Yolanda Reef and Wreck
Shark and Yolanda reef has a small wall coming from the surface that forms a plateau from 12 to 20m. Many small pinnacles with colourful soft corals and abundant marine life can be found on the plateau.
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Suited for all levels of diver, this giant 175m long cargo ship ranges from the surface to 21m.
Wrecked in 1996 after hitting the mainland reef whilst traveling up the Straits of Tiran with a cargo of phosphates. Starting at a huge crane taken over by soft corals and glass fish, divers then multilevel their way around this wreck now home to many Nudibranch species, schools of snapper, Unicorn fish and Batfish.
A drift dive around the outer wall of the South Laguna of Tiran island from either the Laguna entrance to the green beacon or vice versa depending on the current. Schools of butterfly fish gather along the hard coral wall with stunning glassfish pinnacles adorned with Gorgonian fan corals lining the plateau. This is a dive for all levels that is rich in marine life with the chance to spot larger pelagic species cruising along in the current.
Ras Nasrani dive site in Sharm El Sheikh has a wall that reaches to about 50m, and an interesting coral plateau.
The wall has small pinnacles and crevices where divers may spot Giant Morays and Puffer Fish. One of the interesting spots of this dive site is the shallow area where divers can practice buoyancy by swimming through hula hoops. A Red Anemone can be found in the coral garden at about 18m, bright red at depth. The coral garden ranges from 5 to 14m with soft coral, Gorgonian Fans and Porite Coral formations.
Ras Ghamila dive site in Sharm El Sheikh is a long plateau covered with table corals and soft corals. This is one of the most beautiful dives in Sharm El Sheikh.
This dive is usually done as an optional third dive after two morning dives in the Straits of Tiran. Under the table corals divers may see Crocodile Fish, Blue Spotted Sting Rays and Groupers hiding. Strong currents are often present, making drift dives in this area very exciting! At the corner of the dive site schools of black Snappers are quite common. Expect to see Cornet Fish stalking their prey by hiding behind larger fish.
Gordon Reef, Red Sea, is a famous dive site in Sharm El Sheikh and worldwide for the stranded wreck Louilla. This is the largest reef in diameter of all the reefs in the Straits of Tiran.
There is a shallow sandy area close to the reef with Blue Spotted Sting Rays, Cornet Fish, schooling Goat Fish and baby Napoleons. Next to this spot is a plateau of hard coral with schools of reef fish, such as Banner Fish, Butterfly Fish and Parrot Fish. The plateau ends in a drop off where divers may spot magnificent creatures, such as Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Potato Groupers and often White Tip Sharks passing by.
Thomas Reef is the most colourful reef in the Straits of Tiran.
Dives are usually made on the eastern side of the reef where the water is calmer. When conditions are good and if air consumption permits, it is possible to circumnavigate the reef. The reef reaches from 0.5 to 28m where it forms a plateau. There is a row of Gorgonian Fans that house Long Nose Hawk Fish, different species of Nudibranchs and Pipe Fish. Near this spectacular site is a small soft coral garden. Here divers have a good chance of seeing Turtles having lunch. On the wall itself you find small pinnacles encrusted with coral and with lots of Anthias. Looking away from the reef divers may see Unicorn Fish, Redtooth Trigger Fish, and schools of Jacks and Trevallies.
Woodhouse reef is the longest reef in the Straits of Tiran, Sharm El Sheikh.
The highlight of this reef is a wall that starts from the surface, reaching about 45m. Here divers find crevices with resident Giant Morays, as well as Groupers and Puffer Fish. Near the wall are pinnacles where divers might find Nudibranchs and Pipe Fish. Giant Barracudas and Jacks cruise past in the blue away from the reef.
Shark Reef is one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.
The wall here reaches down to 800m. The currents from the Gulf of Aqaba blend with currents from the Gulf of Suez, bringing lots of nutrients. This phenomenon creates the perfect conditions for a rich variety of corals to thrive. You see Acroporas, Brain Coral, Fire Coral, Brocoli Coral and Pulsing Polyp Coral among many others here. Huge schools of Snappers, Bat Fish, Barracudas, Unicorn Fish and Jack Fish hover by the steep wall of the reef.
White Knight dive site in Sharm El Sheikh - a canyon is the highlight of this dive site. It extends from 5 to 50m.The canyon offers a beautiful underwater landscape, its walls covered in hard coral, and with small passages leading to the main reef. On the reef you find small pinnacles that are home to anemones with Clown Fish, as well as Nudibranchs and Pipe Fish. There is an eel garden at 10m.
