Currently, four major wrecks have been mapped in the region, but dive masters believe there are many more. Of those already discovered, the SS Scalar is the most famous.
This Shell Oil tanker was sunk by German war planes while it was anchored in oil production area. Today, the bow and the stern are at a bright 30-38 feet (10-12 meters). The ship’s three boilers are still visible in the aft compartment. In addition, divers of all levels will also enjoy exploration of the SS Turkia, the MV Aboudy, and the MS Bakr.
The SS Turkia and the MS Bakr both met their fate at the hand of warplanes while the MV Aboudy sank in a violent storm. All of these wrecks sit above 60 feet (18 meters).
For those interested in a winter escape, diving in Ras Gharib is year-round. This part of Egypt experiences warm winters and very hot summers. However water temperatures can vary significantly in the Gulf of Suez.
Expect the warmest water temperatures to occur in August with an average of 82°F (28°C). The coolest water temperatures are recorded in February (72°F/22°C) when a 5mm wetsuit may be necessary to dive comfortably.
Visibility is generally more than 60 feet (20 meters)
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Most diving in Ras Gharib is completed by live aboard with boats departing from Hughada or Sharm el-Sheikh, both of which host international airports.
For independent travelers wishing to make their own way to Ras Gharib, the closest airports are Hurghada International Airport and Cairo International Airport.
Either city would require about a three to five hour bus journey or private transfer to Ras Gharib.