This is a classic example of a ship taking tourists from the pier of Sharm el Sheikh to the Ras Muhammed marine park located at a distance of around 12 km away. The Ras Muhammed marine park is a prime tourist attraction because of the number of coral reefs in the region, and because of the snorkeling and scuba diving that happens in the region. Since we were both moving, the photo did not come out as focused as I thought it would. I liked the image of the tourists casually sitting at the back of the ship, relaxing so close to the water. This photo was shot soon after we had left Sharm el Sheikh, and the ship was in front of us, but somehow the angle of movement was such that it actually seemed that Sharm el Sheikh was in front of us.
This seemed very interesting. We were at the Ras Muhammed marine park near Sharm el Sheikh, where a number of ships come to a rest while the visitors get down from the ship into the water and swim over to the coral reefs (what actually happens is that when you get down into the water, a guide comes along with you and then makes sure that everybody is fine - for example, there was an initial minute of panic which finally settled down). In this case, I was not sure why these ships were so close to each other, with 3 ships of different sizes. I asked the guide with us, and he had no answer why these ships were right next to each other like this, unless they were all part of the same tourist agency.
This seems such an image of contrast. This is one of the main tourist locations in the whole region of Sharm el Sheikh, with the coral reefs spread over different parts of the region, and to enjoy which people come here for snorkeling or scuba diving. The coral reefs are pretty close to the shore, although the terrain of the shore can be pretty diverse - towards the right is a region where the shore gracefully meets the waterline, and towards the left is a region of more violence, where a small cliff with jagged edges would cause much more furious movement of the water. The dark region of the water seems to indicate something very close to the water, which is many cases are coral formations.
If you look at the photo closely, you can see a sharp outcrop of the land that seems to punch into the water like a finger, forcing the ships to take a detour. This is the scene inside the Ras Mohammed marine park, where we are making our way from one set of coral reefs, having spent some time snorkeling here and then decided to make our way to the next snorkeling spot. With this case of land formation, the water depth will not be much, and if you look at some of the maps of the region, there is a certain amount of continental slope only after which the water starts to get deeper.
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