Reefs & Wrecks from Hurghada
Abu Nuhas, Straits of Gubal, SS Thistlegorm and Ras Mohammed, Ulysses, Rosalie Moeller, Thistlegorm and others
This cruise has something for everyone, combining the 'best of the best’ of the most famous wrecks in the northern Red Sea with some stunning reef diving.
The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs on offer on this cruise, with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins.
Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life.
Night dives can be superb as Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. A small wreck at 8-10 metres makes for a spectacular night dive with lionfish, scorpion fish and its resident giant moray eel as well as the wreck of the Ulysses and the Rosalie Moeller. Next onto the Kingston lying at Shag Rock; the Carina lying close to Sha’ab Ali and the Dunraven at Beacon Rock in Ras Mohammed National Park. And finally the most famous wreck in the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm, at Sha’ab Ali.
The SS Thistlegorm was sunk in 1941 after being bombed by the German Luftwaffe while on a mission to deliver a cargo of ammunition and other war materials to the British troops in North Africa. The Rosalie Moeller (see above), carrying a cargo of coal, suffered the same fate just two days later.
Whilst in Ras Mohammed, you may have the chance to do a dive at Shark Reef; a sheer wall falling into the blue. From here the boat heads back towards Hurghada.
In between wreck dives you will also visit the reefs of the Straits of Gubal, Gulf of Suez and those to the north of Hurghada. A variety of deep walls and hard coral gardens with an abundance of reef fish make them well worth a visit.
Here’s what you can expect to visit on a typical Reefs & Wrecks Cruise.
If you have a special wish for a certain place in this area just let your dive guide know. Some dive sites might not accessible due to weather conditions. The final decision is with the captain and guide – safety always comes first!
Transfer to the boat, check in begins at 18:00. Welcome on board, cabin arrangement and boat–briefing.
Depart the port in the early hours to the complete a check dive at a quiet local dive site possibly Poseidon reef or Gotta Sha’ab El Erg. Then on to more dives in the area leading from Hurghada to the Straits of Gubal. Night dive normally at Umm Usk.
Sail to Abu Nuhas and experience reef and wrecks dives. With good weather it is possible to cross the Straits of Gubal and dive the Dunraven shallow wreck. Night dive at Beacon Rock or The Alternatives.
Early morning dive at the famous Shark & Yolanda dive site followed by a selection of the best sites that Ras Mohamed has to offer. Make your way to the Thistlegorm for an afternoon dive then a night dive weather permitting.
Early morning dive at Thistlegorm. Moving on from here to the sites around the Gubal islands. A night dive here at Small Wreck.
Early morning dive at the Rosalie Moeller weather permitting. Then onto a selection of beautiful dive sites around the Gubal islands area. Night dive at Small Giften South or Gotta Sha’ab El Erg.
Last 2 dives of the liveaboard. Around the Giftun Island area. Possible to dive a selection of wrecks or reefs here including El Mina, Suzanna or Balena.
Disembark at 09:00 (if not last night hotel) and transfer to the airport or hotel. If your airline departure is in the afternoon or evening you will be transferred to our local Emperor Dive Center where you can relax, store your luggage and purchase refreshments until your transfer to the airport.
All wrecks are subject to divers' experience and weather conditions.
Note: Minimum of 15 logged dives & PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or equivalent recommended.