- If you like “sunken steel sheet”, the tour “North & wrecks incl. SS Turkia” is the right tour for you. That’s superlative wreck diving! However, fish diversity, corals and a lot of more can be admired.
- This tour takes you to the famous wrecks and reefs in the northern part of the Red Sea, and on top of that the inviolate wrecks of SS Turkia in the strait of Suez.
- First it goes to Shaab El Erg (Dolphin House - extra fee for national park requested), the wrecks of Abu Nuhas (Carnatic, Chrisoula K., Ghiannis D.) are also on the program.
On the eastern plateau, we have the pleasure of running into longnose hawkfish, lionfish under the table coral, barracudas, reef sharks, shoaling fishes and two cleaning stations: one at the centre of the plateau for young tuna, the other located close to a large block on the south side for surgeonfish. The 'cowardly triggerfish' also lives here too – however, that's a whole other story and one that is best told by the guides on site.
Shaab el Erg
Shaab el Erg is an extensive reef, in the shape of a horseshoe. This formation is open to the south with a shallow lagoon, which is full of ergs. The whole lagoon can be dived.
Very popular are the northern tip, the eastern wall or the southwestern tip - Gota Shaab el Erg.
This dive starts at the north-eastern point of the tip and then goes along the coral wall to the south to the arcuate protected bay at the north side of the island Small Gubal. A strong current drives the diver in a southerly direction, so you should stay as close as possible to the wall.
It was built for Thomas Wilson Sons & Co. also located in Hull. Upon completion in 1910, the SS Livorno was used in her first year as a diverse merchant ship and shuttled between Hull, London and the Adriatic Sea. In 1911 she ran between Hull, Constantinople, Novorossick and Odessa, as well as between St. Petersburg and Cronstadt. In 1916 she was employed for the way Hull – Trieste. With the beginning of the first World War she was used for trade between Manchester Liverpool to St. Petersburg, Revel / Riga and she completed a total of 6 trips. After the warthe ship was often used to transport perishable fruits and frequently coal.
Sometimes sandy valleys (wadis) interrupt the reef, or you can explore overhangs and clefts. An excessively rich coral growth and countless fish put the diver in amazement.
The dives with an almost rapid current is leading you to the northern tip. Here you can find a gentle slope to around 10 - 30 m.
Shaab Umm Usk
The lagoon is protected in all weather conditions, not least because of the scattered coral formations at the southern tip that curb the wave motion.
The most appropriate place for the dive is in the southwest, beyond the coral reef.
The most interesting part, however, lies in the southeast, but is only recommended for good sea conditions.
The dive described here is the second of two: After anchoring in the lagoon you need a zodiak, with which you can be brought to the outside.
After leaving the lagoon, you start the dive counterclockwise around the coral ring. If you reach the half of the east side, the reef drops down to a flat area. This is the first step, situated in 18-20 meters depth. It follows a second step in 60 meter depth, which falls to greater depths. The dive takes place on the easily gradually sloping wall to the first step in 20 meters.
The current prevails to the south; therefore it is necessary to stay always close to the reef, which is also particularly blessed with life wealth.
The island is surrounded by an expanded coral reef up to 2 km to the north direction. The way to the Island can be a bit rough sometimes, but on the south plateau the boat will find enough protection from the wind.
The typical dive at Umm Gamar takes place on the eastern side of the island. The Zodiak will drop you at the desired site and you can dive on the eastern drop off to the south until you reach 3 coral towers that mark the beginning of south plateau. Two of the coral towers are hollow and filled with glass fish. The third has a large, sandy cave at 27m. All three are covered with purple red soft corals and clouds of glass fish cavort in the cavities.
Because of the mainly prevailing north current,
she laid almost exactly with the bow northwards, in line with the port anchor. The attack must have come all of a sudden at the unarmed coal freighter.
A bomb hit
on the starboard side at the height of the rear hold, which let the ship sink fast. Today the Rosalie Moller stands upright in a north-south direction on the keel, which lies in 50m on a firm sandy ground.
