Northern Wrecks and Reefs
1st - 10th September 2017
For the Wreck Enthusiasts, Reef Lovers and of course the Adventurous Night Divers! This is the ULTIMATE trip for the First time Red Sea 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 and the Barge. The National Parks we will dive include the beautiful Ras Mohamed and Ras Mahmoud!
You will dive some of the BEST reefs of the Red Sea.
These coral gardens offer the picturesque beauty of the Red Sea underwater with truly endless visibility! 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. On the sands, blue spotted rays hide themselves, garden eels stretch out, Gobies protect their homes while the blind shrimp shovels about in the sand. Shallower reefs offer a shelter for the Dolphins to play – the last trip in 2016, had the most incredible interaction with the dolphins!
The Sea is a hub of activity from candy coloured anthems, carpeted soft corals, large majestic gorgonians and glowing anemones are stretched all along the reef. Large Napoleon wrasse and turtles are a great treat and often spotted moving 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 the 4 wrecks are located right next to each other in a Shipwreck Graveyard.
There is absolutely NO REASON to be nervous about these wrecks as you get so caught up in the sheer beauty of the wrecks themselves! Red Sea Jol prepares you for each and every one and you have time in a well informed briefing to familiarise yourself with the wreck before the dive. The Penetrations you start off with are HUGE with easy Entry and Exit points and you work your way up in confidence before embarking on the gorgeous Thistlegorm Wreck! You will be a Wreck diving pro after this trip!
These ancient wrecks still hold the Cargo and artefacts they were carrying, that never made it to their final destination. Open holds and structural breakages, allow us a glimpse inside allowing light into these large vessels. These shipwrecks have become artificial reefs over the years housing many species of Moray, octopus, trigger fish, crocodile fish, scorpion fish and SO MUCH MORE!
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. Next onto the Kingston lying at Shag Rock; the Carina lying close to Sha’ab Ali and the 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.
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 Mohammed and Tiran, there are startling deep drop offs where tuna, jackfish and trevafllies move in schools along the edge, batfish remain still and curious in the midwater and occasionally a pair of Eagle Rays or Manta Rays pass by. Peeking through his camouflaged hole – a black cheek moray, with shrimp frantically cleaning in and out of its mouth.
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.
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.
So what does the trip Entail...
We will depart from Johannesburg at 10pm on the Night of the 1st September 2017, and the Luggage allowance is 46kgs.
We arrive in Cairo around 5:30am and then we will have a 1 hour Flight to Hurghada.
Once in Hurghada, we get straight onto the Boat on the Saturday and then we are off!
From Saturday to Friday, we will dive and eat ourselves silly aboard the Boat!
Water Temperature around this time is 27 degrees and the visibility is often recorded at 100m+.
Friday the 8th, after the second dive, we will be dropped off at The Hilton Hotel. Saturday the 9th, we have two options:
1) Go and see the pyramids
2) Stay at the Hotel and spend the Last Day relaxing
The Night of the 9th, we will Leave Cairo and be on our way home. We arrive on the Morning of the 10th September 2017.
BEST PRICE GUARANTEE!!!
In 2012, Divetek went the the Red Sea and the price was R20,600. So a tiny increase has been added for this trip 5 Years Later!!!
We have managed to hold this price of R22,999 despite the Exchange rate and so if you have ever wanted to do Red Sea, NOW IS THE TIME.
– 6 Nights aboard and 7 days of Diving
– All Meals and Snacks aboard the Beautiful MV Nouvan
– Tea, Coffee and Soft Drinks
– ALL BEERS!
– Cylinder and Weightbelt Rental as well as Nitrox Fills
– FREE WIFI!
– All Local Transfers and of course the Guides
– The accommodation and meals at the Hilton Hotel for the Night of the 9th September.
– Airport Taxes (approx. R4000)
– 60 Euro Tip Fees to be paid on Boat
– 50 Euro Fuel Surcharge to be paid on Boat
– Travel Insurance can be arranged for R450
All we require now to book the space is a R5000 Deposit, Final amount needs to be paid 20 days prior to the Trip.