The famous Ras Mohammad dive area is one of the most stunning in the region. The first and arguably most preserved dive site in all of Egypt, this wondrous site can be accessed from livaboard diving cruises as well as nearby resorts.
The area is named after the Prophet Mohammed of whom it is said that the cliff area resembles his general features as well as the legend that he actually visited this particular area. However, it is the number of coral reefs that formed over 70,000 years ago that has drawn many divers to this area. It’s location at the junction point of the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Suez means that there are many species of fish in the region as well.
Thanks to protection efforts since the early 1980s, the ocean in this region is remarkably clear and well preserved. If diving from the shore, then you will need to leave by sunset as that is when the park closes.
In the Ras Mohammed site, the two most spectacular diving areas are the Shark Reef and the Yolanda Reef which offers the ability to see virtually all the fish in the Red Sea. It is recommended that you start at Shark Reef and work your way down to Yolanda Reef to experience both in a single day. The eastern side of the site is a sheer, vertical drop that hosts a number of species including the following. Anthias: Orange and Purple varieties, Grey Reef Sharks & Hammerhead Sharks, Pelegics & Giant Tuna, Napoleon Wrasse...
The many grey reef sharks actually give this region its name and they are in abundance. Once you have finished exploring Shark Reef, you can then make your way to the plateau that surrounds Yolanda Reef and see the following marine life in abundance: Batfish and Jackfish, Sting Rays and Giant Moray Eels, Lyretail Hogfish and Scorpionfish. The scorpionfish in particular is fairly rare to see when diving at most other sites. The reef itself gets its name from the vessel “Yolanda” which sank here back in the 1970s. You can finish your dive just above the wreckage of the vessel and enjoy the scattering of toilets that the ship was carrying as they line the ocean floor.
Diving Conditions & Experience Level
One of the best parts about visiting this dive site is that it is spectacular the year round with the warmest months being from June to August and February being the coldest. However, the generally calm surface conditions and numerous small dive sites in the area make this a spectacular place to visit with typical dives being from 5 to 35 meters (15 to 120 feet).
With good visibility and moderate currents, the Ras Mohammed dive site is well suited for beginners up to advanced level under most diving conditions. The visibility is quite good and the average water temperature is very comfortable as well.
Ras Mohammed is certainly one of the best dive area in the region and offers a complete experience for divers of all experience levels.
This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.