The wreck of the Agia Varvara is located a little to the North of Sharm el Sheikh. The word Agia is pronounced with a silent “g”, which has led to some confusion surrounding the ship’s name. Built in France, the ship had many names before being finally re-named Agia Varvara in 1974. The vessel has three cargo holds in spite of its compact size. She was owned by a Cypriot company when she went below. Her final voyage began on the 27th of June in 1976. As she travelled from the Jordanian port of Aqaba towards the Suez Canal in the early morning she collided with a reef not far from Nabq. Luckily the crew was rescued but the ship went down.
The reef that is the Agia’s final resting place slopes downward to a depth of approximately 20m, she has broken into several sections making her quite easy to investigate. A pleasurable and uncomplicated wreck dive, the Agia Varvara is easily reached from Sharm el Sheikh and is not far from Jackson Reef as well as three other wrecks (the Million Hope, one of the largest wrecks in the Red Sea, and the Lara and Loullia).
Depth: 6-22 metres
Visibility: 20-25 metres
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