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Ras Mohammed National Park, considered the most beautiful marine protected area in the Red Sea, is a must for any snorkeling trip to Sharm el-Sheikh. Several snorkeling locations, including Seven Pools spot, allow you to discover the marine life of the park. This series of patch reefs is located in a remote area of the park and features a kaleidoscope of colorful fish swimming in translucent water.

Reef fish in Seven Pools, Egypt
Many fish, including the Sohal surgeonfish, swim on the flats.

How to get to Seven Pools snorkeling spot?

Seven Pools is one of the main snorkeling spots visited by Ras Mohamed National Park boat trips. Most snorkeling tours to Seven Pools depart from Sharm el-Sheikh marina, south of the city, and combine reef snorkeling with a visit to nearby White Island. Due to the long boat trip to reach the location (1 to 1:30 hrs), tours usually last the whole day (approximately 9 am to 4 pm).

Seven Pools snorkeling map, Ras Mohammed National Park

Water entrance for snorkeling Seven Pools

Water entrance is directly from the boat, near shallow reefs.

Seven Pools snorkeling exploration tips

Seven Pools location features a series of small patch reefs, measuring between 30 and 60 meters in diameter on average. The reefs, on which the depth does not exceed 3 to 6 ft/1 to 2 m, emerge from deeper areas.

Colorful fish and coral at Seven Pools
Kaleidoscopic underwater scenery awaits in Seven Pools shallows.

Seven Pools allows enjoying the incredible biodiversity of Ras Mohammed National Park’s reefs. Clinging to slopes and drop-offs, corals create exceptional scenery. The reefs attract around them an impressive density of fish, including clouds of thousands of brightly-colored sea goldies.

Coral hind in Ras Mohammed National Park
A coral hind in Seven Pools.

Snorkeling over the reefs, you will surely spot a wide range of colorful fish, some endemic to the Red Sea. The rusty parrotfish, the coral hind, the Red Sea bannerfish and the threadfin butterflyfish are for example easy to encounter throughout the area.

At this location, the underwater visibility is usually perfect, with almost no waves.

Coral reef at Seven Pools
Seven Pools reef.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

Day trips to Ras Mohammed National Park usually include lunch and drinks. Confirm this point when you book.

 

  • Level required Intermediate
  • Protected areaRas Mohammed National Park
  • Maximum depth6ft/2m on the reef top, 30ft/10m around
  • Water entranceFrom a boat
  • Visitor numbersMedium to high
  • Access costsCost of a snorkeling day tour from Sharm el-Sheikh

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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.