You do not need to be a scuba diver or even snorkel to enjoy a superb day trip by boat to Ras Mohammed National Park. But if you are a diver or snorkeler, you get to see the magnificent world under the water as well as the hauntingly beautiful landscape of Ras Mohammed park.
Guests are collected from their hotels in mini buses about 8 AM, and brought to the dive centre where permission forms are completed. Then it is off to the marina to board your boat. Several stops, usually in three places from Ras Mohammed to Ras Katy, which is closer to central Sharm el Sheikh, mean that those who want to dive and snorkel experience different reefs and varieties of fish and other marine creatures. If you are lucky you may see dolphins leap from the water near your boat, or see a manta ray or turtle along with the thousands of fish.
The National Park is located at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula and is one of the most famous dive sites in the Red Sea, repeatedly ranked high in lists of Best Dive Sites Worldwide. It includes 800 meter deep reef walls, a strong current, and some of the most exquisite coral gardens you can imagine. The water is rich in plankton and other foods which fuel the growth of stony and soft corals, and this attracts large schools of fish. These fish as a food source in turn attract fish such as barracuda, jackfish, tuna, and sharks.
In summer the Red Sea waters are not cold at all, making swimming a real pleasure, and visibility is usually excellent year round.
A buffet lunch is included, essential for hungry divers and equally enjoyed by those who choose to just laze on deck. Guides and assistance in the water is included, and the crew watch carefully the less strong swimmers and ensure they are safe, and help you back onto the boat if needed. Children can take to the water safely and enjoy the same experience as the adults. Your boat returns to the marina about 4.30 PM, and you are returned to your hotel. There is a small additional payment for the National Park entry, and if you do not bring your own snorkel, mask and fins, these can be hired.
These trips are relatively inexpensive, so even if you are booked into an all-inclusive hotel, adding a trip should not break your holiday budget. An experience like this is the best souvenir you can take home, better than anything you can buy in the bazaars of Sharm. The boat trips offer sensational value compared to what a similar trip would cost you in Europe, the UK or elsewhere.
Contact us at Nature Travel to book your trip, and don’t miss experiencing this unique place.