Small Crack

Sharm El Sheikh

Turtles, leopard sharks and reef sharks are sometimes spotted zipping about the long outer reef wall here, which is encrusted with gorgonian corals. This site is often dived as part of a Dunraven trip. Strong currents here can sometimes mean diving is not possible. Depth: 5m to 22m. Rating: intermediate to advanced. Access: boat.

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1. Dunraven

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2. Alternatives

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3. Stingray Station

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4. Ras Mohammed National Park

9.49 MILES

The waters surrounding this peninsula, 20km west of Sharm El Sheikh, are home to spectacular coral reefs, including the world-famous Shark and Jolanda…

5. Marsa Bareika Beach

10.3 MILES

Yellow arrows point the way to the sandy beaches and calm waters of Marsa Bareika, an excellent spot for snorkelling and safe for children.

6. Shark & Jolanda Reefs

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7. Khashaba Beach

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From Ras Mohammed visitors centre, a pink-signposted track leads to pretty Khashaba Beach, which has a designated camping area (permit necessary) nearby.

8. Old Quay Beach

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