Underwater Photo Location: Eel Gardens, Ras Mohamed Park
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|Eel Garden dive site is located in the Ras Mohamed Park. The site is right in between Jackfish Alley dive site (north) and |
Sharks Observatory (South). The dive can be done by boat or shore. The dive normally starts at a shallow cave, 0.5 meters
at the surface down to a depth of approximately 5 meters. Starting from the entrance of the cave, there is a sloping sandy bottom with a huge population of Garden eels (which are endemic to the Red Sea). Once you have seen the Garden eels and cave, you can then either move north towards Jackfish Alley or south towards Sharks Observatory. The current can be
in any direction and if diving from boat it is better to do the dive as a drift dive, as the current can be strong at times.
If moving north towards Jackfish Alley, you will find a wall type reef, starting at the surface dropping down to about 13 meters, from this depth it becomes a sloping reef with coral pinnacles and sand down to a depth of 35 meters.
At 35 meters is basically a sand "road", approximately 50 meters wide. If you continue into the blue will you find satellite reef, which varies in depth from 26 meters to 40 meters +. I have encountered Grey reef sharks and huge shoals of
barracuda / jacks on the satellite reef. The main reef itself offers lots of caves, with glassfish, groupers, lionfish, moray eels, scorpionfish, crocodile fish, turtles etc. If you do this dive in the afternoon, you will find many jacks passing by in the
If moving south towards Sharks Observatory, you will find a wall type reef, starting at the surface dropping down to 50+ meters. Approximately 30 meters from the eel garden at a depth of 18 meters, are some nice pinnacles with lots of glassfish and groupers. Moray eels, lionfish, scorpionfish, snappers, napolean wrasse, turtles, eagle rays, electric rays, blue spotted rays have all been spotted at this site. If you keep your eye on the blue you will see jacks and barracuda passing by.
The reef to the south also have lots of caves and overhangs.
|Facts about Eel Gardens, Ras Mohamed Park|
- It is in Egypt
- Eel Gardens, Ras Mohamed Park is in the Red Sea.
- The typical depth is 0-30 Metres 0-100 Feet.
- The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
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