About the project and the region

The Red Sea is one of the most amazing places in the world to dive. It is teeming with marine life and vast coral gardens. It has also been an important crossroads for thousands of year.

As a result, this vital stretch of water, linking North Africa to the Arabian peninsula, contains an astonishing number of historical submerged sites. When the Suez Canal opened in 1869, it became one of the most popular sailing routes in the world. The Red Sea’s many shallow coral reefs and other navigational hazards caused countless ships to wreck in subsequent decades, each with their own fascinating story.

This expedition is aimed at diving a number of the most spectacular shipwrecks in the Egyptian Red Sea, from nineteenth-century steam ships to incredible WWII wrecks.

The educational trip will comprise an 11-day program during which we will dive numerous historic shipwreck sites, including the world-famous Thistlegorm, Carnatic, Kingston, Giannis D, Numidia, Aida, Salem Express, and El Mina. Participants will be completely immersed in the history of the Red Sea and each shipwreck we visit, and will have the opportunity to learn about underwater documentation such as underwater photography, videography, and photogrammetry.

The liveaboard vessel Red Sea Explorer will be our base during this trip. In addition, a trip to Luxor, the center of ancient Egypt, will be organized. Prior to embarking on the boat, there will be several presentations and workshops to get acquainted with the region’s history and archaeology. On the boat, we will have daily presentations on the history of specific wrecks and discussions on cultural heritage management.

Shipwreck diving in the Red Sea can be challenging due to depth and water conditions such as strong currents. Participants are therefore required to have at least a PADI Advanced Open Water certification. In addition, extensive diving experience is required. If you are not sure whether you possess the necessary experience and skills, please get in touch.

You are more than welcome to sign up for the program if you do not yet possess the required dive experience and certifications, as long as you meet the requirements at the start of the program.

Highlight

One of the highlights of the trip is diving the SS Thistlegorm, perhaps the most famous diveable shipwreck in the world.

It is likely that we will be able to make multiple dives on this impressive WWII wreck. The Thistlegorm carried British war materiel when it was attacked and sunk by German bombers in 1941. It now rests in 100 ft of water. The Thistlegorm houses an astonishing array of artifacts, from trucks and motorcycles in its hold to ammunition, armored vehicles and even a locomotive on its exterior.

 

The program includes the following components:
  • Between 18 and 20 dives
  • Underwater photography
  • Underwater videography
  • History and archaeology of the Red Sea and Suez Canal
  • Underwater cultural heritage management
  • Wreck histories
  • Day trip to Luxor to visit the valley of the kings, temple of hatshepsut, colossi of memnon, and the karnak temple complex
  • Between 18 and 20 dives
  • Underwater photography
  • Underwater videography
  • History and archaeology of the Red Sea and Suez Canal
  • Underwater cultural heritage management
  • Wreck histories
  • Day trip to Luxor to visit the valley of the kings, temple of hatshepsut, colossi of memnon, and the karnak temple complex

Program Details

Accommodation on the first and last two nights will be in a hotel in Hurghada. During the expedition, we will spend 7 nights on board the Red Sea Explorer liveaboard vessel. The Red Sea Explorer is a luxurious and spacious boat measuring 43 meters in length. Its steel hull makes it a very stable vessel. Staterooms are spacious and each has its own bathroom. The boat features two sun decks, a large common area with TV, and a spacious dive deck. The staff on board is very friendly and helpful. Wifi is available on some days of the trip, when we are within reach of a cellular network.

We believe that good food is key to a successful and productive project. Food and drinks will be provided for the duration of the project. When in Hurghada, we will be going out to dinner or enjoy the hotel’s all-inclusive meals. On board the Red Sea Explorer, food is amazing. Three delicious meals will be served each day, with plenty of snacks in between. Meals on board usually consist of meat and fish, rice, potatoes, pasta, vegetables, salads, and delicious desserts! There are plenty of vegetarian options too.

  • Participants to the expedition are required to be certified scuba divers and hold at least a PADI Advanced Open Water certificate. Scuba diving courses can also be taken in Hurghada prior to the start of the trip (not included in the price).
  • Participants are required to have dive insurance for the duration of the course. Our recommendation is DAN (Divers Alert Network) insurance.

The total course fee is USD 2,900. This includes:

  • Liveaboard dive trip
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Hurghada
  • Food and drinks based on three meals per day
  • Airport transfers
  • Full dive equipment rental
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Day trip to Luxor
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Port fees

Our programs tend to fill up quickly so it is advised to apply as far in advance as possible. An application form can be downloaded here, and once filled out, emailed to info@theshipwrecksurvey.com. Once the application form is received, we will send you the payment instructions for a deposit to reserve your spot.

Getting to Egypt is fairly easy. There are several direct flights into Hurghada International Airport (airport code HRG) from major European cities such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London. It is also possible to fly into Cairo first and take a bus or short flight into Hurghada.

For this project, we are partnering up with the Red Sea Explorer liveaboard vessel. See their website for more information.

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