Ras Mohammed

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 21:58 - Jack Shoals Ras MohamedFlickr The words ‘Ras Mohammed National Park’ have an iconic appeal about them that collectively describe Sharm El Sheikh’s biggest attraction. The Park has become a ‘must see’ on the itinerary of most visitors and few will leave the region of Sharm without finding out what it has to offer. Unlike other national parks, Ras Mohammed has two major draws; the setting above and below the waterline. Each is equally spectacular in scenery and each pulls in thousands of visitors every week.

It is Ras Mohammed's location on the very southern tip of the Sinai Penninsula that makes it a unique underwater experience. Three powerful currents from the Gulf of Suez, the Gulf of Aqaba, and the Red Sea collide creating a mix of nutrients and food from great depths. Currents and clean water are essential for healthy sea life and it is these currents that feed the vast shoals of fish that congregate there and keep the corals healthy and vibrant.

There are several seperate dive sites in the Park but the iconic one has to be Shark Reef which is constantly swept by a current that splits directly on the reef wall. Jumping in for a dive at exactly the right place on this split current, will let you hover in the back pressure from the reef with the shoals of snapper, barracuda, jacks, tuna, bat fish etc.