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pen ink well goldA note from Dom  ... The Remarkable Red Sea

In the early 80's, I spent four years working on a legendary dive boat in the absolutely pristine Red Sea, where I had the opportunity to explore where few had gone before.   We were truly pioneers & our adventures were nothing less than what dreams are made of.  Ours was one of only TWO boats diving there at the time.   If you've been there in the past 10 years, I know that's hard to imagine!           read more ...

Of course, the Red Sea has been heavily impacted by tumultuous & tragic events in the recent past .... and tourism has dropped off.  However, the clients who have travelled there with us over the past few months have been thrilled by the ever-splendid diving as well as the beauty of the land tours they've done.   With fewer boats and far fewer divers in the water, the encounters with big animals have increased exponentially. 

I still have friends out there who have been keeping me updated on their recent incredible encounters with dugongs, dolphins, whale sharks, huge hammerheads & sharks of all varieties. 

Is it time for you to go ???

I strongly recommend the more southern trips for those of you who are looking for both corals and big animals.   Plus, if you're looking for extra adventure, my deepest love personally is the Sudan region. We don't yet have Sudan boats on the site ... but if you call or send me a message, I'll get all the info to you in a flash.  

Please don't hesitate to contact me for any information. I never tire of talking about the Red Sea and its enchantment!         Cheers, Dom

Red Sea .... vibrant corals & fish ... sumptuous sharks ... dramatic wrecks

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globe th CopyThe Red Sea, one of the most awesome marine environments in the world, sporting an incredibly rich biodiversity  ... is an inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between Africa & Asia.   The Red Sea is connected to the Indian Ocean in the south through the narrow Strait of Bab al Mandab & the Gulf of Aden.   In the north, it splits into the Gulf of Aqaba & the Gulf of Suez where it joins the Mediterranean via the Suez Canal.   Nine countries share the shorelines of the Red Sea & the waters of the Red Sea support a vital fishing industry and recreation facilities.

Red Sea & Sudan diving  ...  in brief

  • pristine hard corals, colorful soft corals, huge gorgonian fans, black coral & sponges, too
  • reef fish galore in every color, shape and size
  • spectacular Napoleon wrasse, lionfish and pufferfish ... blue spotted rays, butterfly fish and angelfish
  • walls, drop-offs, caves & tunnels, overhangs & holes, canyons & passages
  • some roaring currents and rousing drift dives
  • plenty of pelagic encounters, including mantas, oceanic white tips & hammerheads,
  • ever-present dolphins, larking about, simply enjoying life
  • and ahhh, the wrecks ... if you're a wreck-diver, the Red Sea and Sudan have some of the finest

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Where it all started

The Red Sea is probably the first place that comes to mind when you think about diving.

Made famous by Jacques Cousteau, generations of divers have had visions of the Red Sea - rich corals, masses of colorful reef fish, countless amazing wrecks (from freighters to destroyers) . . . and to top it all off schooling rays and sharks and playful dolphins.

Today the northern part of the Red Sea is heavily populated with day boats, and while it is still worthwhile diving, many divers prefer to skip the crowds and head for the southern waters, exploring as far south as Sudan.

Sudan's Red Sea - brimming with life

In the deep south of this magnificent body of water, in the waters of Sudan, you'll find a haven for large predators, as well as still-plentiful numbers of the creatures the Red Sea has long been known for - lionfish, triggerfish, parrotfish, sweetlips, Wrasse, batfish, jacks and barracuda . . . well, the list is long.

You'll experience pinnacles, grottos, lagoons, plateaus and drift diving - plus healthy and prevalent soft and hard corals - all in beautifully clear water.

Ripe for exploration

The Red Sea has been a shipping lane since the time that trade developed between nations.  We've included descriptions a few of the more popular wrecks here which are included on some of the liveaboard itineraries but the options are many and varied ... and if you have a specific preference, we can guide you to the liveaboard most likely to include that wreck in its itinerary.

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Thistlegorm ... Rosalie Moller ... Chrisoula K ... Giannis D
WWII ships and wrecks from the 80's make very different, but equally fascinating diving experiences ... read more ...

Thistlegorm: The Thistlegorm sailed only 3 voyages before her final trek from Glasgow on june 2, 1941. She was heading for Alexandria, around the southern tip of Africa, toward the Red Sea & Egypt with heavy supplies for the allied efforts ... as well as steam locomotives for the Egyptian National Railways.   She carried Bedford trucks, armoured vehicles, Norton & BSA motorcycles, guns & ammunition, plus supplies such as boots, airplane parts and more. The Luftwaffe bombed the Thistlegorm in October sending her to the bottom of the Red Sea with all of her cargo and taking several lives. Cousteau discovered the wreck in the 50’s but it wasn’t until the 90’s that her remains became a diving sensation. She’s easily accessible and always a stirring dive.

Rosalie Moller:  A coal carrier, the Rosalie Moller followed the same route as the Thistlegorm and was sunk 2 days later.  She was carrying nearly 5,000 tons of coal and very few crew so the bombing took relatively few lives.   Neither the Moller, nor the Thistlegorm, were carrying troops.   You will be amazed to find the Moller still in surprisingly good shape with utensils, pots & pans hanging in the kitchen and portholes still in place. The wreck is deep and is therefore for advanced and tech divers only.

