Ras Mohammed is one of the most beautiful dive sites on this planet. It is about 20km from Sharm el-Sheikh in the National Park of the same name. The drive via Sharm el Sheik takes almost 2 hours. But you'll dive some of the greatest and most varied dive sites as a reward.

For divers and snorkelers, the area is a paradise. Over 220 species of coral exist in Ras Mohammed National Park, as well as 1000 species of fish, 40 species of starfish, 25 species of sea urchins, more than a 100 species of mollusks and 150 species of crustaceans. In addition to these natural wonders, many wrecks are scattered around the sea bed here from the days when strong naval presences patrolled the area, considered to be strategically important .

Diving Sites in Ras Mohamed

Ras Za’tir

Location: Ras Mohamed, across the mouth of Marsa Bareika

Access: By local or Live aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh, Na’ama bay

Conditions: Generally easy, but visibility can be poor due to Sediment

Average Depth: 20 m (65 ft)

Max. Depth: 30+ m (100+ ft)

Average Visibility: 20 m (65 ft)

The reef of this site is very crackly with fissures, some forming a small caves which can be entered there is a reasonable range of coral species, both stony and soft, and a large scale growth of Xeniid soft corals. Coral quality is generally good but suffers from silting and sand fall particularly to the north. Fish life is excellent the rich selection of red sea fishes makes the site a real attraction and more than compensates for the somewhat lackluster conditions of the coral.

Jackfish Alley

Location: Ras Mohamed, Just south of Ras Za’tir

Access: By local or live aboard boat from Sharm el sheikh, Na’ama bay or other ports

Conditions: Wind, waves and currents can be strong making the access tricky

Average Depth: 20 m (65 ft)

Max. Depth: 40+ m (130+ ft)

Average Depth: 20 m (65 ft)

This site also called fisherman’s bank or stingray alley begins on a sheer wall. The early section of the wall is very porous, with lots of small holes and crevices and boasts a couple of penetrable caves, each featuring separate exit and entrance holes. Proceeding southward, the wall gives way to sandy plateau at around 20m (65 ft), well covered with coral heads and outcrops. After widening out considerably, this plateau narrows at its southern end to form a small channel or alley. Further out from wall, a second deeper plateau can be found Coral growth is good overall and the fish population is excellent with plenty of the jacks and stingrays that give the Dite at least two of its names and all the usual reef fish.

Shark Observatory

Location: Ras Mohamed, just south of the jackfish alley

Access: By shore, or local or live aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh, Na’ama bay or other ports

Conditions: Strong currents can cause problems, especially for shore access

Average Depth: 20 m (65 ft)

Max. Depth: 40+ m (130+ ft)

Average visibility: 20 m (65 ft)

The site stretches from the foot of the observatory cliff in the north across the mouth of a shallow box-shaped inlet to the beginning of the anemone city to the south. There are two possible shore entry points, one inside the inlet and the second in the small cove at the foot of the cliff. Both can be reached by road. In the past it was possible to see sharks here just by looking down from the cliff top, but with the advent of dive tourism and its attendant boat traffic, the sharks have moved on the site is a vertical wall, sloping outward at its foot the rugged profile is most dramatic in the north section where the reef face is especially contoured, with fissures, inlets and crevices to explore. Coral growth is good with lots of Varity among both soft and stony species

Shark Reef / Yolanda Reef

Location: the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, at the south end of Ras Mohamed national park

Access: By shore, or by local or live aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh

Conditions: Very strong currents are common Average depth: 20m (65ft)

Max. Depth: 50m+ (165ft+)

Average visibility: 20m (65ft)

When divers think about Sinai they think about the shark reef and Yolanda the two twin reefs are in fact peaks of the same coral seamount rising just off the Ras Mohamed coast and separated from the mainland by a shallow channel. Shark reef, the easternmost of the two , boats a sheer wall dropping to well past 50m (165ft) along its northeast and eastern sides giving way to a steep reef slope as the reef proceeds southwest toward Yolanda. A shallow saddle lies between the two reefs at 18-20m (60-65ft) a second shallow patch lies south of Yolanda this second flat patch is the site of what remains of the Yolanda a wrecked freighter , the ship slipped into the deep in 1986 after a severe storm but a little of its cargo remains incongruously strewn across the reef.