The dive sites in Sharm el Sheikh stretch from the Straits of Tiran in the North and Ras Mohammed in the South, with the famous Thistlegorm being slightly further south, in the Gulf of Suez.
Your first day of boat diving will be on one of the local sites between Ras Nasrani and Ras Katy. There are virtually no currents and the topography is ideal for your first dives in the area. With gentle plateau and sheltered conditions, you can really enjoy your first day.
Sharm el Sheikh Dive Sites
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Typical of the Red Sea, the area features fringing reef plates. This means the reef extends 10-30m out from the shore at about 1m depth.
The reef then drops vertically creating the typical walls of the area. These drop offs range from 10-800m. Care needs to be taken in crossing the reef if diving by shore and good buoyancy control is needed during the dive. With deep water the possibility of strong currents is present. These can occur at any headland called “Ras” in Arabic, Ras Mohammed being a very good example of this.
The narrowing of the Gulf of Aqaba at the site of Tiran Island creates a funnel effect and the 4 pinnacles that make up the dive sites are prone to strong currents caused by tidal action.
All of these currents make for a huge abundance of corals and fish life as the water movement encourages food chains that bring in larger fish and enable corals to grow to sizes unseen anywhere else.