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Drove hard onto the northeast cost corner of Shaab Abu Nuhas reef in 1978 with about 4, 5 tones of lentils on board.

Wreck  
6-32
What you can expect to find


In late August 1981, the Chrisoula K got underway from Italy with a cargo of floor tiles destined for Saudi Arabia. The ship, under the command of Captain Kanellis, made safe passage across the Mediterranean Sea, One source states that Captain was on the bridge for the entire passage from Italy up to this point and then turned the helm over to another officer in order to retire for some well-earned rest. True or not, the ship continued on its passage south, steaming at full speed, when it struck the northeast corner of Abu Nuhas.
There was apparently enough damage to the hull of the ship that it was considered a total constructive loss. The 21-man crew was picked up by the Egyptian Navy based at Hurghada and delivered to Suez shortly afterwards. The ship soon began to take on water and, with her bow firmly embedded in the reef, began to sink by the stern. Eventually she settled on the bottom at the base of the reef in 20-30 meters of water.

Wreck  
4-27
Chrisoula K

A British P&O steamer which struck the reef of Abu Nuhas in September 1869 and sank the next day as the weather worsened.
Penetration into the holds is easy for any level of diver.

Wreck  
18-27
Carnatic

Hit the northwest corner of Shaab Abu Nuhas at full speed with its cargo of timber in April 1983 and lies next the coral reef.
The entire wreck can be seen from the surface because of the good visibility.

Big fish   Wreck   Reef  
4-28
Giannis D

Ferry, who was returning from Saudi Arabia, sank in 1991 after hitting the reef during the night. 300 victims perished.

Wreck  
12-30
Salem Express

Ras Mohammed


15-40
What you can expect to find

This site extends East and West around the island of Seyoul Kebir. The reef has an extremely varied profile.
Another name - SIYUL KEBIRA

Island  
15-30
What you can expect to find

Entry takes you straight to a sand eel garden, which you must approach with care in order to prevent the eels hiding under the sand. There is a lot of life here including thousands of tiny fish in the water near the reef, octopus, clownfish, parrotfish, and butterfly fish.

Island  
30-30
What you can expect to find

Shaabruhr Seyoul is an elongated oval-shaped reef located to the southwest of Shaab Abu Nuhas.
It has become commonly known as Blind Reef due to its location (totally below the surface).

Reef  
12-40
What you can expect to find

Huge coral formations with wall dropping to over 200m. Panorama is also the home of Anemone city, ranging from 14m up to 5m, ideal for your safety stop.

Reef  
20-40
What you can expect to find

A 300m long and narrow barrier features a “plateau” in both north and south extremes. Superb wall diving dropping off to over 300m with overhangs covered in soft and black coral and giant gorgonians.

Reef  
0-40
What you can expect to find

The Thistlegorm, on the west coast of the Sinai Peninsula and 40 km from Sharm El Sheikh, is the best known and most popular wreck dive in the Red Sea. The 125m long British army freighter sank after just 18 months of her launch in April 1940. Her last voyage commenced on the 2nd of June 1941 as she sailed to Alexandria and was loaded with wartime supplies during World War II. A long list of inventory includes tanks, aircraft, armored vehicles, Jeeps and Bedford trucks.
In spite of being privately owned and operated, the HMS Thistlegorm was nevertheless fitted with a 4" anti-aircraft gun and a heavy caliber machine gun when she was drafted for war duty
But it was never to be. In the early hours of 6th October 1941 the Thistlegorm was split in 2 and sank almost instantly after being hit by 2 bombs from a German long range bomber. The hit only blew a hole in the port side of Hold no. 5 but then cargo tank ammunition ignited, causing the bulk of the damage.

Big fish   Deep dive   Wreck  
18-35
What you can expect to find

A huge reef with plenty of life. Big chance to see dolphins all year. The whole area teems with life, unicorns, scorpion fish, groupers, morays, emperor angel fish, blue spotted rays and underneath the table corals look out for white tips resting in the sand. In the sandy channel between the main reef and the gota.

