Egypt, especially the Sinai Peninsula is not the most famous holiday destination nowadays. But we read very sad news a few days ago: there is an agreement between Egypt and Saudi Arabia: they plan to build a new bridge between the two countries over the Red Sea. According to some public plans exactly in the area where Sharm el Sheikh best snorkeling places can be found: the reefs of the Ras Ghamila, Ras Nasrani, and Ras Bob. This article inspired me to show you this area, present with some of our photos what they plan to destroy by building that bridge. I truly hope this plan won’t come true!
Sharm el Sheikh best snorkeling spots
Sharm is an underwater paradise: stunning reefs, big school of tropical fish, turtles, different type of rays, mantas, whale sharks can be spotted here as well as tiny sea creatures like nudibranchs or sea worms. If you enjoy being underwater and exploring stunning sea life, this is a place to be. People say (and us too) Sharm el Sheikh best snorkeling places are the reefs of Ras Nasrani and Ras Um Sid. We have already posted about the El Fanara area where the amazing corals of the Ras Um Sid, Temple, and Ras Kathy reefs can be found, but missed our Ras Nasrani review. Now we fill this gap, first let us introduce this region:
If you want to explore Sharm El Sheikh best snorkeling spots, the perfect place to stay is definitely the Montazah Ras Nasrani region. This area is just 5 minutes drive from the airport. It has a long sandy beach with easy access to stunning reefs, 3 different dive/snorkel spots are available if you stay one of the hotels here, you can easily reach Ras Bob, Ras Nasrani, and Ras Ghamila.
Hotels of the Montazah Ras Nasrani
The hotel selection is wide in the area, you find simple and luxury ones as well. It does not matter where you stay, you will enjoy the amazing view of the Tiran Island and excellent house reefs. Here is a list and a short introduction to the hotels:
Cyrene Grand Resort 5* (ex Melia Sharm Hotel): direct access to Ras Bob and Ras Nasrani reefs, well-known for its lighthouse, nice garden, good atmosphere and excellent view.
Melton Beach Resort 5* (ex Melia Sinai Hotel): with pontoon to Ras Nasrani. Melton Beach can be found next to Cyrene Grand Resort. There is a nice long promenade in front of the hotels. Perfect place for relaxing and snorkeling!
Tiran Island Hotel 4*: behind the Melia Sharm Hotel, no direct access to the beach. The sea is approx 10 minutes walk from the hotel, but minibusses operate all day long to take the guests to the beach and back. There is a snack bar on the beach so you can have drinks and light snacks during the day, moreover, guests use the jetty of the ex Melia Sharm.
Coral Beach Montazah Resort 4*: average Egyptian hotel with affordable price in the middle of the area. Beach is sandy; you can enter the deeper water from the hotel’s jetty. Perfect location to Sharm el Sheikh best snorkeling sites: if you swim right, you can discover the Ras Nasrani, on left side you can explore Ras Ghamila.
Baron Palms Resort 5*: excellent adults only boutique hotel designed in Andalusian style with long sandy beach, but jetty is also available. It has a nice tropical garden with 150 palm trees, two super swimming pools with waterfalls. Shops are also available in walking distance.
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Baron Resort 5*: Comfortable and relaxing hotel with excellent service, friendly staff, and great activities for adults and children. The water is relatively shallow in front of the hotel’s jetty, the house reef is stunning.
Coral Sea Sensatori 5*: modern hotel at European standard with great staff. The hotel has adults only region as well. Garden is well maintained, restaurants and bars offer wonderful food such as excellent drinks. Easy access to the Ras Ghamila beautiful reefs.
Vibrant coral reefs with rich underwater world
Finally, some words and photos about Sharm el Sheikh best snorkeling places, explore the Ras Bob, Ras Nasrani, and Ras Ghamila!
Ras Bob: easy snorkeling and diving place, water is not too deep close to the reef. Sheltered from wind and waves, currents are not strong. The place was named after Bob Johson underwater cameraman who worked in this region for many years.
Although the reef is not everywhere nice – there are bare areas with broken, bleaching corals. But you find some beautiful hard and soft corals as well. Anemone fish, banner and butterfly fish, parrotfish, crocodile fish and rainbow wrasses, blue spotted eagle rays just a few species you might see here.
Ras Nasrani: Christian’s Head means the name of this site in Arabic. Ras Nasrani is a long area with variable and interesting underwater world. If you swim left from Grand Cyrene’s (ex Melia Sharm) Hotel’s pontoon, there is a shallow area perfect for snorkellers at all levels. Sandy bottom, good light conditions, colorful reefs, playful fish, you will be amused by the underwater attractions. Huge napoleon wrasses are also guaranteed here. By good visibility, you might see gorgonians in deeper waters (at about 18-20 m). If you leave the sandy lagoon and swim alongside the reef, water will be deeper; this area is for advanced snorkellers! Stay close to the coral wall and look after the currents! Ras Nasrani is definitely Sharm el Sheikh best snorkeling spot! Sergeant Major Fish Colonies, surgeonfish, colorful sea clams, scorpion, crocodile, and lionfish live here; but you might meet turtle, blue spotted and eagle rays as well. The luckiest snorkellers and divers use to see manta rays or even whale shark!
Ras Ghamila: (Delightful Cape in Arabic) This area starts at the end of the Coral Sea Sensatori, the end of the site is marked by green beacon. If you go snorkeling here, always check the currents; sometimes they could be strong. The reef is relatively shallow (10-15 m) with sandy bottom. We were impressed by variable coral formations: coral heads, porite corals, pinnacles. Ras Ghamila has the largest number of sea fans around Sharm. We saw turtles, eagle and fantail rays, crocodile and lionfish, big school of bannerfish, butterfly fish as well as course clownfish, sergeant major fish, surgeon and parrotfish, hawkfish and pufferfish! I could continue the list forever! Best that we found some nudibranchs and sea worms! Sometimes people see here manta rays, such as sharks or whale shark.
If you watch our pictures, I think you can imagine how I felt when I read the news of building a bridge here. The corals are in danger all over the world! We should protect them and do our best to save them instead of destroying. These amazing places are Sharm el Sheikh best snorkeling places, where thousands of tourists spent their holidays in the past years and discovered the rich underwater world of the Red Sea – I hope that the situation in Egypt, in the Sinai Peninsula will change, life will be back to normal onetime and the people who love the country could travel there safe again and enjoy the beauty of the sea.