Dive Sites

Sharm El Sheikh is one of the oldest and most famous diving destinations in the world.  Located in the adjacent area are over 35 amazing dive sites with underwater topography ranging from gentle bays with gorgeous coral gardens to fabulous wall dives and submerged reefs.  All of the dive sites are with easy reach by boat, seldom much more than an hour’s boat ride from of one of the three jetties which we use in Sharm El Sheikh.

The dive sites are split into three main areas with the Straits of Tiran in the north, Local dive sites fringing the coast and the world famous Ras Mohammed National Park.  Below you will find a map of the dive sites and a short description of the main features of each site.
Ras Mohammed National Park Overview:

On the very tip of the Sinai, where the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez  meet with the main body of the Red Sea, there is a high cliff wall. It is on this cliff that it is said you can see the outline of the Prophet Mohammed’s face looking south over the Red Sea. This is where the Sinai’s oldest National Park takes its name. Established in 1983 the Park covers all of the land starting from the tip of the Sinai all the way north to Sharm el Sheikhs main port, and all the waters along the coastline. There are several dive sites in the Park, which vary from steep wall dives and fast currents, to mild drift dives past fabulous coral pinnacles and gardens.

Dive sites in Ras Mohammed:
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The Straits of Tiran Overview

The eastern arm of the Red Sea, which separates the Sinai from Saudi Arabia, is known as the Gulf of Aqaba. It is a huge rift in the sea floor that plunges down thousands of meters into the deep. At the mouth of the gulf is Tiran Island, and it is between Tiran Island and the Sinai that the Straits of Tiran are located. The Straits consist of four reefs named Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse and Jackson after the British Cartographers that first mapped the area.

These four reefs rise up from the deep all the way to the surface, and are swept daily by fierce currents that occur as the waters from the Gulf flow back and forth through the narrow channel. It is these currents that bring nutrients to corals of the four reefs, and it is the abundance of reef fish that bring in the pelagic fish such as Snappers, Tuna and Barracuda, and the Sharks. White-tip, Grey Reef, Silver-tip, Leopard, Thresher, Tiger and schooling Hammerhead sharks can be found cruising around the walls and across the beautiful deep water coral gardens of these reefs.

Dive Sites in the Straits of Tiran

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Local Dive Sites

The Dive Sites along the coastline between the Straits of Tiran and the Ras Mohammed National Park are known as local dive sites.  There are 18 different sites which vary in topography, marine life, current strength, and difficulty. Most of the local sites are considered easy, as they are either located in sheltered bays or relatively sheltered headlands.  These sites are generally less prone to strong currents and surface swells and usually offer more leisurely dives and provide the perfect opportunity for photography, spotting unusual nudibranchs and relaxing between dives with a bit of snorkelling on the shallow reef walls.
During certain months of the year, local sites become the centre of attention when they are frequented by Mantas and Whalesharks, at other times large groups of fish gather to take shelter from the rougher seas further off the reefs and the varied topography of each site provides plenty of interest for divers of all levels.