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Ras Mohamed

Park is situated at the south tip of Sinai, famous for its breath-taking walls rich in soft and fan corals and populated with huge shoals of fish. In 1983 the Egyptian government approved the establishment of Ras Mohammed National Park. The coast is totally deserted, with no shelter, for more than a mile. The eastern coast is composed of a tall fossil coral reef that is interrupted for a few dozen meters by the only accessible beach.

A menagerie of pelagics can be seen here, including hammerheads and gigantic tuna. An ever present school of barracuda and snappers are residents of Ras Mohammed and it's a great place for scuba divers to see Napoleon wrasse.

The other side, facing the west, is much shallower and constitutes part of the plateau that surrounds Yolanda Reef. There are literally thousands of jackfish, batfish and all kinds of sting rays, giant moray eels and lyretail hogfish on the densely coralled saddle. Watch out for scorpionfish, rarely seen on the other dive sites but regularly spotted here.

Finish your dive above the wreckage of the 'Yolanda', a wreck that made this reef its final resting place in the 70's. Its cargo of British standard toilets, bath tubs and pipe tubes remain on and forever as part of the shallow reef. You can enjoy the humorous sight of so many toilets on the sea floor!

Ras Mohamed

Abu Nuhas

This great reef, also known as the "ships graveyard", emerges two miles to the north of Shedwan Island at the mouth of the Strait of Gobal. On the seabed of the surrounding area lie no fewer than seven sunken ships from different eras. It is often only possible to dive the wrecks from a zodiac due to the heavy sea swells. On the sheltered south side of the reef are two beautiful ergs known as Yellow Fish Reef which offers an excellent night dive.


The Carnatic was a splendid 90 metre long sail and engine steamer launched by P&O in 1862. Carrying a cargo of wine and "London soda water" in distinctive oval bottles, it was sailing the Indies route with a destination of Bombay. It struck the reef in 1869 and remained aground a number of hours before sinking Sha'ab Abu Nuhas’ Reef. Despite the length of time (it sank in 1869) it is remarkably intact. She lies on one side with the stern at 24 metres and the bow at 16 metres. The decking of the hull has fallen away exposing blackened support structures which are now draped in hard and soft corals. The very photogenic wreck is now home to a number of morays, large grouper and octopus.


A popular wreck is the Dunraven, a Victorian steam- and sail-ship that was carrying spices, gold and timber from India which sunk in 1876 on its way from Bombay to England. The legend says that she hit the reef after an drunken dispute involving the Captain, his wife, and the First mate, and sunk soon after near in the Gulf of Suez. Although she was stripped of her cargo by a team of archaeologists in the early eighties, the Dunraven still makes an interesting dive.

The wreck of this 72 m long English steamer lies at the southern point of Sha’ab Mahmoud, amongst the series of shallow reefs and lagoons. Her hull lies upside down at a maximum depth of 29m. Completely covered in corals, the wreck has become home to a wide variety of marine life including glass fish, morays, groupers, goatfish and napoleon.

Giannis D

The Giannis D (built in 1969), a large Greek freighter – known for its cargo of timber – hit the reef of Abu Nuhas in1983 and slowly sank over six weeks, lying at a maximum depth of 28 metres. The wreck is broken up in the centre, but the bow and stern remain intact. At the stern on the sea floor there is a point where penetration allows you to travel up towards the top of the wreck to a pocket of trapped air. You will need to leave by the same hole which you entered. At the bow you can see where the boat had been renamed, with the old name just visible under a layer of paint. Expect to see glassfish, scorpion fish, angelfish, bump head wrasse and a napoleon fish. The dive can be finished by traversing the reef, or by climbing up the mast, which rises up to only four metres below the surface.

Abu Nuhas

Umm Gammar

In translation means „Mother of the Moon“. The plateau of the reef nd the pinnacles with the cracks and tunnels are very pretty. At the end of the dive you may run into the big silver sweetlips that are normally hanging around over the plateau. Free swimming moray eels and turtles are common and if you are lucky you may meet a white tipped reef shark.

Umm Gammar

Panorama Reef

Theplateau is to 35m, the sheer drop-off 100m+ depth. The moorings are to the south west of this large oval shaped reef. One plateau lies to the northwest, and another to the southeast. One of the best wall dives in the Red Sea. On the south plateau you are practically guaranteed to see several napoleon wrasse or turtle. All plateau is covered by soft coralls. During your safety stop you should explore the huge anemon city which the south wall offers. Pelagic species like tuna visit from time to time, and other predators like big eye trevally and barracuda hunt in vast schools of fusilier.

The North plateau is one of the best drift dives what you can in Red sea have. On your left hand you will find quantum of black sweetlips, small schooling barracudas and beautiful soft coralls with spectrum of colours! The scorpion fish, spanish dancers and another interesting representatives of this sea will be for sure there if you pay attention.

Eagle rays, white tip reef shark, grey shark, silky shark and even oceanic white tips, have been spotted here. 

Big Brother reef

These are two islands that are similar in shape and different with size with a distance of about 1700 m in between them, one is big and the other is small, from this fact both of the island got their names.. Drop point about 100m is offering very often sharks. A Thresher Shark is a resident here and normally Grey Reef Sharks are circling round the plateau. At the depth of 30 up to 35 meters divers are at the middle of the Wreck Aida looking down they will see the main mast the stern holds looking up they will see the accommodation area and the entrance to the engine room looking everywhere a dense garden of soft corals. Take your time looking around and exploring and slowly make your way up to the Wreck, as the shallow part of this dive is very colorful.


Small Brother reef

At the walls of this Island everything that lives in the Red Sea is expected to be seen but Sharks are the reason for many divers to come and dive in this site specially the Hammerhead Sharks and the Big Grey Reef Sharks. Eastern wall has the biggest variety of soft corals.

Salem Express wreck

The Salem Express is a dramatic dive. Around 500 people perished here, in one of the worst marine tragedies of all times. The 100-meter ferryboat was on its way back from Mecca to Safaga after the annual Muslim pilgrimage in December 1991, when it hit the reef during a stormy night and sunk rapidly without giving the opportunity to the crew and passengers to board the lifeboats.

It is now home to a thriving underwater life, including a famous resident frogfish, blue-spotted stingrays, angel and butterfly fish. The ship itself is covered in a large quantity of hard and soft corals. It is one of the largest wrecks in the Egyptian Red Sea - roughly the same size as the Thistlegorm.

The Salem express lays at a depth of 30m, the top of the boat is at 12m.





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