If there is something that makes the Red Sea diving so special is the diversity of wrecks from different eras that we can be found and you can dive from a few meters deep. Since the Suez Canal was opened in 1869, the Red Sea became an obligatory stop for all the merchants and ships travelling from Europe to Asia. But this sea, which hides a paradise for divers looking for the best shipwrecks, was a deadly trap for the thousands of boats that sailed through these waters for more than a century.
Diving the northern wreck route of the Red Sea you will visit some of the best wrecks in the entire Red Sea with the most spectacular dives of the Gubal Strait and the northern route. This route, only accessible from liveaboards, departs mainly from Hurghada and visits Abu Nuhas reef where the wrecks of the Giannis D, Carnatic, Kimon M and Krisoula K rest, an underwater paradise for wreck diving lovers. Then, in the Gubal Strait, you will dive in the old wrecks of the Ulysses, Kinsgstone and Dunraven, and you will also get into modern history by visiting two incredible wrecks of the WWII: SS Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moller. Some of the routes include visits to two breathtaking wrecks such as the Salem Express and the Numidia, going further south. Variety, history and emotion assured in one of the most requested diving routes by divers from all over the world.
We recommend you 5 boats that make the North and wrecks route throughout all or almost all the year. You can check their availability, upcoming departures, boat and cabins features and book online with the guarantee of PADI Travel.
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What a Red Sea Northern Wrecks diving safari looks like…
Diving season in the Red Sea
You can dive in the Red Sea all year round, with surface temperatures ranging from 18º C in February to 45º C in August and great diving conditions and water temperature all year round. The Summer and the end of Spring are very hard in Egypt, I still remember my first trip to the Red Sea at the end of May with 40º in the deck of the liveaboard at 9 am. So good news for the cold-natured: the water is sooooo nice in summer and spring, about 25º C. It is very common to see in late spring and summer many divers wearing shorties or 3 mm wetsuits, but for the rest of the year with a 7 mm or a 5 mm would be enough. In winter the water drops to 18ºC.
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What diving certification do I need to join a diving safari in the Red Sea?
The Northern Red Sea Wrecks route is suitable for Open Water Divers although at least 30 dives experience is recommended.
Diving and travel insurance
When you organize a dive trip by yourself, with flight connections and traveling with your own diving equipment is highly recommended to hire an international diving & travel insurance that includes medical treatment, covers accidents, equipment loss and cancellation. And of course an international diving insurance, essential.
Flights to Egypt / Red Sea
Cairo is the main airport city of Egypt, but the closer departure points to the liveaboards in north route are Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada airports (for North routes). There are many direct flights to these locations from all over the world, but many more flights will connect to the Cairo airport before flying to the final destinations. Upon arrival to Egypt, all guests must pay an entry visa of $25.00 to the Egypt immigration service. Some liveaboards offer free transfers from the airport or hotel as a part of the liveaboard package deal. However, when transfers are not included in the price, visitors can expect airport transfers to range from $10.00 to $70.00 depend on the airport and departure port. It is very important that after booking your liveaboard deal confirm with the boat booking crew time of boarding and airport where you have to fly.