Main Beach

Ras Mohammed National Park

Aptly named Main Beach gets crowded with day trippers from Sharm El Sheikh, but with its vertical coral walls just offshore, it remains one of the best snorkelling destinations in Ras Mohammed National Park. Follow the blue-arrowed track to get here.

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Nearby Ras Mohammed National Park attractions

1. Shark Observatory Clifftop


This clifftop area, near Main Beach, has views over the dive-site area known as the Shark Observatory. Despite the name, you would be very lucky to spot a…

2. Jolanda Bay

0.28 MILES

There's some excellent snorkelling at Jolanda Bay, which is reached by a track marked with red arrows.

3. Mangrove Channel

0.67 MILES

Green arrows lead to Ras Mohammed's Mangrove Channel, one of the most northerly mangrove forests in the world. Nearby, you can see huge cracks (one of the…

4. Jackfish Alley

0.93 MILES

A comparatively shallow site that is good for a second or third dive, Jackfish Alley has two enormous caves filled with shoaling glassfish. Depth: 6m to…

5. Old Quay Beach

1.08 MILES

Old Quay Beach is perfect for snorkelling; it has a spectacular vertical reef teeming with fish just offshore.

6. Salt Lake

1.23 MILES

This stunningly aqua-blue salt lake is about 200m inland from Ras Mohammed's Mangrove Channel and is a popular swimming stop.

7. Aqaba Beach

1.31 MILES

A track (with brown arrows) leads to Aqaba Beach. Just offshore is the Eel Garden dive site, named after an eel colony 20m down.

8. Shark Observatory

2.25 MILES

This dive site, underneath the promontory of the same name, takes its name from the fact that whale sharks can occasionally be sighted while diving here…