SS Thistlegorm & Ras Mohamed National Park


The 126 meters long SS Thistlegorm was a British Merchant Navy ship built in 1940 in England. She sank on the 6th October 1941 near Ras Mohammed (now a Marine Park). The SS Thistlegorm is one of the most famous dive sites in the world and is consistently voted a Top 10 Wreck in famous diving magazines. The Thistlegorm lies at 30m and rises to 18m making it perfect for an Advanced Open Water diver. If you are Nitrox certified, then dive the Thistlegorm on Nitrox to get the most out of your trip.

Day trips are 3 dives – 2 on the wreck (first dive outside the wreck, second dive inside – bring a torch) plus a 3rd at Ras Mohammed on the way back), beginning at 3 am in Dahab and coming back at 7pm. Ras Mohammed is a national marine park with 8 world class dive sites. The current can be rougher than in Dahab but diving Shark and Yolanda pinnacles will leave you with the best underwater memories. Check for free-swimming giant Morays, schooling Barracudas, Jackfish, Snappers, Emperors and Batfish. The walls drop down to 700 m deep – keep your buoyancy! Don’t go away from the reef wall but look out in the blue for reef Sharks. When reaching Yolanda, visit the remains of the cargo ship that sank there in 1980 and transporting bathtubs and toilet seats. You can find Napoleons, large Groupers and Blue Spotted Stingrays.

Wreck diving map - Thistlegorm
Batfish at Thistlegorm
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