Money & Insurance
Currencies & Banks
- The local currency here in Egypt is Egyptian pounds (LE). All major currencies can be exchanged easily in banks and exchange offices. You can also find numerous ATM machines to withdraw cash on all major credit and debit cards. Money can also be exchanged on arrival at the airport.
- Remember: Bring some cash hard currency to pay for the Visa on arrival
- Payments to Big Blue Dahab can be made in cash: EURO, Egyptian Pound, GBP Sterling or US Dollars. Also card payments are accepted with credit or debit cards, there will be a 3% Surcharge added to your final bill.
- Banks are open normally from 9am – 2pm and 5-10pm. All banks are closed during the weekend which in Egypt falls on Friday and Saturday – but ATMs are still available.
We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance before leaving home.
If you’re planning on diving and other activities make sure your policy covers these activities. Most travel insurance does cover diving, but has a limited cover to a certain depth. We advise you to check your insurance policy first and if diving is not covered, we suggest you get covered.
You can buy special diving insurance at www.padi.com or www.daneurope.org . Alternatively we do offer daily insurance cover which can be provided on the day for the small cost of 30LE per day, this is with www.indepths.org