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Keywords : adventure , Boat trip , diving , Red sea , Wreck diving
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For Shipwreck enthusiasts, this trip is one of a kind, visiting the famous Thistlegorm, and Abu
Nahas wrecks with some of the Red Sea Wrecks along the way.
Where we will go
Abu Nuhas Egypt
The Giannis D
The Thistlegorm, on the west coast of the Sinai Peninsula and 40 km from Sharm El Sheikh, is
the best known and most popular wreck dive in the Red Sea. The 125m long British army
freighter sank after just 18 months of her launch in April 1940. Her last voyage commenced on
the 2nd of June 1941 as she sailed to Alexandria and was loaded with wartime supplies during
World War II. A long list of inventory includes tanks, aircraft, armored vehicles, Jeeps and
Bedford trucks.In spite of being privately owned and operated, the HMS Thistlegorm was
nevertheless fitted with a 4" anti-aircraft gun and a heavy caliber machine gun when she was
drafted for war dutyBut it was never to be. In the early hours of 6th October 1941 the
Thistlegorm was split in 2 and sank almost instantly after being hit by 2 bombs from a German
long range bomber. The hit only blew a hole in the port side of Hold no. 5 but then cargo tank
ammunition ignited, causing the bulk of the damage.
Since its rediscovery the wreck has become a popular dive site because of its shallow depth. The
wreck has largely broken up as it lies upside down upon the reef, but there are three large holes
in the hull which allow divers to penetrate the wreck and examine the two large boilers and a
host of fallen metal work. In part owing to the shallow depth, an abundance of reef fish can be
found: Glassfish, Groupers, Jackfish, Scorpionfish and Crocodilefish can all be seen around the
ruptures in the hull.
The Giannis D
The ship is lying on the bottom in roughly three separate sections parallel to the reef, with the
crumpled bow lying at 10 meters, the cargo area amidships being a jumble of steel and remains
of the cargo, and the aft section with an intact A-frame located forward of the superstructure. The
wreck is populated with numerous varieties of aquatic life with glassfish, scorpionfish, wrasse,
the occassional napoleon, crocodile fish, and blue-spotted stingrays along the bottom. This is
really a fun wreck dive for divers of all certification levels.
- Free DAN dive accident insurance (if trip value > USD 2500 per person)
- Dive permits, taxes, marine park fees, harbor fees
- Full board
- Weight belt/weights/12l tank(s)
- Free Wi-Fi (depending on coverage)
- Dive guides
- Entry Visa
- Equipment rental, special tank requests, shop items etc.
- Crew tips (usually around 10EUR per day)
- Transfer to/from the airport (round-trip)
- Diving Insurance (7 Euros)
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