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Faraana Reef is probably the most photographed of Sharm el-Sheikh. From the cliffs that surround the bay, we overlook its turquoise waters, iridescent with coral. If this reef is less famous than some of the neighboring reefs (especially Ras Um Sid’s reef drop off), it is home to spectacular underwater life. Red Sea bannerfish, angelfish, damselfish and a wide variety of other equally colorful species are easy to spot everywhere on the reef.

Faraana Reef drop off
Spectacular view of Faraana’s reef drop-off.

How to go snorkeling Faraana Reef?

Faraana Reef is part of a series of 4 very close spots, which follow one another along the southern coast of Hadaba, the southernmost district of Sharm el-Sheikh. This area is considered the best for snorkeling from the shore in Sharm. These 4 spots are, from west to east: Ras Katy, Faraana Reef, Temple Reef and Ras Um Sid. Due to their proximity, if you are a good swimmer you can consider exploring several spots during the same session, following the reef.

The easiest way to access this spot is via the pontoon installed on the reef. This allows you to enter the water directly on the outer reef, without having to cross the reef, where the depth is very shallow. It is not public but it is notably accessible from Faraana Reef Beach (the beach reserved for residents of the Faraana Reef Resort) and Gold Beach (private beach, paying).

You can also enter the water from the beach (Gold Beach, Faraana Reef Beach or the Temple Cafe & Beach), but you then have to swim a hundred meters on the reef flat to reach the outer reef.

Faraana Reef snorkeling map
Links to nearby spots: Ras Um Sid, Temple Reef, Ras Katy.

Water entrance for snorkeling Faraana Reef

Depending on the access chosen, you will enter the water either from a pontoon equipped with a ladder or from a sandy beach. If you enter the water from the beach, you will have to swim a hundred meters on the plateau to reach the outer reef.

Faraana Reef snorkeling exploration tips

The depth on the reef is about 0.5m. Illuminated by the sun, it is covered with corals and multicolored giant clams. These shallow waters are also popular with many fish, which are ideal for taking photos. Be careful not to damage the corals (and / or hurt yourself) while kicking.

Blackspotted rubberlip in Faraana Reef
A blackspotted rubberlip and a Red Sea bannerfish observed on the reef.

On the front of the reef, where the corals cascade into the blue, we also discover a colorful underwater life: schools of Red Sea coachfish, black and white snappers, duke angelfish and zebra surgeons, among others, will accompany you during your underwater ride.

Faraana reef flat
A sulphur damselfish on the reef flat, where many maxima clams are found.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

A hotel, the Faraana Reef Resort, and two private beaches, Gold Beach and Temple Cafe & Beach, offer direct access to the spot.


  • Level required Intermediate
  • Maximum depth30ft/10m
  • Water entranceFrom a jetty or a beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsPrivate beaches entrance fees or stay at Faraana Reef Resort
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

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These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.