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.
This is a reef second only the the great barrier reef. If you are into snorkelling GO, if you are not GO its beautiful just to look at also! Its done by boat, on a day trip, you get 3 or 4 chances to snorkel plus food and drink its a fabulous trip,a real must do!
Ras Mohammed is situated at the extreme southern part of the Sinai Peninsula. Here the Gulf of Aqaba meets with the Gulf of Suez and the ocean floor drops down to depths of more than 1000 meter.
Due to this topographical position, there are strong currents throughout the whole year which provide the reefs in the best possible way with the necessary nutrients. This dive site in the northern part of the Red Sea offers a large variety and density of species.
These dive sites can be reached by boat around one hour cruising time from Sharm el Sheik harbour.
You can travel to Ras Mohammad either by boat or by road. After a couple of days of seasickness we decided to stay on dry land for a day or two and so visited Ras Mohammad by road as part of a group excursion.
It turned out to be brilliant. Our guide was lovely and very knowledgeable as well as caring a lot about the environment. He made sure that everyone understood how important it was not to feed the fish and told off those who ignored this (some ignorant fools felt it was more important to get a good photo then preseve the life of the ocean).
On this trip we were taken to see the mangroves before being taken to a snorkelling spot. This was amazing - a shallow entrance and a sudden drop off where you are suddenly looking down into the depths of the ocean. The coral is beautiful, the fish are colourful and plentiful and the time goes all too quickly.
If you (like me) have pretty wobbly sea legs this is an excellent way to see the beauty of Ras Mohammad both above and below the ocean.
What is special and poignant about the trip is the entrance to the park which takes you through a beautiful monument. The symbols (see picture) represent peace in both hebrew and arabic.
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!
Meet the majestic black mangrove tree, the Avicennia Marina. The mangrove ( originally a West Indian word for salt tolerant coastal plants ) is, as under statements go, a peculiarity in this part of the world. Mangroves are considered to be "rain forests by the sea" and cover over 2.2 billion acres of the earth's surface. This is however almost the most northerly place you will see this plant, the most northerly being in the Nabq protected area which is just a bit further up the coast of Sinai. This is truly the pushing the edge of its range to its extreme.
Taking a closer look at the mangrove at Ras Mohamed , we see that they are an evergreen shrub where trees are from 1 to 5 meters in length with a 40cm average diameter for the trunk. This makes them considerably shorter than Mangroves found further south along the Red Sea where heights reach from 5 to 7 meters. These trees have dense foliage with shiny green, thick ovate leaves as well as some small white to yellowish four petalled flowers. They also have hairy, ball-like petioles at the end of twigs. However the most .................
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Link to Ras Mohammed
Large underwater national park located just south of Sharm el Sheikh....
Many, many amazing dive sites to be found here. On one dive we were diving on a near vertical cliff that drops over 900 meters (2500+ feet) down to the ocean floor...
It was an amazing sight to see this wall drop straight down into the dark abyss of the Red Sea...
We went here with help from "Sun n Fun".
It cost´s about 300 Le for 2 persons for a Jeep Safari and it includes snorkeling.
The mangrooves was something too see!
We took a bath in a very salty lake at Ras Mohammed - wonderful!
We also checked out the cracks in the ground from an earthquake (1960+ something)
Ras Mohamed (which translates from the Arabic as Cape Mohamed) has always had immense strategic importance for the Ancient Egyptians who controlled trade on the Red Sea. With the beginning of commercial capitalism, the Arabs,the Mamlukes, and later the Ottomans who ruled Egypt found it necessary to maintain a strong military presence in this area to secure the land and naval routes of the profitable transit trade between Europe and the East, as well as the passage ways to Mecca. The Ras Mohamed point was anciently known as the point of meeting between Heroopoliticus sinus (Gulf of Suez) on the west, and Ælaniticus sinus (Gulf of Aqaba).
This strategic importance of the area was elevated further with the opening of the Suez Canal at the end of the Nineteenth Century. It basically implied that whoever held the area of Ras Mohamed, Sharm-el-Sheikh, and the Islands of Tiran and Sanafeer controlled the straits of Tiran which meant that they controlled any trade between Europe Africa, and Asia. It was therefore only logical that Britain, the naval super power of the time, would aim and succeed in seizing Sinai and the rest of Egypt from the Ottomans in 1882. Aiming to secure the passageway to India, Sinai was added to the list of British strongholds en route which included Gibraltar, Malta, Cyprus, Alexandria, Suez, and Aden in Yemen.
It should also be mentioned that Laurence of Arabia used the area as a backdrop for his men at the time of the assault on Aqaba during the Arab Revolt of the First World War.
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 have to go to Ras Mohamed National Park to do some snorkeling if you are an adrenalin junkie who isn't into scuba diving. There is a beach where you snorkel out for about 100 metres and then come to the edge of the coral. Until that point you are swimming in about 20 cm of water, but suddenly there is no bottom! Fantastic fish hang about the coral cliff and watching them is amazing once you get your heart started again.
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.
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.
If there's one thing you do, make sure you go to Ras Mohammed. The snorkelling is outstanding and the water is crystal clear.
We hired a taxi to take us there for the day (you can't walk round the park, it's HUGE). We paid about LE250 for the full day (plus LE50 tip), but I expect you could probably get it even cheaper than that.
There's not many places to buy water, so take plenty with you. Try lunching in the bedouin tents - we ate fish, potatoes, rice, chicken etc and had drinks for about LE30 each.
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.
ras mohammed is a national park located near sharm el sheikh.
here u'll be able to see wonderful things, in the water and on the earth too.
diving here is really fantastic, what u'll see is unique in the whole world...