Named after the ship Yolanda which hit the reef in the 1980’s, this dive site marks the Southernmost tip of Ras Mohamed. The reef itself appears on the surface before sloping down from 12m to 20m forming a plateau linked with Shark reef. The most distinguishable feature of this dive site are the many visible toilets, sinks and bath tubs which form part of the Yolanda wreckage, the remains of which now lie at a depth of 180m. Other than the wreckage, expect to see every colour of soft and hard coral imaginable, and marine life including Giant Moray, Unicorn fish, Crocodile fish, turtles and Blue spotted stingray, the list is endless really.
A magnificent wall dive reaching down to depths of 800m; Shark Reef marks where the currents from the Gulf of Suez and Gulf of Aqaba meet, bringing nutrient filled waters and often very strong currents. Due to the water conditions divers enjoy an extraordinary abundance of reef and pelagic fauna.
Easy to locate from land or boat due to the observatory platform at the top of the cliff, the name comes from the fact the cliff used to be used for observing sharks in the waters below. Nowadays sharks can still be found but its more famous for remarkable overhangs and a small cave used for entering the site from shore. The dive is a full drift dive where divers get to enjoy the stunning steep wall, but also keep your eyes on the deep blue you never know when you might see a passing shark, eagle ray or even whale shark if you’re lucky.
Well sheltered from the currents making for an easy dive, Eel Gardens consists largely of a sandy plateau with sloping walls either side. A small cave sits at the top of the plateau however the main attraction of the site is the colony of Garden eels which can exceed 80cm in length. The eels emerge from the sand facing the current in search of plankton to feed on.
Identifiable on the cliff edge by a white mark on the stone, the beginning of the dive starts at around 5m with the possibility to penetrate a small cave with an exit area at 9m, through which you can observe the sunlight streaming through holes in the cave ceiling. On the exit the main reef is to the right hand side and slopes down to a plateau and coral pinnacles at depths of around 14m. Continuing along the plateau to the drop-off at the 30m mark, divers can leave the main reef and explore satellite reef which runs parallel to the land with its shallowest depth sitting at around 14m. This reef houses a variety of hard and soft corals as well as large Gorgonian fans and provides divers with the opportunity to observe feeding turtle, eagle ray and the potential for passing sharks. Before ending the dive, diver leave satellite reef and swim over the top of the sandy alley which divides the main reef, at which point you are looking out for barracuda, jackfish, stingray and large triggerfish. Diver tip: Be sure to leave satellite reef with an adequate amount of air (normally 100 bar) as it is around a 40m swim to return to the main reef to finish the dive.
A less crowded dive site than others in Ras Mohamed, the topography of the site is similar to Ras Za’atar and includes a wall dive with large chimney where divers can admire a number of gorgonians and sponges. Continuing along the wall are a number of pinnacles, home to anthias fish, fusilier and butterflyfish.
Another drift dive, its best to check the direction of the current before deciding where to jump. It doesn’t matter which way you take the reef as it consists of a steep wall decorated by colourful Alcyonarians and gorgonians. If diving with the reef on the left, its best to shallow up to around the 10 to 15m mark so as not to miss the many chimneys cut in to the reef, which if you time it right create captivating light displays from the overhead sun. Typical to the chimneys are lionfish, groupers and sweepers.
In our opinion, one of the prettiest dive sites in Ras Mohamed, Ras Ghozlani is the closest dive site to Travco jetty and also another drift dive although currents never tend to be strong. The route winds along a sandy slope starting at around 6m slowly descending to a drop-off at around 25 to 30m. The site is covered in coral pinnacles of all different colours and large table corals populated by dense schools of anthias, glassfish and the occasional grouper hiding underneath.
