Shark Observatory

Ras Mohammed National Park

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. Even if you don't get lucky with your pelagic spotting, this is an interesting wall dive. Depth: surface to more than 40m. Rating: advanced. Access: boat.

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Nearby Ras Mohammed National Park attractions

1. Jolanda Bay

2.01 MILES

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

2. Main Beach

2.25 MILES

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…

3. Mangrove Channel

2.27 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. 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…

5. Jackfish Alley


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…

6. Old Quay Beach

3.03 MILES

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

7. Shark & Jolanda Reefs

3.18 MILES

This two-for-one special off the southern tip of Ras Mohammed is among the most famous dives in the Red Sea and rated one of the top five dives in the…

8. Salt Lake

3.33 MILES

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