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Sites & Wreck

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Diving sites in the north of Hurghada,


Red Sea

Umm Ursk

One of the most northern reefs - accessible from El Gouna only with perfect weather conditions - close to the street of Gubal. Due to medium to strong changing currents, this site is for experienced divers only. Entry point at the northern drop off, going south to a plateau in around 75feet depth. Big coral blocks with stonefish, loads of glassfish, as well as octopus can be seen here. At the drop off, sometimes white tip reef sharks and leopard sharks can be spotted.

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Shab El Erg / Dolphin Reef / House

Dolphin Reef is around 1, 5 hours northeast of El Gouna. The reef is engraved by a small channel at the northern part of Shab el Erg. The mooring places are on the southern side and protected by the reef. Under the boat, there is a sandy area in a depth of around 36 feet. There are different possibilities to dive this site. Going around the reef, starting from west to be protected from the northern current. In the channel, there is usually current, but not very often it will be too strong to swim against it. This dive site is one of most popular sites for those who wish to encounter dolphins; also turtles and eagle rays can be

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Blind Reef

Blind Reef is a stretched reef resting in the open sea. Travel time from El Gouna is around 1 hour 45 minutes. On both sides there are drop offs and with good current conditions you can do wonderful one-way dives. On the southern part of the reef there are two mooring lines. One on the eastern side and one on the western side. The drop off on both sides goes down to a plateau in a depth of around 60 feet. Blind reef is known for its changing currents, which sometimes can be very strong. Therefore, a good dive site briefing is absolutely necessary. At a depth of around 60 feet you may spot a pink frogfish, turtles, barracuda, stonefish and other interesting marine life. Due to its extraordinary location, you might also encounter reef sharks.

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Seyiul Kebira

Around 1,30 hours north of El Gouna, Siyoul Kebira Island offers a perfect dive site. The dive site covers the entire eastern part of the island. At the mooring point of the boat you will have sandy bottom at a depth of around 30 feet. Two big coral blocks starting in a depth of 30 feet going down to 66 feet are the first attractions of your dive. You can find moray eels, scorpion fish, lionfish and a group of Banner fish on the plateau. The reef then slopes down to around 100 feet. In this area there is a leopard shark, if you get lucky. Following the reef contour, in a depth of 60 feet there is another block with glassfish, big table corals and Gorgonias. After this block it’s time to turn and return to the reef and back to the boat. Turtles, rays, octopus, giant puffer fish and a lot more are frequent visitors at this dive site.

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El Gilwa

El Gilwa is another dive site of the Siyoul Island. Three mooring lines offer different places to stay and - depending on the planned dive - we choose one of them. Current is usually coming from east, therefore we will make an easy dive following the current. After a few minutes, in a depth of 16 meters, there is a massive coral block with hard and soft corals, stonefish, glassfish, dancing shrimps and a lot more. In an old fishing cage close to block, sometimes you may find a crocodile fish or scorpion fish. Sometimes eagle ray, turtles and feather tail stingrays can be seen, as well a giant eagle fish. Close to the surface the reef offers little shelters, which look like lagoons in a depth of 1-2 meters, which you can visit after the safety stop to admire the sunbeams flickering and reflecting from the crystal white sandy bottom.

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Shab El Erg / Poseidon Garden

Poseidon Garden is protected in the inner circle of Shab el Erg. The mooring line is in the south part of the reef and under the boat there is a sandy bottom in around 36 feet depth. After decent you find a group of butterfly fish and eagle ray passing freequently. A little bit outside of the main reef there is block which is used as “cleaning station” by some fish. This divesite is shallow and you cannot exceed 45 feet of depth. Therefore the corals are enormous in colour , size, and variaty. You will find a lot of masekd puffer fish, giant calm shells in a huge coral garden along the reef.

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Erg Abu Nuggar

Around 45 minutes southeast of El Gouna, the site is famous for its two Gotas and 7 blocks in between them. Maximum depth as this site is around 45 feet; therefore all blocks can be discovered during a single dive. A giant barracuda is frequently spotted here, swimming along the southern side of the Gota. Giant grouper, nudibranch , stingrays are just some of the species you admire see. There are also some ancient amphorae, covered by corals.

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Shahabat Abu Galawa II (North Erg)

Shabahat II offers two mooring places. One at the main block and the other one more to the north at a big anchor, lost by a ship years ago. From the north in a depth of around 30 feet you will start your dive towards east, where you will find several blocks in a depth of 36 to 45 feet. After the blocks, there is a drop off which reaches down to around 100 feet. Soft corals, nudibranch and a lot of colorful fish can be seen in Shabahat II.

