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Itinerary: Best of Wrecks
Dates: 1st - 8th April 2016
Aboard: M/Y blue Fin
Built in 2005, M/Y blue Fin is the first vessel in the blue o two Egyptian liveaboard fleet. She is 39m in length and takes a maximum of 24 divers on each trip. All cabins benefit from ensuite facilities, air conditioning, mini refrigerators and personal entertainment systems and the 3 king suites also offer large double beds and bigger plasma screens. These king suites which dominate the bow on the lower and middle decks, spreading the whole width of the vessel - the perfect treat for couples. M/Y blue Fin is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and can also cater for rebreather divers.
This itinerary follows a North and Brothers route where divers will experience the excitement of diving famous wrecks of the Red Sea, including the SS Thistlegorm, Carnatic, Ulysses, Ghiannis D and the Dunraven, so anyone who has an active interest in wreck diving will love this itinerary. However, it is also interesting to bear in mind is that many of these Red Sea wrecks have been underwater for a very long time and have formed what you might call 'artificial reefs', teeming with life. This itinerary would therefore be enjoyed by all divers, not just the wreckies amongst us!
**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
This sample route is based on the vessel departing from and arriving back to Hurghada however this itinerary can also be run from and to Port Ghalib and so therefore the order of sites can vary.
- Day 1 - Shaab El Erg, Abu Nuhas
- Day 2 - Abu Nuhas, Ulysses, Gobal Barge
- Day 3 - Rosalie Moller*, Thistlegorm - Day 4 - Thistlegorm, Shag Rock/Kingston, Dunraven - overnight sail
- Day 5 - Big Brother Numidia, Big Brother Aida
- Day 6 - Salem Express, El Miniya
*Subject to current Egyptian Navy restrictions
SS. Thistlegorm - Shaab Ali
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.
Also known as the 'Ships Graveyard', this reef is dangerously positioned 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.
Ghiannus D - Abu Nuhas
In 26m of water and leaning to port with a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish.
Carnatic - Abu Nuhas
A British P&O steamer which struck the reef in 1869. She lays in 29m and now the whole hull is draped in multicoloured soft corals. The wreck is home to glass fish, octopus, morays, jacks and tuna cruise overhead.
Tile Wreck - Abu Nuhas
There is much discussion over the true identity of this wreck. Sunk in 1978 fully laden with stone floor tiles, she now lies from 4m to 30m.
Lentil Wreck - Abu Nuhas
A cargo vessel which sank in 1978 whilst carrying a heavy load of lentils. She rests at 30m on her starboard side. The bow area is completely destroyed but the main section and propeller areas are good to explore.
Big Brother A 400 metre long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 metres. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. Every section of this reef is covered with corals and life. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
£1249 per person
Plus £20 for 'VISA' Meet & greet service*
Includes: Return flights LGW-HRG, visa, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights.*EU passports only.
Book now! Please contact us on 01752 405400 or email email@example.com for more information or to book on to this Red Sea safari!