Scuba diving in Thistlegorm

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Access
From Boat
Diver level
Advanced
Depth
Average: 25 m
Maximum: 30 m
Current
1-2 knots
Visibility
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 30 m

The SS Thistlegorm was a British merchant navy ship built in 1940 and was sunk by a German bomber on 6 of October, 1941. Now turned into a world-class diving site, the wreckage provides a fascinating insight into the past. The Thistlegorm was carrying a large amount of cargo, including trains, trucks, motorcycles and rifles, which now lie rusting on the bed of the Red Sea. By plunging to depths of 30m/98ft, divers can explore historic vehicles against a backdrop of colorful tropical sea life that have made the wreckage of Thistlegorm their home. Thistlegorm is one of the top dive sites in the world that provides an exploration of history frozen in time under water.

When to go

It is possible to dive this site in Egypt all year long as the annual water temperature ranges between 22-28C/76-82F. However, the site is exposed to tidal currents and prevailing winds, which can make the dive site inaccessible for some time.

What to see

The dive site provides an exciting opportunity to explore a 126m/413ft long and 17.5m/57ft wide wreckage, historic vehicles and ammunition of the WWII.


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Sharm El Sheikh

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Reviews about Thistlegorm

  • 9.8
    Overall impression
  • 8.7
    Visibility
  • 8.2
    Sealife
  • 7.3
    Difficulty
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