Ras Mohamed - Sharm el Sheik
Ras Mohammed lies at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsular where the northern red sea splits into the gulf of Suez to the west and the gulf of Aqaba to the east. Its unique position means it experiences strong currents which bring the nutrients which are responsible for the extraordinary richness of marine life found here. Above the water Ras Mohammed National Park is just as unique with its dunes, fossilised reefs and even a mangrove forest.
There are many sites here which offer fantastic diving but the most popular is Shark to Yolanda reef.
The dive begins with a giant stride entry from the boat at Shark reef. You find yourself on a wall which drops off to 800 meters, watch your depth! you can swim either north or south around the reef depending or the prevailing current. There is actually a very good chance of seeing sharks here, especially in the summer months. Even if there are no sharks on your visit the life here is amazingly abundant with large schools of Barracuda, Jackfish, Batfish and Snapper.
Coming round Shark reef you head over the shallow lagoon towards Yolanda reef. Common sittings here are giant Morays, Turtles, massive Napoleon wrasse (2 meters or more) and varieties of Ray.
Yolanda reef is named after the wreck of the Yolanda, a Greek cargo vessel that sank in 1985. The main body of the wreck dropped into the depths a few years later (it has recently been re-discovered by a British Tec diving team at around 160 meters). What remains is the ships cargo of toilets and bathtubs which add a surreal feel to this site. The corals here are stunning and amazingly colourful, these, combined with the richness of fish life makes Shark to Yolanda many peoples favourite dive site.
You surface at the back of Yolanda reef where the boat will be waiting to pick you up.
Ras Mohammed is either done in combination with the Thistlegorm or as a day trip in its own right.