Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – Scuba Diving & Snorkeling at South Laguna Reef, Gordon Reef in the Straits of Tiran and a Visit to the Wreck of the Loullia.


We were on a chartered boat called the Daniz that took us to South Laguna Reef and Gordon Reef in the Straits of Tiran. The day was a fabulous day of snorkeling and diving with a stop to see the Wreck of the Loullia on Gordon Reef.

First Time Scuba Diving

It was my very first time scuba diving!  I LOVED IT !!!  

Adding to the fun were the two barracudas who were hanging out!

I will admit, I struggled at first – feeling claustrophobic as we descended nd my ears struggled to adapt to the pressure changes.

Wreck of the Loullia

Here is some info on the Wreck of the Loullia:

From the website Red Sea Wreck Project:

 “The Loullia was a 2,479 GRT motor bulk carrier which began life as the Antonina built at Öresundvarvet A/B (Yard No. 121), Landskrona, Sweden for Rederi A/B Poseidon, Stockholm, Sweden. 

She was launched on 06 May 1952 and completed on 17 July with a length of 107.5 meters, beam of 14.3 meters, and draught of 8.49 meters, with diesel engines and a single screw for a top speed of 14.5 knots.

 In 1965 the ship was sold and renamed Zschopau and was possibly owned by an East German company. The ship was sold again in 1978 to the Blue Mediterranean Shipping Company (managed by Amin Kawar & Sons Co. W.L.L., Amman, Jordan).

On 29 September 1981, while sailing in ballast from Aqaba, Jordan to Suez, the Loullia ran aground on the northern edge of Gordon Reef in the Straits of Tiran at position 27.59.30N/34.27.12E. 

The crew remained onboard and unsuccessfully attempted to refloat the ship. The ship was abandoned on 02 October and declared a total constructive loss.

It is rumoured that for many years afterwards, that the wreck was used as a base for drug dealers operating out of the Straits of Tiran.

This is not a wreck dive per se. However, she provides some really good photography opportunities from the surface after completing a dive at Gordon Reef. 

The ship is perched on top of the reef with her bows facing to the east. The ship has broken into multiple sections over time and will eventually drop off the reef’s edge where she will most likely settle in deep water. 

Many years ago there was a lifeboat located on the bottom beneath the ship at between 45 and 55 meters, however we do not know if it is still there. It is not advisable to dive beneath the wreck as it sits today!”

We had a fabulous day!

S, 🇪🇬

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Smith says:

    Mum and Dad and Randy and I have just looked through your marvellous pictures. Fantastic. Please keep blogging and sharing your adventures. Spectacular!!!??????

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Shirley Wells-Trottier says:

    Love the “part one”pictures. Now for the underwater show…hope the water was clear and you both had a fantastic dive. xoxo

  3. Shirley Wells-Trottier says:

    Hi Tish, Randy, and Michael’s Mum & Dad from Stephanie’s mom & dad in NS. It sure is great following your bother & son and our daughter along with you. Happy New year to you all from our home to yours. Hugs from NS.xoxo

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