The Ras Mohammed National Park is Egypt's first conservation area. It is washed by the Red Sea and located in the south of the Sinai Peninsula. It is one of the most beautiful places in the region with vast snow-white beaches. Numerous divers from all over the world come here. The Park boasts amazing and diverse underwater landscapes; however, its reefs and walls are especially of interest. There is a sunken ship in good condition resting at the bottom which is teeming with many various creatures. You will encounter over 1000 species of marine-life and 150 species of coral here. The Ras Mohammed National Park is a real treasure trove of underwater flora and fauna.
The Ras Mohammed National Park is 20 km away from the Sharm El Sheikh International Airport. From the airport, you can reach the park by taxi, by ordering a transfer from the hotel, or by renting a car.
The dry climate of the Ras Mohammed National Park is favourable for diving all-year-round. But the best time for diving is from April to November when the air temperature is between +29-31 ˚C; while the water warms up to +27-29 ˚C. The summers are hot here, with the sea being warm; while in February, the water is at its coldest.
Reefs, walls, underwater gardens, and wrecks are the main dive spots of the Ras Mohammed National Park. The most popular sites are as follows: the Shark Reef — a wall with corals and fish, which goes 750 m down; and the Eel Garden, where patient divers can observe thin and long fish popping out of the sand, waving to and fro in the current.
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.