Lying at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba between the coast of Sinai and the island of Tiran, there are four main coral reefs named after 19th century English cartographers, Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas and Gordon. The reefs divide the strait into two canals used by large cargo ships transporting cargo in and out of Sinai. The Northern and Western sides of the reef (the outside) are exposed to the elements, where winds can be strong and currents can run fast however the wind tends to drop down during the day making the crossing back to main land smoother than the morning journey. Due to the strong currents which characterize the Strait of Tiran, there are great quantities of nutrients and plankton brought to this area which in turn feeds the coral, reef fish and thus attracting other larger pelagic predators such as sharks, tuna, jackfish and barracuda. The sea conditions play a major part in dictating which reef can be dived at which time of the day and divers should pay particular attention to currents.
Constructed in 1972 and measuring 175m in length, the Million Hope ship ran aground South of Nabq on 20th June 1996. Of course there are variations to the story as to how She became a wreck, with some saying there was fire in the ships superstructure and other saying it was a combination of travelling in high speed but low visibility. What many people don’t realise is that the Bulk Barrier is actually the largest wreck in the Red Sea, lying at a maximum depth of 24m, although the sea conditions need to be right to dive Her, the wreck is pretty beautiful with lots of interesting areas to explore.
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The most northerly reef in Tiran it is easy to identify due to the remains of the merchant ship Lara which sank here in 1981. The normal dives take place on the southern, sheltered side of the reef where there are 3 fixed mooring (shamandura) points allowing for either full mooring or semi-drift dives. The reef starts from just below the surface with sandy slopes before descending steeply to the seabed at a depth or around 45m and look out for a red anemone at the 28m mark which is still bright in colour despite the depth it’s positioned in. The entire reef is beautiful and full of life however the coral garden at the western corner has quite possibly the largest quantity of fish you will see in the Red Sea and is divided by groups of triggerfish, bannerfish, anthias, and cornet fish facing the current feeding off the plankton. It is almost guaranteed to observe turtles feeding on the soft corals, especially in the summer time and if you can pull yourself away from the reef to check the blue water you’re likely to see tuna, snappers, barracuda and a giant grouper; if you’re really lucky, you could have a pod of dolphins popping by during your safety stop! The backside of Jackson is famous for its Hammerhead dive however as it is the part of the reef open to the wind and waves, it can only be dived at certain times with perfect sea conditions. This dive is not suitable for beginners as the majority of time is spent in the blue with no visual reference point other than the guide in front. But if you do dive it and see a hammerhead or two, the memory will last a lifetime! Diver tip: Try to bring a camera with you as you’re sure to want to capture the beauty of this site. Suitable for snorkelers and divers but can mean the dive site is busy, especially during the summer months.
Located between Thomas and Jackson Reef, Woodhouse is the longest of the 4 reefs in Tiran (around 0.8 miles) making for a fantastic drift dive. The most popular dive involves the northern half of the eastern side where a canyon opens out at a depth of around 30m and runs parallel to the main reef before reaching a sandy ledge at around 14m. Expect to see black coral, gorgonian an many other hard corals and due to the excellent visibility, it’s not unlikely to witness passing whitetip or grey reef sharks or eagle ray, especially if you make your way out to the drop off just past the canyon and hang around looking to the blue. Diver tip: End your dive before the corner if currents and the wind are strong otherwise you risk being caught up in a powerful ‘washing machine’ current between Woodhouse and Jackson.
The shortest reef of the 4, Thomas reef is most famous with Tec divers for the magnificent canyon which starts at 35m but recreational divers can enjoy the reef just as much and view the canyon from above due to the excellent visibility. Due to the short length of the reef, it can only be dived in good sea conditions with little current otherwise it can be more difficult for the boat to pick divers up at the end of the dive. A full drift dive once again, normally the route involves having the reef on the left side and following it along past many variety of coral and keep looking for octopus hiding away in between. Once you reach the eastern corner, if the current is not present or too strong, you can leave the main reef and hang around the blue looking for the larger marine life. But you can find a counter current at this corner meaning you have no option but to turn around instead of fighting the current. If the sea conditions are perfect, you can make your way as far around the reef as your air allows producing a simply stunning dive!
