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Characteristics of the wreck

20 m

Red Sea
Schooner (1862)


Are you interested in shipwrecks? Your diving holidays in El Gouna, Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, allow you to explore the wreck of the Carnatic, a motorized schooner. This 90-meter-long, mixed sailing, and the steam-powered vessel was launched by the English shipyards Samuda Brothers on 8 December 1862. On the evening of September 12, 1869, she sailed from Suez to Bombay. The canal has not yet opened. Onboard were 230 passengers and crew members. The mail of the postal service, intended for English expatriates in India, constituted her cargo and she was loaded with various spirits. On September 13, 1869, at 1:30 a.m., the Carnatic was west of the Strait of Gubal, on the approach to Abu Nuhas Reef, which she collided head-on with!

The boat does not seem too damaged so the passengers stay onboard instead of being evacuated. The Sumatra, another boat from the same company, is due to arrive on the scene. Nevertheless, help was slow to arrive, the sea forced and the boat broke in two parts. The stern sank to a depth of fewer than 20 m and the bow remained for many months, stuck in the reef. Twenty-seven passengers and crew members perished in this accident. Three of the seven boats allowed the survivors to reach Shadwan Island.In spite of the drama that took place here, you make a nice dive accompanied by beautiful and familiar batfish. To be seen: entering the open holds of which only the frames remain. Admire the pretty effects of the backlighting, then head towards the bow surrounded by a cloud of glassfish resembling a swarming swarm.

Dive centers


Aquarius Diving Club Hurghada
Egypt  - Hurghada

The Aquarius center is located at the Marriott Beach Resort in Hurghada. The premises, open all year round, are located on the access road to the hotel marina, in front of the beach. The dive boats are moored 50 m from the premises which consist of an air-conditioned classroom and a dive store. A swimming pool is available for training on-site. The team of instructors and guides speaks several languages. You have the choice of your diving course in the middle of a wide range of training and PADI specialties that are proposed to you here. Day and boat trips include 2 dives per day. You have access to all the dive sites of Hurghada, including those located around the Giftun Islands. When you are looking for accommodation know that at the Marriott you have all the comfort of a 5-star hotel with luxurious rooms, satellite TV, several restaurants. Small hotels with good value for money are also within walking distance of the dive center. You will always have the opportunity to have a drink on the terrace after your day of diving! [+]

  • Near Downtown area
  • PADI Dive Centre *****
  • Spacious premises
From 29,00 €


Alysés Plongée
Egypt  - Hurghada

The Alysés Diving Centre Hurghada is ideally located at Biwa Beach, a stone's throw from Seqala, the centre of Hurghada. The office with the shop, the equipment room and the compressor room are located not far from the beautiful private beach where a restaurant offers German cuisine. Sylvie welcomes you from 3 pm in her usual good mood in this very French diving centre, created 17 years ago! During your diving trip, you can take a taxi to the boat located 10 minutes from Biwa Beach at 8.30 am. For a small extra charge, depending on the distance between the hotel and the marina, Sylvie can also send you a private car with a driver. Embark on memorable underwater explorations on board the daily boat in the morning at around 8:30 am and lift anchor at around 9 am. Two dives are scheduled, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Non-diving companions enjoy snorkelling around the reef. The dive sites range from the north to the south with Um Gama Island, through the drift of Police Station, Ras Disha near Abu Hasheesh, while you are underwater, the chef concocts various raw dishes, including fried chicken legs. Alyses Plongée is a small part of France established in Egypt. All the training courses of the French diving federation are proposed to you... even those of the level 4 and the training courses of instructors MF1 and MF2! And of course, for the unconditional globe-trotting divers, SSI courses are also given here. Take up diving specialisations, the most common of which are night and drift diving, underwater photography and underwater object finding and orientation. For underwater wildlife lovers who have at least a level 2 or Advanced, launch yourself into an incredible adventure: go and meet the Red Sea sharks with Steven Surina! [+]

  • Between 20 and 30 dive sites
  • Comfortable boat
  • Welcome groups
From 60,00 €


