- Deep recreational/technical itinerary
- Seldom dived wrecks
- Dramatic wall dives
- Scooters for rental
- On board trimix support
The adventure starts in Marsa Alam. After the mandatory check dive, it's straight to Elphinstone. How's that for a warm up dive site! Drift along the striking walls. Hunt out hammerheads and reef sharks as you get your first big dive under your belt. There is also a chance to dive the secluded farshad Elphinstone. This sister reef is a deep, submerged pinnacle, and perfect for pelagics. Overnight you are then whisked off to the Brothers. Here the jaw dropping Aida and Numdia wrecks await, as well as the dramatic drop off and sharks at Little Brother. There are 2 full days dedicated to the Brothers. The adventure does not stop here though! As you leave the Brothers behind, it is time to head to Hurgada. Here the wrecks range from 25m to over 100m! Depending on diver experience levels, a full day will be spent in this area with the chance to dive the Gulf Fleet 31 (a whopping 108m!), Hebat Allah or El Mina. Your final area of focus will be Safaga. Here the famous Salem express awaits, but also the Al Kahfain and El Tor Arish. Wreck satisfaction guaranteed.
This itinerary is open to anyone that wants to dive deeper. Whilst some dives are accessible to recreational divers, we recommend a deep diver certification as a minimum - several wrecks are deeper than 30m. On board is full support for technical divers, including the options for side mount, twin set, stages. Trimix divers are welcome, as are closed circuit divers. There are even scooters for rent on board - zoom along effortlessly underwater! Tek diving by it's very nature needs to be run by the experts. And few crews understand better than Tala's just what it takes to make a tek expeition run flawlessly.
- Average Water Temp: 18-28C
- Average Air Temp: 19-35C
- Average Visability: 15-25m
- Good for: Wrecks, deep walls
- Suitable for beginners: No
- From the dramatic walls of Elphinstone and the Brothers, to the evocative wrecks of Safaga and Hurgada, this is your chance to take your diving deeper with one of the most experienced tek liveaboards in the Red Sea.
- "It's hard to believe the sheer amount we managed to fit into six days of diving. The Tala's unique facilities and hard-working crew made this the best trip I have had in the Red Sea by some margin. "Andrew Georgitsis
This is a typical example of the Deeper into wrecks itinerary. The schedule is subject to change according to prevailing weather conditions and is only given as a example of what you would usually encounter during your holiday.
Scuba Travel have a select number of dates throughout the year of the Deeper into Wrecks itinerary so do book early to avoid disappointment.
This trip will depart from Marsa Alam
All of our Wreck Deeper into Wrecks trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.
There are normally 3 or 4 dives a day apart from on your first and last day. Night dives are not permitted whilst at the Brothers or Elphinstone. The exact number of dives can vary depending on local weather conditions.
Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. If you are making your own way to the harbour we ask that you not board before 18:00. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening. The boat will not leave harbour on this first night.
After the boat permissions are sorted, the boat will depart the next morning and the check dive will be made.
A normal Deeper into Wrecks itinerary will dive at the following areas but the exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on what people enjoy, where the best sightings have been and reflect diver experience levels.
Elphinstone is a classic Red Sea wall dive filled with action, adrenalin and excitement. Drift along through vast clouds of orange anthias as you look for hammerheads and reef sharks. You will also have a chance to dive at Elphinstone's less famous sister reef, the farshad. This deep pinnacle north of Elphinstone's main reef is secluded, seldom dived and home to plenty of big pelagics.
There are 2 wrecks at the Brothers, both of which are outstanding dives. Both can be dived recreationally or technically. No night dives are permitted in this area.
The Numidia is perhaps the most dramatic, hanging almost vertically on the very edge of the reef. The dive starts as shallow as 10m, with the wreck then dropping away to around 90m. Swim through the superstructure or head down to explore the deeper aspects of the wreck. You chose! Whatever plan you pick, an atmospheric dive is guaranteed. And keep your eyes out for manta or sharks, which often patrol in the blue.
The Aida wreck starts around 25m. The top half of the wreck is shattered, lying in pieces down the reef. Dive through the davits or around the decks, which are teeming with fish life. After you are finished on the wreck, drift along the wall where the resident turtle is often seen hunting.
Hurgada boasts several wrecks, none of which are quite the same! Depending on diver experience levels, your time here may include any of the following wrecks:
The Hebat Allah is a purpose sunk vessel that today lies at depths best suited to technical divers.
The El Mina is reportedly a minesweeper and was a casualty of the 6 Day War. She is a recreational dive that has some interesting artefacts reflecting her military heritage.
For divers that want to hit the 100m mark, there is the option to dive the wreck of the Gulf Fleet 1. This is at 108m and will only be an option for those appropriately qualified. For other divers, the Coloma V may be offered as a 60m alternative or a reef wall dive.
The most famous of these is the Salem Express, a tragic reminder of the shipping disaster in 1991 that claimed so many lives. Today she lies in relatively shallow water and we are able to dive her only with the utmost respect. This is an easy dive as no penetration is permitted. But there is more in Safaga then just the Salem Express.
The El Tour el Arish is another roll on roll off ferry but with quite a different history. An engine fire sank her very close to shore in 2001 and for many years it was not possible to dive here. Now opened, she makes a simple dive (12-33m) and is totally intact, lying on her side. This is a virgin wreck and exciting dive for even the most seasoned Red Sea wreck diver. The final Safaga wreck is the El Kafain. This was a cargo boat that now lies upside down in a max 24m of water. It is a fun dive, but due to it's orientation, care should be taken on penetration dives.
You will normally leave the boat after breakfast on your last day and be transferred to a hotel for the day. Your final transfer will take you to the airport for your return flight home. Please do speak to the travel consultant at the time of booking to confirm the exact last day arrangements.
If you would like to add an extension, combine this with another product or tweak the itinerary give us a call so we can discuss your dream diving holiday.
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