Famous for the wreck Loullia and the largest in diameter of the four reefs, there are many different ways to dive here including mooring and semi-drift. All dives however start from the southern side which is sheltered from the wind, where the reef is a large, wide, plateau starting at around 6m sloping gently down to around 26m before you reach the drop-off. Regardless of the direction your dive takes you, you will enjoy a rich and varied coral garden where its common to spot Giant moray eels, blue spotted sting ray, scorpionfish and nudibranch. There are also a couple of resident turtle and eagle ray frequently spotted swimming around the reef. If the current allows, divers can head out to the sandy amphitheatre to try their luck at spotting sleeping sharks, if you don’t find sharks here, your guide may take you to the secret spot which almost always guarantees a white tip or two, we can’t tell you where, because it’s a secret! Diver tip: Great site for snorkelers and people wishing to try the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience as shallow areas are protected from major currents. Divers should end their dives before the south-western corner of the reef where currents can increase in strength and high waves can make exiting the water more tricky.
Meaning ‘Delightful Cape’ in Arabic, this sites is a beautiful long plateau covered with soft and table corals where divers can easily spot parrotfish, butterflyfish, angelfish and triggerfish during their relaxing drift dive. The site is usually not busy and is popular as a 3rd dive option after mooring up for lunch.
The classic dive is made by boat as either a drift or mooring dive starting at the blue floating jetty stretching out from the hotel grounds. At the beginning the reef wall is a steep slope reaching down to around 50m with small pinnacles and crevices where it’s possible to see Octopus and nudibranch. Continue along the wall until you reach a small sandy lagoon which you cross before returning to the reef again. At this point you can shallow up to around 12.5m where it is possible to see a red anemone before the reef opens up to a coral plateau reaching back down to around 18m before it drops-off. At the end of the dive the site is covered with Porites coral making for a beautiful topography. Diver tip: Watch out for glassbottom boats towards the end of the dive which are allowed to come in close to the reef.
Apparently named in tribute to the underwater cameraman Bob Johnson who worked in the area for years, this dive site is popular for it’s shallow swim through’s and little caves. There are also many small bays with light-coloured sandy floors home to crocodilefish, blue spotted stingray and triggerfish.
Opposite the Savoy hotel, this site consists of a sandy bay bordered by a developed reef with a large crevice that opens on to a sandy bay from 6 to 18m, a beautiful canyon then appears descending down to approximately 35m. On the sandy seabed look out for garden eels popping out of their lairs feeding on plankton.
An excellent area for diver training, this is most likely where you will do your first dives of the PADI Open Water course or for a refresher dive if it’s been a while since your last one. Sharks Bay is completely sheltered from the wind and currents therefore it’s an easy and enjoyable dive combining sandy lagoons with hard coral sloping walls and a narrow canyon dropping down to nearly 40m. The Main site is divided by the jetty which is used for the daily boats departing to Tiran and Northern local sites. To the South of the jetty is a sandy sloping area with a large coral pinnacle sticking out from the bottom covered in lionfish and some anthias. At the bottom of the pinnacle sits a massive red anemone with anemonefish great for photographers. After passing the pinnacle you reach the entrance of the canyon at around 16m which leads on the a hard coral reef gentle wall. On the Northern side of the jetty is the main area for training as there are a mixture of sandy bottoms at different depths, ideal for practising skills. But it’s not all about the training site as the reef itself is home to bluespotted stingray, lionfish, scorpionfish, giant moray and more. During the summer there are noamlly a number of large Napolean wrasse circling the divers and its common for a manta to feed in the shallow waters. Diver tip: Great site for a first night dive with easy diving and high likeliness of spotting feeding octopus.
Four dives sites are categorized under ‘The Gardens’, individually named Far, Fiddle, Middle and Near Garden, they all have similar topography and marine life and are well sheltered from the wind. Dives can be either mooring or semi-drift and involve sandy bottoms with coral pinnacles sticking out, inhabited by glassfish, butterflyfish, damselfish and lionfish.