Drift dive   Reef garden   Shallow   Reef   dolphins   coral garden  
9 - 18
Shaab El Erg Hurgada Big chance to see dolphins

Manta point, which is part of the Shaab El Erg reef, in the north part of Hurghada, is located at the north side of the main reef close to a lighthouse.

Reef garden   Shallow   Reef   dolphins  
10 - 16
Big groupers, Angels, dolphins and manta

Southeast side of Shaab Elerg. The reef wall drops to about 17m and then there is a slope to 30m.

Deep dive   Reef garden   Reef   Drop off   dolphins  
17 - 27
Big groupers, Angels, dolphins and manta

The whole area teems with life, unicorns, scorpion fish, groupers, morays, emperor angel fish, blue spotted rays underneath the table corals

Drift dive   Reef garden   Shallow   coral garden  
10 - 25
Big groupers, Angels, dolphins and manta

Reef with a shallow, flat and sandy seabed surrounding it.
Huge amount of corals and shells . Hard coral garden

Reef garden   Shallow   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles   Channel  
10 - 14
Corals garden plenty of sea shells


This site lies off the island of Umm Gamar, or "mother of the moon" in Arabic. The south end has a shallow plateau where the moorings are positioned, this location is the most used. For first timers at Umm Gamar the dive will take place from the plateau, moving eastwards to the drop off then north along the wall. After a short swim against the current you reach three pinnacles close together, chimneys reach through the pinnacles toward the surface. After exploring this area you take advantage of the light current to drift back to the corner of the plateau where three small ergs are found, covered in glass fish. Finish the dive on the plateau exploring the numerous coral heads and reef fish. The east and west side have awesome drift dives and the northern tip has a magnificent coral garden but is only accessible in very good weathe

Big fish   Cave   Deep dive   Drift dive   Reef wall   Reef   Island   Drop off   dolphins  
12-40
Glass fish, Big groupers, Napoleons, Emperor Angels and free swimming Morays.


This site lies off the island of Umm Gamar, or "mother of the moon" in Arabic. Good dive site for deep dive . It has nice drop off and reef wall.

Deep dive   Drift dive   Island   Drop off  
20 -40
Big groupers, Napoleons, Emperor Angels and free swimming Morays.

Good dive site for deep dive

Deep dive   Drift dive   Reef garden   Island   Drop off   dolphins  
12 - 40
chance to see dolphins

Strong current coming from the north splitting to the west and east sides. Platform with a drop off on the east side while the west side is slowly going down.

Drift dive   Reef   Island   dolphins   Corals Pinnacles   Platform  
10 - 25
Some pinnacles with a lot of marine life

This reef is the tip of an undersea mountain.
The wall drop to 15m on the west side with many small caves. On the southeast lies the wreck of a small Egyptian patrol boat at around 25m depth.

Big fish   Deep dive   Drift dive   Reef wall   Reef   Drop off   Platform  
14-40
What you can expect to find

Deep drop off looks like a big wall. Strong current often.

Big fish   Deep dive   Drift dive   Reef wall   Drop off   Platform  
20 - 40
Chance for morays, white tip sharks groupers and Napoleon

Carless Reef is the most famous coral shoal in the coastal area of Hurghada. This dive site is situated one hour of Hurghada, it is a mid sea reef plateau pushing up from the Abyss.
The reef itself centers on two peaks or pinnacles which brush the surface in an otherwise open sea. The valley between these pinnacles is about 12 m deep, and offers a wide range of dive possibilities for those not interested in deep diving. A few meters east of the saddle, a steep wall drops well beyond 40m, with a contoured profile offering many caves and coverlets for the more experienced diver. Large gorgonians, pushing black corals, coral fish and moray eels (large population of semi-tame moray eels), and some white tip sharks.

Big fish   Deep dive   Drift dive   Reef garden   Sharks   Drop off   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles   Channel  
12-40
chance you can admire giant morays and white tip sharks.

