The Dive Sites
Just around the promontory of Ras Um Seid lies Temple dive site. Temple is so-named because here you will find three coral pillars resembling the columns of a classical temple. The pillars descend to a depth of 30m. Reef fauna commonly seen here include butterfly fish, parrot fish, bat fish and lion-fish. You may also see a Napoleon Wrasse.
Ras Katy is located at only few minutes from Travco Jetty, the main harbor of Sharm el Sheikh, and from where all our boats in Sharm are departing. Is a very nice and easy shallow dive, ideal for the first dive in the Red Sea. It is ideal as well for night dives.
Dun-raven - Beacon Rock
Built in Newcastle in 1873, this British steamer met her end in 1876 while bound for Bombay with a cargo of timber and cotton, which were lost in the ship wreck when the ship caught fire. She lies upside-down in 15 – 29.5 meters depth. The dive starts at the stern and takes you inside the hull where you can see Crocodile-fish. You can also expect to see some groupers, Lion fish and schools of Glass fish. Above the bow you can enjoy a coral garden at 10 – 5 meters as you ascend from your dive.
There are four wrecks to dive on the Abu Nuhas Reef. The remains of 'Kimon M', 'Giannis D', 'Chrisoula K' and the 'Carnatic' are laying close from each other, each from a different period, and all are different kinds of ships, which makes it very interesting. And the wrecks are all in a comfortable depth for recreational diving, and the conditions are normally very good for a dive, with superp marine life.
The Kimon M was a cargo vessel, built in Germany in 1952. On 12th December 1978, while en route from Turkey to Bombay via Suez with a cargo of lentils, she struck the north-eastern end of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas reef at full speed. For a while the bow of the ship lay visible on the reef while the rest of the ship sank. She lies on her starboard side with the stern at a depth of 32m. However, the propeller and rudder, which are intact, lie at 27m from where your dive can start.
The Giannis D crashed into the reef at Sha’ab Abu Nuhas in April 1983 and sank with her cargo of timber. Originally built in Japan in 1969 and called the ‘Shoyo Maru’, at the time of her sinking she was owned by a Greek shipping company, Dumarc, hence the ‘D’ in her name which was painted on the ship’s funnel and can still be seen today. She lies between depths of 4m and 24m. Dives usually commence at the stern which is very much intact, though completely severed from the mid-ship area which has virtually all broken up. The bow section, too, is also intact, while separated from the rest of the ship. You can visit the engine room in the stern section entering via an opening in the funnel. You can see all the instruments, pipes and machinery in here which are all intact. After exploring the stern, you can swim across the destroyed middle section and take a closer look at the bow, which lies between 12 and 18m. The ship has been colonised by many soft corals and, consequently, many fish have made the freighter their home. You are likely to encounter schools of glassfish and anthias, lionfish, groupers and Napoleon fish. Moray eels too have made the hull of the Giannis D their home.
The true identity of the wreck usually referred to as the ‘Chrisoula K’ remains under debate. There are those who believe, in fact, that this wreck is actually that of a cargo ship called the Marcus, while there are others who are convinced that the Chrisoula K has, indeed, been correctly identified. However, what is known to be fact is that the Chrisoula K was built in Germany in 1954 and met her fate when she hit the reef at Abu Nuhas on 31st August 1981 while en route to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia carrying a cargo of tiles.
Built in Britain in 1862, the Carnatic was a steamship with sails which operated both as a passenger and cargo vessel and plied a route between Suez and Bombay. On the night of 12th September 1869 in strong currents, she ran aground at Sha’ab Abu Nuhas. The following day, the weather deteriorated further and on the 14th September she broke up and sank, with the loss of 31 lives. At the time of her sinking, as well as carrying some 210 passengers and crew, she was carrying a cargo of cotton bales, mail, bottles of wine and soda water as well as £40,000 worth of gold bullion. Indeed, it is believed that some of the gold was never recovered! Today, she can be found lying at a depth of between 27 and 16m. She is now covered in soft corals but makes for interesting exploration and, while the middle section is broken up, the bow and stern are intact.
Small Gubal and the barge wreck
Small Gubal Island is a small island situated to north of Hurghada.
The dive Bluff point with the barge wreck is a steep wall dive that follows the coastline. There are plenty of small passages and inlets in the rock that hide away life. The reef is full of glassfish, butterflyfish, crocodilefish and flat-headed scorpionfish. The wreck itself isn't much to look at, but it serves as an attraction for sealife. Keep an eye out for turtles.
The Rosalie Moller Wreck is a superb wreck dive, but ONLY for very experienced with special Deep Dive and/or Tec qualification. It is quite deep, with the sea bottom at 55 metres and its shallowest point at 35m, and the long descent goes straight through blue water. The Marine Life is amazing with lots of schooling fishes and pelagic fishes.
The Ulysses was en route from London to Penang when she ran into the reef at Small Gubal Island on 16th August 1887. She was carrying an assortment of cargo – much of which was unloaded at the time of her sinking. However, some large cable drums sank with her and remain at the site to this day. She lies at a depth of 28m and you can swim inside the stern. Glassfish and sweepers populate the wreck. Other reef life to be seen in the vicinity includes anthias, bannerfish and butterflyfish.
Small Crack is a small break in the Sha’ab Mahmud reef system and is navigable by small dive boats only. The passage is 6m deep and 2-3m across with reef walls on both sides. Both hard and soft corals abound here – you can see Gorgonian fans, porites, salad coral and Acropora as well as anemones and their omni-present anemonefish. There is also a small eel garden at a depth of 19m and many species of reef fauna. Pelagic fish also frequent the site.
