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Technical Diving Sites

dive sites sharm el sheikh
dive sites sharm el sheikh

The Sinai peninsula offers some of the world’s most famous dive sites. Nearly all are suitable for technical diving, and some sites are especially interesting for long and deep dives.

The three main areas described below contain these tech dive highlights. All are accessible by daily dive boat from Sharm el Sheikh.

Ras Mohamed Diving Area

The Ras Mohammed area separates the Gulf of Aqaba from the Gulf of Suez. Currents transport food for large schools of reef and pelagic fish. Steep walls and drop offs are ideal for tech training and guided technical dives.

From June to September you can expect to decompress in the company of schooling snappers, batfish and jackfish.

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SS Thistlegorm

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Jackfish Alley

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Shark Observatory

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Anemone City

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Ras Za'atar

Straits of Tiran Diving Area

The Straits of Tiran in the Gulf of Aqaba is famous for its 4 isolated reefs that rise from the ocean floor. Jackson, Thomas, Woodhouse and Gordon reefs are excellent dive sites.

Of these, Jackson and Thomas Reefs are particularly interesting for tech divers. Deep water funnels through the saddles that join the reefs together. You will enjoy the rich pelagic life and unusual coral formations.

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Jackson Reef

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Thomas Reef

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    The world famous wreck SS Thistlegorm was sunk in 1941 in the Gulf of Suez.
    She was loaded with a cargo of armoured Bren-Gun carriers, BSA motorcycles, jeeps, trucks, rolling stock, aeroplane parts, stacks of rifles, radio equipment, munitions, and a plentiful supply of Wellington boots.
    The Thistlegorm is a heaven for wreck enthusiasts, but is also one of the most underrated fish dives in the area, attracting schooling Barracuda and providing a hunting ground for giant Tuna and Snapper.

    Diving Area:

    Sha'ab Ali Area
    Jackfish Alley is one of the most exciting dive sites in Ras Mohammed.
    It offers divers three highlights: a wall, a coral garden and a satellite reef.
    The sheer wall is very porous with lots of small crevices. It has a couple of penetrable caves, each with separate entrances and exits. The wall becomes a sandy plateau where divers may find Blue Spotted Sting Rays, Feather Tail Rays and Eagle Rays. The coral garden ranges from 10 to 18m ending in the satellite reef. This reef, 50m away from the main reef, consists of small pinnacles covered with soft corals and Gorgonian Fans. For the more adventurous, the drop off on the edge of the satellite reef usually presents stronger currents bringing big creatures to feed.

    Diving Area:

    Ras Mohamed Area
    Shark Observatory dive site takes its name from the cliff top from which it used to be possible to spot sharks in the waters below. Nowadays it is famous for its overhangs and rows of Gorgonian Fans that make the underwater landscape different from other sites in Ras Mohammed.
    The wall dive is famous among Tec divers due to its drop off that reaches beyond 100m.
    Hawksbill Turtles are common in the area, munching on purple and pink corals that grow along the wall. Different species of Nudibranchs are easily found on the many overhangs. The Gorgonian Fans make a very nice effect on the reef. Looking away from the the wall schools of Fusiliers, Jacks and Unicorn Fish are commonly seen passing by.

    Diving Area:

    Ras Mohamed Area

    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.

    Diving Area:

    Ras Mohamed Area

    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.

    Diving Area:

    Ras Mohamed Area

    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.

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    Straits of Tiran Area

    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.

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    Straits of Tiran Area

    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.

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    Sharm el Sheikh Area

    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.

    Diving Area:

    Sharm el Sheikh Area