- This tour takes you to the famous wrecks and reefs in the northern part of the Red Sea, and on top of that the interesting reefs in the Strait of Tiran.
- The “Die hards” of old sunken ships wrecks “ will be stunned on this liveaboard. Guaranteed a great value for your money.
- First it goes to Shaab El Erg (Dolphin House), the wrecks of Abu Nuhas (Carnatic, Chrisoula K., Ghiannis D.) are also on the program. The next wreck on the “menu” speaks for itself: The Thistlegorm, one of the most famous wrecks in the Red Sea, with its motorcycles, trucks and off-lying locomotive.
- You will reach then the Strait of Tiran with the beautiful dive sites at Jackson, Thomas and Gordon Reef. If permitted by the weather and current conditions, you will visit the Rosalie Moller, a wreck that sank in the same night as the Thistlegorm and lies in the middle of the Strait of Gubal. Also at the island of Gubal fascinating dives are planned.
- After arrival in Hurghada, transfer to the boat in Hurghada, dinner and departure the next morning.
On the eastern plateau, we have the pleasure of running into longnose hawkfish, lionfish under the table coral, barracudas, reef sharks, shoaling fishes and two cleaning stations: one at the centre of the plateau for young tuna, the other located close to a large block on the south side for surgeonfish. The 'cowardly triggerfish' also lives here too – however, that's a whole other story and one that is best told by the guides on site.
Shaab el Erg
Shaab el Erg is an extensive reef, in the shape of a horseshoe. This formation is open to the south with a shallow lagoon, which is full of ergs. The whole lagoon can be dived.
Very popular are the northern tip, the eastern wall or the southwestern tip - Gota Shaab el Erg.
This dive starts at the north-eastern point of the tip and then goes along the coral wall to the south to the arcuate protected bay at the north side of the island Small Gubal. A strong current drives the diver in a southerly direction, so you should stay as close as possible to the wall.
Shaab Umm Usk
The lagoon is protected in all weather conditions, not least because of the scattered coral formations at the southern tip that curb the wave motion.
The most appropriate place for the dive is in the southwest, beyond the coral reef.
The most interesting part, however, lies in the southeast, but is only recommended for good sea conditions.
The dive described here is the second of two: After anchoring in the lagoon you need a zodiak, with which you can be brought to the outside.
After leaving the lagoon, you start the dive counterclockwise around the coral ring. If you reach the half of the east side, the reef drops down to a flat area. This is the first step, situated in 18-20 meters depth. It follows a second step in 60 meter depth, which falls to greater depths. The dive takes place on the easily gradually sloping wall to the first step in 20 meters.
The current prevails to the south; therefore it is necessary to stay always close to the reef, which is also particularly blessed with life wealth.
The island is surrounded by an expanded coral reef up to 2 km to the north direction. The way to the Island can be a bit rough sometimes, but on the south plateau the boat will find enough protection from the wind.
The typical dive at Umm Gamar takes place on the eastern side of the island. The Zodiak will drop you at the desired site and you can dive on the eastern drop off to the south until you reach 3 coral towers that mark the beginning of south plateau. Two of the coral towers are hollow and filled with glass fish. The third has a large, sandy cave at 27m. All three are covered with purple red soft corals and clouds of glass fish cavort in the cavities.
Because of the mainly prevailing north current,
she laid almost exactly with the bow northwards, in line with the port anchor. The attack must have come all of a sudden at the unarmed coal freighter.
A bomb hit
on the starboard side at the height of the rear hold, which let the ship sink fast. Today the Rosalie Moller stands upright in a north-south direction on the keel, which lies in 50m on a firm sandy ground.
The Rosalie Moller is an unique experience,
even if the visibility at the wreck is often very bad (the upper deck lies at 30m), not only due to the depth at which it lies (for conditions in the Red Sea).
This dive is unsuitable
for beginners, as each dive reaches the Deco-limits and as the end of the dive is at the rope, this can be hard due to the often dominant swell and current, it’s a real exercise of one’s condition.
The Jackson Reef resembles a triangle whose apex points north. It is exactly here where the famous shipwreck 'Lara' ran aground and sunk in 1981. Close to the 'Lara', hammerhead sharks can frequently be spotted swimming around the waters – and at pleasant depths of 10 to 30 metres.
The highly frequented diving site is not only a treat for divers, but for snorkelers can also get their money's worth at the 'Jackson Reef' since there are two shallower plateaus: the perfect choice for an underwater excursion with the whole family. In addition to the 'Lara', the remains of an old lighthouse also count among the reef's highlights.
With a little luck, reef sharks and hammerhead sharks can't only be seen, but also magnificent coral gardens, red sea anemones, clownfish, horsehead lookdowns, eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, groupers or swarms of tuna. Watch, marvel and enjoy!
