslims and speak an arabic dialect. Most of the Bedouins from the Sinai and Negev desert have come from the Arabian peninsula, other migrated from the desert of Egypt, Transjordan and Syria.

In the Sinai area, they have learnt how to make huge sums of money from tourists through organizing camel rides, dinners, ATV rides etc and are not hoarding vast amounts of cash as a result.

When you go on for example a Bedouin camel ride, they will try and give you a bracelet at the end. They tie it very tight and then ask for a about $4. They are very pushy about this and make it seem initially like it is a gift. You will already have paid enough for the camel ride, so if you are offered this and don't want to cart back a bracelet you will throw away, then just say No.

Unique Suggestions: Take a camel ride, it is an experience

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 2, 2008
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Chugging along with the punters - Sharm El Sheikh

Chugging along with the punters

Glass Bottom Boat Tours

In Sharm el Sheik, they offer numerous glass bottom boat tours, but I think they are truely a waste of money unless you really can't get in the sea to see the reef.

The boats do not go anywhere special, they all just meander along the coast where all the hotels are. I saw a lot more just jumping in the sea next to the hotel and it was a lot more interesting.

This tour is a bit of a tourist trap. You spend about 30 min looking through the glass bottom and then they move you to the top of the deck as they float for a while and sell you drinks.

Unique Suggestions: Take pictures through the glass.

Fun Alternatives: Rent a snorkel and goggles and jump in the water yourself. You will see more and have a lot more fun... especially around the Sheraton hotel and the hotel next door.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 26, 2005
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