Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Ras Za'atir

Ras Za'atir



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Ras Muhammad, across the mouth of Mersa Bereka from Ras Ghozlani


By local or live-aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh, Naama Bay or other ports

Average Depth:

20m (65ft)

Maximum Depth:

30m+ (100ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

Ras Za'atir is located on the northern tip of the Ras Muhammed Peninsula and is within the boundaries of the Ras Muhammed National Park. The reef at this site is similar but more contoured than Ras Ghozlani, with many cracks and fissures, some forming small caves which can be entered.

It is made up of a steep wall and some large caves. The current runs along the sheer wall from the north to the south and into a cove. There is a reasonable range of coral species, both hard and soft and a large-scale growth of xeniid soft corals. Coral quality is generally good, but suffers from silting and sandfall, particularly from the north. There are some large caves that are filled with glass sweepers and soft corals. Black coral trees are found deeper along the wall and are the home to many longnose hawkfish. The shallow areas of the wall are excellent places for macro photography.

There are many small invertebrates, like the feather tube worms, corals and nudibranchs. Large open ocean fish are also found in this area. Because Ras Za'atir is dived less often than its neighbor, Shark Reef, there are more open ocean fish here. You can often see barracudas, manta rays and sharks. There may be even more sharks at Ras Za'atir than at Shark Bay.

The typical depth range of Ras Za'atir is 20 to 165 feet and is best accessed by a drift boat dive or local guide. The expertise required is a novice with an instructor, advanced, dive master or instructor.

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Last Updated: May 29th, 2011