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Ras Mohammed Marine Park

The sites have two coral islets, Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef.
Between the two is a shallow saddle at 15 m and on the inside is a lagoon. On the outside of Shark Reef is a huge vertical wall. The prevailing current at Shark Reef splits on the outside wall. Start your dive here, taking care not to be swept into the lagoon. In the summer months a vast column snapper marks this divergence of current. Spend some time amongst them. There is no greater site than the school barreling out around your bubbles and the sun shining though.
As you leave the snapper; put your right shoulder to the reef and drift southwards across the wall. Where the wall meets the saddle, the currents become complicated. In certain conditions a down current may form on the wall. At the saddle a current may sweep outwards. This is best negotiated on shallow side of the saddle. One of the striking things about this dive site is the variety of fish life. The lagoon is populated with morays, blue spotted stingrays, stonefish and scorpionfish. Two enormous napoleons cruise curiously after divers and on the plateau turtles munch on soft corals.

Out in the blue, you will see a different kind of action, pelagics. Vast schools of snapper and barracuda in the summer months along side small groups of king fish, queenfish, yellowfin tuna and big schools of batfish. Hammerheads are spotted mainly off Shark Reef or the saddle. In December and January there is a brief mating season for grey reef sharks lasting only for a few days. Outlined here, are just the regulars, but virtually every other big fish worth seeing has cruised these reefs at one time of another. The outer plateau of Yolanda Reef is scattered with soft coral boulders. Huge schools of short-nose unicornfish form along this area. As you drift along the drop off keep an eye out into the blue. In certain conditions a down current may form on the wall! A mountain may appear to rise from the depth.

On closer inspection this turns out to be an immense school of barracuda. Watch out, they are often jealously guarded by blacktip sharks. Finish your dive above the wreckage of the "Yolanda", a wreck that lay there over the seventies, but has now taken its final resting place over the drop off at 200 m. Its cargo of toilets remains on the shallow reef.
Your boat can pick you up at this point or you can use your remaining air investigating the shallow lagoon between Shark and Yolanda Reef which is populated with morays, blue-spotted stingrays, stonefish, scorpionfish and napoleons. Ras Mohammed is best as a drift dive from a boat. It can also be done from the shore. However, this is a serious option, since at some point you must return against the current to your entry and exit point at the Hidden Bay.

Please Note!: This area is the central zone to the Ras Mohammed National Park. To dive here carries an entry fee of U$ 5.00 per day. It also carries a particular responsibility for every diver to avoid impact on the reef. There is nothing more sickening to your dive guide than the sound of crunching coral. So be patient of their nagging. It is mainly due to their efforts that the reefs of the area are in such good condition.
Ras Mohammed is situated at the extreme southern part of the Sinai Peninsula. Here, where the Gulf of Aqaba meets with the Gulf of Suez the ocean floor drops down to depths of more than 1000 metres.

Here an underwater world has developed which is unique in the Red Sea. Due to the topographical position, there a strong currents throughout the whole year which are often hard to predict even for experienced divers.
However, it is exactly these currents which provide the reefs in the best possible way with the necessary nutrients. No other dive site in the northern part of the Red Sea offers as much of a variety and density of species as Ras Mohammed.

 

 

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