Egypt

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Egypt is definitely the worlds best dive destination. Diving in Egypt offers everything from onshore dive sites to distant Islands, shallow reefs to spectacular vertical drop offs, ancient ship wrecks and yet to be discovered treasures. The sheer number of dive sites is mind boggling . Our list of itineraries will provide you with all kinds of dive adventures for you to choose from. Weather you like ship wrecks, reefs, sharks or a pleasant mix of them all; you will find what you need here.

The marine life in Egypt can only be described as glorious. Egypt has been blessed with an amazing eco system which has shown incredible resilience to the effects of coral bleaching. Also in the early 1990’s an NGO was formed to protect the marine environment from common modern plagues such as over fishing and waste dumping. This organisation, called HEPCA was founded by a small group of concerned divers and has grown into an internationally recognised partner in environmental protection which is accredited to installing the world’s largest ever mooring system.
In terms of accessibility Egypt is easy to get to from anywhere in Europe, Russia, Ukraine and even China due to the abundant scheduled and charter flights.
Hint: For pure ship wreck divers try out the northern routes! For shark lovers, have a look see at our itineraries that include Daedelous Reef!
When: When: M.V Liberty is based in Egypt except for December through to Mid May when we are exploring Djibouti and Sudan

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Hurghada is one of the world’s most popular dive destinations and for good reason!

In Hurghada there are dive sites for every level of diver. It is a beginners paradise as well as a technical diver’s mecca.

Within a single week divers can see: Whale Shark, Dolphin, Manta, Ship wrecks, vertical drop offs like no other as well as shallow coral gardens, caves, tunnels and much more.


Your guide, Ahmed Adly, dived nearly every day for 20 years and has deep knowledge about the unknown dive sites.


There are great benefits in diving Hurghada by liveaboard, which you cannot have daily diving:

- You will be the only dive boat in sight for the early morning dive

- You will be the only dive boat in sight for the after noon dive

- You will have 4 night dives 

- You get to go to Abu Nahas to see the 4 amazing ship wrecks


Some more great benefits for taking this trip:

- No other liveaboards are doing it, so we get to be alone at night

- Very short sailing times, average 1/2 hour/day. There is 90% more time to enjoy the sea

- Affordability. This trip is priced very affordable, due to distance travelled plus low season time.


the dive sites


This is a magnificent wall on the northern side of Abu Ramada Island appropriately named Abu Ramada North :)

This dive is reserved for highly experienced divers due to it's well known; treacherous currents. Although if dived properly, those currents are used to exciting and wonderful effect giving you a dive you will never forget.

Enjoy poking into small caves and gullies and marvel at the marine life such as giant Napoleons.

This dive site is also an excellent point for advanced Trimix training due to the deep depth and lack of currents after 50 meters.

Small Giftun is an amazing dive site with around 6 great individual dive for recreational divers and also a few technical dives as well including deep canyons, Black Coral forests and amazing tunnels!
Dive depths vary from 6 to 130 meters and at Small Giftun you can find a dive weather you are a seasoned tech diver or still finishing you Open Water Course.

The shallower areas are home to thousands of species of fish and corals and is well known for it's friendly Napoleon Fish and many Moray Eels.
Small Giftun is also an amazing place to spend the night due to the vast enclosure provided my the huge island.

 

Aquarium Reef is a place where millions of divers have had their dreams come true! A great pride for Hurghada locals and an amazing dive site for everyone who visits.

Aquarium is a shallow 10 - 15 meter dive and can literally be explored for years! Diving close to the reef will guarentee encounters with all the colorful fish you can find in a good book and venturing further off the reef will treat the diver to un-imaginable surprises!

Aquarium Reef has 3 faces! North, East and West :) There is a totally different eco system on either side and each is equally enjoyabe. Rent a scooter for great adventures on this amazing reef!

"Aquairum is a miracle even to the most skeptical evolutionists" ~ Ahmed Adly 1993

Camel Reef is a fantastic little dive site which features several small caves gullies and overhangs. There is a strong current almost ever present and seems to come from several directions at once due to the mazy layout of it's immense and impressive pinnacles.
Camel Reef is a unique dive site with an abundant soft coral growth and Moray Eel population. Spend an hour riding currents, observing nice marine life and poking into caverns.

Abu Nahas is famed by here main 5 ship wrecks which are easy to dive and arel an amzing experiance. One of the great things about this site is the 4 wrecks are all of complely different origin and time of build making it a time warp if you will. The Name Abu Nahas means: "The Brass One", because  ships normally represent a lot of brass :)

Abu Nahas also offers divers an excellent enclosure in which to settle between dives making it an excellent second day to any Safari.

