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.
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