“We spent the most unforgettable day snorkeling at Ras Abu Galum national park”
Protection and conservation of the coral reefs, as well as your safety, are very important to us at Nesima Resort. We therefore ask that all guests, both diving and snorkeling, only use the correct entry points in and out of all dive sites. We also ask that everyone abide by the following National Park rules:
National Park Rules
- Do not collect, remove or damage any material, living or dead, from Protected Areas (corals, shells, fish, plants, fossils, etc.).
- Driving off marked tracks is prohibited. It is also prohibited to drive any motor vehicles on the beach.
- Camping is prohibited unless in designated areas (by notice).
- Do not litter. Place garbage in proper disposal containers or take it away with you.
- It is prohibited to access any closed area.
- You are not allowed to walk or anchor on any reef area. Please use marked access points to enter and exit the water.
- No feeding the fish. It upsets the biological balance on the reef and is therefore prohibited.
- You are not allowed to fishing and spear fish in Protected Areas.
- All visitors must leave the Protected Areas by sunset unless staying at a designated camping area.
- Access to diving areas is recommended at designated access points only. This reduces any damage to coral reef areas.
Please take note of any instructions posted in Protected Areas. Offenders are subject to prosecution according to the terms of Law 102 of 1983.
Please inform a member of Nesima staff if you see people feeding the fish or walking across the reef.
The National Parks
Nabq National Park
Located to the south of Dahab is Nabq National Park. This national park is famous for the sand dunes which are found at the mouth of Wadi Kid. It is also famous for having the largest mangrove tree standing in the Gulf of Aqaba. The coral reefs in Nabq National Park are extremely rich and versatile. Visibility however can be poor due to the fine sediment that washes out of the mangrove area. Nevertheless, this does not detract from the beauty and diversity of the reefs. Of special note are the excellent reefs at Shoura al Manquata and Nakhlet el Tal which can easily dived from the shore.
Abu Galum National Park
Abu Galum is reportedly the most picturesque of Egypt’s national park. It has high mountains, narrow sinuous wadis (valleys), freshwater springs and sand dunes plus raised coral reefs. All of this provides shelter to around 165 different plant species. Although this national park is not readily accessible by car you can easily get there with the help of our Bedouin guides with camels. Spend time at the visitors centre, located at the northern boundary of the park. Here you can learn more about the park. We strongly recommend you book an overnight camel diving safari to ensure you get the most out of your visit.
Ras Mohamed National Park
Ras Mohamed National Park is located 25 km southwest of Sharm el Sheikh. At Nesima Resort we arrange visits to this national park as day trips in conjunction with our sister hotel, Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village, in Sharm el Sheikh. First declared a National Park in 1988, Ras Mohamed occupies a total of 829 sq km of land and sea. The actual headland is located 30 km south of Sharm el Sheikh on the road to El Tor.
Ras Mohamed is home to a variety of stunning geological features both underwater and on land. These include uplifted coral reefs, alluvial plains, wadis, granite and sandstone mountains as well as soft sand dunes. Furthermore it homes many animals including foxes, gazelles, lizards and ibexes. Additionally, the park is home to one of the most northerly located Mangroves. This provides a valuable breeding area and habitat for migrating and resident birds such as the white stork and many types of raptor.