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This is the northern most reef in Tiran and is well known for the Cypriot merchant ship “The Lara” which sank here in 1985, some remains of the wreckage can still be seen on the top of the reef plate. Diving here is usually on the southern side which is sheltered from the wind and waves. The reef wall descends steeply to the sandy floor at approx 50 metres.
The name of this site means “Christian Cape” in Arabic. A drift dive that starts on a sandy plateau around 6 meters. The reef cuts away in a series of shallow bays where the sandy flows originates. At 12 meters you can see a lovely red anemone in the middle of an impressive coral garden. This dive is best kept shallow to admire the spectacular coral heads.
Some say the best wreck site in the world, all would agree certainly in the top 10. The Thistlegorm, a merchant ship requisitioned to assist the allied war effort, was on route from Glasgow to Egypt fully loaded with military supplies. Having had to go round Africa, as the Mediterranean was in the control of Germany, she lay at anchor in Sha’ab Ali waiting for the entrance to the Suez canal to be cleared of the wreck of the Tynefield that had been attacked earlier.Journey time to the wreck is usually around 4 hours for a 2 dive day. The first dive circumnavigates the broken stern with her two aft guns and huge single propeller, crossing over the remnants of hold number 4 to the bridge, forward deck cargo and bows. The second dive concentrates on the bows and cargo holds 1 & 2.