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Home » Dive sites » Egypt » Shark & Yoland Reef

DIVE SITE
SHARK & YOLAND REEF

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Main characteristics

Access By boat
Current Can be strong
Depth 10 to 30 m
Life Rich diversity
Experience PADI OWD / CMAS*
Water temp. 22 to 28 °C
Dive type Reef
Visibility up to 30 m
Best dive period All year
Probable species:Barracuda, batfish, moray eels, stingrays, napoleon wrasse, various species of sharks including gray reef sharks, oceanic blacktips, tiger sharks.

ABOUT SHARK & YOLAND REEF

Shark & Yoland Reef plan
In short

Located in front of Ras Mohammed, the headland that gives Ras Mohammed National Park its namesake, Shark and Yolanda Reef is northern Egypt’s most famous dive site. It is a coral formation composed of two main pillars and a satellite, with impressive walls dropping down to over 800 metres. Shark and Yolanda Reef is teeming with marine life, especially during the summer months. Moray eels, lionfish, and lobster populate the cracks in the coral wall. Napoleon wrasses, angelfish, and trumpetfish will be hovering nearby while shoals of barracuda and batfish swim in the open waters, often chased by sharks. Beginner divers and snorkelers have been visiting Shark and Yolanda only recently, however, to fully appreciate this dive site, you should be an advanced diver and have some experience with moderate currents and steep walls.

Shark and Yolanda Reef is the most famous dive site of Ras Mohammed National Park. It is located right next to the shore in proximity of Ras Mohammed (Mohammed’s point – Ras means headland in Arabic), where two coral pillars with a diameter of approximately 40 meters each, named “Shark” and “Yolanda” Reef (with a third smaller one called Satellite) rise flush with the surface from a sandy terrace situated 10-15 meters below, called “The Saddle”.

The area between the reefs and the coast is a beautiful coral garden surrounded by multicoloured alcyonarians, while the outer walls of the two main coral pillars drop vertiginously from the surface down to 800+ meters, offering a unique seascape that makes divers feel as if they were suspended in mid-water.

If the conditions allow, the dive can start from Anemone City, a stunning coral terrace - often visited by turtles - used by divers as a launch-platform for “jumping into the blue” (in other words, crossing the stretch of open water that separates Anemone City from Shark Reef’s wall). A few minutes after the jump, the imposing outline of Shark Reef starts to materialize seemingly out of nowhere.

Divers then continue toward Yolanda - with the reef on the right-hand side and the blue on the left - accompanied by large shoals of pelagic species, a few sharks, and myriads of reef dwellers of various sizes, colours, and habits.

The dive typically finishes on the saddle between Yolanda and Satellite, an area scattered with the remains of a cargo ship that ran aground here, giving her name to the reef. Hundreds of well-preserved ceramic toilets offer the perfect occasion to add a touch of down-to-earth humour to your underwater selfies.

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.

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NEAREST DIVE CENTERS AROUND THE DIVE SITE (17)

Camel Dive Club Dive center
Egypt, Sharm El Sheikh
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Distance 21.49 km
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SEAFARI Croisières  Dive center
Egypt, Hurghada
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Scuba World Divers Dive center
Egypt, Hurghada
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Camel Dive Club Camel Dive Club rating (0 vote) 21.49 km View
SEAFARI Croisières SEAFARI Croisières rating (1 vote) 67.54 km View
Scuba World Divers Scuba World Divers rating (0 vote) 68.16 km View
Dive Red Sea Dive Red Sea rating (0 vote) 68.16 km View
Diving Star Diving Star rating (0 vote) 68.81 km View
Aquanaut Diving Club Aquanaut Diving Club rating (0 vote) 69.11 km View
Dive-Hurghada Dive-Hurghada rating (0 vote) 71.61 km View
Egypt Divers Egypt Divers rating (0 vote) 80.83 km View
Blue Ocean Dive Centers & Resorts - Hurghada Blue Ocean Dive Centers & Resorts - Hurghada rating (0 vote) 83.75 km View
Dahab Days Diving Center . Dahab Days Diving Center . rating (0 vote) 87.56 km View
Big Blue Dahab Big Blue Dahab rating (0 vote) 88.62 km View
Scuba Dahab Diving center Scuba Dahab Diving center rating (0 vote) 90.59 km View
The Nomad Divers The Nomad Divers rating (0 vote) 90.68 km View
African Divers Nuweiba African Divers Nuweiba rating (0 vote) 144.07 km View
SEA STAR WATERSPORTS SEA STAR WATERSPORTS rating (0 vote) 203.84 km View
Seaworld Seaworld rating (1 vote) 237.84 km View
Blue Ocean Dive Centers & Resorts Blue Ocean Dive Centers & Resorts rating (0 vote) 269.75 km View
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