Red Sea Northern Wrecks & Reefs 2022

Posted by Mitch Haycock on 29th Sep 2021

Red Sea Northern Wrecks & Reefs 2022

Egypt Itinerary Itinerary – 7 nights 

• Meeting point for embarkation: Marriott Resort Marina, Hurghada 

• Hurghada embarkation: 18:00 

• Disembarkation: Marriott Resort Marina, Hurghada between 09:00 – 10:00 

Transfers from and to Hurghada Airport (HRG) on embarkation and disembarkation days are included in the cruise price. Transfers to hotels and resorts outside of the local area can be arranged for an additional charge. 

Marine & Port Fees:

• Governmental Reef Tax is 80 USD per person (7-nights) which can be added to bookings for pre-payment, or can be paid on board. 

Minimum dive certification and experience: 

Divers wishing to join this itinerary are required to be certified as PADI Open Water or equivalent, and are advised to have a minimum of 10 logged dives. 

Please note: 

Due to local legislation, you must have a minimum of 20 logged dives to dive on the SS Thistlegorm wreck. Other dives on this itinerary are not affected by these regulations. 

Guests who do not fulfil the minimum certification and experience requirements may be denied participation in some or all dives. 

It is a mandatory requirement for all divers to have insurance which covers scuba diving activities, including emergency evacuation and recompression chamber costs.

Participation in this liveaboard itinerary is subject to acceptance of our Terms & Conditions as outlined here:

Number of scheduled dives: 

• Up to 21 

This itinerary involves some long distance travel and, whilst we attempt to ensure the number of planned dives is fulfilled, bad weather and sea conditions can affect the boat's ability to reach a specific dive site in good time and may impact on the number of dives that are possible. 

The following is an example of the day-to-day itinerary. 

Day 1: Embarkation at 18:00 followed by dinner and briefings 

Day 2: Start the week with a check dive before heading north for an afternoon and night dive. 

Day 3-6: Your Cruise Director will schedule up to 4 dives per day. Normally, you will have the opportunity to make three day dives and a night dive each day. The exact itinerary and order of dive sites will vary depending on the conditions but you can expect to visit plenty of wrecks including Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Giannis D, Carnatic and potentially even more. There is also some fantastic reef diving including the Ras Mohamed marine park, Danaba (Shag Rock), Sha'ab El Erg (famous for dolphin encounters) and the Island of Gobal. A typical diving day is scheduled as follows: 

• Light Breakfast, followed by a briefing & Dive 1 

• Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 2 

• Lunch, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 3 

• Snack, relaxation period, briefing & Dive 4, (no snorkeling or night dives allowed in Marine Park areas) 

• Dinner 

Day 7: Enjoy two relaxed morning dives* close to Hurghada allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day. 

Day 8: Following breakfast on board, disembarkation is scheduled for between 09:00 and 10:00. 

*We kindly request that guests check their flight departure times to ensure that they leave a minimum of 24 hours between their final dive and the departure of their flight.

SS Thistlegorm 

Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 126.5m English freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6 October 1941. Nowadays, she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish. 

Please note: Due to local legislation, you must have a minimum of 20 logged dives in order to dive on this wreck. Other dives on the itinerary are not affected.

Ras Mohamed - Shark & Yolanda Reefs 

This is a world renowned dive site, situated at the tip of the Sinai. Two small ergs are joined by a vertical wall dropping into the abyss. 

At Shark Reef the current allows you to drift along the wall, rich with colourful corals. Moving towards Yolanda Reef you reach a plateau scattered with small ergs and coral outcrops. Continuing around the reef you will come upon the scattered remains of the wreck 'Yolanda' complete with its cargo of toilets and baths. The whole of this area is big fish territory so keep an eye on the blue! 

Gubal Islands 

At the gate of the Strait of Gubal is ‘Bluff Point’, which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern coast of the island. The wreck of the Ulysses lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping down to 25m. The Barge wreck provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive with the wreck’s skeleton creating protection for all sorts of night critters.

Abu Nuhas 

Also known as the ‘Ship’s Graveyard’, this reef is positioned dangerously close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. Abu Nuhas has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side there are four wrecks laying on a sandy sea floor on the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. Wrecks here include the Ghiannis D, Carnatic, Tile and Lentil wrecks. On the south side, there is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, knows as Yellow Fish Reef.

Danaba – Shag Rock

This large circular reef is often overlooked but offers excellent diving on pristine coral from any location on its perimeter. Weather permitting, you can dive the wreck of the Kingston which sank in 1881 and has become part of the reef and is now covered in hard corals. 

Sha’ab El Erg 

Famous for its dolphin sightings (therefore also knows as: Dolphin House), this shallow reef can offer a dive you will never forget.