Northern Wrecks, Reefs and Dahab Blue Hole
27th Jul - 5th August 2018
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 trips in 2016 AND 2017, had the most incredible interaction with the dolphins!
The Sea is a hub of activity from candy coloured antheas, 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 are 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.
After the classic itinerary of the Northern Wrecks and Reefs – we embark on an additional adventure to Northern City of Dahab.
Dahab is considered to be one of the Sinai’s most treasured diving destinations.
One of the premier dive sites of Dahab is “The Bells” a large vein of rock that has eroded out leaving a deep gash in the reef that drops to 45 metres formed where a deep groove cuts into the reef top.
The “Blue Hole” dive has stunning colonies of Star Coral, Gorgonians, soft and black corals are also found along this region. Sea Anemones are littered in anemone fish as well as plenty of angelfish and butterflyfish along the reef. Finally you reach the “Blue Hole” and enter this circular break in the coral and swim over the reef at around 7-8 meters.
The Canyon and Ras Abu Galum National Park offer the very best opportunity to see these notorious dive sites.
DAHAB The Canyon – The boat will drop you near one of the entrances to the Canyon. There are several entrances with the main, larger one being at a depth of 22 meters. Depending on the ability of the diving group, you may have the time to penetrate a little deeper into the canyon, the dive will then take you up through the length of the Canyon, where you can exit it at a depth of 14 meters.
Both popular and famous these reefs need little introduction. The boats zodiac will drop you near Bells dive site from where the drift dive starts. The dive will follow the coral wall in a southwardly direction, with the reef on your right.
Ras Abu Galum was awarded National Park Status in 1992. The area is difficult to reach, and so we are extremely lucky to take boats there. It is situated just off the shore where there is the Bedouin village of El-Omeyid. The Safari Boats can be moored here and the Zodiacs take the divers out.
At the Northern parts of this reef, you will see a huge variety of corals including Fire Corals, Raspberry corals and small table corals. In terms of Marine life you can expect to see Anthers, Glassfish, Lionfish, Grey eels and Batfish to name a few.
At the Southern parts of this reef, you can have encounters with turtles, pufferfish, shrimps and nudibranchs.
So what does the trip Entail...
We will depart from Johannesburg at 10pm on the Night of the 28th July 2018, and the Luggage allowance is 46kgs – 2 Bags.
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 3rd, after the second dive, we will be dropped off at The Hilton Hotel. Saturday the 4th, 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 4th, we will Leave Cairo and be on our way home. We arrive on the Morning of the 5th August 2018.
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 6 Years Later!!!
We have managed to hold this price of R23,999 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 Blue Pearl
– 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 White Beach Resort for the Night of the 3rd August 2018.
– Airport Taxes (approx. R4500)
– 60 Euro Tip Fees to be paid on Boat
– 50 Euro Fuel Surcharge to be paid on Boat
– 45 Euro Marine/Port Charge
– Visas can be arranged for R500 – South African passports ONLY
All we require now to book the space is a R5000 Deposit, Final amount needs to be paid 30 days prior to the Trip.