This huge coral shelf protruding from the reef wall is the home to a city of great anemones hosted by Red Sea clown fish and twin spot damsels. A drift dive starting at the northern end of the plateau, this site is often combined with the Shark & Yolanda dive as Shark reef is less than 100m away. A metal post at 15m in the center of the plateau has been taken over by soft and hard corals and makes for an interesting feature.
Suited to most dive levels though the current here can be strong.
Eel Garden dive site in Sharm El Sheikh features an endemic species of garden eels and is a full drift dive over a large, triangular sandy plateau that reaches depths of up to 50m. Completed as a full drift dive, keeping the reef wall on their right shoulder, divers can expect to see swathes of these meter long eels retreating into the sand in a huge Mexican wave as they swim by. Other interesting species to look out for are sand divers and juvenile razor blennies.
The wall in Ras Zaatar descends to about 45m. This dive is a must in the Ras Mohammed National Park.
There are overhangs on the wall where divers may find Potato Groupers resting, and pinnacles covered with purple, pink and green soft coral serving as homes for Nudibranchs and Pipe Fish. At 22m you see a pinnacle with a Table Coral, surrounded by Glass Fish. If divers get really close to the cavities of this pinnacle they can see Boxer Shrimps and Cleaner Shrimps having a feast. Light penetrates parts of the wall, giving the impression of a cathedral. Juvenile fish can be spotted on the plateau at the corner of the reef.
Jackson Reef, Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh, here you will see the best coral garden in Sharm El Sheikh.
The site is one of the best and most famous in the Red Sea. It has an amazing underwater landscape. The most dived part of the reef is the southern end due to its calm waters. At 27m lies a Red Anemone, which, in spite of the depth, is bright red. The coral garden is at the western corner of the reef, between 5 and 12m. It resembles a big aquarium, with schools of Black Snappers, Red Tooth Triggerfish and Cornet Fish. The northern part of the reef is dived when the sea is calm, usually in the summer. This dive is done in blue water, to search for a school of Scalloped Hammerheads! On this side you find the wreck of Lara at a depth of between 45 and 120m. The Lara is great for Tec divers.
Ras Bob dive site in Sharm El Sheikh offers swim throughs and narrow caves.
A wall descends from the surface to about 16m, encrusted with corals. The swim throughs and caves are hidden in this wall. There is a Table Coral which houses a school of Glass Fish. Sloping down from the wall is a sandy area with a vast eel garden.
Sharks Bay is a shore dive for all levels of divers and a great training site. Keeping reef on your left shoulder a coral plateau stating at 5 m and dropping off at around 20m awaits. Napoleon wrasse, eagle rays, giant grouper and octopus are common sightings here along with some stunning glassfish pinnacles along the drop off. To the right is a deep canyon where tec diving is popular as it drops away to more than 100m.
Kormoran wreck, Straits of Tiran, Sharm El Sheikh, is a perfect dive site for all diving levels and only possible on a very calm day due to it's location and shallow depth.
The wreck sits parallel to the North Laguna reef wall after navigational error in the mid 80' s caused the 82m long, 12m wide vessel to run aground.
Now festooned with the most incredible array of table corals and home to a large number of surgeon fish. This wreck offers a stunning winch, 6 cylinder engine and propeller all within a 12m depth range.
Paradise dive site in Sharm El Sheikh has a beautiful sloping coral garden plateau that ranges from 10m - 25m at the drop off. Divers can drift keeping the reef on their left shoulders and enjoy a variety of hard coral species like Porites and Acropora and a range of unusually shaped pinnacles packed with soft corals and Gorgonian sea fans. Popular with stingrays, turtles and moray eels and all the usual Red Sea suspects, this is a dive that has something for everyone.
Dunraven is a popular wreck in the Red Sea.
She was carrying spices, cotton and timber from India when she hit the reef in 1876, caught fire and sank.
The wreck lies upside down at 30m and resembles a large cave. Inside divers can find schools of Yellow Goat Fish, and Giant Morays. The hull is encrusted with corals and full of marine life, such as Nudibranchs, Pipe Fish and the very rare Ghost Pipe Fish.
Marsa Bareika is a huge natural bay area in the Ras Mohamed national park with a choice of several fixed mooring points located along its shoreline to dive from. The site can be dived in several ways with the most popular plan being made around a beautiful canyon located at the Northern end of the bay.
The dive begins in a shallow sandy bowl that is a macro lover’s delight. Sand divers, razor, blennies, Nudibranch and sea moths can be found hiding out here as well as eagle rays and groups of spiraling wide-mouthed mackerel. The entrance to the open canyon at 10m is patrolled by lionfish and packed with glassfish. As you enter, the canyon opens into a series of staggered steps at 12m,18m and 25m with the open water beyond creating a beautiful backdrop. Once you have explored the canyon, you keep the reef on your right shoulder and multilevel your dive from there over a shallow sandy plateau packed with coral pinnacles. This site is great for spotting octopus, moray eels and scorpion fish. It is famed for pelagic sightings like whale sharks and sailfish in the summer that give way to groups of dolphins stingrays during the winter. It is a dive which enjoys great conditions throughout the year that divers of all levels will enjoy.
