Saturday, April 27, 2019

Nuweiba Egypt Travel Notes

Nuweiba is a very quiet place to get some rest and see some of the beauty of the region.

OREINTATION

•Nuweiba, Egypt, is a small town on the eastern side of the Sinai Peninsula.
•We reached Nuweiba by bus from Dahab.  The East Delta Bus cost us 45 LE and took about an hour to arrive from Dahab.
•The bus put us near the ferry dock, close enough to walk if we were going to Jordan.  We were just going to Nuweiba to visit.
•You can take GoBus to/from Cairo.

First Impressions:
•We had a room reserved at "Sina Star Camp" which is located closer to Qism Nuweiba (Qism Noweibaa), which is a separate part of the town.  A taxi is required to get here and there were none when we arrived.
•The town is very quiet and seems "off the beaten path."
•This is not Dahab, there are no beach boardwalks and very few shops.

•We visited during Holy Week, but otherwise, are told this place is very quiet and desolate other times of the year.
•Most of the tourists here are from Israel.

Sina Star Camp
•Food is REDICULOUSLY expensive.  We were charged close to $30 for 2 plates of rice and vegetables and a small pizza, which we thought was insane.
•The huts are alright.  We stayed close to the water.  The fleas are not so nice.

Ciao Hotel
•More of a "mini-resort" that is undergoing renovation.
•Very relaxing, friendly staff, very nice pool.
•Would stay here again and recommend.

Restaurants
•There are two restaurants close by.  A Korean restaurant, which we loved, and an Italian place, which we did not try due to liking the Korean place so much.
•The Korean restaurant is far, far cheaper than Sina Star Camp.  You'll pay 75 LE - 100 LE for an average plate.
•There is also a small supermarket close by.  The food is average Egyptian style "junk food" that roadside stalls sell.  The price for a liter of water is 20 LE here instead of 5 LE in Dahab, for comparison purposes.

Go to Nuweiba if:
•You like peace and quiet
•Want to be more off the beaten path
•Don't mind paying more for food
•Want to see the stars
•Don't feel a need to party
•Want to enjoy the sea
•Are content with camping 
•Want to see what authentic Egyptian life is like.

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