NAME & LOCATION
In the south of the Sanai peninsula, just 12 kilometers under Sharm El Sheikh, is the first National Marine Park of Egypt. The name Ras Mohamed means head of Mohamed and it is said that this name was given because the profile of a cliff looks like a man’s head.
The area is home to more than 1000 species of fish, 40 species of star fish, 25 species of sea urchins, more than a 100 species of mollusc and 150 species of crustaceans. Among others, sea turtles, such as the green turtle and the hawksbill turtle appear regularly in Ras Mohammad.
DIVE SITES OF THE AREA
Sites in this area are known for its deep dropping walls that can drop down to a whopping 700-800 meters, where currents play around its corners and some bigger surprised can come up for a fly by. Due to its protection Ras Mohamed is knows for awesome diving in the shallow parts, just wondering into one of the stunning lagoons. And for the teckies under us, there is loads of depth to explore.
Famous divests of this area are:
- Shark & Yolanda
- Anemone city
- Shark Observatory
- Ras Ghozlani
- Ras Zatar
- Jackfish Alley
SHARK & YOLANDA AND ANEMONE CITY
For most divers this is what Ras Mohamed is all about: Shark & Yolanda and Anemone City. Shark and Yolanda are actually 2 pinnacles next to the Satellite pinnacle sitting on a plateau of max 20 meters and dropping down to what they say is 800 meters deep. The 3 pinnacles create a stunning lagune on the inside where blue spotted stingrays relax, turtles come to eat, calamari swims just below the surface and zebra sharks like to hang around.
Usually you start the dive on the outside to enjoy a bit of a drift and getting a fair chance to see the big schools of jacks, tuna, snappers and anything big that can pop up. After the drift you will head into the laguna to enjoy the relaxing section of the dive searching for turtles, a big school of batfish, nudibranchs and calamari.
On the edge next to the Yolanda pinnacle you will find the wreckage of Yolanda where she found her final resting place in the 1970’s. Some bathtubs stacked up, toilet bowls that make for funny pictures and even the captains BMW is still there. The rest of the wreckage slowly slid down the slope and is said to be around 195 meter deep. no
To the east of Shark & Yolanda is one of the most famous dive sites known as Anemone city. A plateau that slopes out to a depth of 40+ meters and overgrown with anemones making it into a true city for the clown and anemone fish.
|DIVE SITE SPECS|
|Access:||Year round, in the winter currents and wind pick up|
|Type of diving:||Drift along deep walls and night dive from the boat.|
|Diver level:||Advanced & comfortable with currents & depth.|
|Depth:||From boat / zodiac|
WHAT TRIPS BRING YOU THERE?
These dives can be done by Liveaboard, where you combine the best dive sites in a weeks diving. The following trips offer it as part of their program: