The Ras Mohammed National Park is located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It covers a land area of 135 square kilometers and an offshore area of 345 square kilometers, giving the park total size of 480 square kilometers.
It is without question Egypt’s most famous national park and perhaps also one of the most popular Sinai attractions.
Ras Mohammed National Park is also one of the world’s best and most famous diving sites. It is only a short 12km drive away from the phenomenally popular resort town of Sharm El Sheikh.
This makes it easily accessible for the thousands of SCUBA diving and snorkeling enthusiasts who flock to area each year.
Ras Mohammed National Park
Ras Mohammed National Park was declared a national park shortly after the Sinai Peninsula was handed back to Egypt following the Israeli occupation.
Prior to the area becoming a reserve, unorthodox fishing methods, including the use of knives and dynamite, were causing severe damage to the coral reefs and other forms of marine life.
The park’s establishment was also, at least in part, an attempt to curb the urban expansion of nearby Sharm El Sheikh.
Ras Mohammed National Park Diving
The biggest draw of Ras Mohammed National Park is its unspoiled natural beauty and its diversity of habitats. Mountains, wadis, desert, dunes, and mud planes; Ras Mohammed National Park has it all.
As mentioned further up the page, the park is also one of the world’s best dive destinations, with an abundance of coral reefs and other forms of marine life, on both the Aqaba side and the Gulf of Suez side of the park.
While many visitors to the park prefer to remain on dry ground, most are at the park for an unforgettable SCUBA diving or snorkeling experience. With more than 220 different types of coral, and more than 1,000 different types of fish, there is plenty to see once you start looking around in the crystal clear waters.
The coral reefs in the area are generally all very close to the shoreline, and the tops of the reefs are typically between 50 and 100 centimeters below the surface. Most have a width or around 30 to 50 meters, although some of the reefs on the Gulf of Suez side of the park have a width of 8 to 9 kilometers.
Other Features to Look Out For
The Ras Mohammed National Park is also home to an old shipwreck which makes for a wonderful SCUBA diving experience. There are also two small islands close to the shore line on the Gulf of Aqaba side of the park.
There are a number of motor boats that can take you out to the two islands for some more excellent diving, but at the time of writing, visitors were not permitted onto the islands.
Visiting Ras Mohammed with Egypt Tours Plus
The Ras Mohammed National Park is a place of splendid natural beauty which people of all ages can enjoy.
If you are going to be visiting Sharm El Sheikh while you are in Egypt, then we would definitely recommend making the short trip to the park. If you enjoy snorkeling or SCUBA diving, then you have even more reason to visit, given the fact that it is one of the world’s top dive destinations.
If you are thinking about booking one of our Egypt tours and you would like to visit Ras Muhammad National Park during your tour, we would recommend that you find your favorite Egypt tour package and customize it according to your exact wishes.
If you don’t find the perfect tour package, simply get in touch with us and we will be happy to customize any tour of your choice, or tailor make a tour from ground up just for you.