Ras Mohammed National Park occupies one of the world's most extraordinary settings: a slender, dramatically arid peninsula at the very southernmost tip of the Sinai, rising to a dramatic promontory that looks out over some of the most gloriously rich coral reefs that you will ever see.

It is one of the best diving sites worldwide. Its sparkling stretch of beach has mangroves on its edges, The unique encampment of colorful bedouins in sight and views of the Islands of Tiran scattered through the blue sheet of Aqaba Gulf. Ras Mohamed does not contain the best corals in the world but the amount and the variety of fish and sea life that can be seen is like nowhere else in the world.

The boundaries of Ras Mohammed extend far out into the surrounding waters, and even the most casual of visitors is struck by how much of the park is dominated by the sea. Even the dry land area of the park seems a part of the marine world: in the north, large dunes are interspersed with outcroppings of Miocene limestone in which are embedded an astonishing wealth and variety of marine fossils. In fact, the dramatic promontory that marks the Sinai's southernmost tip belongs in part to the sea, as it is in fact an enormous, fossilized coral reef, left high and dry tens of thousands of years ago.

For many visitors, Ras Mohammed's most stunning scenery is found underwater, in the broad, terraced coral reefs that encircle the peninsula. Fire corals and brilliant sea fans around here, and among these lush reef corals roam a truly magnificent array of both reef and pelagic fish--over a thousand species in all.