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Sakwat Abu Galawa

Sakwat Abu Galawa is around 1, 5 hours south of El Gouna and is a very nice part of the Abu Galawa reef. There are two possible ways of diving this site - either as drift dive or as a round trip – starting from a sheltered lagoon, the reef starts from the surface going down to 45 feet as a long wall where you can find stonefish, scorpion fish, Gorgonias, dolphins passing frequently; there is a good chance to see a turtle which lives there.

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Um Gamar

Um Gamar is an island surrounded by a reef. It is around 1, 5 hours away from El Gouna, southeast direction. There is a lighthouse on the island. In the northern and the southern part there is a sandy plateau starting from 35 feet to 75 feet. On the eastern side there is a drop off abundant with marine life. If you look out into the blue you might see tunas, jackfish or barracuda passing by, as well as a big Napoleon fish. In a depth of around 80 feet you will find a cave which you may dive into. After returning to the boat you will still see bubbles coming out of the reef – this is your breath from inside the cave. Big moray eels, octopus, lionfish are also often spotted seen in Um Gamar.

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Shabrur Umm Gamar

Sharbrour Umm Gamar is around ½ mile south of Umm Gamar. On the southern part of the reef you will find a small wreck of a police boat, which sank here and sloped down the reef. The wreck starts in around 55 feet and you can follow it down in a line up to 110 feet, where you find the main part of the boat with its two V-Cylinder engines. The drop off itself is covered by a variety of corals, little coral blocks and small caves where you always find abundant marine life.

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Carless

Close to Umm Gamar there is another reef called Carless. Since it is off shore, the weather conditions must be very good to reach this reef. Two big coral blocks starting at around 30 feet are the top of the reef. They are massive and go down to a depth of around 75 feet. Behind the block there is a drop off going down to 150 feet.

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Wrecks

THE ROSALIE MOLLER

Cargo boat built in 1910 long from108 meters. His weight is 3960 tones. During the Second World War the owner of the boat decided to let it to his country. This one was used to transport coal to the Royal Marine established in Gibraltar and Alexandria. The Rosalie Moller on the way to Alexandria should stop before the Suez Canal waiting for new orders. All the boats should wait before to cross the Suez Canal according to the aircraft attacks, the boats rank, the boats number who wanted already pass. But the German secret services heard that a big boat with 1200 British military troop tried to pass the Suez Canal. During the night the German planes went to destroy the famous ship. The 6th of October 1941 they bombarded the Thistlegorm. When the bombs exploded this gave a strong light and show to the German army all the boats around. The 8th of October in the middle of the night the German air army came back and bombed the Rosalie Moller.

 
You need 3 hours from El Gouna to join the Rosalie Moller. This wreck takes place between few islands like Gubal and Tawila Island. The Rosalie Moller is situated between -17 and -50 meters depth. We found the deck around -35 meters. This wreck lies in the channel north of Gubal Island and is a dive only for the more experienced as the visibility can be reduced and the wreck swept by strong currents on occasions.
 
We can find often some surface current and some current during the first 15 meters. The descent must be quite fast. The weather can change quickly and the wind can become stronger it is why the boat must put at least two underwater ropes. But all of this is a small effort to do to be one of the lucky divers who discovered this giant wreck. The Rosalie Moller looks like a ghost ship in the middle of this strange green water. You will meet big groupers, giant glass fishes, murena who are leaving in some tubes.
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 ABU NUHAS REEF

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 northern side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. On the south side are a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two beautiful ergs, known as Yellow fish reef that make an excellent third dive or night dive or an alternative if the weather is extremely bad.

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THE CARNATIC

The Carnatic was a 90 meters goelette with a vapor machine. It has been built in1862. The 12th of September in the evening the Carnatic was navigating between Suez and Bombay. The Suez Canal was still not opened. The boat got on board 230 passengers, mails for the British living in India and a lot of wine. The 13th of September the boat went completely on the Abu Nuhas reef. At the beginning the boat didn’t have big damages and the passengers stayed in the boat. But the boat, the Sumatra, who should come to help them, was late and the wind became stronger. Suddenly the boat was broken in two parts. 27 passengers died and the others got the time to get the launches and join the Shadwan island.
 
