North of the Red Sea

A great number of wrecks and reefs with an abundant underwater world are situated at the northern part of the Red Sea. There are interesting dive spots which start at small depth and almost lack currents that perfectly suits beginner divers. For more experienced divers and wreck fans there are a lot of wrecks that are located either at small depths or deep under the water. During the dives one may swim along the canyons and walls with picturesque coral gardens or pass through the tunnels and small caves.
     Northern routes are characterized with an outlet to the sea from the ports of Hurghada and Sharm-el-Sheikh. The main dive sites of this region are combined into two routes: “Northern reefs and wrecks” and “North and the Straits of Tiran”.
     Northern reefs and wrecks
During a safari diving on this route, divers can visit one of the most famous wrecks of the Red Sea – Thistlegorm. It is a British vessel that was sunken by German bombers in 1941. Here divers at 30m/98ft depth can spot tanks, trucks, motorbikes, railway coaches and even one steam locomotive. Also divers can visit Abu Nuhas Reef that became fatal for four ships that now lay in the depths near the reef: Giannis D, Carnatic, Marcus and Kimon M. Near the shores of the Sinai Peninsula there is one more interesting wreck – Dunraven – a steamer and sailing ship, that sunk near Shaab Mahmud Reef in 1876. One more sight of the north of the Red Sea is the amazing dive sites of Ras Mohammed Marine Park: Shark & Yolanda Reefs, Eel Garden, Jackfish Alley, Ras Zaatar etc. Near the Yolanda Reef divers can visit the wreck of Cyprus cargo vessel.
     Route from North to the Straits of Tiran
During safari diving on this route, divers can visit the main southern reefs and wrecks and also descend at the dive sites of the Straits of Tiran. In the center of the Straits there are four coral reefs: Gordon Reef that caused the crash of many ships; Thomas Reef that consists of several plateaus and has a very deep canyon; a narrow and long Woodhouse Reef that stretches from north-east to south-west; the most northern reef of the Straits of Tiran – Jackson Reef on the steep walls of which there are amazing coral gardens. At the northern side of Jackson Reef there is a Cyprus cargo vessel Lara sunken in 1981.
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     Location: north of the Red Sea
What to see: amazing coral gardens, nudibrachs, crocodile fish, rays, gigantic triggerfish, morays, napoleon fish, glassfish, parrotfish, angelfish, surgeonfish, tunas, schools of mackerels, jackfish, snappers, unicornfish, whitetip and grey reef sharks, turtles etc.
     Currents: 1-2knots          
     Visibility: 20-30m/66-98ft
    Season for diving: All year round. The water temperature varies between 22-28C/72-82F. However, the best visibility is in winter and some animals can be spotted only during this season as they prefer cool water.

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