The national park is, officially, the best place to see the reefs, but... will it really be?
Flocks of tourists interact each day with the reef, causing erosion and and damaging the natural balance. They try to relief the pressure, finding other spots, and spreading people. We did, visit a couple of other places with marvelous and unspoilt reefs. Furthermore, Ras Mohammed is, I don't know why, the only place in southern Sinai where Sharm-el-Sheikh travellers need a Visa. That's up to you, but...
There´s two ways to visit - by boat, or by land. We heard that by land was better - cheaper, faster, and visiting more diving places. Do check for yourself before booking.
Why not try something different and take a fantastic boat ride to the beautiful National Park of Ras Mohammed.
You can enjoy some fabulous snorkelling and enjoy looking at the stunning sea life and coral of the Red Sea. Then you can relax and go to the Ras Mohammed National Park. The price includes a full day out from 8.00am to around 5.30p and soft drinks, lunch and entrance fees to the park are all included.
Ras Mohammed is not only a National Marine Park because of its coral reefs, but also because of the mangroves. These trees, living in salt water, are very important for the ecosystem of the area.
I saw lots of mangroves at several places, but these mangroves at the most southern tip of the Sinai peninsula are said to be the second most northerly mangrove group in the world.
You can visit the mangrove area by land to have a closer look at the trees. I passed by by boat on my way to some snorkling spots. From the boat you get an overview of the mangroves at both sides of the Mangrove Channel with the Mangrove Island at the left side.
If you thought snorkeling and diving by the beaches were good, try taking a boat trip to the national park of Ras Mohammed. The reefs there are amazing. The boattrip was good. Good food, good guides and friendly people as long as you can handle a diver constantly trying to get you to put on diving gear ;)
Me and my girlfriend took the boattrip and the beautiful scenery you can see from the boat is a nice bonus!
Have fun :)
Ras Mohamed is a national park which is located on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula approx. 30km from Sharm El Sheikh.
You can either visit Ras Mohamed by road or by sea. We chose to take a boat trip along the coast line and snorkelling in three different areas. We saw the most amazing fish and swam with a shark!
Laying 12 km from Sharm on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Mohammed is great for diving and snorkelling. We hired a car and bought our own snorkelling equipment (you can also hire equipment I believe at the beach) and it is handy to have some waterproof shoes, as climbing over the rocks to get to the reef can be painful! You can see some great fish and coral here and there are several spots to snorkel/dive in. A map is provided at the entrance so that you can see where to go. Bear in mind that you will to buy a visa on entry to Sharm if you plan on visiting the National Park. Entrance fee: approx 5 Egyptian Pounds pp. Open 8am-6pm.
You will see amazing waterlife like schools of fish of emerald green, jellyfish, rainbow coloured fish, and maybe even a snapping turtle! The water is very salty, but once you get the hang of the snorkel, it is amazing. The coral reef itself is among the most amazing in the world and you will see it all from your private boat for only 20 euros. Buffet Lunch included, and unlimited pop supply! yes!
Also, the scenery is breathtaking, and really, the best place in sharm to go is either the beach or actually on the water. Starking contrast to see the amazing life filled aqua clear water next to barren desert mountains. There were dozens of large yacht type boats heading out, and they docked next to us. The water is kind of cold.
The guide was amazing. A very cool and fun guy, he even jumped off the boat into the water to make us laugh. Such a cool egyptian, but then again, there are lots of them.
Take a trip to Ras Mohammed, a reserve which is home to all types of life. Protected from too much change you'll see a huge area of wilderness home to turtles, lion fish, puffer fish and hundreds of marine fish and coral, backed by an arid landscape which looks amazing. You can take morning, afternoon and day trips out here for diving/snorkelling etc. and you can get info on these trips from your rep. or around the hotels. It's not far to get to, so in the heat you wont have to travel for hours like on some excursions and is reasonably cheap too.
Ras Mohammed NP is the southern most tip of the Sinai. The National Park consists of a reef and a peninsula the reef surrounds. Here you will find the most popular ives sites that can be reached from Sharm el Sheikh. Many dive operators go here daily. I went to three different dive sites here. Most beautiful and also most popular is the Shark & Yolanda Reef. Here you will find two plateaus that you can swim around. They dive is best done as a drift dive with currents usually coming from the east. Be carefull though since there is a 750 m drop off at Shark Reef, so keep an eye on you depth gauge. I saw a lot of fauna here. Big schools of barracudas and jackfish, a giant moray eel, lion fish and loads more. When you get to the Yolanda wreck mind the currents because they can get very strong. Also there will be lots of divers around so look all around you at all times. Inspect the wreck carefullt, since a lot of fish hide in there. You might see a crocodile fish and in the toilet pots, you might find a lion fish, so don't sit on the toilet!!
book a taxi for the day. and drive to Ras mohammed national park. pay the nominal entrance fee and sunbathe on the finest beaches of this national water park. this truly is a world class site. all the beaches are pretty secluded. and have exquisite reefs in which u can snorkle and see all sorts of beautiful fish and corals. even turtles if your lucky. its worth traveling independantly just so you can choose the beach you want and stay as long as u like till u move onto the next one. do all the sights here in your own time. and get you pic taken at the sharks observatory. this is truly a beautiful place and i feel the guided trips dont do it enough justice. if travelling on a package by boat it will not be possible to go ashore
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