East side = Two main ergs and several smaller pinnacles

Drift dive   Shallow   Reef   dolphins  
9 -18
What you can expect to find

West side = Narrow reef who creates a huge calm lagoon

Drift dive   Lagoon   Shallow   Reef   dolphins  
6 - 15
Big chance to see dolphins

This is a not so well known dive site off the north tip of Grand Giftun island. It's a small horseshoe reef with a shallow swim through to a bowel reef that is absolutely filled with fish and coral

Lagoon   Shallow   Reef   dolphins   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles  
6 - 13
chance to see dolphins and turtiles

Reef with a shallow, flat and sandy seabed surrounding it. Huge amount of marine life.

Drift dive   Reef garden   Shallow  
7 - 13
Hard and soft coral and schools of fish

One of the most wonderful diving sites in Hurghada and where you can make all kind of dives (draft – deep – beginner dives). Many dive spots possible!

Drift dive   Reef  
12 - 40
What you can expect to find

One of the most wonderful diving sites in Hurghada and where you can make all kind of dives (draft – deep – beginner dives). Many dive spots possible!

Drift dive   Reef   dolphins  
12 - 40
Many dive spots possible

Big reef and several smaller pinnacles. Strong current often.

Drift dive   Reef garden   Corals Pinnacles  
10 - 25
Corals garden plenty of sea shells

Reef with a sandy bottom from a side and rocks ( Corals Pinnacles ) mountains from the other.
You can find some ergs outside the reef.

Drift dive   Shallow   Reef   dolphins   Corals Pinnacles  
9 -16
Glass fish, Big groupers and Angels fish

A huge reef with plenty of life. Big chance to see seahorse in the sea grass.

Lagoon   Shallow   Reef  
4 - 12
Big chance to see seahorse

A huge calm lagoon, The lagoon itself and the enclosing reef wall is relatively uninteresting and naturally lifeless but on the seaward side the area bursts with all manner of sea creatures. Swim through the gap between the first erg and the reef wall and head across the coral garden to the second erg, home to hordes of glass fish and the very occasional frog fish.

Drift dive   Lagoon   Shallow   Reef   dolphins   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles  
8 - 13
Glass fish, groupers, Emperor Angels and dolphin

Small reef and several smaller pinnacles.

Reef garden   Shallow   dolphins   Corals Pinnacles  
8 - 16
Glass fish, Big groupers and Angels fish

Dive site with some pinnacles where you can find a large ship anchor and its chain.

Reef garden   Shallow   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles  
9 -16
Glass fish, groupers and Morays

Shallow dive with coral garden and plenty of marine life.

Drift dive   Lagoon   Shallow   Reef   dolphins   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles  
7 - 25
Groupers and Morays.

This “T” shaped reef has a shallow plateau to the west with many small ergs and two small sub reefs.

Drift dive   Reef garden   Shallow   Reef   dolphins   coral garden  
9 - 14
groupers

Reef with a shallow, flat and sandy seabed surrounding it.
Huge amount of marine life.

Drift dive   Reef garden   Shallow   Reef   dolphins   coral garden  
7 - 13
Big chance to see dolphins

Part of the Abu Nugar , this is a sand bottom with scattered coral heads. Very interesting for seeing little fish and branches since there is enough sand that you can ground yourself withoug worrying about hitting the coral here.

Reef garden   Shallow   Corals Pinnacles  
9 - 16
chance to see dolphins

Part of the Abu Nugar , this is a sand bottom with scattered coral heads. Very interesting for seeing little fish and branches since there is enough sand that you can ground yourself withoug worrying about hitting the coral here.

Reef garden   Shallow   dolphins   Corals Pinnacles  
6 - 14
Glass fish, groupers, Angels and dolphin

The El Mina was bombed by the Israelis in 1969 in Hurghada bay, but still has a sister ship afloat nearby which is worth looking at to compare to what you are about to dive. The wreck now lies on its side and there are a lot of small holes to peer into and penetration is possible, although tight, through a significant amount of the wreck. Sea urchins are abundant on the wreck and a very large moray was found living in one of the holes. An interesting dive.

