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Ras Mohamed Dive Sites

Ras Mohamed Dive Sites

Ras Mohammed is the National Park of South Sinai and located on the very tip of the Sinai Penninsula, it probably represents some of the most famous dive sites in the Red Sea. 800 metre deep reef walls and pounding current on one hand, and on the other, some of the most beautiful coral gardens you can imagine. The seas around the point are very rich in plankton and other foods giving tremendous growth of stony and soft corals which in turn attracts large schools of reef and pelagic fish. The easy food source in turn attracts barracuda, jackfish, tuna and shark.


Eel Garden Dive Site

Eel Garden is situated in front of a small beach south of Jackfish Alley and is accessible by land or boat. Eel Garden is rather well sheltered from the currents, but since it is exposed to prevailing winds and waves, you must pay attention to the condition of the sea, especially if you are diving from the shore. The middle section of the plateau is populated by a lovely colony of Garden eels (Gorgasia sillneri). This species, which belongs to the Eterongridae family, is endemic and is sometimes more than 80 centimeters long. The eels emerge from the sand for about two-thirds of their length, swaying in the current in search for their favourite food, plankton. Their lairs, which they never abandon, are cylindrical holes dug out of the sand, the grains of which are held together by a special secretion from a gland near the eels'tail.
Skill level: Open Water Divers- Advanced Scuba Divers
Access: Access by boat
Scenery: 2 stars
Fauna: 2 stars
GPS: 27°57.809 N - 34°24.938 E

Ras Ghozlani

Ras Ghozlani dive site is gentle but stunning drift dive. Drop down onto a gentle sloping plateau dropping off at around 18 meters. Some very impressive table corals awash with orange clouds of Anthias. Jacks and barracuda hunt here amongst the schools of blue fusiliers. Home to many sea turtles and occasional manta rays. Dive can be taken on the outside with the current running mainly from North to South or from the other side of the headland, inside Marsa Braika with the current running from west to east. Ras Ghozlani Coral Gardens on a sloop from 22 - 32 metters is a drift dive north to south or south to north deppending on the current. There are lots of gorgonias, with lots of macro life around them. lots of colurfull soft corals, might be a sting ray at the reefs egd. It is better to dive late afternoon.
Skill level: Open Water Diver - Advanced Scuba Divers
Access: Access by boat
Scenery: 3 stars
Fauna: 2 stars
GPS: 27°47.527 N - 34°15.752 E

Shark Observatory

In spite of its name Shark Observatory is not noted for sharks. Beneath the surface the towering cliffs continue at much the same angle to eventually fade into the deep blue. The dive really defines the term ‘blue water’. The steep wall is covered in multi colored soft corals. In the shallow water are numerous caves which are home to sweeping glassfish and the rays of sunlight breaking through the cave roof is a fantastic site. There are some very impressive overhangs on this reef wall and huge gorgonian fan corals.
Skill level: Open Water Diver - Advanced Scuba Divers
Access: Access by boat - Access by shore
Scenery: 3 stars
Fauna: 2 stars
GPS: 27°44.005' N - 34°15.605 E

Jack Fish Alley

Jack Fish Alley dive site is also known as Fisherman's Bank with Stingray Alley. It is named after the fact that there is an abundance of jackfish here. The northern end of the site features a downward sloping wall with lots of interesting things to see as the wall is porous and houses many life forms. There are also a number of caves with different entrance and exit points. Towards the south, lies a sandy coral-covered plateau moving with life and one of Ras Mohammed’s most photographed coral pinnacles swirling with glassfish, every photographers dream. Further south, the plateau narrows into an "alley" where white tip sharks can often be found late afternoon snoozing on the sandy plateau.
Skill level: Open Water Diver - Advanced Scuba Divers
Access: Access by boat
Scenery: 3 stars
Fauna: 2 stars
GPS: 27°46.000' N - 34°15.400' E
Coral Reef In Ras Mohamed, just south of Sharm el Sheikh of Sinai Peninsula

Ras Zaatar

Descending to 30 meters against the steep reef wall you will see spectacular gorgonian fan corals in huge overhangs and colonies of black coral. Lots of caves and gullies, home to resting sharks. The headland is by far the best bit of the dive, home to a spectacular Red Anemone at about 20 meters. A contrast between multicolored corals against a back drop of deep blue. Around the corner heading into Marsa Breaika the wall gives way to a sandy slope scattered with many coral pinnacles that create a coral garden home to many glassfish, lionfish and some large Malabar groupers.
Skill level: Advanced Scuba Divers
Access: Access by boat
Scenery: 2 stars
Fauna: 2 stars
GPS: 27°45.860' N - 34°15.364 E

Shark Reef and Yolanda Dive Site

Two emerging reefs which rise from a sandy seabed some 20-30 meters deep are the most distinctive features of this world famous dive site. Starting your dive on shark reef wall which is covered in multi colored soft corals, shoals of barracuda hang out in the strong currents at 30 meters. Following the wall you will pass hundreds of Grey snapper. A shoulder at 14 – 30 meters joins Shark to Yolanda you will see schools of bat fish.

Keep your eyes out to the blue for the big pelagic fish that swim by on a regular basis. The dive changes from a deep wall to a sandy plateau with lots of sightings of moray eels, stonefish, scorpion fish, napoleon wrasse as well as a stunning coral garden. The mast of the wreckage of the Yolanda marks the corner of Yolanda reef and as you move around the corner onto the sandy plateau you are greeted with the site of hundreds of British Standard toilets and bath tubs, the cargo of the wreck of Yolanda and probably the most photographed toilets in the world!
Skill level: Advanced Scuba Divers
Access: Access by boat
Scenery: 2 stars
Fauna: 3 stars
GPS: 27°43.300' N - 34°15.000' E

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Last Updated on Thursday 16th December 2010