This 115-metre/375-foot British army freighter sank during World War II with a cargo of wartime supplies. The ship is largely intact except for the impact
area, but the split hull reveals the cargo of trucks, automobiles, motorbikes, rifles, a tank, and even boots. Above the deck, look for orange-spotted and
Heber's trevally, schools of fusiliers, teira batfish, crocodilefish, and hawksbill turtles.
Spectacular walls at this site plummet below 90 metres/300 feet on both sides. Strong currents make for a perfect drift dive along the steep walls covered
with soft corals, sponges, sea fans, and sea whips. Look for barracuda, angelfish, anthias, groupers, morays, Suez fusiliers, oceanic white-tip sharks,
white-tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks and the occasional hammerhead.
Straits of Tiran:
Where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aqaba, a cluster of four reefs experience strong currents that create an abundant diversity of coral and fish life. In
addition to big swimmers like sharks, barracuda, manta rays, and eagle rays, jacks, snappers, and batfish. The area also offers a large number of wrecks to
Bells and Blue Hole, Dahab:
The Bells” is a hole in the reef at 5 metres/15 feet, where divers enter to descend through a bell-shaped chimney. Exiting into the open water, divers
begin a drift dive along vertical walls until they enter the blue hole, literally a huge hole in the reef measuring 55 metres/180 feet across and over 90
metres/300 feet deep, and sheltering a wide diversity of marine life.
Shark and Yolanda Reef:
Divers enter the water at Anemone City and follow a sheer vertical wall, teeming with anthias and covered with soft coral trees. Pelagic visitors include
hammerhead sharks, tuna, schooling barracuda, and snappers. The shallower wall opposite is part of the plateau surrounding Yolanda Reef. Look for napoleon
wrasse, jackfish, batfish, stingrays, moray eels, lyretail hogfish, and scorpionfish. Finish the dive above the wreckage of the Yolanda, with its
visible cargo of British standard toilets, bathtubs and pipe tubes.
This raindrop-shaped island is surrounded by deep walls on all sides except on the north, where the reef slopes away from the island before dropping to a
deep plateau at 36 metres/120 feet. Silvertips and grey reef sharks frequent the area, as well as the occasional hammerhead shark. Look along the walls for
black corals, mammoth gorgonian fans, and dense growths of hard and soft corals. Schools of barracuda, dogtooth tuna and reef sharks often prowl by.
Renowned for its impressive healthy fish population, this island’s reef is dominated by tiny anthias, glassfish and sweepers. The walls are densely covered
by huge gorgonians and colorful soft corals. Watch for grey and white-tip reef sharks, hammerhead and oceanic white-tip sharks, as well as the occasional a
This wreck near Big Brother is also known as the Railway Wreck due to the locomotive wheels from her cargo, which now lie in the shallows. A
120-metre/400-foot wooden cargo ship, she ran aground here in 1901 and now rests in at 7 metres/25 feet. Look for soft corals on the metal framework, and
follow the hull and masts to greater depth.
This 136-metre/450-foot transport supply ship sank here in 1957 and now rests at depths ranging from 27 metres/90 feet to 55 metres/180 feet. The
picturesque wreck has been claimed by the reef and is completely covered in soft and hard corals and a haven for all manner of marine creatures.
Turtle Bay, Zabargad:
The largest of Egypt's Southern Red Sea marine parks, this island (whose name means “topaz”) is named for the semi-precious stones once mined here. Follow
a sandy slope down to 30 metres/100 feet with a maze of dome coral turrets, sheltering pufferfish, sweetlips, cuttlefish, octopus, and other reef denizens.
Look for blue-spotted stingrays, crocodilefish, and of course, turtles. Along the walls outside the sheltered bay, oceanic white-tips and grey reef sharks
prowl, as well as manta rays stopping by to attend cleaning stations along the ledges.