The wide variety of sites make it appealing to most divers to visit Egypt and to dive Sharm el Sheikh. Based at the most southerly tip of the Sinai Peninsula – Sharm and its surrounding dive sites are blessed with a vast amount of nutrients, currents and stunning corals. Some species of marine life are indiginous to this area and cannot be glimpsed at any other area worldwide.
As the area is considered a major shipping channel and for centuries has been used to transport cargo between countries it is also home to a large number of wrecks. Some are too deep for recreational divers but make for excellent technical diving but some sit perfectly within the recreational diving limits. One such wreck is the world famous Thistlegorm. For experienced divers the Thistlegorm is not a dive to miss on any visit to Sharm el Sheikh. A gentler dive site and ideal for less experienced divers is the Dunraven which is just outside the bounds of Ras Mohammed National Park at Sha’ab Mahmoud.
The local sites – 45 minutes in either direction from Na’ama Bay jetty – also provide some excellent diving. The Gorgonian fans at Ras Umm Sid feature on the cover of many Sharm guides and spectacular corals and marine life found at Ras Nasrani and Ras Ghamilla are just some of the attractions to be found here. All local sites are open to even the most beginner of divers.
Straits of Tiran
Four main reefs locaated in the middle of a major shipping channel at the base of the Gulf of Aqaba. The bottleneck at the end of the Gulf acts to filter a large amount of nutrients across the reef system assuring maximum coral growth. The reef is teeming with small fishes which in turn attract larger fish which act as a magnet for larger pelagic sharks.
Popular with photographers for the vibrant colours and interesting marine life.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Recognised as home to one of the top ten dive sites worldwide, Ras Mohammed Nationl Park is a favourite with Instructors and guests alike. During the summer months large pelagics and huge schools of fish including snappers, jacks and barracuda can be found hanging in the blue in the deep waters of Shark Reef. Strong currents and deep water can make for some adrenalin pumping dives.
Included many times in the top 10 wrecks worldwide Thistlegorm remains a unique wreck steeped in history. This Steam Freighter carrying munissions and supplies to troops off the coast of Libya was hit whilst at anchor and sank early hours of the 6th October 1941. 9 men sadly lost their lives that night.
Sitting at a depth of 30m there is some easy penetration for divers. The cargo including bedford trucks, MSA motorcycles, rubber boots and water bowsers are now coral encrusted but very visible.
This 80m long British Steam Ship hit Beacon Rock on her journey back from India. Her cargo of cotton and spices caught fire before she sank and came to rest at 28m of water in March 1876. Discovered in 1979 her mystery was uncovered by local divers. She is now a popular wreck filled with marine life and home to some rather large Napoleon Wrasse. Dives end on the main reef where numerous stone fish can be found.
Exiting Sharm and driving through the mountains for approximately one hour you will reach Dahab. A small resort which also offers great kite and wind surf opportunities as it is more exposed. Diving here is very different from Sharm and is mainly conducted from the shore. The main dives are the legendary Blue Hole which is famous amongst the tec dive community and also the Canyon which is great for photography and also home to many octupi.
Positioned just 45 minutes in eithe rdirection from Na’ama bay jetty – these sites are easily accessible. Calmer conditions and generally less current provide for relaxed dives. Varying topography & marine life along this coast makes the diving experience exciting for all. Garden eels, pipe fish, stone & scorpion fish, nudibranchs, lion fish, turtles and rays are just some of the inhabitants of the area. The beauty of these reefs can be seen very shallow and many safety stops you can enjoy reefs carpeted by fusiliers.