The Rosalie Moller is an unique experience,
even if the visibility at the wreck is often very bad (the upper deck lies at 30m), not only due to the depth at which it lies (for conditions in the Red Sea).
This dive is unsuitable
for beginners, as each dive reaches the Deco-limits and as the end of the dive is at the rope, this can be hard due to the often dominant swell and current, it’s a real exercise of one’s condition.
Abu Nuhas / Carnatic
The Carnatic on the journey from Liverpool to Bombay with 27 crew members, 203 passengers as well as a cargo of cotton, copper plates and 40,000 pounds Sterling in gold, in the night of 13. September 1869 on the reef Shab Abu Nuhas.
The ship at first, remained lying on the reef, however it broke apart on 15 September despite different rescue attempts and sank.
The exaggerated confidence in the stabilityof the ship affected itself fatally. Since the Carnatic had not been vacated, and both passengers and members of the crew remained on board, the ship dragged 27 people with it into the deep.
The survivors saved themselves firstly onto Shadwan island and were later saved from the Sumatra.
In October 1869a helmet diver saved the largest part of the gold freight as well as 700 copper plates. Also several dead bodies were discovered – a victim was still stuck in a porthole, through which he had tried to escape in vain.
There is still 8,000 pounds in Sterling which can still be found in the wreck. So far, nobody has found it – perhaps they have been secretly retrieved or has disappeared under the coral.
The wreck was again discovered in 1984, and since then is a popular goal for the dive boats from Hurghada. Since then it has been thoroughly plundered by souvenir hunters.
The “Carnatic” lies on it’s side at the base of the reef, in a depth of 20 to 27 m. In the centre the ship is badly destroyed, bow and stern are in good condition. The wooden deck has rotted away, so that one can safely penetrate the inside. The hull is densely covered with stone and leather coral.
Abu Nuhas / Chrisoula
After several owners it finally changed to the shipping company Clarion navy and got the name Chrisoula K. It was under this name, which she began her last voyage, which was on 30. August 1981, in the area of the reef of Abu Nuhas in the Red Sea, with a freight of cheap Italian paving tiles. By a navigational error of the captain, the ship hit the reef and sank on the night of 30. August.
The wreck lies today in a position which is optimal for divers, at a depth between 5 meters and 25 meters. The ship is in slightly inclined position, which is strongly damaged in the middle part, where it ran aground.
Abu Nuhas / Ghiannis
The rear half of the wreck lies a little bent, on the port side. Over the front of the Quarterdecks, rises the funnel with the large letters “D”.
“D” stands for the name of the shipping company: Danae.
Before the funnel lies the bridge deck, behind it different areas, an enormous winch, the bollard, the intact railing and also the framework, which supported a large awning in former times, which did not get damaged as it sank.
At the foot of the funnel, are narrow portholes, which lead into the engine room. The machines offer an impressive sight, with their long series of camshafts, valves and lines.
The middle ship area resembles a scrap heap, because steel girders are bent and torn up, and the side panels lie caved in on the sea-bottom. This area of the wreck is teeming with flat heads, scorpion fish and parrot fish. Also some groupers are at home here.
ATTENTION: The tour description is merely our suggestion. Which diving places on tour are dived is determined by many factors including the wind and weather.
After arrival in Hurghada transfer to the boat.
Check in, dinner and spending the first night on board in the marina.
Departure in the morning.
Instruction on the boat,
Diving, safety and equipment briefing.
Umm Gammar two dives
Nighdive at Beacon rock
Dives at Shark and Youlanda, Anemon
Baeckon Rock - Dunraven
Diving at SS Thistelgorm
Dives at SS Turkia
Dive at Rosalie Moller, Chrisoula K, Carnatic
Night dive at Abu Nuhas
Dives at Ghianis D, Umm Gammar
Head to Port.
At least 20 hour safety rest before flying would be given to all participants.
Handing trip educational material/ videos.
Breakfast and departure latest at 10:00 am.
Transfer to the airport or hotel.