Diving Sharm

There are three main areas for daily diving Sharm – Local Dive Sites, Straits of Tiran and Ras Mohammed National Park.  Trips to Dahab and Red Sea Wrecks are also easily arranged.

The Straits of Tiran

Named after British cartographers Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse and Jackson Reefs Daily Diving Sharmlay across the narrow passage (approx 13km wide) at the base of the Gulf of Aqaba.  Nutrients from the gulf are forced through this bottleneck and ensure a spectacular reef system which is home to thousands of fish which in turn attract larger predators.  In the summer months’ many divers are drawn to the outside of Jackson Reef in the hope of diving with the schools of hammerhead sharks which are in the deep blue waters.

Daily Diving SharmThe diversity on offer in Tiran brings divers back year after year – Gordon with it’s beautiful coral plateau and now coral encrusted barrels of tar dropped by a ship during rough seas;  the canyon at Thomas; the dramatic walls of Woodhouse; and the spectacular corals and chance of seeing hammerhead sharks at Jackson.

The area of Laguna offers a high paced drift dive as well as a shallow lagoon dive with small pinnacles.  At the corner of Laguna – but only in perfect conditions – the small coral encrusted wreck of the Kormoran can be dived.

 

Daily Diving SharmRas Mohammed National Park

Lying at the extreme southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed Marine Park overlooks the Gulf of Aqaba to its left and the Gulf of Suez to its right.  Reputed as some having some of the best diving worldwide it is home to over 220 species of coral and over 1000 species of fish.  This area is one of the highlights of daily diving Sharm.

The diving here is simply breathtaking with vertical walls dropping to over 800km, small caves and overhangs, coral filled plateaus and high speed currents.

In the summer months divers are drawn to the auctioned packed Shark and Yolanda Reefs.  Here you can find huge schools of snapper – at times you are able to enter the school and become surrounded with a wall, floor and ceiling of fish – an experience in its self.  Schools of Unicorn Fish, Barracuda, Jacks, Tuna and Black Tip Oceanic Sharks are also frequent visitors during the summer.

Daily Diving SharmAlthough the wreck of the Yolanda is too deep to be visited her cargo of Ideal Standard baths and toilets are at a shallow depth and make for some interesting photos.

Ras Mohammed is an experience not to be missed by any diver and during each season the reef takes on a new look with different marine life calling in for a visit.

 

Daily Diving SharmLocal Dive Sites

The local daily diving Sharm sites are situated within a short boat ride from one of the three daily diving ports in Sharm el Sheikh with some being accessible via shore.  These sites vary in topography each offering a unique diving experience.

The huge Sea Fans at Ras Umm Sid are a photographers dream.  The glass fish pinnacles of the Gardens are mesmorizing and often you will find not only fish queuing at the cleaning stations but the divers also as some cleaner fish are happy to groom humans too!  Turtles are common at the local sites along with sting rays and the occasional appearance of Guitar Sharks or even if you are very lucky – Whale Sharks.