Northern Red Sea
Northern Red Sea
Departing from Sharm el Sheikh International Port the northern itineraries can venture as far south as the Brother Islands. The Sinai peninsula is a mountainous region which often seems mirrored underwater with monumental drop off's, dramatic vertical walls and canyons. The waters of the Sinai are on a major shipping route making them the gateway between Europe and Africa. These waters are now home to numerous wrecks making dives interesting for both the history and marine diversity. The northern Red Sea boasts some of the most impressive wrecks in the world including the Rosalie Moller and the SS Thistlegorm. In addition to it's wrecks the northern Red Sea has some world renowned reef dives.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Ras Mohammed peninsula separates the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba. Currents flow out of both gulfs and bathe Ras Mohammed in rich nutrients, ensuring both plentiful and varied marine life. Shark Reef and Yolanda wreck is the most impressive dive in the national park. With a vertical wall descending to in excess of 800m, strong currents and huge schools of fish, Shark reef is a truly breath taking and exciting dive. Although the wreck of the Yolanda is too deep for recreational divers, her cargo of ideal standard toilets, baths and a BMW car are easily accessible. In the summer months vast numbers of snapper, barracuda and bat fish school in the blue water in front of Shark reef with oceanic black tip sharks moving majestically between.
The Straits of Tiran
The straits are formed by the island of Tiran to the east and the Sinai coastline to the west. The meeting of deep waters, continental plate, and narrow passage creates a bottleneck through which a strong dense flow of plankton is funneled to the coral reefs. A food chain is set in motion which links the plankton, coral organisms and reef fish to the larger fish - the sharks! At certain times of the year, weather and sea conditions permitting, a dive may be done in the deep blue water to search for a school of hammerheads.
The four main dive sites in Tiran are Gordon, Thomas, Woodhouse and Jackson which are named after the English Cartographers who drew the first nautical maps of the region. In addition to the diversity of marine life Tiran offers some amazing topography including the famous canyons at Thomas Reef and Woodhouse Reef.