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), which were 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 divers’ experience, weather and current conditions, we also try to offer a night dive here. You will also get to visit the wreck of Dunraven at Shaab Mahmoud. Close by is Ras Mohamed National Park, offering a morning dive at the 'Shark Reef', a sheer wall falling into the blue.
Traveling overnight you will arrive to area around Safaga which has some great diving, the best being the offshore reefs of Panorama Reef, Middle Reef and Abu Kafan. The diving offers a combination of shallow reef dives and drop-offs, as well as the famous wreck of the Salem Express. There is superb wall diving at Panorama and Abu Kafan, as well as some little secrets like Hal Hal, which can only be dived in suitable weather conditions.
Soft and black corals, fan and huge gorgonians, plus frequent sightings of Jacks, Barracudas and Eagle Rays all promise a true adventure.
More details on the above dive sites:
- Thistlegorm: This 129m British freighter was sunk in 1941, whilst at anchor behind Sha'ab Ali, by a German bomber. She was awaiting orders to move through the Suez Canal to deliver supplies to the British troops in north Africa. Now the wreck is lying in an upright position on the sea bottom at 28m.
Especially interesting is the cargo which is virtually still intact and includes railroad cars, trucks, BSA and Norton motorcycles, weapons and even boots- an array of material of considerable variety making this wreck an unforgettable voyage to the past. You need to do at least two dives on this wreck to fully appreciate it.
- Dunraven (Shaab Mahmoud): 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.
- Bluff Point: 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.
- Carnatic: 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.
- Giannis D: 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.
- Rosalie Moller: 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 meter long vessel lies upright at a bottom depth of 50 meters (keel) and 39 meters (bow) with the top of the mast rising to 17 meters. This wreck can only be dived in favorable 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.
* All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and level of diver experience.
* All guests are required to have a full passport valid for at least 6 months. We need a copy of the names and passport numbers of all guests at least one week before arrival.
* All divers are required to bring with them:
- diving license
- log book
- full diving equipment
- 2 x photocopies of passport
* Equipment rental can be arranged prior to arrival for any diver requiring it.
* We reserve the right to change the booked boat for one of equal standard should the need arise.
- A non-refundable deposit of 35% of the total fee is required within 5 days to confirm the booking. The full payment is required 1 month prior to departure.
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