DEPARTING FROM HURGHADA
This itinerary is the same as the Northern Wrecks and Reefs itinerary, but with the added bonus of visiting the beautiful marine park of Ras Mohammed. Ras Mohammed offers variety & shallow, scenic plateau dives and also big drop offs with views into the blue. Currents in this area can often be strong and so for the more experienced, there is the opportunity for some fantastic drift dives along the wall.
You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to join this safari.
As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive.
Here are just a few of the sites you will have the opportunity to visit on this safari...
SS. Thistlegorm - Shaab Ali
Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today 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.
Ras Mohammed - 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!
Small Crack - Shaab Mahmoud
This is a small split in the middle of Shaab Mahmoud's barrier. Drift along the outside wall next to beautiful corals and colourful fish. Look for a sand slope that leads you up and through the crack. When the current is right you can fly through the 5m deep channel and be thrown out across the sandy lagoon!
At the gate of the Straits of Gubal is 'Bluff Point', which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern wall of the island. The wreck of the 'Ulysses' lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping to 25m. 'The Barge' wreck, south of the lighthouse, provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive. The wrecks skeleton creates protection for all types of night creatures.
This large circular reef is often overlooked but offers excellent diving on pristine coral from any location on its perimeter.