The most visited wreck dive site in the world is situated on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and is home to the SS Thistlegorm. No stranger to controversy and speculation, the British transport ship was bombed on October 6th, 1941 by German bomber planes. The wreck still bears vivid marks of destruction and WWII fanatics will find the host of sunken armoured vehicles and weaponry astounding. With over 120 meters of wreck to explore, divers may want to visit multiple times as there is always something new to see, and great visibility too.
Swimming through this historic marvel, divers will be sure to encounter many of the diverse marine life that the temperate Red Sea is known for such as schools of jackfish, batfish and snappers. There’s even a resident sea turtle that helps to keep a watchful eye over the eerie remains, once on their way to aid the allies in Alexandria.
The SS Thistlegorm was visited by the great Cousteau in 1955 and still holds much of its original cargo including motorcycles, trucks, torpedoes, rifles, ammunition and even crates of medicine and rubber boots. This is certainly a “must dive” for every advanced diver.