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Northern Route & Wrecks
departure from Hurghada / Sharm el Sheikh

During this trip you will experience the beautiful marine life that lives among the wrecks in the Red Sea. Take in to account that this route is especially subject to weather conditions. But if the weather permits these are the most impressing dive sites. There is no daily schedule – it depends on the conditions which site suits best.
SS Thistlegorm – Shaab Ali is probably the most famous wreck in the Red Sea. The British ship was on the way to Egypt to bring military equipment for the British troops in North Africa. But then on the 6th of October 1941 a German bomber attacked the Thistlegorm. Now the wreck is lying upright on the sea-bottom at 30-m depth. Especially interesting is the cargo: tanks, trucks, motorcycles, weapons, railway carriage and one railway engine. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schools of fish.
Small Crack This is a small split in the middle of Shaab Mahmoud’s barrier. Drift along the outside wall next to beautiful corals and colorful 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!
Gubal Island: 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.
Abu Nuhas Wrecks has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreckall offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. 
Rosalie Moeller: This ship was bombed the next morning and sank in deeper water (lies in 50m with its main deck at 32m). Now this wreck is one of the main attractions for experienced divers since it is far less crowded and is a more demanding dive than the Thistlegorm.

Ras Mohamed is National Park of South Sinai. Located on the very tip of the Sinai Penninsula, it probably represents some of the most famous dive sites in the Red Sea. 800m deep reef walls and strong current on one hand, and on the other, some of the most beautiful coral gardens you can imagine. The seas around the point are very rich in plankton and other foods giving tremendous growth of stony and soft corals which in turn attracts large schools of reef and pelagic fish.
Tiran Island is the channel that lies between the Sinai coast on the North end of Sharm el Sheikh and the Island of Tiran. 
Gordon Reef 
  • Thomas Reef 
  • Woodhouse Reef 
  • Jackson Reef 
Along with many other dive sites, here you can find four coral reefs that span the island and offer some of the most exhilarating and spectacular diving in the world. 
Jackson Reef is often referred to as the jewel in the crown with its “stunning coral garden” on each extremity. These areas are commonly called the “garden” or “aquarium”. A must for any diver who visits this area. But take care of the currents. On the Northern side of Jackson Reef you can often see hammer head sharks that school there from mid Spring to mid-Autumn.
Elphinstone Reef & Deadalus Reef

Elphinstone Reef 

35 km to south from Port Ghalib and 9 km from the coastline far away a cult place, which makes a great finale to the end of your safari. The north- and the south plateau and the reef offers huge gorgonians and switch corals, a lot of soft corals and colonies of hard corals. Both plateaus are good locations to find different kinds of sharks, mostly longimanus and white tip reef shark, sometimes hammerhead sharks.
Daedalus Reef
This huge tear-drop shaped reef rises from the sea bed in the middle of the Red Sea, 80 km offshore and more than 300 km south of Hurghada. Easily recognized by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. 
The sheer walls are covered in over-grown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open on the blue! 
Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen... oceanic white tip, grey reef and thresher sharks are often sighted. But Daedalus is most famous for its scalloped hammerhead sharks which can often be seen in large schools out in the blue during the summer months. The sheer size of this reef means that you can do several dives here and never get bored!
St John's – Fury Shoals
some of the best diving the Red Sea has to offer

Here the diving is less arduous so it's a trip for those who want to see the best but have a more relaxed time while doing so. Sailing to the southernmost reefs, you'll depart from Marsa Ghalib Port or Hamata (depends on the time of year) and dive the sites at Fury Shoals en-route to the vast reef system of St John's. 
When leaving Marsa Ghalib the route can sometimes take in a dive at Abu Dabab on the first or last day. Often spoilt for choice, your guides will pick sites that they know to be the best for the time of the year and can find excellent alternatives should the weather affect the normal route. 
On the way to Fury Shoals, dive Shaab Sharm with its wall dives and white tip reef sharks. Oceanic white tips and silky sharks can sometimes be found in the blue and turtles often visit the south side before heading further south.
At Fury Shoals, dive Shaab Claudio with its famous swim-throughs and huge porite corals. White tip reef sharks and an anemone and clownfish settlement can be seen a little off the reef to the South. 

Abu Galawa Soraya has a fantastic coral garden and a wreck of a private sailing boat populated with glass fish. 
St John's is a vast collection of small reefs offering some of the most remote and rewarding diving. This incredibly beautiful reef lies a short distance north of the Sudanese border. The reef covers a huge area and many dives would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands.
Abili Ali offers giant gorgonians and black corals whilst grey reef, silvertip and schools of hammerhead sharks might be found on the west side.
Abili Gaafar is a mass of soft corals teaming with shoals of snappers, butterfly fish and barracudas. Mantas, grey reef and silvertip sharks can often be seen in the blue. 
Gota Kebir is a massive reef, famous for its tunnels and south plateau, where jacks and barracudas swim and the occasional manta. The tunnels are an ideal for novice cave divers. 
Gota Soraya is rated as possibly one of the best wall dives, with overhangs and cracks in the reef wall full of glass fish and sweepers as well as an abundance of corals, silvertips and hammerhead sharks.
Brothers Islands
one of the most beautiful dive spots of the world

Big Brother & Small Brother 
About 140 km far away from the coast of Safaga and about 88km on the northeast from Port Ghalib. The two islands are surrounded on the perimeter by a barrier reef. These reefs are unique in their location. The isolated position of the islands and their openness to winds, waves and current creates unique conditions for the formation of all kinds of corals. Strong underwater and surface currents are usual here and must be considered. Each diver must be able to use a Surface Marker Buoy (SMB). The speed and direction of the current is very unpredictable. The divers must have a good experience, min. logged dives. Night dives are strictly forbidden. 
Big Brother the reef slope here nearly vertical rather than a soft incline. Constant currents bring plankton - rich water to feed the numerous kinds of corals. Soft corals of red, claret and blue violet colours begin at depths of 5-6m and cover the reef walls more than 40m. The main sights of Big Brother are two shipwrecks, lying on its southwest slopes.
Numidia the english transport ship with a length of 137m which run aground on the reef and sank at 21.07.1901. It lays at a depth of 7m down to 80m. Now after more than 100 years ago, it's a wonderful multi coloured reef and often you find here very huge groupers. The other wreck, Aida, sank on 15.09.1957 and lies on 30m-70m. The metal hull a construction has become a very natural and magnificent part of the coral colonies. 
Embarkation & disembarkation
  • Sharm el Sheikh & Hurghada Area for Northern & Southern Red Sea live a board.
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