Dive at Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh lies at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula in the Red Sea. It offers a variety of dive sites from reefs and walls to wrecks. The climate is hot, the water is warm and clear, and the reefs are covered in life. Diving is readily available everywhere and there are nearly fifty dive Centers in the region. More Europeans learn to dive here than anywhere else in the world and diving is ideal for beginners. Whatever your experience, dive Centers require you to do one local dive before they will take you on a boat trip in order to give you an opportunity to orient yourself to Red Sea diving.
Sharm El-Sheikh Itinerary: Tiran Island - Ras Mohammed - Sha'ab Ali (Thistlegorm wreck) - Abu Nuhas (Carnatic wreck) Underwater diving expeditions can be dedicated to the exploration of such coral reefs as Jackson, Gordon and Woodhouse in the Tiran Strait to the north of Sharm. The cruise can then proceed southward to provide underwater expeditions in the mythical area around Ras Mohammed, and then onward to explore the wrecks of the Thistlegorm and the Dunraven.
Gordon Reef: various dive plans for this reef starting at the boat mooring point in the south. To the southwest is a shark amphitheatre, or more often called the bowl, as it represents a large circular bowl to 24 meters of depth and sharks may be spotted sleeping on the sand. You can also go eastward to a drop-off that starts in 16 meters of depth and which is covered in soft corals and gorgonians. There is the wreck the Lovilla or Lullia which ran into the north of Gordon reef in September 1981. This commercial freighter is easily seen from far away as it stands out more than 10 meters above the sea. Divers are actually waiting for this ship to collapse as it is not safe now to explore its interior areas. Dunraven an 80 meter steam and sail powered vessel with an iron hull and wooden decks. It is almost completely upside down, and lies diagonal to the reef. Her bow at 18 meters is the shallowest part, and the stern is at a depth of 28 meters. A good route to dive the "Dunraven" starts at the bow. Follow the keel to the rudder and screw and go down to the ground, around the stern. Close to it on the starboard side is a big crack that allows it to dive into the hull. There is enough light coming through the holes, but it's useful to carry a lamp to explore the debris on the ground and the remains of the machinery. The inner compartments have disintegrated long ago, so the inside looks very much like a cave. The exit goes over the two boilers through a second big hole.
Ras Za’atar: situated at the southern entrance of the large bay Marsa Bareika, this dive combines a vertical wall, impressive chimneys and blue water. This is a good place to find large tuna, barracudas and in summer, cruising grey reef sharks. Make your decompression stops among the gullies and soft corals with a view into the blue.
Shark and Yolanda: situated right at the tip of the Sinai this site is world renowned, the two small ergs are joined by a vertical wall dropping into the abyss. Start your dive at Shark reef and use the prevailing current to explore the wall abounding in multihued soft corals. At 30 meters large schools of barracuda and snappers gather in often-strong currents just off the wall. Swim through the schools to the outside as silky sharks usually gather there, but be careful not to lose your orientation to the wall. As you proceed toward Yolanda you will reach a plateau at 15-25 meters scattered with small ergs and coral outcrops where stone fish and scorpion fish wait for a meal. Continuing round the reef you will come upon the scattered remains of the wreck of the 'Yolanda' complete with its cargo of toilets and baths. The whole of this area is big fish territory so keep an eye on the blue for the action with tuna, bluefish, and the occasional hammerhead.
Jackson Reef: is a very popular one, located on the northern most of the four reefs that separates the Sinai with Saudi Arabia. The strong currents, often from the North, that are created here in the small opening make sure large pelagic, sharks and other big fish are seen here frequently. This reef is fully covered in beautiful soft and hard coral, and you will see barracudas, jacks, hammerheads and tiger sharks. Here at depths of 45 meters plus lie the remains of the mysterious Lara wreck, which was a Cypriot merchant ship that collided with the reef in 1981.
SS Thistlegorm: with its historical cargo of World War II machinery and equipment, all neatly stowed in its open holds, the Thistlegorm would be a diving highlight anywhere in the world, not just in Sharm El Sheikh. This most famous of Sinai Peninsula dives has to be experienced to truly appreciate its wonders. Temple it is a group of coral heads in a row coming up from a depth of 12-20 meters if viewed in the right position and using your imagination they look like columns of a temple. On the in shore side there are sandy patches at about 8 meters with loads of inlets into the shore reefs. The coral heads themselves are about 2 meters apart allowing you to swim between them and a couple of them have swim through routes. The cavernous hull of the Dunraven is adorned with soft corals and black corals and is full of schooling goatfish and glassfish, squirrelfish and a few groupers and moray eels. Pass some ballast stones, the large boiler room and several breaks in the hull until you reach the bow at 15m. Here you can ascend and swim back along the upper surface of the ship. The exterior of the Dunraven's hull is now covered in hard corals, with sea whips and gorgonians hanging from the vertical sections. It's a great place to spot nudibranchs, crocodilefish, scorpionfish and colourful clouds of fairy basslets. Rather than ascending up the buoy line to end your dive, you might choose instead to swim over the the reef slope. This is one of the top Sharm El Sheikh sites for fish density - the marine life here is very lively with a good chance to see Napoleon wrasse and turtles. Overall, the Dunraven may not offer the spectacular artifacts of the Thistlegorm but then it doesn't attract huge crowds of scuba divers from Sharm either, so it will definitely be worth your while to include it in your Red Sea holiday.
Ras Ghamila: 'Delightful Cape', as Ras Ghamila means in Arabic, is the most northern of Sharm El Sheikh's local dive sites. It lies almost directly opposite Gordon Reef and separates a shallow, sandy lagoon from the sea. It is easy to find because it is the tongue of the reef that juts out eastwards upon which stand a green beacon to mark the western end of the Strait of Tiran. Show more
Ras Mohammed: still Egypt's most popular marine park, Ras Mohamed's waters off the tip of the Sinai Peninsula have been protected from fishing since the 1980s, and it shows ... Drifting along the wall from Shark Reef to Yolanda Reef, you are often likely to encounter passing trevally and barracuda that frequent the region for breeding. The reefs have become safe havens to many of the Red Sea's endemic fish species.
Ras Um Sid: is located at the north end of Sharm El Sheikh Harbour. It is one of the most exciting local dive sites since it has a varied topography, as well as fast currents and the potential of pelagic sightings. Show more
Tiran Strait: The 4 reef systems that make up the Tiran area - Jackson Reef, Woodhouse Reef, Thomas Reef, Gordon Reef - are popular with experienced and adventurous divers. The coral reef plateaus are loaded with fish life and the deep wall drop offs offer the opportunity of encounters with hammerhead sharks, pelagic fish and occasional tiger sharks. On Jackson Reef you are most likely to see hammerheads from July to September.
Egypt according to law only instructors can diving without guide therefore we give to each group a guide who helps with diving and procuring of permissions which are indispensable. Bring with yourself Present diving logbook and agency certification, Possess medical certification and accident insurance, Maximum depth limit is 30 meters for recreational scuba divers. A check out dive in the bay on the first day is required, if you have not dived for 6 months or more. Trips to Ras Mohammed, Straits of Tiran or the Thistlegorm are not available on first day of diving and require a suitable level of certification and experience.