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JACKSON REEF - TIRAN ISLANDS

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Jackson Reef is famous for the wreck of a merchant vessel LARA, partially destroyed in 1996, which sank here in 1985. – Scuba diving usually starts at the southern edge, sheltered from the waves and wind. Here, next to the reef, a mooring buoy is situated. Heading westward, we will encounter gorgonians and magnificent red anemones at the depth of 28m. Subsequently, you can admire a plateau adjacent to Woodhouse Reef. A south-west corner of the reef, where numerous fire corals live, is located in the zone of strong, sometimes even very violent currents. Under favourable conditions (especially during low tide) drift diving to the eastern part of the reef is possible. Here, at the depth of about 15m, a sandy rim is situated, plunging into the depths of the north. In this area you may notice turtles and large pelagic fish, such as: white-tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks and hammerhead sharks most frequently occurring during the period from July to September.
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 FEATURES:
- the abundance of pelagic fish and predators
- an opportunity to observe turtles and sharks
- an interesting place to practice underwater photography
- a chance to do different types of diving
* drift diving
* deep diving
* snorkelling
the level of difficulty varies, depending on maritime conditions (sometimes very strong currents)

 

THOMAS REEF - TIRAN ISLANDS

 

One of the most spectacular places suitable for diving in the northern part of the Red Sea.thomas1


Owing to the lack of any mooring points, divers are obliged to apply drift diving. A southern corner of the reef is the best place to start your underwater adventure. You will continue along the eastern side, rich in colourful corals. Further by, at the depth of about 25m, there is a slight incline of an underwater hill. In his place you can see some impressive gorgonians and the colonies of black corals.

At the depth of 35m a magnificent very deep canyon opens up, situated parallel to a reef, cut by the series of imposing arches.

A northeastern corner might surprise with strong currents. Under favourable conditions, if you manage to get through this passage, you will be able to dive around the whole reef. This will enable you to admire the northern wall of the reef. On the western wall numerous crevices and caves can be observed, as well as beautiful gorgonians and abundance of wildlife – including sea turtles, reef fish (with angelfish and surgeonfish) and pelagic fish, such as: Barracuda or tuna

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FEATURES:
- an opportunity to encounter enormously diverse reef and pelagic fauna, including a white reef shark
- a scuba site intended only for experienced divers (due to dangerous strong currents)
- recommended time to dive: in the morning
- an interesting place to practice underwater photography
- a chance to do different types of diving, such as drift diving or deep diving
- it is suggested that you avoid trips deep into the channel

 

 


PARK RAS MOHAMMED

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In 1983 the Egyptian government approved the establishment of Ras Mohammed National Park (the official name: Ras Muhammad Marine Protected Area). The park had originally covered the promontory of Ras Mohammed, a coral reef and the island of Tiran. The total area of a park is 97 sq km. The overall aim of the park is to protect the complex and absolutely unique ecosystem, which includes over 1000 species of fish and 150 species of corals.


Subsequently, the size of protected areas was extended, by adding the following sites: Nabq (northern part of Naama Bay), Ras Abu Galum (the southern part of Nuweiba) and St. Katherine, which in total created the area of 3600 sq km.

Lata 1998-99 obfitowały w kolejne powiększenia: o dystrykt Taba oraz całe wybrzeże egipskie zatoki Aqaba.


Due to its geographical position, Ras Mohammed peninsula is a place privileged by nature. Strong currents deliver huge quantities of plankton and other food, thus enhancing the growth of stony corals and attracting large schools of fish, both pelagic and reef ones. In particular from June to August, scuba diving is incredibly exciting here. Then the largest groups of barracudas, tunas and sharks appear in these waters.

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All persons visiting the park, both casual tourists and divers, should refer to basic rules applicable in this reserve. These rules have been developed by a team of experts in order to protect both marine and terrestrial habitat. Set of these provisions may seem obvious to responsible divers. Compliance with those rules should arise from respect for nature, not from fear of severe punishment for non-compliance.

Park rangers' objective is to protect the reserve and to enforce its existing rules. They also ensure that diving boats do not violate the provisions on access to diving sites moor only in the designated areas.