Wreck of the Thistlegorm
Lying some 31 miles from Sharm El Sheikh, the Thistlegorm is a popular site often visited by divers on day trips as well as liveaboard boats. Built in 1940, the Thistlegorm was a sizeable British transport ship. Early one morning in October 1941 while moored at Sha’ab Ali, she was struck by German bombers and sank. She was carrying a cargo of munitions, anti-tank mines, motorcycles, Bedford trucks, spare parts, tyres and medicines amongst other things for the British troops in North Africa. She lies at depths of between 16 and 33 metres and both the ship and her cargo are very well preserved, making her arguably the best wreck dive in the Red Sea. Not only you will you enjoy seeing a ship and cargo so amazingly intact, you will also see plenty of marine life in and around the vessel making the Thistlegorm, effectively, an artificial reef!
Shag Rock - Kinkston
The Kingston was a small British cargo ship built in Sunderland in 1871. She ran onto the northern face of the reef, known as Shag Rock, on 22nd February 1881, whilst en route to Aden with a cargo of coal aboard. The intact propeller at the stern of the ship lies at a depth of 15m and the dive usually starts here, after which you can move inside the ship to see the engine room, followed by the boilers. The bow section, lying at around 4m depth, has mostly disintegrated. However, lying alongside the ship you will see the remains of the mast. Since the wreck is quite small, there will be time to explore the reef while you are here, too. You can expect to see surgeon fish, rabbitfish and nudibranch. Larger fauna frequently encountered here includes jackfish, groupers, turtles and Whitetip reef sharks. You may even come across a pod of dolphins.
Some 3 miles west of Ras Mohammed lies a fringing reef (a chain of coral pinnacles) within which you will find a sheltered lagoon with maximum depths of between 10 and 15m. The area has been named The Alternatives as it serves as an alternative for diving when the seas are rough at the more exposed dive sites in the vicinity. There is a mooring (shamandura) on the sheltered side of two of the middle pinnacles so dives are usually conducted around here.
Bluff point is a steep wall dive that follows the coastline. There are plenty of small passages and inlets in the rock that hide away life. The reef is full of glassfish, butterflyfish, crocodilefish and a flat-headed scorpionfish. The wreck itself isn't much to look at, but it serves as an attraction for sealife. Keep an eye out for turtles.
Ras Mohamed National Park
Ras Mohamed is a peninsula of land jutting out into the Red Sea at the southernmost point of the Sinai Peninsula. Most of the Ras Mohammed Peninsula is, in fact, a raised reef plate, indicating that the sea level was once higher than it is today. In 1983 Ras Mohammed was given National Park status, the area the park covers was increased in 1989 to include much of the surrounding seas. There are some 1,000 species of fish and 150 species of coral to be found in the waters here, hence the need for preservation.
There are several amazing dives within the National Park of Ras Mohamed:
Ras Mohamed - Shark & Jolanda Reef
This dive is a Must in Ras Mohamed, for some it is THE Ras Mohamed dive site, and surely one of the most exciting experience for a diver, specially during the summer. Shark and Yolanda are in fact 2 pinnacles originating from a single pinnacle which rises almost vertically from a depth of 800 metres. The Yolanda has been named after the Cyprian freighter which hit the reef in 1980; its cargo - Ideal Standard ceramics- still lies on the western side of the reef. Divers usually perform a drift dive from Shark’s reef to the Yolanda wreck; the sea floor is littered with toilet bowls and sinks, remnants of the Yolanda cargo. The site is teeming with varied fish species including hammerheads, reef sharks, barracudas and huge tunas, in addition to smaller species such as jackfish, batfish, unicorn fish, snappers and many kinds of stingrays. You’ll also find amazing corals.
Ras Mohamed - Shark Observatory
This site takes its name from the piece of headland that overlooks this stretch of water. It is a great wall dive and you can enjoy the Alcyonarians and caves and gullies with all their reef life, while still keeping an eye on what may be lurking out in the blue! Whale sharks have been spotted in this area.
Ras Mohamed - Ras Za'atar
Ras Za’atar is a rocky outcrop of land which plunges almost vertically into the sea. You can descend at the start of your dive to around 28 – 30 metres to enjoy some gorgonian fan corals. There are also some colonies of black coral. Rising back up to a depth of about 15 metres, you will see the reef wall covered with red and pink Alcyonarians. You will also see two splits in the coral which give rise to rather impressive chimneys in which you will find the likes of Lionfish and Glassfish.
Ras Mohamed - Jackfish Alley
A dive at Jackfish Alley will give you the opportunity to see some caves and watch the fantastic light effects they produce. As well as Jackfish, you may well see Bluespotted stingrays, Triggerfish, Whitetip Reef Sharks and Manta rays.
Ras Um Sid
Ras Um Sid is the tip of a small peninsula just north of the port of Sharm el Sheikh, with a high lighthouse that marks the beginning of the Strait of Tiran on the western coast. The diving site, is immediately east of the lighthouse, and is renowned for the extraordinary proliferation of gorgonians (Subergorgia hicksoni) that create a veritable forest here, the most beautiful in all the northern Red Sea.
We strongly recommend PADI Advanced Open Water or equivalent with min. 35+ logged dives! (Rosalie Moller only for Tec or Wreck certified divers with 50 logged dives)
Note: This is a sample itinerary and can be changed without notice. The route will depend on sea and weather conditions, diving level and ability of guests, the number of other boats present at dive site and other conditions.