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Aquarius: Tiran & North Ras Mohammed

STRAIT OF tiran - SS THISTLEGORM - ROSALIE MOLLER

DEPARTING FROM HURGHADA

 Experience Level: Aquarius requires that you are a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, or equivalent, for this itinerary.

This spectacular itinerary contains dives at iconic Red Sea reefs, and includes the legendary wrecks of the SS Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moller.

Ras Mohammed National Park lies on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula. It extends over 829 km2 of land and sea encompassing the island of Tiran.

The Strait of Tiran has four beautiful coral reefs that fringe the surface: Thomas Reef, Gordon Reef, Jackson Reef and Woodhouse Reef, named after British cartographers that mapped the reefs. Located in the middle of the strait, these reefs are often subject to strong currents, giving divers the chance to encounter many pelagics. The diversity of the corals is world famous and an encounter with a shark or turtle is not uncommon. A large wreck is planted outside the reef as a warning to passing ships.

Diving at Thomas Reef, the smallest of the reefs of the Strait, depends a lot on the weather conditions, as at the north and south end of the reef very strong currents often occur. The corals are formed on vertical drop-offs and there is a wide plateau at 25m surrounded by large gorgonians. This plateau has abundant marine life, including sleeping reef sharks.

Gordon Reef has a different topography from other reefs, and drift dives are common on this reef.

Woodhouse Reef is the longest of the four reefs. The dives are done via a drift, generally from south to north.

Jackson Reef is the most northern reef of the Strait of Tiran. The dives are usually performed from the boat. Boats are mooring in a zone with a weak current, facing a drop off of 40m. |

Please note: You are expected to be able to complete each dive with your buddy or following the guide. The guides may not enter the water and may remain onboard as surface support for some dives. As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The itinerary will depend on several factors including, but not limited to, weather, diving ability of guests & the number of other boats already present at the various dive sites. 

 

 

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