Place Category: Others DiveSite
Since the opening of The Suez Canal in the 1860s many ships have passed through the gulf heading from Europe to the Orient. Many have also perished, snared by the shallow reefs that loom beneath the surface. One such reef is Shaab Abu Nuhas. So dangerously positioned is it on the edge of the shipping lanes, it has claimed more ships than any other.
The Bedouin fishermen have given it a name ‘The reef of brass‘. It is 2.5 to 3-5 hours north of Hurghada and is visited either on safari or as a long day trip leaving early, about 6 or 7 a.m.
On the north side of Shaab Abu Nuhas, are four complete wrecks. The oldest is the ‘Carnatic’, which sank on 12. September 1869.
Then there are four others from recent times:
The ‘Kimon M’ (sunk on 12. Dezember 1978), the ‘Chrisoula K’ (sunk on 31. August 1981), and the ‘Ghiannis D’ (sunk on 19. April 1983). The ‘Seastar’ is the fifth shipwreck in Abu Nuhas, but since it is located in water at about 90m depth, it is not frequently dived, and certainly not from recreational divers in the Red Sea.
There is also wreckage from a number of other older wrecks, now entirely broken up. This side of the reef is extremely exposed to the weather and care must be taken. In heavy swells it is only accessible by zodiac. On the inside, southern side, of the reef is a safe anchorage. Here are three beautiful reefs known as ‘The Yellowfish Reefs’. They make an excellent shallow third dive or bad weather alternative.