The Wrecks of Abu Nahas: 

Carnatic
The second half of the eighteen hundreds was an era when tall ships ruled the trade routes, beautiful slender vessels that overlapped the time of sail and the time of steam. The Carnatic was one of those proud ships. With 34 passengers she was trafficking the route Suez – Bombay – china for The Peninsula & Oriental line under the command of Captain P.B. Jones and his 176 members of crew. The cargo was cotton bales, copper sheets, Royal Mail and £40.000 of Spices.

Just after midnight September 12th 1869 The Carnatic hit the reef of Shaab Abu Nuhas. The night was tranquil and the brakes over the reef didn’t give its position away until it was already too late to correct the course. The Carnatic ran aground and was firmly stuck on of the reef. However, the situation seemed safe and Captain Jones was sure that the pumps would be able to rid the inflowing water. He trusted the P&O liner Sumatra, that was due to pass shortly, would be in time to help. For more than 48 hours he was right but before The Sumatra steamed into sight the reef ate through the iron hull and The Carnatic broke in two. The aft section was ripped off, rolled over and sunk followed by 5 passengers and 26 of the crew. This caused the bow to re-float, roll over to the port side and disappear beneath the waves. The remainder of the passengers and crew saved themselves into the lifeboats that came off as The Carnatic sunk and went for safety on Shedwan Island. All the £40.000 worth of specie was recovered and the myth of “half the treasure still waits to be found” is just that; a myth.

This wreck is likely to be one of the most beautiful in the Red Sea. The wooden deck is long gone and the metal framing is covered with soft coral offering exquisite photo opportunities. The stern-section is resting on port side with the rudder and propeller screw in 26 meters of water. The mid section is collapsed but still an interesting part of the dive. Here you find the boiler, funnel and the two masts that are reaching out over the sandy seabed. Like the stern, the bow is a framework of metal incrusted by one hundred and fifty years worth of coral growth. Where the bowsprit once was attached a peeping hole now opens for a classic and world famous camera angle.

Once the wreck was full of wine bottles but years of souvenir-hungry divers have deprived The Carnatic from this treasure. Now all you can find is a few broken bottles here and there. See but not touch is the rule here.

Type: Steam/Sailor Passenger/Cargo -ship
Built: 1862 in London
1776 ton – 89.8m x 11.6m
Engine: 4 cylinder compound inverted
Sank: Sept 14th 1869
Depth: 26 meters
West – south axis

 The Giannis D: 

The Giannis D, a 100m general cargo vessel built in Japan but under Greek ownership, hit the Abu Nuhas Reef at full tilt on 19 April 1983. The ship, laden with timber, sank to 24m with the stern and bow still intact but amidships is now a crumpled mess. The engine room at a depth of 13m offers easy and superb penetration through clouds of glassfish.

You can investigate the multilevel rooms and passageways here for octopus and giant moray eel. The bow mast extends out horizontally from the boat, creating a great spot to search for scorpionfish, gobies and nudibranchs. To end your dive you can simply climb the main mast up to the shallows at 4m and perform your

 The Kimon M:

The Kimon M is the deepest of the Red Sea wrecks within recreational diving depths here. Its stern lies on the seabed at 32m, with its bow shallower at 15m. This 120m German cargo vessel sank on 12 December 1978, laden with lentils. Initially the boat sat upright on the reef but later currents and wind pushed the ship into deeper water on its starboard side. Much of its cargo and engine were recovered after its sinking. The wreck harbors several different species of pipefish.

The Chrisoula K:

The Chrisoula K was a 98m Greek registered freighter that sank on 31 August 1981, laden with floor tiles. The ship lies with its stern and propeller at 26m and its bow in shallow water at only 3m. It sits more or less upright but the stern is slowly separating. The wreck offers plenty of swim-throughs and penetration diving opportunities but beware of the numerous obstructions such as fallen beams and poles. Its superstructure is now encrusted with a layer of hard corals, and is home to flatworms, Lion Fish, Arabian Picasso triggerfish, and clown sand wrasse. Dolphins also pass by here occasionally

The Sea Star:

The Seastar is the 5th shipwreck at Abu Nuhas, but since it lies in water 90m deep, it is not frequently dived, and certainly not by recreational Red Sea divers.

 

 

 

 

 

Umm Gammar is named after it's moon shaped land mass. Thus the name The one that looks like the moon or Umm Gammar in Arabic.

This dive treats visitors to caves and amazing land scapes. Ask your dive guide to go here during the Emperor season for a special treat.