Northern Reefs and Tiran

“For the wreck enthusiasts, reef lovers and of course the adventurous night divers”

With up to 4 dives a day including Dolphinhouse (Shaab el Erg), Abu Rhamada, as well as the wrecks of SS Dunraven, SS Thistlegorm, Ulysses & The Barge. National Parks include Ras Mohamed and Ras Mahmoud and the very best reefs of the Red Sea.

These coral gardens offer the picturesque beauty of the Red Sea underwater with an endless visibility. Shallower reefs offer a shelter for dolphins to play. The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs on offer on this cruise, with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins.

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On the sand blue spotted rays hide themselves, garden eels stretch out, Gobies protect their homes while the blind shrimp, keeping a feeler on his guard, shovels out sand. The sea is a hub of activity from candy coloured antheas, carpeted soft corals, large majestic gorgonians and glowing anenomes are stretched all along the reef. Large Napoleon wrasse and turtles move effortlessly looking for food and shelter.

Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. Wrecks offer a unique look into history, at Abu Nuhas 4 wrecks are located right next to each other in a Shipwreck Graveyard. These ancient wrecks still hold the cargo and artifacts they were carrying, that never made it to their final destination. Open holds and structural breakages, allow us a glimpse inside allowing light into this large vessel. These shipwrecks have become artificial reefs over the years housing many species of moray, octopus, trigger fish, crocodile fish, Scorpion Fish, and oh so many more.

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Night dives can be superb as Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. A small wreck at 8-10 meters makes for a spectacular night dive with lionfish, scorpion fish and its resident giant moray eel as well as the wreck of the Ulysses and the Rosalie Moller. Dunraven at Beacon Rock in Ras Mohamed National Park and finally the most famous wreck in the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm, at Sha’ab Ali.

The SS Thistlegorm was sunk in 1941 after being bombed by the German Luftwaffe while on a mission to deliver a cargo of ammunition and other war materials to the British troops in North Africa. The Rosalie Moller, carrying a cargo of coal, suffered the same fate just two days later.

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Whilst in Ras Mohamed, you may have the chance to do a dive at Shark Reef; a sheer wall falling into the blue. From here the boat heads back towards Hurghada.

In between wreck dives you will also visit the reefs of the Straits of Gubal, Gulf of Suez and those to the north of Hurghada. A variety of deep walls and hard coral gardens with an abundance of reef fish make them well worth a visit.

Along the walls of Ras Mohamed and Tiran, there are startling deep drop offs where tuna, jackfish and trevellies move in schools along the edge, batfish remain still and curious in midwater and occassionally a pair of eagle ray or manta pass by. Peaking through his camouflaged hole a black cheek moray, with shrimp frantically cleaning in and out of his mouth.

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TIRAN

Tiran area Thomas Reef Believed to be one of the best dive sites in the northern Red Sea, only drift dives are possible here as there are no moorings. Here you will see a variety of corals including gorgonians, colonies of black coral and large Alcyonarians. It is possible to circumnavigate the entire reef on your dive, weather and currents, permitting. You can expect to see many reef fish including Angelfish and groupers as well as pelagic fish e.g. barracuda and the White tip Reef Shark.

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Jackson Reef This is the most northerly reef in the Straits of Tiran and is easily identifiable from the visible wreck on its surface of the merchant ship, Lara, which sank in 1985. Here one can expect to see gorgonian and fire corals. One may spot turtles here and the sharks which frequent this area include the White tip and Grey Reef Sharks and Hammerheads, particularly in the summer months from July to September.

 

Daily Schedule

Day 1

Check in at O R Tambo (Upstairs Terminal B – EgyptAir Counter) for a 21h45 flight from Johannesburg dinner and breakfast offered onboard the flight. Alcohol is not served on the flight.

During the flight you will fill out an arrival card. Arrive at Cairo airport terminal 3 then move through immigration to the connecting flights terminal for your domestic flight to Hurghada.

Landing at Hurghada airport where u will find red sea Jol rep waiting for you and will take you for a short bus ride to the Marina.

Check in on the boat and then the fun starts, the boat will leave the marina at the same day after lunch for check dive and night dive

Day 3 to Day 7

Diving the best of the Red Sea.

Braai’s onboard, evening entertainment, snorkelling and watersports activities as well as a themed party!

Day 7

After doing a morning dive the boat return to Hurghada Marina for fun night out, some shopping, try some local food and have some drinks.

Check into a 5* Hurghada Hilton Hotel.

Day 8

Cairo Tour

We have a delicious breakfast then early flight to Cairo where u will find our agent who will take you for a fantastic tour in Cairo, and then to the airport to fly back full day Cairo tour pyramids sphinx and museum with lunch, then to the airport to fly back to south Africa

Day 9

Flight departs Saturday night from Cairo International to Johannesburg OR Tambo landed Sunday morning 7h15