Ras Banas is a peninsula, extending into the Red Sea in southern Egypt. Previously, there was a US military base, but now Ras Banas is a thriving tourist area. The island is especially popular among divers and snorkelers. Here you will enjoy pristine beauty and the unique underwater world. Ras Banas has many thrilling diving spots. The underwater landscape is made up of fantastic reefs, and rocks and walls, fully covered with bright corals. Diving at the ancient port of Berenice in Foul Bay will exceed all your expectations. You won't find such natural beauty and diversity anywhere else in the world! The excellent visibility provides for comfortable diving.
Ras Banas is located 150 km from Hurghada International Airport. From there, you can take a taxi, bus or shuttle service. The trip will take about 3.5 hours.
Ras Banas' dry climate allows you to dive all year round, except for the short rainy season in November. The best period for diving is from March to October when the average air temperature is +21-35 °C, and the water temperature is +20-29 °C. In winter the weather is cool.
Reefs and steep rocks are the main dive spots of Ras Banas. The most popular place is Rocky Island, with a cliff that goes down to a depth of 1,000 m. It is covered with bright stony and soft corals. White Rock is also worth a visit. You can find an abundance of different creatures here.
The warm waters of the Red Sea attract a variety of underwater creatures, including unique inhabitants — dugongs which are on the IUCN Red List. It harbors more than 1,200 species of marine inhabitants, old picturesque corals, which are about 2 billion years old. The Red Sea is a home for bright tropical fish, marine turtles, dolphins, octopuses, giant oceanic manta rays, gray reef sharks and whale sharks. Among natural and artificial reefs, coral gardens and sunken ships you can see shoals of tuna fish, barracudas, butterflyfish, humphead wrasses and moray eels. Some of them are dangerous: moon jellyfish, reef stonefish, whiptail stingray and pterois.