Deep dive   Wreck  
20 - 32
What you can expect to find

fishing boat laying down next to El Mina wreck. Length 23m, distance between El Mina wreck and Hassabala wreck 30m

Deep dive   Wreck  
19 - 33
fishing boat laying down next to El Mina wreck.

In November 2004 the Hebat Allah was ready to be sunk in the area between Giftun Island and Gota Abu Ramada. The intention was to send it to the bottom in a depth of 30m, in order to allow the access to recreational divers of nearly all levels. However, the right point was missed and finally it ended up in a depth of 46m, therefore more suitable for technical diving.

Big fish   Deep dive   Wreck  
27 - 47
Big fishes

Northeast side of big Giftun Island. The reef wall drops to about 12m and then there is a slope to the top of the drop off at about 40m.

Big fish   Deep dive   Drift dive   Reef garden   Reef wall   Island   Drop off   Platform  
12-40
Groupers, Napoleons, Morays.

Ben El Gebal means “between the mountains” in Arabic. Situated between the Big and the Small Giftun you can explore 4 famous dive spots named: Shaab Sabina, Shaab Torfa, Banana reef and Erg Sabina.

Drift dive   Lagoon   Reef garden   Shallow   Island   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles  
6 -14
Hard and soft coral

Ben El Gebal means “between the mountains” in Arabic. Situated between the Big and the Small Giftun you can explore 4 famous dive spots named: Shaab Sabina, Shaab Torfa, Banana reef and Erg Sabina.

Shallow   Reef   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles  
10 - 14
Hard and soft coral

With the current carrying you, this dive is a relaxing exploration along a magnificent wall.
This dive leads you to a sandy plateau dotted with numerous coral formations.

Big fish   Drift dive   Reef garden   Reef   Island  
15-40
Big groupers, Napoleons, Emperor Angels and free swimming Morays.

The south end has a shallow plateau where the moorings are positioned, this location is the most used.

Deep dive   Drift dive   Shallow   Reef   Island   Drop off  
10 - 40
groupers, Napoleons and free swimming Morays.

Reef with a shallow, flat and sandy seabed surrounding it.
Huge amount of marine life.
3 ergs with an abundance of hard and soft corals.



Drift dive   Shallow   Reef   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles  
10 -17
Hard and soft coral and schools of Goatfish

Reef with a shallow, flat and sandy seabed surrounding it.
Huge amount of marine life..
2 big ergs, sea garden with a lot of fire corals.

Reef garden   Shallow   Reef   coral garden   Corals Pinnacles  
10 - 16
Hard and soft coral and schools of Goatfish

ergs laying in the water, sometimes swept by a strong current, It is easy to get lost here so count the ergs and take your compass along.

Offshore Reef   Corals Pinnacles  
12 - 20
Big groupers, Napoleons and Morays.

Abu Hashish means “father of grass” in Arabic, named because of the sea grass found at this site. Sandy plateau between 10 and 20m depth, followed by a drop off to the deep.

Deep dive   Drift dive   Lagoon   Shallow   Reef   Drop off   Corals Pinnacles   Channel  
10-40
Chance of big fish out in the blue.

The Brothers are a pair of tiny Islands: actually they are the exposed tips of two massive reef pillars that rise from the abyssal depth. Good chance to see sharks.
A - Big Brother: The larger of the two, is easily identified by its Victorian stone lighthouse, a legacy British rule. Many dive locations possible.
B – Small Brother: Small Brother is inferior in size only. Like Big Brother, this site attracts numerous sharks, including grey reefs, hammerheads, tigers and even the ominous oceanic white tip.

Big fish   Deep dive   Drift dive   Reef garden   Sharks   Island   Drop off  
20-40
What you can expect to find
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