Abu Nuhas / Egypt

Carnatic Wreck

Abu Nuhas reef, situated to the south of the Gubal Strait, is one of the most famous and attended spots in all Red Sea. The place has almost regular triangle form. The reef wall is rocky. Almost in its middle, the wall is crossed by a great reef chain that transforms into sloping sand side. It is very popular among the divers, because of the sunken ships. These wrecks are well preserved. They are at a small depth and easy to reach. All four wrecks are situated in the southeastern part of the island.

Carnatic is a British steamer (90m/295ft long) that was carrying gold, cotton and wine to India. She sunk in 1869. Keimon is a German freighter (120m/393ft long) loaded with lentils, sunk in 1978. Marcus is a Greek freighter (98m/321ft long) that transported Italian tiles, sunk in 1981. Giannis D is a Greek cargo (100 m/328 ft long) carried sawn softwood, crashed in 1983. These unfortunate events explain the name of the reef that means “father of bad luck reef”.

Caymon wreck is located further north than any other vessel in the region. It lies on its right side at 27m/88ft depth. The metallic hull is in a well-preserved condition. Divers can both get inside the ship and explore the outer parts of the vessel.

Marcus is a German ship located a little bit further to the west of Caymon wreck. This wreck is at 12-28m/39-91ft depths and is possibly the easiest to find and reach. The ship is often taken for a German ship Crisula. However, it lies much deeper. Divers can easily get inside through the control room window. After exploring the control and captain rooms they can go on swimming to the most interesting section of the ship – the engine room. Being covered with corals all the items look truly marvelous. Almost all the equipment remained in a superb condition. Inside the ship divers can spot various fish, even poisonous, so they should be very careful.

The visibility at Abu Nuhas reef is usually rather high (20-30m/65-98ft) and currents are strong. There is also a small channel where drift diving is possible.

What to see: various wrecks, regular triangle reef, anemones, parrotfish, dolphins, lionfish, morays, eels, octopuses.
Season for diving: All year long.
The average temperature in January is 24C/75F and in July 28C/82F


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