Scubaworld Sheraton Miramar Resort-El Gouna
Egypt  - El Gouna

Cinderella by Scuba World Divers dive centers is located in two locations in El Gouna, inside the best hotels, at the Sheraton Miramar Resort and the Mövenpick Resort & Spa, close to the marina where the boats depart from. Expect a gentle diving vacation in El Gouna, this chic little resort, a microcosm of the Red Sea. Air-conditioned classrooms, a well-equipped dive store, comfortable lounge areas, showers, and changing rooms allow you to enjoy comfortable diving. Multilingual instructors offer you the full range of PADI courses, daily dive programs, snorkeling, and boat excursions. The theory parts of the courses take place in two comfortable classrooms equipped with TV, whiteboard, and air conditioning. The very comfortable diving boats, equipped with a solarium and toilets, come out on half-day and full-day trips. The Feluccas are used for half-day trips and short distances with a departure at 9 am for two dives and at 2 pm for one dive. Large boats leave for day trips and long distances, with two or three dives. To you the beautiful dives of Shaab el erg, Fanadir, Police Station... [+]

  • Comfortable boat
  • Nautical activities
  • Accomodations and diving
From 18,00 €


Orca Dive Club El Gouna
Egypt  - El Gouna

Orca Dive Club El Gouna is located at the Abu-Tig Marina in the Turtles Inn Hotel in El Gouna, about 20 km north of Hurghada. El Gouna is a very pretty new town with ochre and pink villas, trendy yachts, a variety of restaurants, trendy bars, with its church and mosque, small supermarkets, and workers who arrive by bus every morning when they are not staying in a separate enclave away from the tourists. A German campus, a replica of the Library of Alexandria, two schools, one of which is a hotel, and above all the hospital with the Deco Chamber have been established on-site. It was built on the edge of the meandering green water lagoon, in the desert, on the shores of the Red Sea, and has an exact replica in Tabah Heights, not far from the Israeli border. Many expatriates have bought a property here, in view of the order that reigns there. You find a few tourists there when you compare to those who come to Hurghada. You will be welcomed by professionals in this very well-equipped center with aluminum and steel blocks, air and nitrox compressors, as well as 30 complete types of equipment including some for children. You benefit from SSI and PADI courses, you test rebreather diving and you go diving on interesting and varied sites, offshore. The playground is large with, jointly, those of the north of Hurghada with Careless Reef, Umm Gamar, and Shaab Rur. North of El Gouna, you do not find any other divers except for those on cruise ships, on Bluff Point and Umm Usk. The interest of diving in El Gouna is also the proximity of the most beautiful wrecks of the Gubal Strait, of which the SS Thistlegorm is a part. In Abu Nuhas there are four known wrecks Ghannis D, Kimon M, Chrisula K, and Carnatic. The 120 meters long Rosalie Möller is a true legend. [+]

  • Free Nitrox
  • No equipment carrying
  • Nautical activities
From 22,00 €


Ilios Dive Club
Egypt  - Hurghada

The Ilios Dive Club is located on the private beach of the Steigenberger ALDAU Resort in Hurghada, on the shores of the Red Sea. The ideal solution is to stay at this refined hotel and dive at the Ilios Dive Club, located on-site and open from 8 am to 5 pm, every day of the year. Affiliated with the CDWS and certified Green Fins, the eco-responsible Ilios Dive Club is committed to coral reef conservation. A diving professional since 1987, Magdi N. Aziz and his team of instructors offer PADI and SSI courses in 2 multimedia classrooms. On-site, there are equipment storage rooms, rinsing tanks, a maintenance workshop and an air and nitrox filling station with, of course, showers and toilets. For diving and snorkelling, there are comfortable day boats moored in the private marina opposite the Ilios Dive Club training centre. You can hire your full diving equipment or just the gear you need. Book your lunch on board the boat for 5 euros. Ilios Club instructors are trained to welcome disabled people and the facilities are wheelchair accessible. Are you a non-diving companion? At the Steigenberger Hotel, you'll find not only water sports activities such as stand-up paddling and canoeing but also a 5,000m² swimming pool and a 1,000m² spa. The Steigenberger Hotel also has a 9-hole golf course! Close to Hurghada international airport, the Ilios Dive Club diving centre is truly ideal for a holiday in Hurghada, with the family, as a couple or with friends, just 3 to 5 hours from Europe. [+]

  • Accomodations and diving
  • PADI Training
  • Between 30 and 40 dive sites
From 22,50 €


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