Ras Mohammed National Park is a conservation area, the pride of Egypt, the country’s first national park, opened in 1989. It was created to preserve the species representatives of flora and fauna, as well as their growth in natural conditions.
The total area of the park is 480 sq. kilometers, of which more than two-thirds is the water surface. The territory of the park includes two islands – Tiran and Sanafir.
Ras Mohammed National Park (translated as “Cape of Mohammed”) is located in the south of the Sinai Peninsula, 25 km (along the coast of the Red Sea) southwest of Sharm el-Sheikh. The southernmost part is home to some of the top ten snorkeling beaches in the world. On the territory of the park, there are corals, which are about two billion years old.
There are two unique lakes in the park: Lake of Desires and Salt Lake. The water of the first of them is partially desalinated since the lake is fed by fresh sources gushing from the ground. The water of the second is twice as salty as the sea since the lake is fed by unique salt springs.
The underwater world is represented by turtles, outlandish fish, including Napoleon fish, butterflyfish, angelfish, and a great many other species. Already 6 meters from the water’s edge, reefs begin, with their colorfulness and diversity resembling fairy-tale forests, in which coral fish of amazing beauty lives, including hedgehog fish, parrotfish, etc., starfish, sea urchins, sea lilies, seahorses, and also stingrays, barracuda, and even sharks.
Among the land representatives of the fauna in the reserve, there are numerous birds, among which there are migratory birds, gazelles, foxes, hyenas, reptiles, etc.
The mangroves are of great value in the park. Another asset of the reserve is various types of geological rocks.
Approximately 50,000 tourists visit Ras Mohammed National Park each year, and the number of visitors is increasing as the Sinai region becomes more popular.
Entertainment and attractions of Ras Mohammed
Be sure to admire the mangroves, which have adapted to live in saltwater, so that their roots are covered with a thick crust of dried salt. They look plain, but such a will to live commands respect. Visit the Magic Bay, which rivals the Dead Sea in salinity.
It is believed that the salt and mud of the bay are medicinal (the corresponding souvenirs are sold in the reserve), water makes wishes come true if you manage to immerse yourself in it completely, head first (try, salt stubbornly pushes back), and you cannot take a picture of a magical place from a satellite. There are enough attractions, just have time to look around. Then, perhaps, you will be lucky enough to see animals and birds living in the reserve.
Diving in Ras Mohammed
Snorkeling is prohibited near some of Ras Mohammed’s reefs due to strong underwater currents. Of course, the recommendations of local dive masters are worth listening to.
The coral reefs of the reserve are simply amazing: they are real seamounts, with a vast plateau and cliffs somewhere in the invisible distance.
Whichever dive point you choose – Eel Garden, Anemone City (just a blooming garden at a depth of 14 m!), Yolanda Reef, Shark Reef, Shark Observatory (Shark Observatory) or one of the other amazing creations of nature, the underwater world of the park will overwhelm you.
In order not to accidentally cut yourself, it is better to go down with your shoes on, and to see as many fish living between the corals as possible, it is worth choosing the afternoon for diving, when the flow of tourists subsides a little.
Equipment can be rented here, in the reserve, or you can order a set for yourself when buying a tour. Those who dive for the first time will receive a special certificate after that. And absolutely everyone who has been underwater in Ras Mohammed will see a fantastic and truly unique sight.
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