We did our check dives at Giftun Islands and then headed north to Ras Mohammed which did not disappoint. Sharks, barracudas, even a manta, passed us by as we were in the blue between Ras Mohammed and Shark reef. The black corals on the wall as we drifted by reminded me that the reef quality of this site is as good as any in the world. Arriving at the vast expanse covered with broken toilets I was happy to be back to a place I had visited many times before. I am not sure why I like the site so much, maybe as its such a unique wreck site and one of the first I ever dived.
Next up was the big four. Abu Nuhas has been popular for as long as I have been diving and with the amazing visibility in the Red Sea it offers wreck enthusiasts and wide-angle photographers a backdrop you are unlikely to find in such perfect and consistent conditions. One of my favourite memories are the millions of glassfish that morph around you as you dive between the sunken vessels damaged hull. We also saw much marine life indigenous to the location. As I shot my video I took special care to avoid the stone and scorpion fish camouflaged by the abundance of coral engulfing the wrecks.
By the time I got to day three I wondered why I did not do this kind of trip every year, not for work, just for a fun with one of my dive buddies! We were now ready for our deep dive of the trip to see the Rosalie Muller. We were going to be at 38m depth and would only see part of her due to her depth. The visibility is known to be limited due to sand deposits on the wreck. The dive was short, deep and as expected with limited visibility. Around 35 minutes door to door, I was glad we did the dive as i was keen to see this wreck as I had not been to this site before so was keen to tick a box on my logbook.
Following this we headed to the Thistlegorm, by the time we arrived in the afternoon I was keen to jump in. I rounded up a few buddies and we went off to explore the wreck. I have dived this around 15 times so was super keen to see how the wreck was looking as I had heard it had fallen apart over time and I should not expect to see such a great wreck site. In my humble opinion the site is still just as outstanding as it has always been. We circled the site from bottom to top taking in each of the hold areas and then a full survey of the deck. Having Nitrox on-board was very handy as on a dive like this you just don’t want to leave and as the site is between 12 and 30 metres deep the Nitrox really assists with extending the dive time.