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Sinai Dive Sites

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The Red Sea offers some of the finest diving and snorkeling in the world, accessible to most travelers. It's also a good place to learn open-water diving and gain a PADI or CMAS certificate, entitling you to dive anywhere in the world.


Amphoras

Between Ras Umm Sidd and Na'ama Bay, the site is also known as "Mertury".

Blue Hole

Eight kilometres north of Dahab. The challenge of this 8O-metre-deep hole in the reef is to swim through a passage 60 metres down.

Canyon

Near the Blue Hole. A narrow reef crack, 5Orn deep, which is only for experienced divers.

EI-Gharkana

A luxuriant reef, offshore from mangroves and lagoons with rare waterfowl and flora. Part of the Nabeq protected area.

EI-Muqeibila

25 kilometres south of Taba. A lovely diving beach stretching 15km from Mersa el-Muqeibila to Ras el-Burqa, often within walking distance of the main road.

Fjord

10 kilometres south of Taba. A picturesque cleft with underwater reefs, overlooked by the Salima motel and restaurant.

Gordon Reef

Off the coast of Ras Nasrani, in the shipwreck-littered Tiran Strait. Sharks and strong currents. Popular with experienced divers; not for beginners.

Jackson Reef

A much larger reef between Tiran Island and the mainland, with a 70-metre drop-off, sharks and pelagic fish, and the shipwreck Lara. Strong currents; dangerous for beginners.

Maagana Beach

5-10 kilometres north of Tarabeen. The reef falls sheer around the "Devil's Head" to the north, getting shallower and less impressive further south.

Near, Middle and Far Gardens

1-5 kilometres north of Na'ama Bay. A series of lovely coral reefs, for easy diving and snorkeling. The Near Gardens are within walking distance of Na'ama.

Pharaoh's Island Near Taba

Superb underwater scenery and strong currents; a diving guide is recommended. Israelis call it "Coral Island". Easy access by boat.

Ras Abu Galum

50 kilometres south of Nuweiba. A protected area with a deep virgin reef wall and great fish. Access by 4WD or boat.

Ras Atantur

Between Dahab and Sharm el-Sheikh. Colourful, abundant reef, with a shipwreck the Maria Schroeder – 10 kilometres further south. Access by 4WD.

Ras el-Mamleh

20 kilometres south of Nuweiba. Another slab of virgin reef wall on the northern edge of the Ras Abu Galum. Protected Area. Access by 4WD or boat.

Ras Mohammed National Park

25 kilometres southwest of Sharm el-Sheikh. Wonderful corals, mangrove lagoons, anemone gardens and crevice pools, with shark reefs offshore. The wrecks of the Dunraven and the Thistlegorm lie further out towards EI-Tor.

Ras Nasrani

Sheer reef wall riddled with shark caves; the light and the point are notable spots. Beware of sharks and strong currents. Not for inexperienced divers.

Ras Umm Sidd

Within walking distance of Sharm el-Sheikh. Exquisite fan corals and fish. Up the coast towards Na'ama are other popular sites like Turtle Bay, Amphoras, and the Tower.

Shark Bay

Colourful reef just off the beach of a small resort, 10 kilometres north of Na'ama Bay. Good for novices and experienced divers alike; snorkellers too.

Southern Oasis

Gently sloping reef to the south of Dahab City. Easy diving and snorkelling.

Sun Pool

10-15 kilometres from Taba. A gorgeous diving beach extending as far north as the Fjord.

The Tower South of Na'ama Bay

Sheer reef pillar dropping 60 metres. Easy access from the beach and mild currents; good for novice divers.

Tiran Island Protected Area

An archipelago with over 20 dive sites, all amazing. Sharks and strong currents; only for experienced divers unless explicitly stated otherwise.

Turtle Bay

Between Ras Umm Sidd and Amphoras. Shallow bay with turtles, easy to enjoy. Access by boat.

Dangers of the Deep

Considering all the dangerous creatures, its remarkable that care is taken to avoid all danger posed by sharp coral, poisonous species like spiny scorpion fish, wildly coloured turkey fish and dragonfish.

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Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011

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