Itinerary

Highlights

  • This tour takes you to the famous reefs in the northern part of the Red Sea, and on top of that the interesting reefs in the Strait of Tiran.
  • The wreck on the “menu” speaks for itself: The Thistlegorm, one of the most famous wrecks in the Red Sea, You will reach then the Strait of Tiran with the beautiful dive sites at Jackson, Thomas and Gordon Reef. Then it continues north towards Dahab. Popular diving spots are the „Canyon“, the „Islands“, „Oasis“, the „Bells“ and the „Golden Blocks“. The night dive in Gabr el Bint is a unique experience.
  • The “Blue Hole” diving spot which is considered one of the most famous in the world.
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SS Thistlegorm

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.

Jackson Reef

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!

Woodhouse Reef

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!

Thomas Reef

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!

Gordon Reef

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. .

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

Jolanda

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.

Blue Hole

This enormous hole along the coast in the coral reef with a diameter of 50 to 65 meters is located 10 km north of Dahab in the east of the Sinai Peninsula. The steep slopes reach depths of a remarkable 70 to 110 meters.

The Blue Hole is a large hole in the reef roof of the coastal fringing reef, which drops vertically from 70 m to 110 m. It has a diameter of 50 to 65 m.
The reason why the Blue Hole is considered the most dangerous dive site in the world is because of its connection to the open sea, which because of its shape is called "Arch". It extends from the bottom of the Blue Hole up to a depth of 55 m. At its upper end it is only a few meters wide and approx. 26 m long. The reef also forms an almost vertical drop on the outer edge, which continues below the "exit" of the Blue Hole as a steep slope down to several hundred meters.

Canyon

Inside the Canyon, depths range from 25 metres to its shallowest point (closest to the reef wall) to more than 50 metres. You have to be an advanced diver to dive here. Technical divers may enter the canyon and follow it down to the deepest exit, through a crack located at 54-55 metres.

After exiting from the Canyon, you can have a swim around the Fish Bowl, an unstable but colourful structure full of lionfish and anthias that is located at the beginning of the Canyon. From there, shallow up towards the reef wall (12 metres) and swim back to the entry of the lagoon.

Gabr el Bint

Gabr el Bint means 'The Grave of the Girl' in Arabic. There are two dives possible here. The right side, also known as the dark side, features a steep wall that drops down to about 60m cut by numerous chasms, sandy ravines and overhangs. The drop-off is adorned with healthy table corals. The left side is a far more colourful featuring a virtual forest of gorgonians. Usually drop down to about 20-25m swimming along massive boulders protruding from the drop-off which attracts dense shoals of anthias and glassfish. Keep a good eye on the blue where you will see trevallies hunting on the shoals of fusiliers. After about ten minutes you will find some of the healthiest gorgonian fan corals in the Red Sea. Here you start to ascend to about 10m and cross the saddle then start to head back along a sandy ledge which parallels to the shore. The ledge is riddled with exquisite coral heads that attract numerous reef species, including swarms of anthias, scorpionfish, parrotfish, crocodilefish, surgeonfish, triggerfish, trumpetfish, stingrays and very often a turtle. At the end of the ledge usually is home to a shoal of black and white snappers and twinspot snappers hang here between 5m and 10m. One of the truly breathtaking dives in Dahab.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival

After arrival in Hurghada transfer to the boat.
Check in, dinner and spending the first night on board in the marina.


Departure

Departure in the morning.
Instruction on the boat,
Diving, safety and equipment briefing.
Dives at Shaab el Erg

Day 2

Day 3

Tiran reefs

4 dives at the Tiran reefs


Dahab

Dive at the Blue Hole
Dive at the Canyon
Dive at Gabr el Bint
Night dive

Day 4

Day 5

Ras Mohamed

Dives at Ras Mohamed


SS Thistlegorm

Dives at the Thistlegorm

Day 6

Day 7

Return

Dive at Small Giftun Island and Gota Abu Ramada
Head to Port.
At least 20 hour safety rest before flying would be given to all participants.
Handing trip educational material/ videos.


Check out

Breakfast and departure latest at 10:00 am.
Transfer to the airport or hotel.

Day 8