Chrisoula K: Sailing from Italy to Saudi Arabia in 1981, the Chrisoula K hit the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas reef (notorious for sinking ships over the centuries). The crew was saved but the ship, a total loss, was left to sink ignominiously.   The main part of the ship is relatively upright but the stern has pretty thoroughly keeled over.  The wreck is easily accessible and you can get into the engine room to see the works and also into the hold, via a huge rip, to see the Italian tiles which all remain on the ship.

Giannis D:  Another more recent wreck offered to wreck enthusiasts by the Aha'ab Abu Nuhas reef is the Giannis D.   Transporting a load of wood from Yugoslavia to Saudi Arabia in 1983, she struck the reef and hung there for awhile (her crew were all rescued) but eventually succumbed, splitting into 3 sections as she slipped into the deep.  Divers can now enter the bridge, the engine room and even the crew quarters. She is particularly photogenic ... a great dive for photographers.

Red Sea diving ... north, south or central ? 

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An itinerary here includes some world famous dive sites such as Tiran Straits, the dramatic Ras Mohamed, possibly the WWII wrecks of the Thistlegorm & Rosalie Moller as well as other fascinating wrecks at Abu Nuhas (the ships graveyard) ... read more

Some of the most legendary dive sites on offer in the Red Sea and an ideal first Red Sea experience boasting over thirty dive sites.

Steep reefs, coral gardens and caves all teeming with tropical life abound.

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Starting with Marsa Alam, there is something for everyone.  It is rated as one of the top destinations in the world, still totally unspoiled.  See dolphins at Samadai, dugongs at Marsa Mubarak, dive the cave systems, canyons & swim throughs of Shab Claude ... read more ...

Plus, large bays with rays, turtles and, snake eels.  Exciting fringing reefs with pelagic and schooling fishes, white tips and mantas.

The Brothers is truly unforgettable diving on a pair of remote, tiny islands, considered by many to be among the best dive sites in the world.   Spectacular reef pillars, vertical walls, fantastic hard & soft corals, gorgonians, black corals and prolific fish life, wrecks, incredible exhilarating diving awaits....

On the drop offs large schools of snappers, jacks, turtles, white-tip reef sharks, gray reef sharks, turtles, and hammerheads congregate.

Elphinstone is a legendary off shore reef which is a pelagic paradise; frequented by oceanic white tips, barracuda, tuna, hammerheads, turtles & Napoleon wrasse offering spectacular wall diving into the blue.

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Dive Furyshoal, St. John's, Rocky Island, Daedelus, Zabargad.  Remote, offshore islands & reefs otherwise known as the Egyptian Red Sea's 'best of the best', an experienced divers dream come true, will excite the most hardened & well travelled diver ... read more ...

Outstanding wall dives full of 'pelagic action', schooling hammerheads, oceanic white tips, threshers, mantas and much pelagics ... plus pristine hard corals, prolific soft corals, abundant fish life, a visionary underwater wonderland....incredible diving. 

Topographically, you'll dive fringing reefs, vertical walls, swim-throughs, caves, pinnacles ... and even some white sandy bottoms.   

You'll encounter grey reef sharks and whitetip reef sharks swimming up and down the reef walls which are densely covered by hard & soft corals.   Frequently, you'll swim with bottlenose dolphins on the surface here and sometimes underwater. Manta rays are around during the summer months and all year you'll see butterfly fish, red sea banner fish, angel fish, and big eye bimble around in the shallows and for those that have sharp eyes, you will see large dragons and purple flabellina moving slowly over the walls.

There's so much more that we have to leave it here.   Just know that it's still glorious diving with immense variety of species.

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You'll find world renowned sites Sanganeb (some of the best coral in the Red Sea) - Shaab Rumi (with the remains of Cousteau's Conshelf II experiment) - Abington (where hammerheads & turtles reign), Angarosh & Merlo Reef (both known for sharks, sharks & more sharks!) ... read more ...

You will also dive the wreck of the Umbria, internationally recognized as one of the worlds finest wreck dives.

You can access her cargo holds still containing an amazing quantity of wine not to mention more than 350,00 bombs! The engine rooms, corridors and cabins are all accessible to experienced divers.

Highly rated as the 'serious diver's' paradise, Sudan has some wild & thrilling dives to its name.   Expect to see schooling jack, barracuda, tuna, snapper, grey & white tip sharks & mantas. Sightings of hammerheads, silky & oceanic white tips are not uncommon.  Add to this the pristine reefs, abundant corals and frequent encounters with dolphins in the lagoon at Sanganeb, Sudan makes for truly exhilarating diving.

In the Shab'Rumi lagoon a family of dolphins is present on pretty much a daily basis, unbelievably a hundred or so of them, available to play and be photographed.

And, of course, the reefs are home to colorful and abundant reef fish and macro critters.

If you want to see manta rays, then you can visit Sudan in August and October but if you are more interested in hammerheads then you should go around January and April.

Currently in Sudan there are very few liveaboards that organize cruises. This means uncrowded dives in an area of approximately 200 miles.  We work with what we feel are the best of the liveaboards serving this spectacular region. See our liveaboards page for more information.

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