An easy drift dive starting at the reef wall which descends down to around 6m before you reach the sandy bottom. The route offers a varied panorama with a high richness in corals and fauna including fusiliers, surgeonfish, triggerfish, anthias, parrotfish and bannerfish.
This site has a strikingly beautiful underwater landscape characterized by a deep canyon whose walls descend vertically for 120m. Before entering the canyon there are 2 large caves, one of which has a school of glassfish and it is possible to also see lionfish and squirrelfish and bigeyes. After you have explored the canyon it is possible to continue the drift dive on to Sodfa to enjoy the coral reef there.
Named after the abundance of pink Alcyonarian corals and because the reef is a steep wall, the dive involves a full drift dive when starting from the boat. The wall itself is covered in soft corals with no need to go deeper than around 15m as this is the most densely populated area.
The name of this site derives from 17th century shipwreck of the Turkish vessel with a cargo of amphoras. The topography is simple, with a sandy slope leading down to coral pinnacles of different shapes and sizes and a huge number of multi-coloured Alcyonarians that create a garden. It is still possible to see some of the wreckage including a long chain and anchor between 22m and 25m
A similar topography to Amphoras, the classic dive is a drift either northwards or southwards depending on the direction of the current. Popular also with snorkelers, you’ll be able to observe beautiful and varied reef fauna in a gentle and easy dive.
Although similar to other dive sites in this region, Paradise differs in the taller pinnacles that rise on the slope between the reef edge and drop-off. Here they resemble sculptures with a variety of different colours including pink, purple and yellow. Other larger table corals grow on the bottom and can help shelter giant moray, parrotfish and butterflyfish.
Located along the shore line of Sharm, just opposite the famous beach and Italian restaurant El-Fanar, this dive site is easily accessed either by land (5 minutes from our dive centre) or by boat. Whether you're a snorkeler or diver, Ras Umm Sid offers something for everyone and is a favourite amongst Eagle Divers staff. Why is it a favourite? Rarely busy, this dive site is beautifully rich in reef with a massive variety of different coloured soft and hard corals which are home to creatures such as cleaner shrimp, scorpion fish and nudibranch to name a few. In fact, the more time you spend studying the reef the more you find! It's also here that we are regularly treated to visits from Eagle Ray and Turtles, Jackfish, Barracuda and Tuna...and if you're lucky, we've also spotted Manta, White Tip and Thresher Shark, and the spectacular Whale Shark! Best times to dive here? Any time really but very early morning or late afternoon best chance for "Big Fish'; mid-day definitely for photographers (sunlight penetrating through the cave on to glassfish makes for some magical photos!); and night time..one of the best sites for a night dive, think octopus, shrimp and Spanish Dancers!
Sitting in the middle of a large bay between Ras Umm Sid and Ras Katy, Temple is a great dive site for both day and night dives. On a vast sandy plateau at a depth between 6m and 30m are three coral pinnacles that resemble columns of an ancient temple, hence where the name comes from. There are a few fixed mooring points around the site allowing divers to conduct a mooring dive and depending on the current, can choose any direction to explore. A colourful and fish filled dive is guaranteed at this site however this can also mean it can be quite busy at times but don’t let that put you off as it’s easy to avoid groups of other divers. During night dives you are looking for the beautiful Spanish dancers and feeding octopus and squid.
Often overlooked for more popular sites, Ras Katy does have a lot to offer IF you dive it at the right time and know what you're looking for! Normally done as a mooring dive (but we prefer it as a drift) you've a mixture of sandy slopes, hard coral bottoms and drop-offs. But the best part is the potential to spot a great variety of small and a little larger creatures, exotic looking nudi's, octopus, massive napolean and one or two circling sharks at our secret spot! It's close proximity to Travco jetty means you don't have to cruise too long until you reach it meaning more time in the water to enjoy it!