Ras Mohammed diving review: best dive sites

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Ras Mohammed, bloom of life. Pic by Eric Burgers

20 km south of Sharm el-Sheikh is located Ras Mohammed, the first and better preserved national marine park in Egypt. Surrounded by a spectacular coral reef born 70,000 years ago, the park is characterized by vertical walls that can reach 700 meters deep and nutrient-laden currents that feed the huge variety of corals that have created a perfect habitat for marine fauna. From small colorful reef fish to large pelagic creatures, the biodiversity and exuberance of Ras Mohammed can only be described as extraordinary. More than 1,200 species of fish have been tagged in this park and 220 coral reef species make this a must on your travels north of the Red Sea… and is also important to note that you can also include visits to wrecks like the Thistlegorm and the Dunraven, very close to Ras Mohammed.

Buceo en el arrecife de Ras Mohammed

Due to its exceptional beauty and scientific importance, the Egyptian government declared Ras Mohammed protected area in 1983 with an initial area of only 97 square km. The park has been extended to 480 square km since then and is kept very well preserved both for the local defense of this national treasure an because of the awareness raised by the divers visiting this area of the Red Sea.

The diving conditions are extraordinary, with winter water temperature around 20 º C and in summer up to 27 º C. The good visibility of 50 meters and water quality allow us to assess the health of Ras Mohammed and the reef seen from the large number of pelagic creatures that visit the park: tuna, barracuda, sharks, schools of jackfish … an opportunity to be surrounded by incredible wildlife during any time of year.

RAS MOHAMMED DIVING SITES

Ras Mohammed WRECKS

SS THISTLEGORM

The Thistlegorm is one of the best known and most dived wrecks around the world, a must dive in the Red Sea. This piece of World War II history tells us, from the bottom of the reef, its tragic story exemplifying the wreckage of many of the ships that were sunk there during the war. You can still dive among the belongings of the crew or watch the cargo of bikes and trucks still there. Diving on this wreck is really shocking and unforgettable. Keep reading about diving in the SS Thistlegorm >>>

Among the remains of the Thistlegorm are several bikes & trucks

SS DUNRAVEN

The SS Dunraven is not one of the most famous wrecks of the Red Sea but it is highly interesting. You can dive through the halls and into the engine room of this steamer sunk over 130 years ago! In the Dunraven you will appreciate the healthy corals that have colonized it and the beautiful marine species that use it as a shelter like batfish and schools of hundreds of glass fish. Read more about the SS Dunraven>>

KINGSTON

The Kingston, as the SS Dunraven, is one of the «grandfathers» of the Red Sea. This steam freighter, sunk for more than a century, looks more like a natural a coral reef that has been in the same waters for thousands of years than a human creation. The stern, which is still in good condition today, is completely covered with coral and lots of colorful reef fish have claim the remains as theirs. Read more about diving in the Kingston >>>  

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The coral grows healthy in Ras Mohammed. Image by mattk1979

Ras Mohammed CORAL REEFS

SHARK REEF & YOLANDA REEF 

These two reefs are the most popular not only in Ras Mohammed but in the entire Sinai Peninsula. These contiguous reefs can be seen in just one dive and is a compendium of what is possible to see in Ras Mohammed: coral gardens, pelagic fauna and vibrant and colorful reef life. This reefs also bears a strange surprise, the remains of the Yolanda wreck spread all over the bottom of the reef: toilets, sinks and bathtubs, creating a fun underwater scene. 

RAS GHOZLANI 

Ras Ghozlani is the less dived reef in Ras Mohammed very interesting nonetheless, both due to the quality of its coral and the life within it. In this reef you can find almost all the species of Ras Mohammed corals and a huge variety of typical reef fish of the Red Sea as the Red Sea banner fish, puffer fish, clownfish or Napoleon wrasse.

RAS ZAATAR

Ras Zaatar is a steep wall decorated with colorful alcyonarians, hard corals and some of the largest gorgonian fans around the Red Sea. All is full of small reef fish between corals teeming with wildlife and features typical of Ras Mohammed as lionfish, Picasso triggerfish, emperor angelfish and clownfish. 

EEL GARDEN

Eel Garden takes its name from the beautiful sandy plateau where tens of endemic Red Sea garden eels, the Gorgasia sillneri, live. The garden is surrounded by a coral reef that keeps many typical reef species of the Red Sea. 

ANEMONE CITY

The clear, shallow waters offer in anemone City a unique dive in the world. This reef is colonized by anemones and thousands of clownfish dance in their venomous homes. A lot of wildlife is concentrated in this beautiful reef worth visiting on your next dive trip to the north of the Red Sea. 

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Thousands of clownfish have made Anemone City their home. Image by de Gagliardo 

SHARK OBSERVATORY

Shark Observatory used to be an excellent area to see reef sharks but the influx of divers have displaced them to other areas of Ras Mohammed. Before you slide down the wall, decorated with healthy gorgonians and many reef fish, you will see beautiful coral outcrops just a few inches from the surface so it is also a good opportunity for snorkeling in the Red Sea.

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