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Northern Wrecks & Reefs


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This classic itinerary allows you to take in iconic wrecks and stunning reefs across the northern Red Sea!

QUALIFICATION NEEDED: You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent to join this safari.

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Common sightings: Dolphins and turtles, lovely reefs and famous wrecks
Reefs: Mainly shallow with some drop-offs
Wrecks: Many - normally 25-50% of dives
Night dives: Almost every night but not guaranteed
Experience required: Suitable for all divers
Amount of travelling: Short distances between dive sites

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Sample Itinerary:

**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.

This itinerary departs from and returns to Hurghada. Please note that ports are subject to change.

Day 1 - Start the week with a check dive before heading north for an afternoon and night dive.

Days 2-5 - Spend four days cruising the northern Red Sea. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three day dives and a night dive each day. The exact itinerary and order of dive sites will vary depending on the conditions but you can expect to visit plenty of wrecks including Thistlegorm, Dunraven, Giannis D, Carnatic and potentially even more. There is also some fantastic reef diving including the Ras Mohamed marine park, Danaba (Shag Rock), Sha'ab El Erg (famous for dolphin encounters) and the Island of Gobal.

Day 6 - Enjoy two relaxed morning dives close to Hurghada allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.

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Itinerary Highlights:

SS Thistlegorm
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.

Please note: Due to CDWS regulations, you must have a minimum of 20 logged dives in order to dive on this wreck. Other dives on the itinerary are not affected.

Ras Mohamed - 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!

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
Also known as the 'Ships Graveyard', this reef is positioned dangerously close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. Wrecks here include the Ghiannis D, Carnatic, Tile and Lentil Wrecks. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef.

Danaba (Shag Rock)
This large circular reef is often overlooked but offers excellent diving on pristine coral from any location on its perimeter.

Sha'ab El Erg
Famous for its dolphin sightings (and colloquially known as Dolphin House) this shallow reef can offer a dive that you will never forget!

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Private Guides:

If you are uncomfortable diving independently in a buddy team, or this will be your first liveaboard and you're are not a super-experienced diver; why not give yourself peace of mind and book an expert blue o two private guide for the trip? They will be there every step of the way to make sure you get the best out of your diving!

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Courses:

Want to explore these stunning dive sites for longer? Then why not complete your PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) speciality course whilst on your trip? You can also learn how to make the most of the currents by completing your PADI Drift Diver speciality course onboard.

This is also the perfect itinerary to complete the Advanced Open Water Course, where you will gain skills in a wide range of areas and get the opportunity to enhance your experience with five dives under the supervision of an instructor. The PADI Sidemount Course can give you the chance to dive with perfect trim, carrying extra gas without putting a strain on your legs and back. Contact our expert travel team today for more information.

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Thanks to Dray Van Beeck for providing the featured underwater images.

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