Egypt: Red Sea - Dive Sites - Anemone City

Anemone City



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Ras Muhammad, just inshore from Shark Reef


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

Average Depth:

18m (60ft)

Maximum Depth:

40m+ (130ft+)

Average Visibility:

20m (65ft)

Anemone City is one of the nicest sites in the Ras Muhammad area. The reef is steeply sloping, cut by deep bays and inlets. The sharply angled profile is broken by a number of plateau or large shelves, on which densely grown pinnacles and coral heads stand. Coral growth is very rich, particularly on the portion of the reef stretching to the right form the shore entry point, in the direction of Shark Reef.

There are of course huge numbers of anemone, with attendant anemonefish. The site also boasts some prolific fish life, particularly in the mornings when the site is bustling with activity. Near the surface, barracuda and silvery needlefish hang patiently in the water.

Shore access, from a parking area at the edge of the shallow inshore bay, can be rather tiring at low tide, as it involves crossing the shallows in the bay. The easiest route is along the left edge of the bay as you face the sea.

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Last Updated: May 29th, 2011