Ideal spot for learning to dive in the Red Sea. Offers calm conditions due to its location in a bay.
Ras Katy has a main pinnacle, 30m from the main reef, which goes from the surface to 18m. And a drop off nearby descends to 70m. Divers can find schools of Fusiliers, Clown Fish, Pipe Fish and large Napoleons around this pinnacle. The hard coral here is in good condition, especially the Fire Coral.
Temple has a large pinnacle, far from the main reef, that reaches up to the surface. Divers may find Giant Morays, Blue Spotted Sting Rays, large groups of Lion Fish, and Scorpion Fish on the pinnacle. The site also boasts colourful corals in many shapes and Gorgonian Fans.
Ras Umm Sid dive site in Sharm El Sheikh offers abundant marine life, including schools of Barracudas are characteristics of this dive site.
The site has a wall reaching from the surface to 18m, forming a plateau that extends for about 50m to the drop off. On the plateau divers find pinnacles with Scorpion Fish camouflaged in the coral and Bat Fish hovering. Blue Spotted Sting Rays are found resting on the sandy area. The highlight of this dive is a column of Gorgonian Fans that reaches from 14 to 28m. At the far corner of the dive site, where currents meet, divers may spot schools of Snappers, Barracudas and large Napoleons. On the other side you find one of the most amazing coral gardens in Sharm El Sheikh. It has small pinnacle formations with soft coral and abundant marine life. You find small creatures such as Nudibranchs, and Devil Scorpion Fish. here
Turtle Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, is a drift that is suited to all levels of divers. With a current check required to determine the starting point it is a beautiful dive across a sandy plateau with large coral pinnacle formations covered in glass fish positioned throughout. A great site for spotting larger species of sting rays resting on the sand and turtles munching on soft corals along the plateau. Depth range from 10m- 26m making it a site where the group can spread out and explore.
Amphoras dive site is a full drift dive suited to all levels of divers. The namesake comes from a 17th century Turkish cargo ship that wrecked, leaving behind it’s anchor and remains of the amphora pots cargo it was carrying. A sandy plateau full of beautiful hard and soft coral pinnacles. A great observation point for eagle rays, turtles and larger pelagic species swimming along the drop off.
Pinky's Wall dive site in Sharm El Sheikh is a dramatic and undulating wall that reaches depths of 180m, a site packed with chimneys and overhangs and a great observation point for anything cruising around in the blue. It is best done as a morning/mid morning dive when the light conditions are most favorable. A full drift dive suitable for all diver levels.
At Tower dive site, Sharm El Sheikh, a wide canyon extends from the surface to beyond 100 m. A must do dive in Sharm El Sheikh.
Inside the canyon at about 14m is a shelter for Potato Groupers and sometimes divers may see White Tip Reef Sharks sleeping there. Following the canyon you get to a slope with tall pinnacles, some almost reaching the surface. The pinnacles are encrusted with coral and are home to Lion Fish, Nudibranchs and Peppered Morays. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays are spotted on this site.
Near Garden is a 15min boat ride north from Naama bay jetty. Usually done as a drift, divers enter the water on a steep wall lined with coral pinnacles that are packed with glassfish, anemones, shrimps, soft corals and cleaning stations. Most of the pinnacles have huge gorgonian sea fans reaching outwards to the drop off making the most if the regular current flowing North. The wall gives way to a beautiful sloping coral garden that is home to morays, stingrays, hawksbill turtles and the occasional white tip reef shark. A stunning site suited to all levels of divers.
There is a great variety of marine life in this area and it is a channel for big creatures such as white tip reef sharks, Manta Rays and Whale Sharks.
Middle Garden has a shallow hard coral wall that plateaus out at a depth of around 10m. The corals give way to a 20m wide sandy road that runs parallel with the coastline. The sandy road is fringed with larger hard boulder coral that ends in a garden of hard coral that slopes down to about 70m at the drop off. Usually planned as a fixed mooring dive, Middle garden is a site to look out for a variety of stingrays relaxing on the sand, schools of milkfish patrolling the shallow waters, nesting trigger fish, moray eels and groups of goatfish, banner and butterfly fish scattered along the hard coral wall. Perfect for all levels of divers.
There is a great variety of marine life in this area and it is a channel for big creatures such as Manta Rays and Whale Sharks.