We had a trip to Shobak castle, and climbed Jebel Um Adaami with Attiyak, yet another great day, being shown a few Bedouin secrets, in addition to a cooked meal in the desert.
We did Petra of course but I have to say we thought it a bit of a rip off at 50JD per person for the day, and while I can appreciate Jordan has to capitalise on all it can, having visited twice nearly 20 years ago I am so pleased to have done so before all the commercialism.
I also brushed up courage to have a refresher dive, the last one being in 1993! I was lucky enough to dive in the Red Sea in Saudi and always have had great memories. I am pleased to say all went extremely well-the dive was around the sunken Lebanese wreck with obviously the coral and sea life thrown in.
I booked with the Red Sea Dive Centre and they were extremely professional in their approach, with safety being paramount. Abdulla who runs the show, is a marine biologist and a great guy. The charges were very reasonable, and you can hire a mask and snorkel for JD2.5 a day vs 5 at Tala bay and they are only about 5 minutes from Tala bay. If any of your future guests are interested in diving or just snorkelling I can highly recommend Red Sea Dive Centre.
When I went on my dive, they fitted Julia up with a shortie wet suit, mask, snorkel and fins and did not want to charge! Everything worked out well in the apartment. Since we did not get to see some of the sites in the north we shall be having a look at your Dead Sea apartments for the future and shall obviously use Issa who we found to be very pleasant and helpful. I shall also make contact with Saleh who wants my email and Skype addresses. All in all a great trip, many thanks and all the best for the future.