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Diving Sites- Sharm El Shiekh





Strait of Tiran
The Strait of Tiran lies at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba and is edged by the west coast of the Sinai on one side and the island of Tiran on the other. In between are the coral reefs of Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas and Gordon - all named after the 19th Century British cartographers that were the first to map the area. Strong currents characterize this area and with it they bring large quantities of plankton and other nutrients. This provides food for the corals which brings in the reef fish which in turn are eaten by the large pelagic such as barracuda, trevally, tuna and of course sharks - all of which makes great diving.  
Ras Nasrani
Lying 11 kilometers north of Na'ama Bay and just south of Tiran, Ras Nasrani varies between a moderate to steep slope. The steepest part is to be found just south of the corner and then it flattens out into a spectacular coral plateau. Here at about 10 meters is a perfect example of a red anemone after which you discover large gorgonians, and massive coral heads. Fish life is in abundance with morays hiding in crevices, fusiliers and barracuda schooling off the reef and electric rays skirting around the sand.  
Ras Mohammed
At the southern most tip if the Sinai, Ras Mohammed is probably the most famous dive site in the region. Because of its geographical position the district is distinguished by massive currents and is famous for its profusion of marine life. Of the various dive sites in the area, Shark and Yolanda reefs are the most popular. On Shark Reef the sheer wall drops over 800 meters in to the abyss. Keeping the wall to your right you will reach the saddle connecting Shark to Yolanda reef named after a Cypriot ship that ran aground here in 1980. The ship latter disappeared in to the blue leaving behind its cargo of bathtubs, wallpaper and household toilets! The best time to visit is in the summer months when the massive schools of barracuda, snapper, unicorn fish and batfish makes it a spectacular dive, never to be forgotten. Dunraven and Beacon Rock Built by Mitchell & Company of Newcastle, the Dunraven was officially described as an "Iron Screw Steamer - Planked" and launched in December 1873. Three years later she became the wreck 7 kilometers from Ras Mohammed at the southern tip of Sha'ab

Shark Bay Also known as Shark's Bay or Beit al-Irsh, this low-key resort camp is about 5 km north of Na'ama Bay. Located on a pebbly beach from which you can walk in to some quite good snorkeling, it is particularly popular with Germans and Israelis, most of whom dive a nearby 15 to 20m deep canyon with the Embark dive club there. Unfortunately, the solitary bliss of this place has been spoilt a bit thanks to the new Pyramiza Hotel being built right.

Shark Reef This is the most popular site in the Ras Mohammed region, thanks to the luxuriance of its marine life, its unusual reef structure, its permanent network of moorings, and its easy accessibility for dive boats. The site comprises two huge patch reefs spiraling up to the water surface from the sheer

face of the massive wall which joins Ras Za'atir in the north to Ras Mohammed. Together, these pinnacles define a type of shallow lagoon with averagedepths of 8-10m (26-33 feet). The northern patch reef, which lies perpendicular to the current, is the more interesting of the two. Shaabrhur Umm Gammar: South of the Island, this reef offers superb wall diving with possibilities of encountering reef sharks and sizeable groupers. Small wreckage.  

The Gardens Just north of Na'ama Bay, the bay bordering Na'ama Bay to the north is probably the oldest diving region in the area. Because of its proximity to Na'ama, diving began here, in The Gardens, long before the hotels, commercial dive centers and live-aboard first appeared. It is perhaps natural

that the nearest corner to Na'ama became known as Near  Garden and the furthest, Far Garden. Near Garden had the edge as far as popularity was concerned. A gentle slope curves down to depths of 20 m (66 feet), then falls off more steeply to depths of 50m (164 feet). Coral outcrops cluster around the large sand patch towards the middle of the slope. This is an excellent spot for night dives, as you will no doubt discover. The central region of the bay, Middle Garden, is a moderate slope reaching depths of 25 m (82 feet). Your preferred dive route takes you between the six largest coral formations which stand out against the background of many smaller ones. The Far Garden features a narrow slope which becomes a wall just beyond the corner of the reef at depths of about 15 m (49 feet). Five imposing patch reefs are arranged in something approximating a straight line in the upper section of the slope. At the base of the slope at a depth .  

The Temple One of the oldest and most famous diving sites in the area, lies in the middle of the bay. Countless divers have performed their check-out dives here before setting out on their trips. Conditions are very appropriate for this purpose: seas are calm, depths are not particularly great, and visibility is good. The  

Temple is a massive rock cracked along its length on one of its sides, and surrounded by other smaller coral and rock formations. The top of this boulder reaches sea level. The large local fish population seems undeterred by the volume of divers who throng to this site. A friendly Napoleon wrasse is often found among them.
 



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