- On board wreck expert Mike Ward
- Wrecks, wrecks & more wrecks
- friendly and funny presentations
- something for everyone
- iconic Red Sea wrecks
Mike Ward has been running our wreck trips for several years and few can compete with his encylopeadic knowledge of the Red Sea wrecks. He is most often found underwater with his nose in a small corner of the wreck. Armed with a camera, Mike has dived the UK, Mediterranean and Red Sea extensively. In his spare time topside, Mike delves the shipping annuals. He has an intimate knowledge of each site visited and is more than happy to talk about the history of the wrecks - and from which angle you can get the best photographs. Mike has a devoted following and after a week on board with him you too will see why!
A check dive kicks off the week and then - let the wreck diving begin! Abu Nuhas holds no less than 4 wrecks, all of which can be dived under the right conditions. The Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and Kimon M... famous for their different cargos of wood, bottles, tiles and lentils. Let Mike enthuse you with his passion for the Red Sea's Second World War wreck too - both the Rosalie Moller and Thistlegorm lie at anchor and are well worth the multiple dives dedicated to them on this itinerary. Consider the impact of the Suez canal whilst diving the Ulysess, Kingston and Dunraven. Shark and Yolanda and Ras Pieter offer an opportunity the glean more about Egypt's modern history and critical role in international shipping.
The Northern Red Sea is quite unlike any other wreck destination and with Mike's expertise, the beauty of the region is undeniable. The Escorted Get Wrecked itinerary is perfect for any diver - novice to technical. From 5m to 50m, there is undeniably something for everyone. A stimulating experience for the mind and the eyes, understanding more about the wrecks visited on the route, really helps to see the wrecks in their full glory.
- Average Water Temp: 19 - 28 C
- Average Air Temp: 19 - 35 C
- Average Visability: 15 - 25,
- Good for: Wrecks, wrecks, wrecks
- Suitable for beginners: Yes
- Escorted by leading wreck expert Mike Ward, discover the secrets behind the iconic Red Sea wrecks like the Thistlegorm, Carnatic, Giannis D and so many more.
- "Thank you Mike for giving us the talks that you did. It really made a big difference, even though I had done all the dives many times before. It really brings the wrecks alive."Stuart
- "The combination of the guides efforts made the whole trip relaxing and truly memorable."Jimmy
This is a typical example of the Escorted Get Wrecked 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.
Mistral, Cyclone, Whirlwind and Tempest all currently depart from Hurghada
All of our Escorted Get Wrecked trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.
There are normally 4 dives a day (3 day dives + 1 night dive) apart from on your first and last day. There are around 21 dives on an average week but this 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.
The guides and Mike will introduce themselves and give you a taster of the presentations that you can expect over the course of the week in addition to the normal excellent wreck briefings. You can also 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 Escorted Get Wrecked 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.
We'll start with a gentle check-dive, heading south from Sharm for Beacon Rock, where the third-generation diving liveaboard Emperor Fraser came to grief a few years ago. I love check dives. The moment I drop below the surface all my everyday worries get left behind and I know the trip has properly started..... And this is the perfect check-dive site for a wreck trip! Directly below Cyclone will be a nice sandy bottom in case of any house-brick buoyancy moments and there are interesting reefs all around. The wreck itself lies at 30m and will be tied to the back of the boat with a nice thick mooring line to reduce the navigational challenge.
From south to north the wrecks are Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and Kimon M. We'll dive all four wrecks, making one or two wreck-dives plus a night dive on the first day and then visiting the remaining two or three on the second.
We'll need to off-gas a bit after the Abu Nuhas wrecks and before tomorrow's visit to Rosalie Moller, so to finish off the second day we'll cross to Gubal and moor up near the wreckage of a little barge for the most spectacular night dive in the north Red Sea.
In the opinion of many divers, me included, Rosalie Moller is the best recreational-depth wreck in the north Red Sea. She draws repeat visitors time after time, and for some divers she's the focus of the entire trip. We'll spend the whole of day three here and make three dives to this wonderful wreck, separated by some long surface intervals. Doing this allows us to enjoy a decent combined bottom time without too much decompression penalty. Her fantastic state of preservation means there's plenty to explore however many dives you make.
Ulysses & Kingston
We'll start the fourth day on Ulysses then cross over to Kingston at Shag Rock. Both are nineteenth century wrecks with huge historical significance and are excellent wreck and reef dives, and a complete contrast to yesterday's Rosalie Moller and the upcoming Thistlegorm..
Then it's Thistlegorm, where we'll make three or four dives, including a night dive and an early-morning dive. If you've dived her before why not come with me for a look at the debris field on the sea-bed or some of the less-visited areas on the wreck, such as the Galley on her starboard side.
For the afternoon of the ffth day we'll be back at Beacon Rock to visit the grand old lady of Red Sea wrecks, Dunraven. She lies at the foot of the reef just around the corner from Emperor Fraser where we began and is the wreck that kick-started the wreck-diving boom in the area. Poke around inside and you'll find her compound steam engine still intact and still in place, just upside down!
Ras Mohammed and Karaba
Finally we'll carry on to either Ras Mohammed or Ras Ghamilla for a burst of eye-candy before finishing our trip at the unique little site called Karaba, Arabic for electicity. Karaba is a jumbled heap of trucks and Bren Carriers that form a sub-sea memento of the Six Day War. It's a unique site on which to finish a week of excellent diving. And after that, maybe a post-trip drink or two? We can organise you transport into town or take a walk to old Sharm.
*Note that all itineraries are weather, safety and group dependant. Routes can and do change, though we'll do our best to make sure we cover all the wrecks mentioned. If there's something specific you'd like to do or see, or if you'd like to spend more or less time on any site, let me know. The intention is for you to get the diving holiday you want.
Before each dive you'll get a detailed briefing on the wreck using photographs and video clips so you don't miss anything, and if there's something specific you'd like to see on one of the wrecks, or just somewhere new to visit on a wreck you've seen before, let me know!
Each evening there'll be a short presentation connected with the wrecks we're diving. The real stories behind Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moller always feature, but the others will depend on the interests of the group. 'Titanic on scuba' has been very popular recently!
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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