June 2023 was an amazing month for the Euro-Divers Red Sea Dive Safari team and their guests who enjoyed world-class diving and delicious food, amongst great company.
Trip 1 was from 8th to 15th June 2023 aboard M/Y Heaven Sapphire with 18 guests, it was hot (up to 43 degrees!) with no wind and almost no waves which made travelling between sites very fast.
A couple of days later, on 17th June trip 2 departed aboard M/Y Galaxy 720 with 17 guests, retuning on 24th June. Conditions were more ‘normal’ for Egypt and the temperature had dropped back to a mere 35 degrees!
Both trips were accompanied by two experienced guides as well as Bernhard and Marion to offer support and advice and to ensure everything ran smoothly and enjoyably.
The favourable conditions meant all planned dive sites could be reached:
Shaab el Erg
This is where we completed refresh dives at the start of the trips and we knew we were going to be lucky when we saw dolphins underwater, it was a good omen for the fabulous dives that followed!
We dived the Giannis D and the Chrisoula K, both freight ships overgrown by corals and lying upright on the reef with a maximum depth of 28 metres. The wrecks are easy to dive and it’s possible to partially to penetrate them too.
The most famous wreck in Egypt. Thistlegorm is a military freighter, sunk 1944, still full of military goods such as tanks, trucks of Triumph motorcycles, an aeroplane, guns and bombs. We were in the fortunate position to be able to avoid diving this popular wreck at busy times and we enjoyed a spectacular sunset dive with great visibility and no other divers, as well as an early morning dive, taking full advantage of liveaboard diving!
Ras Mohammed National Park
We dived Jolanda reef with the remains of the Jolanda wreck, of which there is not much left. It was a freighter carrying bathtubs, toilets and sinks, and as it is exposed to current, the fish life around it is amazing with schools of groupers, doctor fish, fusiliers and a huge cloud of little red groupers covering the reef wall. We saw turtles, big napoleons hunting together with jack fish, moray eels, schools of bat fish and much more. The dives were so good that we did them twice on each trip according to our guests’ wishes.
Strait of Tiran
At Strait of Tiran we visited Gordon Reef, Jackson Reef, Woodhouse, and Thomas Reef. Despite being so close to Sharm el Sheik and within easy reach of the day boats, the reefs are in a top condition and totally amazing. There are corals and fish life in abundance with schools of butterfly fish, fusiliers, all kinds of groupers, lots of colourful soft corals and many gorgonian fans – the reefs are comparable with Brothers and Daedalus in the South. We had a lucky encounter with a hammerhead shark on Woodhouse Reef where we also found nice canyons to explore a little deeper.
The final dives were in the Hurghada area, where we dived at Police station, Erg Abu Ramamda and Abu Ramada Plateau – these sites, although the best in the area can be tricky to dive due to the current but we were lucky and could enjoy all three!
We all know that diving gives you a good appetite and the divers on our trips had no chance to get hungry! Onboard Heaven we had special country themed dinner events, on Galaxy we had buffets with salads, soups, 2 or 3 choices of meat or fish each day plus desserts. In between the dives the crews served a variety of snacks, from waffles with ice cream, to pizza, burgers, and Egyptian fried snacks.
The guest’s music compilation set the scene for relaxed evenings with cold beer and thirst-quenching gin and tonics.