"Taba Heights" Top 5 Page for this destination Taba by shizzler
Taba Travel Guide: 63 reviews and 159 photos
What can i say. Amazing. The people, the hotels, the scenery, this place has it all. It's lovely to go somewhere with loads of people and shops and loads to do and see, but this was just perfect, not busy or an out and about destination but enough of the essentials that you need to make it a fabulous holiday. When you arrive in Taba heights, you are cut off from most other communities. I've not been into the main parts of Taba (apart from on transfer) but all you need is in your resort. You arrive at the airport, get off the plane and think wow it's chilly. I started thinking have they taken us to the correct destination. Nobody explained that you are up in the mountains and when you get off the plane you're so many thousand feet above sea level. You get on your coach and have a police escort to your resort. Setting off into the night you pass through huge mountains either side of the roads. Winding down for about a twenty minute journey you arrive at some gates, like you're going into a military camp or something. A soldier gets on board and checks everybody's passports. He is friendly though and approachable, reassuring everyone not to be alarmed as they are here for your safety. Once through the gates you arrive at the hotel. In Taba heights there are 5 hotels but were 4 when i went. Each of them are massive and not all high rise but spread out like little villages. The landscape is open desert with a spectacular backdrop of mountains and steep hills rolling down to the gulf of Aqaba, tail end of the red sea. Looking from any of the hotels or the beach you can clearly see the landscape of Jordan, Israel and Saudi Arabia on the other side of the sea, clearly enough to see the cars moving on the other side. The beaches are lovely and sandy but in places do get a bit rocky. The red sea itself is gorgeous, clear and full of coral reefs just a 20 meter walk in from the shore and in about 4 feet depth of water so non swimmers can be amazed by the sites of the wonderfull marine life on offer. Picture yourself swimming around in finding nemo and that's about what you can expect in colours and varieties of fish, from little to large and rays, sharks, dogfish, sea snakes, barracuda, turtles and so on. Don't let it worry you, most of the fish you'll come accross will keep their distance. There are dangers of course, as in any marine life but you can buy books on what to look out for or the locals will tell you. I went, i'm fine and considering that along with the great barrier reef in Australia and parts of the Caribbean this is the best and most popular dive and snorkelling site in the world, you must see it for youself.
I stayed at the El Wekala three corners resort, 4 star. The hotel is set out like a village with lots of different Egyptian type villas scattered around the gardens which go on for miles. On entry to the hotel you notice everything is immaculate and clean. The staff are the friendliest bunch of people i've ever met and give you the best possible welcome and service you could ask for. A man takes your cases to the reception and once your room is sorted takes them to it for you. The standard room we had was spacious and comfy with bath and shower, kingsize bed and balcony big enough for 10 people to sit on. The air con. was also very good and you could enjoy the fact that it did actually manage to cool the room down as many don't seem to work very well. The restaurants there were nice. You had the main room where you had the all inclusive choice, which had pretty much something for everyone, from burgers and nuggets to traditional Egyptian salads and meats. There was also the al a carte. which you had to book and pay extra for but it was well worth it and gave you something different to try. Also in the hotel was a host of boutiques, stools and shops. There was anything from kodak photos development shop to off license, to supermarket, to souvenirs, to fragrance etc. Next door there was an Indian/tandoori pub, which the food was beautiful and also had a big screen for the football. Back in the hotel the pool was also amazing. Huge, clean, and plenty of space round the pool so you could always find space and sun loungers always available, free and with free towels that they issue you to save having to bring down your own. There was three bars and all of them were manned by the best and friendliest staff you'll ever meet. Cocktails available on the all inc. and a nice draught lager, i was in heaven. At the beach, 5 mins away on the free shuttle bus which runs every half hour you'll have your own private stretch of beach and beach bar serving food and drink all day. Other hotels in Taba heights are the sofitel, marriott, hyatt regency and the new one which i can't remember the name. All these hotels are 5 star and magnificent looking buildings. Taba heights is a paradise in the middle of the desert where guests from each hotel are encouraged to visit and use the ammenities of the neighbouring hotels, which adds to the options of your dining whilst on holiday. Not to forget the championship golf course that stretches down the hill from the three corners to near the beach. Although Taba heights is a quiet and relaxing destination, if you love the sea there's plenty to do. There's the snorkelling and scuba diving with a PADI dive site and school at the beach and a full watersports programme further down the beach with red sea waterworld. Here you can do banana boats, jet ski's, para gliding and more. You can go quad biking out into the desert, through the mountains of the Sinai desert. You can book excursions to Cairo to see the pyramids by coach or plane and go and see the burning bush and lost city of Petra. You can also book to go and see the dead sea, the strangest of seas where the salt content in the water is so high you'll float, but can't stay in it for long without doing your skin damage. All in all there's plenty to do in and around Taba.
