Red Sea is steeped in history and from ancient times to the Second World War and the latter parts of the 20th Century many great ship wrecks can be found near to Sharm El Sheikh. Shipwrecks create artificial habitats for the natural marine life and hence exploring the shipwrecks by diving has a charm of its own.

The most famous is the wreck of the SS Thistlegorm, a 126m WW2 vessel that lies 20km away near the Gulf of Suez. Another one of the most popular shipwrecks near the area is the Giannis D. This shipwreck attracts many of the international shipwreck divers and is a absolute beauty, teeming with life

Thistlegorm

Location: Northeast of shag rock, east of the southern end of Sha’ab Ali west –Northwest of Ras Mohammed

Access: By day or live-aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh Conditions: current, waves, wind and swell can be considerable

Average Depth: 24 m (80 ft)

Max. Depth: 30+ m (100+ ft)

Average Visibility: 20 m (65 ft)

This wreck dive has almost legendary status among red sea divers while the site is suitable for all by the most inexperienced divers in calm conditions, the level of expertise required definitely increases as a conditions deteriorate, and they do so regularly. Check for current, wind and wave action and decide whether the conditions match your skill level.

Thistlegorm lies at 30m (100ft), her largely intact forward section sitting almost upright on the sandy bottom. The aft section was epicenter of the blast that sunk it and it is badly damaged. its huge propeller clearly visible, boats crew quarters, the main anti-craft gun.

Among other attractions, you can visit the captain’s bathroom, where tube worms grow from the slit-filled bathtub like flowers in a window box. The site is fairly well colonized by fish and corals including lots of big jacks, bannerfish. Dive generally begins at the bow deck, where shot liens will be secured. Descents and ascents should always be along the line to avoid being swept off by tricky currents

Sha’ab Abu Nuhas

Giannis D

Location: at the northwest corner of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas

Access: by day or live-aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh

Conditions: very strong wave action on the reef face is common

Average Depth: 18 m (60 ft)

Max. Depth: 27m (90ft)

Average Depth: 20 m (65 ft)

This site is one of at least seven victims of either Sha’ab Abu Nuhas notorious northern reef face, navigational errors .this Greek – registered freighter was wrecked in 1983 and has become a regular dive attraction. The ship’s engine room, in the stern section is well preserved the bridge superstructure offers a lot of scope for exploration, while the cavernous interior of the wreck is extremely atmospheric. The wreck has nice, soft coral growth plus a few stony corals for atmosphere and ease diving this is remarkable site especially as much of the wreck lies in shallow water.

Carnatic

Location: at centre of the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas north reef face

Access: by day or live- aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh or any other near ports

Conditions: wind, waves, and heavy breakers make this site impossible in bad weather

Average Depth: 18m (60ft)

Max. Depth: 25m (80ft)

Average visibility: 20m (65ft)

Sunk in 1869, this wreck lying in the middle of the Abu Nuhas north face is one of the most fascinating in the red sea. The ship lies on its port side more or less parallel with the reef on the sandy bottom. Its deck and masts face away from the reef the bow lies in 18m (60ft). Coral growth on the hull is profuse and much of the ship in completely blanketed in soft coral. Stony corals of many types also colonize both wreck and the reef, offering a wide range of spices

Chrisoula K

Location: at the northeast corner of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas

Access: by day or live-aboard boat from Sharm El Sheikh

Conditions: strong wind, waves and seasonal weather may make access impossible

Average depth: 18m (60ft)

Max. Depth: 25m (80ft)

Average visibility: 20m (65ft)

There is possibly the remains of the three wrecks here, one of which is likely to be an insurance fraud. The Chrisoula K is next to the earlier wreck of the olden. This site one of the wrecks which Abu Nuhas is famous, lies at the northeastern corner of the reef. This position allows you both of the wreck and more sheltered eastern reef face on the dive, as well as offering calmer conditions for snorkelers.

Sunk in 1981, the wreck lies with its bow section on the reef top with rest of the hull loping down the reef. The bow section was almost completely destroyed in the collision, and the forward sections are mess, but the state of preservation developed as you move toward the stern.