Scuba Diving, Sharm El Sheikh
Thistlesgorm is a British warship which sank with a full consignment of war supplies (tanks, jeeps, guns and a railway locomotive!) after being bombed during WWII (1941). The wreck was discovered in 1956 by Jacques Costeau.
Min. depth to wreck : 10m (at Bridge)
Max. depth to seabed: 31m (Railway Engine)
Average visibility: 25-30m
This is Sharms real treasure, I think: the coral banks in front of the land.
The red sea has very clear water (because the sediments lie far down) and is thus -together with the fact, that the water is warm and rich on nutritients - a perfect place for corals and other sealife.
The diving - or even only snorkeling here is fabulous. There are not many places in the world where you can see so much in so little space and time!
Unfortunately it looked to me as if some hotels are not taking care enough of this treasure. Yes, they write that you should not walk on the corals in almost any language imaginable, but at the corals nobody is there to stop the tourists doing so - and if someone is, he is merely watching and saying nothing.
There are many places where the corals are already dead because of this. A real pitty!
So plase: save the environment for yourself and the next ones: DO NOT WALK ON THE CORALS! PLEASE!
This wreck of a British sail/steam cargo ship that sank on April 22 1876, was officially discorved in 1977. The ship lies bottom-up on the sandy sea floor, its bow pointing westward at a shallow angle to the reef. Cause of sinking: collision with reef.
Fish life on the wreck itself and on the reef , is exceptional.
Min. depth to wreck : 17m (upturned bows)
Max. depth to seabed: 32m (at stern)
Average visibility: 25-30m
Well, there is not much to add. The Red Sea is a paradise for snorkeling and diving. If you are there, don't just stay at the beach, you have to experience this!
Most hotels lend you snorkel, finns and mask - if you go when the sea is not yet warm enough also rent a neoprene suit. It's worth it - you can stay in much longer!
Buy a fish card, then you can also name the many colorful fishes you encounter.
Here I have seen the biggest moray ever (bigger than everything I have seen in real or on pictures or on TV), It's head was bigger than mine it was real thick and it must have been over 2 meters long, which is hard to tell, because it did not leave the holes in the coral completely. And this thing was curious! It followed me over several meters -always winding through the holes in the coral reef and reappearing somewhere else.
A giant moray my fish chart says. Puh.
The local dives comprise all diving sites along the coast of Sharm el Sheikh, from Ras Nasrani in the north to Ras Cathy in the south.
These dive sites can be reached on by boat, between ten minutes and one hour cruising time. 28 different sites are available and can be visited on half or full day tours.
After Fabio, guess its time to move on to the underwater activities around Sharm...
The Thistlegorm is a world class wreck dive, which is located about a four hour boat ride north-west of Sharm el Sheikh... Well worth the trip out here...(and the 3 AM wake up call if diving is your thing...)
This was a British supply ship that was sunk by the Germans during World War II. The ship now sits in about 100 feet of water and make for a great day of diving.
Pretty darn obvious this one. The Red Sea is one of the best know sites for diving in the world. In Naama bay you will find a lot of dive shops offering trip to Ras Mohammed and the Reef. My husband did all hid diving with Camel Dive and was very happy with them, Sinai divers is also a good one from what I have heard. but there are many others to choose from. Prices are around $30 per dive.
The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship built in 1940 was sunk on 6 October 1941 near Ras Muhammad in the Red Sea and is now a well known diving site.
this diving spot is one of the best spots in Red Sea area where you can find many types of fishes around the wreck such as are tuna, barracuda, Batfish, Morey eel, Lionfish, Stonefish, Crocodilefish, Scorpionfish and Sea turtle.
The Times named the Thistlegorm as one of the top ten wreck diving sites in the world.
What can I say.... I am a SCUBA Diver and that was the main reason for the trip.
The diving here was AWESOME and soooo warm.
Most of the time you do not need a wet suit and can dive in your shorts if you wanted to but I would wear a skin to protect yourself from the fire coral.
underwater photography is the toughest but also the one of the most rewarding activities. fish are like people: some are excellent subjects and like to be photographed, others will tease you, run away a bit, but will allow you to take a picture. a certain group, "prima donnas" will simply make photographer's life miserable :)
if you are looking for a underwater camera, check my tip on Olympus camera.
This is a great place to learn how to dive. The staff was friendly and helpful and classes are entertaining.
I loved being under water. The reefs in the Sinai are far more colorful and lively than any of the ones I have snorkeled in Hawaii or Okinawa.
The down side of scuba in sharm is how expensive it can be. Check out the price list on Sinai Divers website. You can get a 10-20% discount for pre-booking.
Whether you are a relatively new Advanced Open Water Diver or an experienced Dive Master, a dive few dives at the Thistlegorm will leave you in awe.
Take a day boat or Safari boat to the site.
Depth to Seabed: 31 M
You can't go to Sharm and not do scuba or snorkel.
It's one of the most beautiful places to do so. It's like going to Paris and not going to the Eiffel Tower.
Despite the warnings and possible dangers of scuba, it's really safe, even for first timers like us.
Definetly a must do.
Sharm el Sheikh is the great place for diving, especially when you have never tried it before. You can choose some combined snorkelling and diving trips, ie. Ras Mohamed National Park or Tiran Island. I chose Tiran Island. Among other trips this one was the most exciting and memorable. Before going into the deep water, you will be trained how to use the equipment and behave under water. Even if you're scared of the ear pression or breathing you can easily manage it if you follow the instructions. If you're lucky you can see the turtles, lion fish and other sea specious. The easiest way to buy such trips is to find some local travel agencies if you want to avoid higher prices from the hotels. Prices may vary between $ 45-100 depending on the boat quality, food and equipment.
Sharm is very famous for scuba diving, so I stayed on an extra two days after my conference to get in some underwater time. Well worth it! I did a two-tank boat trip with Anemone Dive Center (divemaster: Louis, one of the most multilingual people I've ever met).