 REGULATIONS:
- Do not touch or break any corals or shells.
- Do not gather or destroy any materials, living or dead (corals, shells, fish, plants, fossils).
- It is forbidden to access the enclosed area and to walk or moor on coral reefs
- You are requested to use the designated berths
- Fish feeding is prohibited due to possible distortion of the biological balance of the reef
- Fishing only in the designated areas.
- Throwing any type of waste into the water is strictly forbidden
- Diving only in the designated areas. This reduces the risk of damage to reefs.
- The persons not complying with the above-mentioned principles shall be punished by law 102 of 1983.

 

SHARK i YOLANDA REEF - RAS MOHAMMED

 

shark-yolanda1Shark Reef is the most famous dive spot in the Red Sea. It is determined by the diversity of marine habitat and, above all, the wealth of pelagic and reef wildlife.

To admire the splendour of his place, you should visit it in summer. Observing the shoals of fish, of such species as: jackfish , barracuda and others – can be carried out only by persons familiar with the technical side of the sport, because strong currents occurring here may be dangerous.

There are numerous routes and types of diving in this section, however, each of them should be done from a drift approach. Diving in his area is influenced by many factors: weather, wind speed, currents. Under favourable conditions, you may admire not only Shark Reef, but also two other remaining sections: Anemone City i Yolanda Reef. Each of them in one dive.

Diving begins north-east of Shark Reef, above plateau commonly referred to as Anemone City. It is located at the depth of 12 to 20m and takes the form of a big balcony or a platform. Huge populations of anemones, coexisting with colourful anemone fish (now better known as...Nemo), against the background of multicoloured reefs and white sand, form a colour gamut of the plateau. At the depth of 14m, you can spot a large metal rod stuck upright: it commemorates life of a diver who died here in 1970s.

Having visited Anemone City, you need to dive for several minutes at the depth of 20m toward 150 degrees, which will lead you directly to the Shark Reef. You will not confuse it with anything else thanks to the presence of gorgonians. In addition, the wall will appear... descending into depths of approximately 700m.
Upon crossing a dozen of metres, you will reach a sandy, shallow pass connecting Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef.

We continue diving along the southern wall of the reef. After passing the southern corner, At the depth of 10 to 25m, you will spot the remains of Yolanda – a merchant sheep, which sank during the night of 1-2 April 1980 on its way to Aqaba. Containers, bathtubs, sanitary materials, wallpapers, crates of whiskey and even BMW 320, which belonged to the captain, are awaiting us here. The ship is constantly surrounded by a large group of malabars, napoleonfish, snappers and fusiliers.

The ship, which initially stuck by-mid over the water, was subsequently pushed by the waves to the depth of 50m in early 1987, and finally, following a violent storm of 15 March 1987 it sank at the very bottom. The route usually ends up after examining this area. However, if you have saved sufficient amount of air, you can take a further exploration of Yolanda Reef, such as the lagoons at its back, or two other passes, inhabited by bluespotted stingrays, scorpionfish, stonefish, napoleonfish and crocodilefish. An alternative to his idea is to proceed to the nearby Satellite Reef or dive to a southern part of Yolanda, where you can enjoy the presence of grey reef sharks – predominantly from December to January.


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FEATURES:


- extremely high concentration of fauna in summer
- a very diverse marine environment
- a wide diving area
- a place usually overcrowded. Large crowds best avoided in early morning
- an area of violent, potentially dangerous currents
- an interesting place to practice underwater photography
- an opportunity to do different types of diving:
* drift diving
*snorkelling

 

SHARK OBSERVATORY - RAS MOHAMMED


This name refers both to an observation balcony and a dive site at this promontory.sharkobservatory1

It is a breathtaking diving experience against the wall, called the wall of Mohammed. Diving down, you can see the magnitude of pelagic fish and large predators; perhaps you even manage to recognize whale sharks that visit the area occasionally.

Today numerous divers continue exploration in the vicinity of Shark Observatory (at the promontory), however, a much more exciting diving site is situated just a little further from the second balcony. Having descended to the depth of 15m, with a wall rich in alcyonarian gullies on your left, you will pass the caves and crevices vibrant with life.

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Here, you can also recognize the species of jackfish, barracudas and some sharks.

Close to the southern corner of the cape, rock edges turn westward abruptly, leading to a little beach just observatory, where you can admire some large gorgonians.

If you continue diving even further along the wall, you will reach an incredibly beautiful cave, with slots filtering delightfully natural sunlight. From here we shall get out to the surface of the reef.


