Salem Express Dive Site

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Outstanding! 20m and more
Level Advanced Divers
Dive depth Deep diving, 25-40m

The Salem Express Wreck is very special dive site of the Red Sea. The Salem Express is a former 100m long car and ferry passenger. She was finishing the trip from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia to Safaga full of pilgrims returning from the Mecca when she sunk December 17, 1991 in the middle of the night.

She hit the Hyndman Reef and sunk very rapidly with the offical death toll at 470 passengers but the number expected to be more around 1000. Only 180 of the passengers survived, making it one of the biggest marine tragedies.

Many people don’t want to dive this wreck as they think it is a tomb and the site shouldn’t be disturbed. If you choose to dive the Salem Express Wreck, please be very respectful and do not touch anything. There are still many personal items all over the wreck and they should stay there. Penetration inside the wreck is forbidden as it is declared as a Maritim Tomb. After the tragedy most of the corpses have been taken out of the ship by the Egyptian Navy.

The Salem Express is quite shallow. The wreck starts at 12m and the seabed is at 30m deep. This is a huge wreck and you will need at least 2 dives to explore it all. Even after two decades in the water, there is still little fauna around the wreck. There is also now a bit of coral growing on the shipwreck.

You can dive the Salem Express on a day trip from Hurghada or from Safaga.

There are many shipwrecks in the Red Sea, but Salem Express is certainly special and the most controversial. A lot of people lost their lives when the ship sank in 1991, so diving the wreck requires utmust respect and care.
Most people are here for Wreck Diving.

You can dive Salem Express all year long. Access: from the Shore. See the map of Salem Express on the right for the exact location.

Salem Express The Salem Express Wreck is very special dive site of the Red Sea. The Salem Express is a former 100m... Julien 4

Fishes you may spot while diving Salem Express

  • Boxfish Boxfish
  • Butterfly Fish Butterfly Fish
  • Clownfish Clownfish

... and more fishes & sea life, Jack

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  1. Hi . I’m planning a dive holiday to Safaga for myself & non-diving girlfriend primarily to dive Salem Express . Can you recommend a hotel & dive operator in the area ? Would like to able to walk to dive centre & marina . Thanks & regards

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