This Red Sea diving safari offers a mixed itinerary of wreck diving and reef
diving. You will visit the most impressive wrecks in the Northern
Red Sea, as well as stunning reef diving.
This cruise has something for everyone. Starting
from Hurghada and sailing north gives a perfect combination of reef
diving and wreck diving. The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab
El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs on offer on this cruise
with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins.
Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D,
the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives
and plenty of fish life.
Night dives can be superb
in this area Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night.
A small wreck at 8-10 metres makes for a spectacular night dive with
lionfish, scorpion fish and its resident giant moray eel.
A short ride across the
straits of Gubal and you visit the most famous wreck of the Red Sea,
the SS Thistlegorm!
An awe-inspiring World War II British vessel with a cargo full of
armaments (Bedford trucks and BSA motorbikes), all destined for the
British troops in North Africa. She was sunk by the German Luftwaffe
and now lies in 30 metres of water. Depending on diversí experience,
weather and current conditions, we also try to offer a night dive
here. Close by is the Ras Mohamed National Park, offering a morning
dive at the 'Shark Reef', a sheer wall falling into the blue. The
Ras Mohamed Park is usually the 'border', from here the boat heads
back towards Hurghada.
As well as these awe inspiring wreck dives, which provide
fantastic material for underwater photographers, there are many
other attractions on this Red Sea diving safari, not least, a visit
to Ras Mohamed National Park.
For more details on the above dive sites:
The wreck of this 72 m long English steamer lies at the southern point of
Shaab Mahmoud, amongst the series of shallow reefs and lagoons. Sunk in 1876 on
its way from Bombay to England carrying a cargo of spices and timber, her hull
lies upside down at a maximum depth of 29m. Completely covered in corals, the
wreck has become home to a wide variety of marine life including glass fish,
morays, groupers, goatfish and napoleon.
Marking the entrance to the Gulf of Suez is the automatic lighthouse at
Bluff Point, on the island of Gobal Seghira. Here there is a remarkable
proliferation of hard and soft corals, and in small grottoes are glass fish and
other sorts of coral fish. You will often find turtles here, they come to hunt
the crustaceans and molluscs on the reef. At about 20m there is a wreck of a
hull, probably an Egyptian gunboat that went down in the 6 day war.
Sha'ab Abu Nuhas
This great reef, also known as the "ships graveyard", emerges two miles to
the north of Shedwan Island at the mouth of the Strait of Gobal. On the seabed
of the surrounding area lie no fewer than seven sunken ships from different
eras. It is often only possible to dive the wrecks from a zodiac due to the
heavy sea swells. On the sheltered south side of the reef are two beautiful ergs
known as Yellow Fish Reef. These make an excellent night dive.
The Carnatic was a splendid 90 metre long sail and engine steamer launched
by P&O in 1862. Carrying a cargo of wine and "London soda water" in distinctive
oval bottles, it was sailing the Indies route with a destination of Bombay. It
struck the reef in 1869 and remained aground a number of hours before sinking.
She lies on one side with the stern at 24 metres and the bow at 16 metres. The
decking of the hull has fallen away exposing blackened support structures which
are now draped in hard and soft corals. The very photogenic wreck is now home to
a number of morays, large grouper and octopus.
This large Greek freighter hit the reef in1983 and slowly sank over six
weeks. The wreck is split into two sections, lying at a maximum depth of 28
metres. The stern section is the most impressive because it can be entered
through the many entry and exit points, although it can be disorientating due to
the angle at which the wreck lies. The engine room is full of glass fish, and it
is possible to observe all sorts of fish swimming by : snappers, jacks, eagle
rays and sharks.
This dive should only be done by more experienced divers due to the strong
currents, greater depth she lies at and the often reduced visibility. Sunk just
two days after the Thistlegorm by German bombers, she was carrying coal to
Alexandria. The wreck is in excellent condition and is now covered with
magnificent hard and soft corals, and is the home to a multitude of fish. This
108 metre long vessel lies upright at a bottom depth of 50 metres (keel) and 39
metres (bow) with the top of the mast rising to 17 metres. This wreck can only
be dived in favourable weather conditions.
Shaab Umm Usk
This large horseshoe shaped reef forms a shallow lagoon where you will
sometimes find a pod of playful bottlenose dolphins. At either point you will
find good shallow diving on coral gardens, and further around the southern reef
exterior you will find a steep wall sloping down to 40+m.