Shark Reef & Yolanda Wreck

Ras Mohammed National Park, Egypt

Wreck Reef Drift

Situated right at the tip of the Sinai this site is world renowned. Shark Reef, covered in stunning hard and soft corals, is a vertical wall dropping to charted depths of nearly 800m. Yolanda Reef has a wide plateau with a coral garden and masses of pinnacles, each one a cleaning station teeming with fish. Between Yolanda reef and the main reef lies the cargo of the wreck of the Yolanda. A 74m long cargo ship, she was transporting bathroom supplies and a BMW to the port of Aqaba when she struck the reef in 1980. She lay on her side until 1987 when she slid into the abyss, during a heavy storm, leaving her cargo behind for divers to explore today.
Currents can be quite strong here, creating a kind of rollercoaster ride around these reefs in one direction or the other, depending on the prevailing current. Most of the year, divers enjoy looking out for scorpionfish, crocodilefish, groupers, turtles, tuna, huge morays and napoleons that frequent this dive site but in the summer, all focus changes to the water away from the reef where schools of fish collect together for mating; Twin spot (Bohar) Snapper, Red Snapper, batfish, unicornfish, barracudas and more which of course sometimes attracts the predators. Silkies, grey reefs, black tips and even tigers have been seen at this dive site. Entry fee: 5 Euro (paid locally).

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March 22nd, 2012 - 5:22:
If you do go to Shark and Yolanda make sure you go there in between june and september, the big schools of tuna, snappers, barracudas, batfish, can attract the different big ocean white tip sharks and also the grey reef sharks. Going down at Shark reef to 30 meters offers good possibility to see reef sharks swimming about. It is all year round spectacular with awesome fauna and flora. It can be quite tricky to get around if there is a lot of current but if you dive with a good dive operator they will have checked the tide charts and now when the best time of the day to dive will be. It offers a bit of everything. Normally a small current going from anemone city towards Shark reef, will take you all the way from anemone city's plateau to the steep wall that continues down to 800 meters. Around shark reef, where both big turtles and huge groupers can hide in cracks and openings in the wall. After shark you come around to the sloping bottom going up to 10 meters with soft corals and opportunity to see stonefish and popcorn shrimp and nice nudibranchs.

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