Red Sea Dive Safari October 2015….leaving on a liveaboard – Part 2
Having arrived at Gubal island with only one other liveaboard boat in sight our plan was to make just the one dive here in order to leave enough time to get to Abu Nuhas and hopefully dive 4 of the wrecks found there. We decided to dive Bluff point being dropped off by the zodiac on the outside of the reef and drifting along with it on our right hand side back to the boat. Because of the current the visibility wasn’t great at the beginning of the dive but half way along the cloudiness gave way to some beautiful varieties of soft and hard coral formations and copious amounts of marine fauna typical of the Red Sea including butterflyfish, angelfish, unicorn and surgeonfish. After what can be described as a relaxing, lazy dive where the current took us directly back to the boat, it was time to make the crossing back towards the reef of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas, otherwise known as ‘Father of copper’.
I have to admit that the wrecks found on this reef are, for me, the best in the Red Sea. Such a variety, with some being more preserved than others but all equalling as mesmerizing and teaming with marine life. Because of the reefs close proximity to the major shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez and before the lighthouse existed, many ships have been wrecked here but only 4 are visible nowadays. We were starting with the 1862 British Steamer ship Carnatic that, if we’d been there a few decades ago, would still have contained its cargo of wine, unfortunately it’s all gone now! The video footage showing divers and batfish swimming in amongst the deck is just a small example of what diving on this wreck is like; you really have to try it for yourselves to experience its beauty. We were lucky as well as we had no other divers with us on this wreck and so had it all to ourselves, eventually however every dive has to end and so we ascend back up the fixed mooring point, finish our safety stop and climb back on the zodiacs to deliver us back to the main boat.
Next up? The ‘wreck of tiles’ aka Marcus. Situated to the East of Carnatic this German cargo ship hit the reef in 1981 with the bow only 4m from the surface with the majority of the hull sitting upright until you get closer to the stern which lays on its side at around 25m. Unlike the Carnatic, it is still possible to see the many tiles Marcus was originally transporting alongside my favourite fish to watch, glassfish!
We ended up not having the time do dive all four wrecks but in my opinion we certainly left the best for last, Ghiannis D!
Gihannis D is the youngest of the 4 wrecks and was a Greek cargo ship carrying timber at the time it crashed in to the reef. The wreck now basically lies in 2 halves since the stern separated from the bow which is now not so well intact. What is so magical to me about this wreck is hard to pinpoint, maybe each time I have dived her the light has been streaming through the U-shaped crane and windows from the command bridge; or maybe it’s the insanely well intact engine room you can carefully pass by; or it could even be that when you do penetrate the wreck, because of the angle it sits at, you can feel a little disorientated as you pass through the wonky doors from one room to the next. Whatever the reason, if you are a fan of wrecks or just an underwater adventurer, you should add Gihannis D to your list of to-do-dives, I’m 100% sure you won’t be disappointed by this wonderful Red Sea wreck dive.
It’s time now for us to slowly make our way back to the jetty after a pretty awesome week at sea. We’ve had many laughs along the way with all the guests contributing in their own way to the success of the trip, and we feel grateful for being able to share with them some of the best diving spots in the world which are only accessible by livaboard boats. If you are considering a scuba diving liveaboard trip for your next Red Sea diving holiday you may discover that it’s not only the easiest and relaxing way to explore dive sites out of reach from the normal daily Sharm boats, but it can also be the most cost effective way with all accommodation, meals, and diving included.
If we could run this trip every week we would, but for now we’ll just have to wait until 2016 for the next Eagle Divers Red Sea Wrecks & Reefs dive Liveaboard.
Special thanks to all of the 2015 liveaboard guests for putting up with us for a week, we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did and thanks for being such a great bunch of divers!