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Safaga Wrecks

The Salem Express lies outside Safaga harbour Tragically this ship hit the reef and sank on it’s way back from Mecca in 1991 officially carrying 650 persons. However it is said that the real number was twice this. We do know that only 180 people survived. The ships, which is 101m long lies on her side in 32m of water. The shallowest point is along the side at 10-12m for most of its length. It is forbidden to enter the ship. Many bodies still remain deep inside as the ship as it was decide at the time it was too dangerous to remove them. A very ‘haunting’ experience.

Panorama Reef is a huge coral formation – its walls dropping to over 100 meters with numerous grottos and overhangs, gorgonians and soft corals. Marine life is abundant with schools of surgeon fish, barracuda, unicorn fish, white tip sharks, grey reef sharks, eagle rays and turtles.

Abou Kafan is a long, narrow reef barrier featuring a plateau to both the north and the south, offering superb wall diving with soft and black coral, giant fan coral and gorgonians. Marine life abounds here with large tunas and barracudas and hundreds of the usually solitary glasseyes. Turtles are common and grey reefs and silvertips are seen occasionally with hammerheads usually cruising by in late summer.

El Miniya, a 58m T43 Egyptian mine sweeper lying just outside Hurghada’s harbour in 30m. SAnk by the Israelli airforce in 1970.

Hebat Allah, a new 51m long wreck sunk as an artificial reef ideal for technical diver training as she lies just outside Hurghada in 46m of water.

Abu Nuhas. Sha’ab Abu Nuhâs is a large slightly triangular shaped reef located around two miles to the north of Shadwan Island. The translation of Abu Nuhâs is “Father of Brass”. Abu Nuhâs is a wreck divers dream come true boasting four vastly different wrecks in very close proximity to each other and all within comfortable diving depths of 30 meters or less. The Giannis D, Carnatic, Marcus, and Kimon M. The wrecks are located on the north side of the reef. Yellow fish reef lies nearby and there is good anchorage to spend the night. Dolphins can be found in the area.

Rosalie Moller A great wreck dive on the west side of Gubal. 108m long, she was sunk 2 days after Thistlegorm with the loss of 2 lives. Carrying a cargo of best welsh coal she sank on her moorings and sits upright on a sandy, muddy bottom. She is complete and intact. The masts are at 17m, the stern deck is at 35m and the rudder at 45m. Visibility can be as low as 15-20m but the wreck is covered in fish life. A fantastic dive.

Gubal (Gubal island and little Gubal) A huge natural anchorage with some great wreck and reef diving. The Barge lying in the bay is used as a night dive. Bluff point to the east of little Gubal is a very nice drift dive.

The Ulysses wreck is a stunning dive site. Her location means that she is not dived often, as calm conditions are required to dive her. The stern section which is the deepest and most intact part of the ship. With a maximum depth here of 28m you will see distinct similarities between the Ulysses and the Carnatic.The bow (as shallow as 6 m) is very broken. Beware of strong currents at the site.

Shag rock. A beautiful small reef lying on the east side of the channel, close to Shaab Ali. Nice drift dives on both sides with good corals. Turtles and Dolphins are common. On the North tip lays the wreck of the ‘Kingston’. A steam ship that now lies in 14m of water and surrounded by a fantastic coral field. A very pretty dive.

The “Thistlegorm” is probably the most famous wreck in the Red Sea. The British ship was on the way to Egypt to bring military equipment of all kinds for the British troops in North Africa. But then on the 6 th of October 1941 a German bomber attacked the Thistlegorm. Now the wreck is lying upright on the sea-bottom at 30-m depth. Especially interesting is the cargo: Tanks, trucks, motorcycles, weapons, railway carriage and one railway engine.

Departing Hurghada.

Minimum 30 logged dives

Please note: A few of these wrecks are below 30m and are only for divers with the necessary certification levels.

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