Scuba diving in Ulysses
The Ulysses Wreck, a 95m/312ft-long cargo vessel, was built in 1871 in Newcastle, England. In 1887 it was sunk after hitting the Gobul Seghir reef. Although the Ulysses is more than 100 years old, it’s still very interesting because of the abundance of marine life that surrounds it. The wreck is sitting on his back side, with her stern lying at 27m/89ft almost intact, and a broken bow that lies at a depth of 6m/20ft. The vessel is wide open, and divers can enter the vessel and explore it. The rudder and propeller are still in place and are the most photogenic parts of the wreck. Very calm conditions are needed to dive in this wreck, because currents can be quite severe and large surface swells make it impossible to moor dive boats.
When to go
Divers can dive here all year round, although the best time to dive is from June and September. The air temperature varies from 20C/68F in the winter (December to February) to 40C/104F in summer months (mostly in August). The water temperature ranges from 20-28C/68-81F.
What to see
The wreck is completely encrusted with hard and soft corals. There are also various marine species like big shoals of anthias, sergeant majors, butterflyfish, shoals of glassfish and sweepers, moray eels, and the occasional grouper. Sometimes even sometimes a group of dolphins might pass by.