Dive the Red Sea
14th – 22nd June 2019
With up to 4 dives a day including Dolphinhouse (Shaab el Erg), Abu Rhamada as well as the wrecks of SS Dunraven, SS Thistlegorm, Ulysses and the Barge. The National Parks we will dive include the beautiful Ras Mohamed and Ras Mahmoud!
You will dive some of the BEST reefs of the Red Sea.
These coral gardens offer the picturesque beauty of the Red Sea underwater with truly endless visibility! 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. On the sands, blue spotted rays hide themselves, garden eels stretch out, Gobies protect their homes while the blind shrimp shovels about in the sand. Shallower reefs offer a shelter for the Dolphins to play – the last trip in 2016and 2017, had the most incredible interaction with the dolphins!
The Sea is a hub of activity from candy coloured anthems, carpeted soft corals, large majestic gorgonians and glowing anemones are stretched all along the reef. Large Napoleon wrasse and turtles are a great treat and often spotted moving effortlessly looking for food and shelter.
Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. Wrecks offer a unique look into history. At Abu Nuhas the 4 wrecks are located right next to each other in a Shipwreck Graveyard.
There is absolutely NO REASON to be nervous about these wrecks as you get so caught up in the sheer beauty of the wrecks themselves!
Red Sea Jol prepares you for each and every one and you have time in a well informed briefing to familiarise yourself with the wreck before the dive. The Penetrations you start off with are HUGE with easy Entry and Exit points and you work your way up in confidence before embarking on the gorgeous Thistlegorm Wreck!
You will be a Wreck diving pro after this trip!
These ancient wrecks still hold the Cargo and artefacts they were carrying, that never made it to their final destination. Open holds and structural breakages, allow us a glimpse inside allowing light into these large vessels. These shipwrecks have become artificial reefs over the years housing many species of Moray, octopus, trigger fish, crocodile fish, scorpion fish and SO MUCH MORE!
Night dives can be superb as Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. A small wreck at 8-10 meters makes for a spectacular night dive with lionfish, scorpion fish and its resident giant moray eel as well as the wreck of the Ulysses and the Rosalie Moller. Next onto the Kingston lying at Shag Rock; the Carina lying close to Sha’ab Ali and the Dunraven at Beacon Rock in Ras Mohamed National Park. And finally the most famous wreck in the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm, at Sha’ab Ali.
The SS Thistlegorm was sunk in 1941 after being bombed by the German Luftwaffe while on a mission to deliver a cargo of ammunition and other war materials to the British troops in North Africa. The Rosalie Moller, carrying a cargo of coal, suffered the same fate just two days later.
Whilst in Ras Mohamed, you may have the chance to do a dive at Shark Reef; a sheer wall falling into the blue. From here the boat heads back towards Hurghada.
In between wreck dives you will also visit the reefs of the Straits of Gubal, Gulf of Suez and those to the north of Hurghada. A variety of deep walls and hard coral gardens with an abundance of reef fish make them well worth a visit.
Along the walls of Ras Mohammed and Tiran, there are startling deep drop offs where tuna, jackfish and trevafllies move in schools along the edge, batfish remain still and curious in the midwater and occasionally a pair of Eagle Rays or Manta Rays pass by. Peeking through his camouflaged hole – a black cheek moray, with shrimp frantically cleaning in and out of its mouth.
WHERE WILL WE BE DIVING?
Big Brother Island
A 400-meter-long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 meters. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. Every section of this reef is covered with corals and life.
Small Brother Island: From its name, you can guess that it is a little smaller than Big Brother Island! It is surrounded by walls, covered in soft corals. The dives can be challenging but are rewarding. Sightings of large pelagic are a very common and the beautiful Gorgonia Fan coral forest is an awe-inspiring sight.
The Salem Express Wreck is very special dive site of the Red Sea. The Salem Express is a former 100m long car and ferry passenger. She was finishing the trip from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to Safaga full of pilgrims returning from the Mecca when she sunk December 17, 1991 in the middle of the night.
She hit the Hyndman Reef and sunk very rapidly with the official death toll at 470 passengers, but the number expected to be more around 1000. Only 180 of the passengers survived, making it one of the biggest marine tragedies.
The Salem Express is quite shallow. The wreck starts at 12m and the seabed is at 30m deep. This is a huge wreck and you will need at least 2 dives to explore it all. Even after two decades in the water, there is still little fauna around the wreck. There is also now a bit of coral growing on the shipwreck.