Advanced Diving in Egypt

For many northern Europeans, the lure of Egypt’s Red Sea lies in year-round sunshine, balmy tem-peratures and gin-clear water. But dip below the water and a world of healthy corals, world-class wrecks, blizzards of fish and shark action awaits. Quite simply, the Red Sea has it all. While myriad gentle coral gardens and sandy slopes cater to snorkellers and divers alike, those seeking more advanced diving in Egypt will not be disappointed. A stay in Hurghada puts you on the doorstep of some of Egypt’s most iconic sites, with fascinating wrecks – including the SS Thistlegorm – off-shore seamounts and thrilling currents; experienced divers will have plenty of opportunity to put their skills to test.

SS Thistlegorm

Whether you're a wreck head, history buff, or just love being surrounded by fish, making the day trip out to dive the SS Thistlegorm - renowned as one of the top wreck dives in the world - from Hurghada should not be missed. Brought to rest in 1941 by German bombers, this former British cargo ship still bears much of its cargo, giving divers an eerie glimpse into the past. As you pass through the holds, you can see military trucks, motorcycles, Wellington boots and rifles.

Since the SS Thistlegorm lies in a narrow passageway near the southern entrance to the Gulf of Suez, the site is prone to strong currents. This, coupled with a maximum depth of 32 metres, ranks this wreck among the more advanced diving in Egypt.

Marsa Abu Galawa (Careless Reef)

Experienced divers looking for the thrill of strong currents, sharks and big fish, look no further than Careless Reef. Located an hour's sail north of Hurghada town, this isolated reef plateau is formed of two coral pinnacles separated by a 16-metre-deep valley and a flurry of marine life.

The currents can be unpredictable and at times, but if you're up for an adventure, it's a great place to enjoy advanced diving in Egypt in the company of roving reef sharks and innumerable moray eels.

The Abu Nuhas Wrecks

For a fix of wreck, tech and deep diving look no further than the Abu Nuhus reef. Located on the main shipping lanes leading to the Suez Canal, the reef has become known as 'The Ship Eater,' an ode to the five ships that sunk here. Out of this scrapyard of wrecks - Kimon M, Giannis D, Chrisoula K, the Carnatic and The Seastar - four rest at depths suitable for recreational divers with an advanced certification.

The Seastar is strictly the domain of the technical diver, as she rests at 90 metres below the surface. The other wrecks sit at depths between 25 and 30 metres, with the main structures and decks a little shallower. Penetration is possible on the four shallow wrecks, to varying degrees, but divers must be experienced enough for this as it can be disorientating to the uninitiated. But with four diveable wrecks in a relatively small area, Abu Nuhas is a highlight for divers looking to enjoy the more advanced diving in Egypt.

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