Ras Mohamed national Park
The Sinai Peninsula in Egypt is home to the Ras Muhammad National Park. It is located on the peninsula’s most southern tip. The park covers a total area of 185 square miles (480 sq. km). This was Egypt’s first national park.
The Red Sea Reef is protected by 133 square miles (345 square kilometers) of the 185 square miles (480 square kilometers) of land. In addition to the Red Sea Reef, the park’s protected area includes two islands immediately off the peninsula.
On land, the park safeguards a little mangrove forest at the peninsula’s tip. Mountains, sand dunes, wadis, and coastal mud plains can be found further inland.
Both bordering and hermatypic reefs can be found on the Red Sea Reef and its neighboring reef zones. There are about 220 coral species, as well as over 1,000 fish species, 40 starfish species, 150 crab species, and 25 sea urchin species.
The green turtle and the hawksbill turtle are two sea turtles that can frequently be seen swimming around the reefs.
The Red Sea is the northernmost tropical sea, stretching 1,400 miles (2,250 kilometers) and covering 169,000 square miles (438,000 sq km). Only a small area of the Red Sea Reef is protected by the Ras Muhammad National Park.
Trails of Ras Muhammad National Park
Hikes and treks are not well-known in the park. It is most renowned for its coastal scenery, crystal clear blue water, and underwater exploration of the Red Sea Reef and some of the peninsula’s bordering reefs.
Entertainment and attractions of Ras Mohammed
Admire the mangroves, which have adapted to life in saltwater by having a thick crust of dried salt covering their roots.
They may appear unassuming, but such a strong want to live commands respect. Visit the Magic Bay, which has the same salinity as the Dead Sea.
Water makes dreams come true if you manage to submerge yourself entirely in it with your head (hah, try, salt persistently pushes back), and you can’t capture a photo of a magical spot from a satellite (the equivalent souvenirs are sold in the reserve).
There are plenty of attractions; all you need is some time to look around. Then you might get lucky and witness animals and birds that live in the reserve.
Diving in Ras Mohammed National Park
Due to strong underwater currents, snorkeling is forbidden near parts of Ras Mohammed’s reefs. Local dive masters’ advice are, of course, worth considering.
The reserve’s coral reefs are incredible: they look like true seamounts, with a large plateau and towering cliffs out in the distance.
Whatever dive location you select – Eel Garden, Anemone City (simply a blossoming garden at a depth of 14 m!), Yolanda Reef, Shark Reef, Shark Observatory, or one of the park’s other outstanding natural wonders – the park’s underwater world will enthrall you.
To avoid cutting yourself, dive down with your shoes on, and to observe as many fish as possible living amongst the reefs, go diving in the afternoon, when the crowds have died down a little.
Rental equipment is available in the reserve, or you can order a set while purchasing a tour. Following that, those who dive for the first time will receive a special certificate.
And everyone who has snorkeled in Ras Mohammed National Park will witness a spectacular and genuinely unique sight.