North wrecks + Safaga

This route combines all the popular wrecks of the north of Red sea and dramatic walls of Safaga divesite.

Find the motorcycles and cars from 2nd world war inside the SS Thistlegorm - the most famous wreck of the Red sea and probably one from 10 best places of the world for wreck dive. Then you will dive on its sister ship in Gobal Island - Rosalie Moller - another exciting cargo.

Dive the Ships graveyard of four wrecks - Abu Nuhas or at Salem Express - passenger ferry what was returning from Mecca with 960 pilgrims on board.

This is the REAL wreck diving!

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Gotta Abu Ramada

Gotta Abu Ramada

Called also reef aquarium. The amount of fish you will see here during one single dive will no doubt amaze you. Cracks, holes and overhangs give shelter for glassfish and lionfish. All the way here you will see big schools of goat fish, banner fish, butterfly fish and sweetlips. At the surface on the top of the reef you have surgeonfish, cornet fish and maybe barracuda.

Abu Nuhas

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 which offers 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 Sha'ab Abu Nuhas’ Reef. Despite the length of time (it sank in 1869) it is remarkably intact. 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.

Dunraven

A popular wreck is the Dunraven, a Victorian steam- and sail-ship that was carrying spices, gold and timber from India which sunk in 1876 on its way from Bombay to England. The legend says that she hit the reef after an drunken dispute involving the Captain, his wife, and the First mate, and sunk soon after near in the Gulf of Suez. Although she was stripped of her cargo by a team of archaeologists in the early eighties, the Dunraven still makes an interesting dive.

The wreck of this 72 m long English steamer lies at the southern point of Sha’ab Mahmoud, amongst the series of shallow reefs and lagoons. 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.

Giannis D

The Giannis D (built in 1969), a large Greek freighter – known for its cargo of timber – hit the reef of Abu Nuhas in1983 and slowly sank over six weeks, lying at a maximum depth of 28 metres. The wreck is broken up in the centre, but the bow and stern remain intact. At the stern on the sea floor there is a point where penetration allows you to travel up towards the top of the wreck to a pocket of trapped air. You will need to leave by the same hole which you entered. At the bow you can see where the boat had been renamed, with the old name just visible under a layer of paint. Expect to see glassfish, scorpion fish, angelfish, bump head wrasse and a napoleon fish. The dive can be finished by traversing the reef, or by climbing up the mast, which rises up to only four metres below the surface.

Umm Gammar

Umm Gammar

In translation means „Mother of the Moon“. The plateau of the reef nd the pinnacles with the cracks and tunnels are very pretty. At the end of the dive you may run into the big silver sweetlips that are normally hanging around over the plateau. Free swimming moray eels and turtles are common and if you are lucky you may meet a white tipped reef shark.

SS Thistlegorm

SS Thistlegorm

The most famous wreck of the Red sea and probably one from 10 best places of the world for wreck dive. The 129m long English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Extremly interesting dives on a wreck that is exceptional for its historic interest and condition. Maximum depth is 32 m. Inside can be find motorcycles and cars from 2nd world war. Home of large schooling fish.

Rosalie Muller

Rosalie Muller

Has been called „the sister ship of Thistlegorm“ but to be honest The Rosalie Moller deserves a better prefix. She might not have quite as an exciting cargo but as a wreck she is light-years ahead of her famous sister. It was called „Best Weish“ and it was an absolute necessity for the allied navy, coal that efficient and less smoke. Most of the deck is at 35 m.

Abu Kifan

a 300-meter long and narrow reef, rising from depths in excess of 400m and its size and diversity means you need to dive both the northern and southern sections (conditions allowing).

To the north is a sloping plateau which starts at around 15m at the reef and slopes to 30m before dropping away into very deep water. There is a large erg (reef piece) on the northern plateau close to the main reef which forms at 12m channel between it and the reef. Here there is prolific soft coral with the upper parts of the reef are teeming with antheas and all manner of smaller marine life. Turtles are often present in the shallower areas on the north plateau and ensure you spend plenty of time looking out into the blue where schools of barracuda hunt and white-tip sharks can come in closer to the reef with the larger grey reef sharks tending to stay further out in the current.

