After years of sailing between Safaga and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, the ferry’s repetitive voyage almost came to a final end when a fire broke out in its engine room in 2001. However, the 1025 passenger ship was able to reach Safaga where she was moored for a few more years before she mysteriously sank a few metres off Safaga’s shore, close to the island of Tobia. No official records explain how the El-Tor El-Arish managed to drift to the location she sank at, so be prepared to hear many stories about that incident while preparing for your dive or hanging around divers and diving instructors in Safaga.
The shipwreck lies today on her port side at a depth of 30 metres, her starboard side being only 12 metres below the surface. This translates into a relatively easy dive for most divers. Cave divers will enjoy this dive even more because they are allowed to enter the ship which has already been partially explored and secured over the years.
Depth: 10-30 metres
Visibility: 15-20 metres
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