 FEATURES:
- fantastic seascape
- a real chance to observe large pelagic predators
- recommended diving time: afternoon (the best light in the cave)
- an interesting place to practice underwater photography
- an opportunity to do different types of diving:
* drift diving

 

JACKFISH ALLEY - RAS MOHAMMED

 

- The name of his area is related to multitude of jackfish and other predators inhabiting this area. jackfishalley1_copy


- The "Alley" – is a long sandy "road" that separates the edges of two parallel reefs (which in fact are homes to jackfish).

- Jackfish Alley, also known as Fisherman's Bank, is located south of Ras Za'atar. This section requires drift diving.

- After descending to the depth of 5 m, you can instantly notice a large entrance to a cave, reaching 40m deep into the reef (you can dive out of it at a depth of 9 metres).
- Heading southwest, you will encounter a large coral wall, with another cave at the depth of 14m, leading up to its wide exit at 6m.jackfishalley2_copy




- Slightly further southward there is a sandy bay that you need to cross diving towards southeast so as to view another group of coral formations (at 11m), with a vibrant population of glassfish.

- Diving towards southwest, at the depth of 18-20m, you will reach a sandy alley. White-tip reef sharks and manta rays, together with jackfish, triggerfish and bluespotted stingrays are permanent inhabitants of this area.

 

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FEATURES:
- amazing underwater landscapes
- caves offering memorable lighting effects
- diverse fauna
- an opportunity to observe pelagic predators
- exploration of caves only for experienced divers in small groups
- it is recommended that you carry a torch and not spend too much time in one cav
- an interesting place to practice underwater photography
- optional snorkelling practice

 

 

RAS BOB

 

 rasbob- Do not even waste time searching for his name on diving maps - even locals remain unfamiliar with this place. The term derives from the name of Bob Johnson, a photographer who was working for years in this area. The place has been discovered recently by the instructors of Sharm el-Sheikh.

- this is the endpoint of Ras Nasrani. Ras Bob is separated from the waves, winds and strong currents - currents, if ever occur, are usually weak.

- a typical diving scheme: you will start from a boat moored in Shamandura, at the top of a fossilized coral, at the depth of approximately 20m. Diving is carried out towards northeast, at the depth of 15-20m, until you reach a previously established return point, designated at the rim of the reef.
- here you can admire numerous little coves, with the bottom edges covered with white sand, surrounded by numerous caves and slots (at the average water depth of 4-8m)

- crocodilefish and bluespotted rays frequently rest here, on a calm sand.

- here are good conditions for snorkelling, on both eastern and western edges of the reef, where you can view fantastic coral formations, soft and hard alike.



rasbob2FEATURES:
- an area easy to dive, in a secluded fenced place, where observing the coexistence of a reef and pelagic fish is possible. Suitable for all levels of diving competence.
- the most interesting sections located at the depths ranking from 4-12m.
- an interesting place to practice underwater photography.

 

 

 


RAS NASRANI

 

 The name of RAS NASRANI means Christian Cape in the local language. It is situated 11km north of Naama Bay. You can also reach Ras Nasrani by land; however, most dives are initialized in a classical way, i.e. from a boat.

- Diving starts at a small sandy plateau, at the depth of approximately 6m. At 12 metres you can spot the first specimens of lovely red anemones. Subsequently, we head to the north, towards a cape, using a current, whose strength ranges from mild to moderate and typically accelerates closer to the promontory. Passing large gorgonians at the depth of 20 metres, we encounter a colony or corals.

- Ras Nasrani is a perfect place to observe tridacna clams, with the highest population density of the Red Sea area.

 FEATURES:
- relatively easy diving conditions, allowing free observation of pelagic (tuna, barracudas) and reef fish
- a great spot for night diving, when you can view the life of molluscs, including blood-red Spanish dancers (note – the current can be strong in the vicinity of a cape)
- an opportunity to do different styles of diving
* drift diving
* snorkelling
- an interesting area to practice underwater photography

 

RAS UMM SID

 - Ras Umm Sid is the name of a cape where a lighthouse is situated.rasumsid1

- The spot, easily accessible from land, is located just east of the lighthouse, opposite the famous Italian restaurant El-Fanar. The area is famous for extraordinary wealth of gorgonians, creating a peculiar underwater forest, the most beautiful in the northern section of the Red Sea.