The northeast wall is quite literally a vertical drop down to 110m where a 10m wide ledge protrudes insignificantly before the wall continues into the abyss. On the wall huge gorgonian fans undulate in the current and although more barren at 30m, purple and orange soft coral, black coral and long whip corals protrude from the reef. As you reach the southern end of the sliver the reef splits forming another separate erg (very similar in topography to the one on the north plateau). This forms an 18m deep channel about 10m wide between the erg and main reef. If the current is running it tends to pick up here and sweep you though the channel. Rather than head south around the main reef and back to the more sheltered area, its well worth a swim back around the outside of this southern erg. Again the reef wall drops away impressively and large pelagic sighting are possible with tuna and trevally often present here.

Panorama Reef

Panorama Reef

Theplateau is to 35m, the sheer drop-off 100m+ depth. The moorings are to the south west of this large oval shaped reef. One plateau lies to the northwest, and another to the southeast. One of the best wall dives in the Red Sea. On the south plateau you are practically guaranteed to see several napoleon wrasse or turtle. All plateau is covered by soft coralls. During your safety stop you should explore the huge anemon city which the south wall offers. Pelagic species like tuna visit from time to time, and other predators like big eye trevally and barracuda hunt in vast schools of fusilier.

The North plateau is one of the best drift dives what you can in Red sea have. On your left hand you will find quantum of black sweetlips, small schooling barracudas and beautiful soft coralls with spectrum of colours! The scorpion fish, spanish dancers and another interesting representatives of this sea will be for sure there if you pay attention.

Eagle rays, white tip reef shark, grey shark, silky shark and even oceanic white tips, have been spotted here. 

Salem Express wreck

Salem Express wreck

The Salem Express is a dramatic dive. Around 500 people perished here, in one of the worst marine tragedies of all times. The 100-meter ferryboat was on its way back from Mecca to Safaga after the annual Muslim pilgrimage in December 1991, when it hit the reef during a stormy night and sunk rapidly without giving the opportunity to the crew and passengers to board the lifeboats.

It is now home to a thriving underwater life, including a famous resident frogfish, blue-spotted stingrays, angel and butterfly fish. The ship itself is covered in a large quantity of hard and soft corals. It is one of the largest wrecks in the Egyptian Red Sea - roughly the same size as the Thistlegorm.

The Salem express lays at a depth of 30m, the top of the boat is at 12m.

Kingstone wreck

Kingstone wreck

Located near Shag Rock dive site in the Strait of Gubal. It has been long misidentified and called the Sarah H Wreck. Boat was built in Sunderland and launched early in the year 1871. With the measurements, 78 metr long and 10 metres wide. She sunk on 20th of January 1881. The coral along the hull is beautiful, offering plenty of wonderful pictures opportunities. It also attracts plenty of fishes and it is not rare to spot turtles or pelagic fishes swimming by. At the end of your dive you can finish by exploring Shag Rock beautiful reef with coral in pristine conditions and a teeming reef life.

Small Gifton

Small Gifton

This dive site is located on south eastern side of Small Giftun Island in Giftun National Park. It is considered to be the most interesting place for the drift dive in Hurghada. Underwater, the wall of the Island drops to the great depths creating the dive site with the drop off and two plateaus. The strong current are present at all times bringing food for corals and fish which makes this place one of the richest in underwater life. 

The plateaus are rich in soft corals which are food for Turtles. When we look into the blue, the great Barracudas and Travellies can bee seen. If we observe carefully the bottom next to the reef we will find lying there Crocodile Fish, Stone and Scorpion Fish, Stingrays and huge Moray Eels. At the mooring site we will fid large Brain Corals and schools of Goat Fish and Fusiliers around them. There is a big chance for meeting with huge and friendly Napoleons.

Shaab el Erg

Shaab el Erg

Horseshoe shape reef also called "Dolphin house"between Hurghada and El Gouna is a first stop on any northern liveaboard trip. The check dive is featured a large piece of reef, some smaller pinnacles, and a very fetching coral garden that stretched out from the edge of the reef. The gathering of bottle nosed dolphins is more than common.