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Scuba Diving in the Red Sea
Dive Site: Million Hope
Location: Nabq Sharm El Sheikh
Length: 130 metres + (426 feet)
Depth: 0 - 30 metres (98 feet)
Visibility: 30 metres + (100 feet)
This wreck is rarely dived due to its proximity to the shore line.
However if you are lucky enough to dive it you will be in for a treat, some of the ship is still visible above the surface but the majority is below to a max depth of 30m. There is a crack which is the result of an impact which we used to swim through into the empty hold however some of the ship is now unstable I have been reliably informed so penetration is not advisable now. Fantastic shots of the propeller so take a camera and do a full 360 of the ship which very few get to dive.
Ian Higgins, Dive Guide
I'd be surprised if you can get more than 23m depth on this wreck. I've dived it several times now (all from liveaboard), and it is very large bulk carrier with huge spacious holds. Penetration is not necessary and is probably dangerous given the situation of the ship. The intact propeller is covered in a dense mass of soft corals, and nearby is a large moray in a hole - he's been there every year we've dived it.
Several of the towers/cranes have fallen over the port side and rest on the bottom and against the hull creating "overhangs" where soft corals, glassfish and lionfish abound. Beware of cables. Wreckage - mainly deck pieces - are scattered nearby on the seabed to port amidships. The starboard (reef side) is largely uninteresting. The bow is interesting with a bent bottom to it, and one of the best bits to the whole wreck is the main deck at 9m depth with more lionfish and lots of light coming from above, creating some superb photography. The bow winches, (many) capstans and anchor are enormous, and at times the winches break the surface. Its very photogenic here, however its also susceptable to surge on occasions.
Fantasic and easily accessible.
Viv Wilkins | 09/04/2009
This wreck has now been scrapped. It's only a few sheets on the seabed now.
S. Ayling, Sharm Instructor | 07/09/2009
Dived this twice March 2010. It's accessible via Rib from dive centre in Nabq. Superb dive local dive masters still trying to find routes inside. Wreck is in excellent condition with a lot of fish life.
Slug Sherry | 17/03/2010
Million hope scrapped? I heard it was the Kormoron that had gone.
Ian Higgins | 18/04/2010
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