Shipwreck exploration in the Red Sea

Project type: Expedition
Dates: 8 – 18 July, 2020
Project language: English
Minimum age: 18

About the project

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 Expedition

This educational expedition 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 Royal Evolution 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. The expedition includes the following components:

Diving

  • Between 18 and 20 dives
  • Underwater photography
  • Underwater videography
  • Photogrammetry

Presentations

  • History and maritime archaeology of the Red Sea and Suez Canal
  • Underwater cultural heritage management
  • Detailed briefing on the history of each wreck

Excursions

  • Day trip to Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, and the Karnak temple complex

Venue

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 Royal Evolution liveaboard vessel. The Royal Evolution is a luxurious and spacious boat measuring 39 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.

Food

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 Royal Evolution, 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.

Requirements

  • 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.

Cost

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

How to apply

This expedition is limited to 10 participants. 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.

How to get there

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.

Partners

For this project, we are partnering up with the Royal Evolution liveaboard vessel. See their website www.royalevolution.com for more information.