Whilst down at the beach it's a good idea to get some light reading done on the safest ways to enjoy yourself. You'll be able to pick up a little souvenir book for a few quid and identify the fish you'll see. Most of the fish that you'll see will be harmless and it seems the bigger ones are the wimpy ones and the small more daring. The first suggestion for safety would be get some beach/swim trainers. You can buy these there for around a fiver. In some places it can be very rocky going into the sea but once past the rocky bits there's beautiful sand. One tip would be go along the beach until you can see where the locals have cleared a walk way into the reefs, the bit of beach owned by sofitel is the best. You can also walk down past hyatt regency and there's a jetty where even if you don't want to get wet you can see the fish below you. When in the water you'll see so many different types of fish but you have to be aware of the dangers. On the coral itself you can get small stings but not too severe. To avoid this simply don't touch anything red. Another tip for the red sea which helps you avoid an unwanted sting is don't touch any coral. As soon as you touch it it dies, and it's local law that you aren't allowed to walk on it or pick any up. If caught removing anything from the beach or trying to get shells, bits of coral or any local jewellry back out of the country you'll be fined up to £2,000. It sounds harsh but a large piece of coral can take hundreds of years to form and in an instant could be destroyed, so you can understand why the Egyptians are so proud of the main reason they get tourism and want to protect it as without the money they would struggle much more than they already do. Other dangers are lionfish, you'll see these in al books. They are pretty looking fish but have venom spines in their dorsal fins and can give a nasty sting. If you see a lionfish just keep your distance and you should be fine. They're very distinctive so don't think you won't be able to tell them from other fish. Sharks and barracuda will be in the deeper waters and unless scuba diving, you probably won't see them. Turtles are common in the red sea, although i didn't see any in this region. The red sea is the saltiest and warmest sea in the world and home to the largest amount of different species of fish. Sea snakes can sometimes be spotted. As with any snakes in foreign countries, these can be very dangerous so if spotted back off and let them be. I spotted one off the beach in Taba heights, about 5-6 feet, quite thin and a beige and black striped colour/pattern. To this day i still don't know what type of snake it was. Dolphins are supposed to be common in the deeper waters but again, i didn't see any. Out of the sea there's not alot of movement or life as it's simply too hot. We went to Taba in may and the temp. reached 43 degrees in the sun, about 39 in the shade, and was about 27 degrees at night. In august temps can rise to about 47-50 degrees by day, 35 degrees at night. The locals who worked in and around the hotels were fantastic people, very friendly and great fun. The locals on the roadside can be letchy. Also the shop owners can be pushy and will try to get you in their shops. If you're not interested just politely say no thank you or la shukkran( no thanks ) they should leave you alone. Remember, they are just trying to make a living. The Egyptian lads working in the hotels. These lads work about 14-15 hours per day in the blistering heat 7 days per week for a month to 6 weeks then have a week or 2 weeks off to go and stay with their families. Usually they travelling to Cairo, about a 6-8 hour drive or Luxor and Aswan which are even further. They earn a mere 350 Egyptian pounds a month, £35-00 and rely heavily on tips. They do all this hard work, not knowing if they're to make enough money to provide for them and their families, but still work all those hours in the scorching sun with a smile on their faces and provide service like you'd only find elsewhere on a cruise ship.
- Pros:Beautiful scenery, fantastic hotels, fabulous marine life and the hottest of climates.
- Cons:Isolated area, not much nightlife besides hotel entertainment.
- In a nutshell:A must see destination to experience true paradise in Egypt.
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