The Woodhouse Reef is the longest of the four reefs in the Straits of Tiran. The reef top is approx. 1.2 kilometres long. In the saddle region, extreme precaution is to be taken as divers can be confronted by harsh currents pulling them down. The locals call this place the 'washing machine'.
Diving is mainly done on the eastern side where a plateau and canyon are located as well as ... interesting wreckage remains which aren't exactly a sunken wooden house! If we avert our gaze from this site, we might just get the chance to catch hammerhead sharks, grey reef sharks, whitetip reef sharks, leopard sharks or eagle rays.
The canyon is too narrow to dive in with air; it's best to stay at the top. In the past, the curiosity of some divers has also been their undoing. But of course a snapshot for the kids can be taken – now where did Nemo live? That's right, in a sea anemone! They are located here too!
Whoever likes diving in caves will burst with joy in the Thomas Reef which will win them over with its steep vertical slopes, many crevices and spectacular canyon. However, this dive is only for experienced divers: depending on the tides, the currents fluctuate greatly especially on the side facing the Woodhouse Reef. Not only are they fast, but they also cause undertows to occur.
Whoever's gutsy enough shouldn't waste any time and book the tour immediately. The Thomas Reef is simply a brilliant and unique place to dive. It's just 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'! With its three rock arches, the canyon can rightly show off what it's got: fields of gorgonians and black coral regularly put on a show for their visitors and lionfish, reef sharks, barracudas, moray eels or other family members of the 1,200 other fish species living in the Red Sea often make cameo appearances. Underwater cinematography at its best!
Abu Nuhas / Carnatic
The Carnatic on the journey from Liverpool to Bombay with 27 crew members, 203 passengers as well as a cargo of cotton, copper plates and 40,000 pounds Sterling in gold, in the night of 13. September 1869 on the reef Shab Abu Nuhas.
The ship at first, remained lying on the reef, however it broke apart on 15 September despite different rescue attempts and sank.
The exaggerated confidence in the stabilityof the ship affected itself fatally. Since the Carnatic had not been vacated, and both passengers and members of the crew remained on board, the ship dragged 27 people with it into the deep.
The survivors saved themselves firstly onto Shadwan island and were later saved from the Sumatra.
In October 1869a helmet diver saved the largest part of the gold freight as well as 700 copper plates. Also several dead bodies were discovered – a victim was still stuck in a porthole, through which he had tried to escape in vain.
There is still 8,000 pounds in Sterling which can still be found in the wreck. So far, nobody has found it – perhaps they have been secretly retrieved or has disappeared under the coral.
The wreck was again discovered in 1984, and since then is a popular goal for the dive boats from Hurghada. Since then it has been thoroughly plundered by souvenir hunters.
The “Carnatic” lies on it’s side at the base of the reef, in a depth of 20 to 27 m. In the centre the ship is badly destroyed, bow and stern are in good condition. The wooden deck has rotted away, so that one can safely penetrate the inside. The hull is densely covered with stone and leather coral.
Abu Nuhas / Chrisoula
After several owners it finally changed to the shipping company Clarion navy and got the name Chrisoula K. It was under this name, which she began her last voyage, which was on 30. August 1981, in the area of the reef of Abu Nuhas in the Red Sea, with a freight of cheap Italian paving tiles. By a navigational error of the captain, the ship hit the reef and sank on the night of 30. August.
The wreck lies today in a position which is optimal for divers, at a depth between 5 meters and 25 meters. The ship is in slightly inclined position, which is strongly damaged in the middle part, where it ran aground.
Abu Nuhas / Ghiannis
The rear half of the wreck lies a little bent, on the port side. Over the front of the Quarterdecks, rises the funnel with the large letters “D”.
“D” stands for the name of the shipping company: Danae.
Before the funnel lies the bridge deck, behind it different areas, an enormous winch, the bollard, the intact railing and also the framework, which supported a large awning in former times, which did not get damaged as it sank.
At the foot of the funnel, are narrow portholes, which lead into the engine room. The machines offer an impressive sight, with their long series of camshafts, valves and lines.
The middle ship area resembles a scrap heap, because steel girders are bent and torn up, and the side panels lie caved in on the sea-bottom. This area of the wreck is teeming with flat heads, scorpion fish and parrot fish. Also some groupers are at home here.
The Gordon Reef – the southernmost reef in the Straits of Tiran – measures approx. 900 metres in length and the top of the reef is just half a metre below the water's surface. This is also the reason why we cannot visit the 'Loullia' cargo ship which was stranded here on its way from Panama on 29 September 1981. But who needs sunken cargo vessels when there are whole treasures waiting for us to discover all over the Gordon Reef.
An unmanned lighthouse still stands in the southwest and in the north the barely recognisable ruins of a lighthouse offer the perfect object to search for, presenting one or two challenges. Sandy mooring sites with depths of two to ten metres exist in both the south, the east and the west.
