In a recent post we talked about the variety (and spectacularity) of fish you can discover in the Red Sea. And in other sections of our website we deal with other worthy representatives of its marine fauna and flora, including sharks and corals. But the underwater surprises of this area go much further and include another of the great attractions for diving enthusiasts: the sunken ships. In this post we tell you which ones are the best wrecks in the Red Sea, which ‘rest’ on its seabed and can be discovered by divers equipped with the appropriate technical means.
Wrecks in the Red Sea accessible from Egypt
Fortunately or unfortunately, the list of wrecks in the Red Sea is extensive, and many of them are located a short distance from the Egyptian coast. Their respective sinkings tell us of past tragedies and lost lives, but some time later they are also dive destinations of unquestionable attraction: divers who dive them experience a strange sensation, where reality and fiction seem to merge. This is a list of options for those coming to Egypt in search of large shipwrecks:
- Giannis D: this wreck is one of two found at Abu Nuhas, a reef located near Hurghada. Divers may have parrotfish, humphead wrasse, and even dolphins and sharks as dive buddies.
- Carnatic: this is the other outstanding wreck of the Abu Nuhas reef. But the surprise that arises when diving through it is very different: many bottles of wine are still preserved, because it was a ship that was dedicated to the transport of port wine in the late nineteenth century.
- Rosalie Moller: through some wrecks in the Red Sea wrecks of the Red Sea you can learn about surprising episodes in the history of the twentieth century. For example, diving for the wreckage of this one, as it was sunk during World War II by the German Heinkel He 111.
- Kingston: this ship, sunk in 1881 in the Ras Mohammed National Park, near Sharm El-Sheikh, is the best example of the adaptability of underwater nature. Its remains have served as a perfect support for the emergence of an immense coral reef.
- Salem Express: this ship represents the most recent sinking, in 1991. The media echoed the tragic news: some 400 people were killed on board, most of them coming from the pilgrimage to Mecca. And in fact, if you pay attention in the dive, you can still see the victims’ belongings.
No, we have not forgotten one of the most famous,the Thistlegorm: we mention it here as the sixth of our selection but, due to its popularity and history, we will develop it in another post, as it is worthwhile.
In any case, whatever your preference, Egypt Exclusive can help you to arrange a dive to any of these wrecks wrecks in the Red SeaThe mainland is located relatively close to the coasts of this country. We will provide you with equipment, boat, expert instructors and everything you need to achieve this fascinating goal.