From 9m - 90m and beyond, Hurghada is Egypt's wreck diver's heaven

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While the Red Sea has some of the best coral reefs in the world, some divers also want the added thrill of exploring wrecks. Well in Hurghada, you can do both! Whatever your diving experience there are wrecks to suit everybody.

At just 9m to the surface is the wreck of the former liveaboard, Belina. Teeming with life, including large shoals of barracuda, batfish and rabbitfish, the wreck can be explored easily and makes an ideal third dive of the day. In the main harbour, less than 5 minutes from Emperor Divers' new centre, are the wrecks of El Mina, an Egyptian minesweeper in 30m sunk back in the six-day war between Egypt and Israel. Excalibur, another liveaboard vessel sits in 21m and is full of glassfish and the recently sunk Mohammed Hasabella is a fishing trawler in 33m of water.

Ghiannis D wreck
Further north is the ship's graveyard of Abu Nuhas reef with four wrecks: The Giannis D, Carnatic, Chrisoula K and Kimon M all with a maximum depth of 27 metres. Going deeper is Egypt's first artificial wreck reef, the Hebat Allah, lying in 27-45 metres and is ideal for advanced divers and technical divers. The reef of Shaabruhr Umm Gamar is the final resting place of two wrecks for the technical diver. The wreck of Colona IV lies at 62m and the support vessel, Gulf Fleet 31, lies at a maximum of 103m. Trimix divers are regularly seen decompressing at the southern end of the reef.

The last wreck in Hurghada's daily region, and the most recently discovered by Emperor Divers' own Tekstreme dive team, is that of the huge ferry, Al Qamar Al Saudi Al Misri. Going from 65-83m this is an unforgettable dive. It's impossible to describe any of the wrecks in detail here so look out for individual wreck features in this blog over the coming months.

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Just back from an incredible trimix trip at the dive sites from Hurgada. Every plan I discussed was possible, done and well guided by your guides and boats.
Starting at the Hebat Allah for the first dive and ending the last dive at 100 meters with almost a kiss from an eagle ray or was it more a close encounter.
Almost reached the Gulf Fleet 31, wasn't possible because of the current, and going for decompression with a flyby of the Colona IV.
For divers with only extended range certification, a long decompression dive of 2 hours at the 4 wrecks at Abu Nuhas, is more then advisable.

Hurgada for trimix, i say yes do it!

Next time we will do the Al Qamar Al Saudi Al Misri.



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