- Suitable for all experience levels
- Regular weekly departures
- PADI courses onboard available
- Varied diving
- Groups & full charters welcome
The Wrecks and Reefs itinerary gets to some of the most iconic dive sites Egypt has to offer, as well a few of lesser known beauties. After the check dive, this tour starts in style. Tiran and Ras Mohammed are rightly two of the best known areas for diving in the Northern Red Sea. The coral gardens play host to hundreds and thousands of candy coloured fish. The deep walls of Tiran mirror the startling drop offs of Ras Mohammed. Blue spotted sting rays, eagle rays and manta abound and the summer months see large pelagic sharks gather on the drop off. Hammerheads, Black Tips, leopard and even tiger sharks all visit the region. Cruising past Shark and Yolanda, Wrecks and Reefs takes in the Alternatives, Small Crack and Bluff Point before moving onto the wrecks. The Northern Red Sea is a wreck diver's delight. The almighty Thistlegorm is the setting for unforgettable diving, day or night. The Kingston, Dunraven, Giannis D and Carnatic only add to the excitement. These 19th and 20th century wrecks have, over the course of time, formed artificial reefs but each is still packed with unique artefacts that tell their story.
Wrecks and Reefs is the ideal itinerary whatever your experience level. A popular route for those new to the Red Sea, the varied depths across dive sites suit all abilities - from novice to tekkie. Visibility is crystal clear and the warm blue waters are perfect for even the longest dive times. Water temperatures typically range between 20 and 28 degrees throughout the year. Diving can be accessed whatever the season, either by boat or RIB. Currents push nutrients rich water from north to south, giving you plenty of opportunity for exhilarating drift dives. Travel times between dive sites are short leaving more time for relaxing. Few other dive destinations can offer the same quality and quantity of top dive sites. This itinerary will fill your log book with both wrecks and reefs that are envied the world over.
- Average Water Temp: 19 - 28 C
- Average Air Temp: 19 - 35 C
- Average Visability: 15 - 25m
- Good for: Wrecks, Reefs, Big Fish
- Suitable for beginners: Yes
- Fill your log book with iconic dive sites... the Thistlegorm, Shark & Yolanda, Abu Nuhas and Tiran.... these and so much more awaits!
- "Amazing itinerary, I saw everything I wanted too and more - highly recommended". John Bantin
- "Saw loads, from Morays to Napolean to swimming with a pod of dolphins on our saftey stop, then the zodiac driver followed them. Great week, great guests, great food, cant fault it at all!". Claire Shanley
- "From the initial phone call to book right through to the transfer to the airport home Scuba Travel have been superb."Vickie Aronsten
This is a typical example of the Wrecks and Reefs 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 weekly departures of the Wrecks & Reefs itinerary so there is always a date to suit!
Mistral, Cyclone, Whirlwind and Hurricane all depart from El Mina in Sharm el Sheikh. Sea Serpent and Contessa Mia depart from the new marina in Hughada.
All of our Wrecks & Reefs 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. 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 Wrecks & Reefs 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.
This is one of the best concentrations of wreck diving in the Red Sea with the newest and oldest wrecks you will visit on this itinerary. The Giannis D is always a popular dive with a brilliant (and easy!) engine room penetration. You can swim easily through the corridors and into the rooms as they have been cleared without entanglement risk. Head to the Carnatic for the oldest wreck - the iron ribs are iconic and the wreck is smothered in marine life. You may also dive the Chrisoula K.
Gubal island lies to the north of Abu Nuhas and has some excellent sites to explore. The barge is a wonderful afternoon and night dive with it's resident humongous resident moray, scorpion fish and stone fish. Bluff Point is a relaxing drift dive - and always chances to see dolphin. On a flat day you can dive the Ulysses, a smaller but similar aged vessel to the Carnatic. On the west of Gubal is the Rosalie Moller. Due to the depth of this wreck it is not always offered but if you do dive it, cut through the swathes of glass fish to find a fantastic 2nd World War wreck.
Around the Thistlegorm
Around Shaab Mahmoud you find 3 classic dive sites. The Thistlegorm needs little introduction to UK divers - sunk during the 2nd World War, she was laden with munitions and with several dives (including a night dive) to explore the holds, decks and environs, you will discover just why this ranks as one of Egypt's top dives. At Shag Rock you can enjoy both an incredible hard coral reef dive (often with turtles) and the small but adorable wreck of the Kingston. Another top reef dive is Small Crack - here a spilt in the reef allows divers to dive between the outer reef and inner lagoon. The crack is packed with marine life and it can be a good place to see zebra sharks.
If you visit the Northern Red Sea you have to dive Ras Mohammed! There are too many outstanding sites to mention but the best include Shark & Yolanda, Anemone City, Ras Gozlani and the wreck of the Dunraven - after you finish on the wreck head onto the reef to look for stone fish. The drop off in Ras Mohammed will take your breath away and you always have a good chance to see sharks or eagle rays cruising along the walls.
Jackson, Thomas, Woodhouse and Gordon are the 4 reefs that make up the Tiran system and each has it's own individual charm. The coral gardens at Jackson are some of the most lavish you will find in Egypt and the wall stunning. Thomas is famous for the deep canyon but there are also some large sea fans to admire. Woodhouse is always a lovely drift dive, with plenty of nooks and crannies along the wall where you can find macro life. Gordon is distinctive for the tar barrels that are slowly becoming part of the reef - a vast school of banner fish live on the drop off. This is a perfect afternoon or night dive.
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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