- A metal ladder facilitates access to the sea from a beach. However, the descent of the ladder is possible only when the tide is high enough to dive over a relatively large platform of a reef.

- Whether you will dive from a boat or a shore, it typically begins with a descent to the depth of 25m, passing the famous forest of gorgonians. Then, at the depth of 14m, in the midst of numerous coral pinnacles, coral fish such as parrot fish and lionfish occur.
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AREA FEATURES:
- a magnificent forest of gorgonians
- a plethora or reef and pelagic fauna, including barracuda, jackfish and tuna
- interesting night diving, providing an opportunity to view sleeping parrot fish in their dens, (note –strong currents around a cape)
- an interesting area to practice underwater photography
- different styles of diving possible, including:
*drift diving*
night diving
*snorkeling

 

TEMPLE

- The Temple is located in the middle of a large bay, between Ras Umm Sid and Ras Katy.temple


- At the depth ranging from 6-24m there is a large sandy plateau. The name of the Temple, attributed in the 1970s by the divers, derives from the pillars situated on the plateau: three pillars confusingly similar to those of the ancient temples

- On both sides of the largest of the pillars the mooring points are established. As the pillar top sticks out of water, boat mooring is possible. Lack of wind or high waves ensures safe diving
- The Temple is one of the most popular places of underwater adventures, first of all due to a low level of difficulty
- What is more, you can be literally guaranteed to encounter the following species: parrotfish lionfish, butterfly fish, angelfish and, above all, Arabian angelfish.

 FEATURES:
- an area easy to dive, recommended for relatively inexperienced divers; for more advanced persons it is the right place to verify their skills,
- plenty of soft and hard corals,
- an interesting area to practice underwater photography
- an opportunity to do different styles of diving
*night diving
*snorkelling
- carrying a compass during night dives is suggested, in order to find a route back to the boat.
- stay away from triggerfish, as it can attack you, in particular during the mating season

FAR GARDEN

 

 - Far Garden is located at the northernmost part of the bay (just north of Naama Bay).fargarden1


- Given the impressive amount of coral formations and their form, Far Garden is perceived as a real underwater garden. The area is defined by the presence of outstanding numerous formations of madreporaria corals, located along the edge of the reef, gradually declining to the east. Here, you can practise both fixed and drift diving.

- You may explore high coral blocks, separated by approximately 30m, as well as view cross sections of hard and soft corals. In addition, you will be surrounded by the schools of reef fish, lionfish, Suez fusiliers and sergeant majors.

- Diving further east, we shall reach the cave, whose entrance is decorated with coral colonies of porites lutea; the entrance, opening up to 5 metres, is accompanied by a shoal of glassfish.

- An alternative way to explore his area is, under favourable conditions, diving down diagonally to the depth of 30m, where looking up you will notice a peak of a majestic wide overhang called The Cathedral.


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 FEATURES:
- the section usually separated from any waves or wind.
- the abundance of corals and coral fish
- galore of scorpionfish and nudibranchia clades, best viewed at night
- a current, which generally flows eastward, is getting stronger around the cape
- diving too deep, particularly in the vicinity of the Cathedral is not recommended
- an interesting place to take underwater photos
- different types of diving possible, including:
*drift diving
* deep diving
* snorkelling

 

PARADISE

 

  paradise1- Even though the structure of this area resembles Amphoras and Turtle Bay (which is typical of this coast), Paradise is featured by the height of coral pinnacles, growing on the slope between the coral edge and the pass

- Here, the pinnacles look like sculptures, gleaming the shades of red, pink and yellow alcyonarians.

- Having descended to the depth of 24-28 metres, close to the area of decline, you will be surrounded by pink pinnacles and accompanied by acropora corals.

- Here, at the sea bottom, large table corals grow, coexisting with gorgonians.
Diving in the midst of this stunning underwater masterpiece, you may admire the representatives of local wildlife, including: parrotfish, large napoleonfish, schools of butterfly fish and ever-present anthias, not to mention the rays, inhabiting the ravines of pinnacles, especially in the southern section of this route.

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FEATURES:
- low level od diving difficulty in a diverse and colourful terrain
- large area of soft corals
- an opulence of reef fauna- suitable for night diving
- an interesting place to take underwater photos
- different types of diving possible, including:
* drift diving
* snorkelling 

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