Thistlegorm and Abu Nuhas from Hurghada and Marsa Alam

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Now you can visit the best of the Red Sea's wrecks on an overnight trip from Hurghada and Marsa Alam. For guests from Marsa Alam a transfer leaves at 7am to make the scenic drive through the desert to Hurghada. On the way you pass through the picturesque town of El Quseir. The town gives you a glimpse of real Egypt and you'll see the ancient fort built by the Romans and renovated by British and French colonial forces.

The boat (one of Emperor's luxury liveaboards) leaves from the Hurghada Marina at 10am (giving guests from Hurghada a pleasant lie in). You'll travel straight up to the mighty Thistlegorm for an afternoon dive (after the daily boats have left), followed by an atmospheric night dive on the ghostly wreck. There is time for an early morning dive (before the daily boats arrive) and then we head across to Abu Nuhas 'the ultimate reef for wreck-diving in the Red Sea' for two dives (normally on the Carnatic and the Giannis D).
Then the boat cruises back to Hurghada (arriving at around 4.30pm) where the Hurghada guests can enjoy happy hour in the Marina and the guests from Marsa Alam transfer back in time for dinner enjoying a stunning desert sunset during the drive!

The SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship built in 1940. She sank in 1941 near Sha'ab Ali. Her final voyage began in Glasgow on 2 June 1941 destined for Alexandria. The vessel's cargo included: Bedford trucks, Universal Carrier armoured vehicles (small tanks), motorcycles, Bren guns, cases of ammunition and rifles as well as radio equipment, Wellington boots, aircraft parts, and two steam locomotives all of which are still visible on the wreck today.

The Mediterranean was inaccessible to allied shipping so the Thistlegorm sailed via Cape Town, South Africa, where she refuelled, before heading north up the east coast of Africa and into the Red Sea. She made it as far as "Safe Anchorage F" where she was delayed due to a collision in the Suez Canal. It was here that she was spotted by two Heinkel He-111 bombers, on the search for the Queen Mary, which was carrying troops in the area, and bombed and sunk on 6 October 1941.

The wreck sits in around 30m at its deepest so suitable for divers with an advanced open water qualification or above. The wreck is unique for its intactness and the amount of cargo that can be seen and explored.

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