Sharm el Sheikh is an ideal holiday diving destination for wreck enthusiasts as it has some of the best Red Sea Wrecks within easy reach from the main harbour and jetty at Shark’s Bay. The reefs of the Staits of Tiran have long been known as a navigational hazard for large ships. On top of both Jackson and Gordon reef sit the remains of the Lara and Louilla. On the outer reef of the North Lagoon is the extremely pretty and shallow Red Sea Wreck the Kormoron.
We also have the remains of the Yolanda and her famous cargo of toilets and a car sitting on the reef slope of Yolanda reef in Ras Mohamed National Park. The main super structure of the ship slipped down the reef in a storm and now lies in 80+ meters. One of the strangest Red Sea Wrecks is the Panza site just on the headland between Sharm el Maya and Sharm el Mina, where the remains of several army tanks lie. They were reputed to of been pushed off the cliff into the sea. However the most famous Red Sea Wrecks have to be the SS Thistlegorm and the Dunraven in the south.
This is one of the most famous Red Sea Wrecks in the world as it was discovered by the diving pioneer Jacques Cousteau. She sank on the 6th October 1941 whilst lying in anchor in Shaab Ali. She sank onto the seabed at 30 meters with a full cargo of supplies for the Allied Forces of WWII. This is a ‘must’ dive for any Red Sea Wreck enthusiast. It is an awesome experience which should not be missed. For more detailed information about the history of the SS Thistlegorm we recommend the book written by John Kean; a local author.
The Dunraven is an almost intact steam ship built in 1873 which lies up-turned on the outer edge of the reef system called Shaab Mahmoud, near Beacon Rock. This is a very nice wreck dive as she is encrusted in coral and also provides an easy penetration dive through masses of glass fish and the occasional lion fish.
All of these Red Sea Wrecks can be dived by boat with Marina Divers Sharm.