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Snorkel Site
SHARM ToP THREE
sharm el sheikh dive site locations such as the ras mohammed national park and the strait of tiran continue
to feature as some of the best places for divers to explore. But what does the tip of the sinai peninsula offer
snorkellers? We take a look at the pick of sharm’s best guided snorkel tours.
Sharm el Sheikh
Tiran
near garden
Naama Bay
Jackson reef
Ras Mohammed
National Park
Jackfish alley
Jackson Reef, Tiran Jackfish Alley, Ras
not unusual to come across some of sharm’s
big underwater visitors, such as turtles, eagle
often exposed to current, Jackson reef is a
and manta rays, as well as the whale shark.
hotspot for sharm-based divers. However, the
Mohammed National Park
back of the reef also offers equally fantastic
the guided snorkel starts at the sandy area
CDWs recommends that snorkelling in these
experiences to snorkellers. generally guided
before the caves at 6m. Here you will find
sites should only be carried out under the
as a semi-drift snorkel, the excursion starts
stunning table corals, hundreds of anthias
supervision of a suitably qualified guide. all
from the mid-point in the reef, where there
and cleaning stations, where barracuda
sites are accessible by boat.
is a beautiful sandy drop from depth of 2m
often are found. moving off to the shallow
to 9m. Cornetfish gather here all year, as do
sandy areas, away from the usual diver
big eye emperor fish, twin-spotted snapper
route, snorkellers have the chance to see
and in the sandy areas crocodilefish. a blue-
grey snapper, white tip and black tip reef
spotted stingray with no tail has been spotted
sharks hanging near the cleaning station,
consistently by snorkellers in this area for the
particularly in the winter months.
last two years. other life includes pipefish,
Near Garden, Naama Bay
lionfish and clownfish. During the summer
as there is empty land around this site, there
when there is less current, snorkellers may
are generally very few snorkellers who visit
see barracuda, eagle rays and turtles.
this area. keeping close to the reef at all
special thanks to Camel Dive Club (www.
times, this is often guided as a semi-drift to
cameldive.com) in sharm el sheikh for its
near garden. Depths range from 7m to deep
help with this feature.
blue water near the corner. in summer it is
28 www.cdws.travel
issue 2 august / september 2009
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