In the southern part, it's all about the pleasure of diving, as the drop-off ledge ranges between 25 and 30 metres before plunging to 50 metres. In the remaining area of the reef, the dive suddenly proceeds steeply downward, all the way down to depths of 300 metres.
And now we finally come to the colourful part of the tour: in the 'amphitheatre' (a sandy basin), if we're lucky we might just run into scalloped hammerhead sharks that at first sight will leave us utterly speechless. Unlike their counterparts, the 'kind' whitetip reef sharks, also grant us an audience here time and time again. It's not for nothing that this sandy basin is also called the 'shark pool'. As a general rule, the blades of grass emerging from the sand are Red Sea garden eels offering further highlights other than just fire coral and gorgonian.
Laguna Reef North & South
Named is this reef by its magnificent coral lagoons.
The Northern Lagoon is located in the area of the green/white lighthouse.
North of the lighthouse there is the wreck of the Italian bulk freighter Kormoran. The ship was built in 1963 in the Neptun shipyard in Rostock for the Italian shipping company "Compagnia Montemare di Navigazione". In 1976 the ship was renamed in Adamastos and 1980 in Zingara.
The ship was 82.4 meters long and 12.6 meters wide with a tonnage of 2,730 gross tons. Coming from Aqaba, the with phosphates loaded ship ran on 21 August 1984 at the reef and sank. .
Shaab Mahmud with Dunraven
The lagoon interior is a very good mooring and safari boats often spend the night here. Usually the anchor is thrown on the sandy bottom of the lagoon, close to a break in the reef, the Small Passage.
This break, that can be crossed only by a zodiak, offers the perfect occasion to visit the wonderful reef outside the lagoon.
Depending on tides, the current can flow into or out of the lagoon. The best condition is when the current flows into the lagoon, thus giving the opportunity to dive along the reef and then enter the Small Passage and be pushed towards our mooring by the current.
During this dive turtles may be encountered. Moreover, one encounters certainly trevally and barracuda.
The Wreck, which lies reverse and separated into two parts, at a depth of between 15 and 29.5 meters, was first discovered in 1977 from the geologist Arye Keller and by the underwater cameraman Howard Rosenstein. The Dunraven was topic of a memory-worthy BBC documentary film from 1979 and became thereafter a classical diving spot.
Since during the shipwreck the freight of wood and cotton bale was lost and the ship caught fire, the wreck presents itself today as a large, almost empty cave, into which one can advance through three main openings, on the stern, the middle section and the bow.
Ras Mohammed with Jolanda & Shark Reef
The cape takes its name from the steep rocky coast a little to the east, where you can recognize the face of a bearded man sculpted into the rocks by the elements: the Head of the Prophet
Ras Mohamed is one of the world's most famous dive sites, located at the tip of the Sinai. Two small reefs are connected by a vertical sloping wall.
Near the Shark Reef, located slightly north, there is Anemone City, an extended, flat Reef zone with numerous anemones and their Red Sea anemone fish and three-spot Prussia fish.
From Shark Reef you can go with the current at a steep wall that drops several 100 meters, along to Jolanda Reef. The wall is completely covered with colorful corals. On the way to Jolanda Reef you reach a plateau with small blocks and coral islands. Arriving at the reef you can see the scattered remains of Jolanda wreck: Container Sanitary way for construction, which are now taken completely in fog from the life of the coral reef.Yolanda-Wrecks
Containers, toilets, bathtubs, wallpaper, boxes of whiskey and even a BMW 320 that belonged to the captain are spread across the entire plateau.
The ship, which partially protruded above the water surface and was in an unstable position because the bow was stuck vertically in the ground, was pushed by the waves to a depth of 50 meters in early 1987 and disappeared on March 15 of the same year during a violent sea storm in the blue underneath.
ATTENTION: The tour description is merely our suggestion. Which diving places on tour are dived is determined by many factors including the wind and weather.
After arrival in Hurghada transfer to the boat.
Check in, dinner and spending the first night on board in the marina.
Departure in the morning.
Instruction on the boat,
Diving, safety and equipment briefing.
Dive at Umm Gammar, Abu Nuhas-Carnatic
Dive at Dunraven, Ras Mohamed,
Dives at Gordon reef
Dives at Thomas-Woodhouse
Dive at Jackson reef
Night dive at Gordon reef
Dive at Ras Mohamed-Jolanta reef
Dives at SS Thistlegorm
Dive at SS Thistlegorm
Sharg Rock Reef
Abu Nuhas - Giannis D
Small Giftun Island
Head to Port.
At least 20 hour safety rest before flying would be given to all participants.
Handing trip educational material/ videos.
Breakfast and departure latest at 10:00 am.
Transfer to the airport or hotel.