The Thistlegorm in the Red Sea is considered one of the top five wreck dives in the world. We have to concur, she is amazing, but she also one of the most visited wrecks in the world.
It is accredited Jacques Cousteau found her, but after some research, this one the many legends which is not quite true. According to records, the Thistlegorm was well known where she was and it was the Egyptian government who asked Jacques Cousteau to assess the wreck and make her safe for shipping (as she was considered a shipping hazard). It was only when investigating it, Cousteau found out what kind of wreck she was - therefore Cousteau made her famous, but he didn't find her.
Day boats arrive from about 9 a.m. in the morning, and we have had 30 boats parked up on the site, which can make the wreck very crowded, in addition, visibility can suffer significantly. And don't be surprised due to the amount of traffic that you may acquire additional divers in your group while on the wreck.
The best time to dive her is early morning and a night dive can also be recommended, i.e. this means no day boats are around and you are likely to have most of the wreck for yourself. Also, early morning and late afternoon, the weather is usually calmer. She, like the Rosalie Moeller, can suffer from stronger currents, making it challenging for the less experienced divers.
However, the number of visitors have left their toll on the wreck. She is deteriorating quickly and every few years when I visit her, I can see more damage on her (from anchor points and divers damaging the cargo). The worst behaviour we have witnessed, is a diver straddling a motorcycle, while his mate takes a photo of him. The result - a damaged saddle and handlebar.
To maintain her also for future divers, please treat her with respect.
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