The Carnatic is situated near by Sha’ab Abu Nuhas at 24 meters depth. Four boats made shipwreck on this place. The Kimon M, the Chrisoula`K, the Carnatic and the Gianis D.
 
You need at least 2h30 from El Gouna to reach this place. It lies on the sand at -24 meters. The current and the wind come from the north. The place where the boats shipwreck is not protected it is why it is not advised to dive there with bad weather. Most of the safaris start in March and finish in November in this area for this reason.
 
The Carnatic was a wood boat but with the time all the wood disappeared and now we can only observe the metallic braces. The Carnatic is famous for its fauna and flora. Hundred of glass fishes appear through the metallic arms, the black corals cover a part of the wreck, carangues hunting pass in the big blue, napoleon. The wreck is now home to large grouper, octopus and morays and jacks and tuna cruise overhead.
The legend says that a forty thousand pounds treasure would be hidden in the boat. But till now nobody found it. Try your chance!
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THE GIANNIS `D

Built in 1970, long from 100 meters, the Giannis was transporting 3000 barrels. In 1983, the boat left the Croatia to join the Yemen. But it hits the Abu Nuhas reef.
 
As the Carnatic, the Giannis D is situated in Abu Nuhas reef at 27 meters depth. You need also 2h30 from Hurghada to join the wreck. You will find the same current and the same weather conditions than for the Carnatic. The wreck is cut in to part at – 27 meters till -7 meters. 20 meters separate the two parts of the boat.
 
Some parts of the boat have been bitten by the parrot fishes. It is a luminous wreck, still in a good state, full of colors and life. Perfect for the beginner divers who want to dive in a wreck. It is not very deep and the good light make you feel save. Discover a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish. It is a great wreck for penetration but beware of disorientation due to the angle at which it lays. Be weary of the many lion fish and scorpion fish that call this wreck home and watch out for the strong surges in and around the wreck in rough weather.
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THE CHRISOULA`K

Built at Lubeck (Germany) in 1954, This 106 meters long general cargo vessel had two cargo holds either side of her superstructure, or was powered by MAN diesel engines.
In 1970 she was renamed as the Anna B. She changed hands again in 1979, purchased by the Clarion Marine (a Greek company with financial connections to the Pandio and Vikki shipping lines), and became the Chrisoula K.
Final Voyage
In August 1981 the Chrisoula K, loaded with a cargo of Italian floor tiles, departed for Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). On board was Stephan Jablonski. Since his survival of the sinking of the Marcus in 1978, he had survived the ELPHINKI K and the VIKI K sinking too, all interconnected through a web of holding companies in the shadowy world of Greek shipping. Stephan reported that an unscheduled stop was made at Syracuse where cargo was unloaded, before continuing the journey through the Suez Canal. He was shortly to experience his 4th premature departure from a Greek vessel. "During my next shift I was working in the generator room when suddenly the ship ground to a halt and there was that now familiar sound of twisting, screaming metal. I ran up onto deck and thought I was dreaming - there was that island and again, there was the same reef in front of us. We were still afloat but held fast by the bow and the swell was pushing the ship deeper into the reef. Although it didn't seem as though we were sinking we were ordered into the boats. Again we were rescued by a passing ship with the Egyptian navy in attendance".
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THE KIMON `M

The Kimon M was a general cargo vessel of 3,129 tonnes, with four cargo holds - two forward of and two aft of the central bridge structure. She was built Germany in 1952 and in December 1978, loaded with 4,500 tons of lentils she made her final voyage. On December 12th 1978, with engines at full speed the Kimon M drove hard onto the northeast corner of Sha'ab Abu Nuhâs Reef. A passing cargo ship, the Interasja, immediately responded to the distress call and picked up all the crew and delivered them safely to Suez two days later.
The initial impact drove the Kimon M hard onto the top of the reef where she stayed for several days, allowing the recovery of some of her cargo. Wind and currents pushed the ship onto her starboard side until the remainder of the ship fell into deeper water, coming to rest at the base of the reef. Later a large hole was cut into the vessel in order to salvage the majority of the engine
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 3129 ton cargo vessel
Length: 120 meters (394 feet)
Depth: 32 meters to seafloor at stern (105 feet)
Visibility: 20 - 30 meters (65 - 100 feet)

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What you could see beneath the sea

Parrot fish, angelfish, butterflyfish, clownfish, emperorfish, barracuda, tuna, turtles, Napoleon wrasse, moray eels, stingrays, dolphins, possibly whale sharks and manta rays.

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