The East Coast of UAE is mainly known, among divers, for the beauty of its recreational dives however, for those certified as PADI Tec Rec Divers, there are few hidden wrecks worth to visit!
Normally classified as recreational dive, this is also a great wreck for honing your Tec skills and/or ‘warming up’ when arriving on holiday or after a period of inactivity.
Inchcape 1 is tug boat that sits at 30m depth – just off the coast of Al Aqah; during the dive you will be pleased to encounter different sea creatures including, seahorses, frogfish, pufferfish. For Tec purposes, it is recommended not to dive during peak hours on a Friday and Saturday due to the high volume of divers.
The wreck can be classified as a dive for experienced Tech Divers as it requires the use of mixed gases and decompression.
The Ines was anchored 8 miles off Fujairah when an explosion and consequent fire occurred; the ship sank on August 9, 1999 and now sits upside-down at 72m on a sandy bottom.
The prop at 54 metres is the first part of the wreck you encounter during the dive and it is often rich in marine life like Jacks, tuna, rays, guitar sharks, hamour and – if you are lucky -Sun fish and Whale sharks!
The wreck offers numerous penetration opportunities in the holds, engine room and accommodation decks. The wreck can be extremely silty inside and the use of a line is a must for divers during any penetration.
This site is quite popular among the technical diving community in UAE therefore proper planning and coordination with other Technical divers it is highly recommended.
Additionally, when planning the dives, consider diving at slack tides as the currents can be very strong there.
Approximately 12 miles from Fujairah, the Anita’s wreck sits upright on a sandy seabed at 90 metres depth with the bridge – as the shallowest part – at 82 metres.
The Anita sank in 1997 after striking a mine. The explosion occurred behind the bow and below the bridge causing the bridge to bend forward at about 30 degrees.
The Anita was an oil field service vessel and, as such, has a very large and flat deck behind the bridge running all the way to the stern, engine exhausts are on each side of the deck about 2/3 from the bridge.
Penetration with diving equipment is limited to the bridge, no attempt (as far as we are aware) has been made to access the engine room due to the small access hatch and the extreme depth of this dive.
The wreck can be classified as a dive for experienced Tech Divers as it requires the use of mixed gases and decompression; on top of that the complexity of the dive can easily increase due to – hard to predict – currents found in the Arabian Sea below 80 metres.
The U-533 was sunk on 16th October, 1943 during its second patrol in the Arabian Gulf: the submarine spent approximately 10 days in the gulf and after passing Oman it was destroyed as the result of a surprise attack by a Royal British aircraft which dropped depth-charges on the U-Boat as it crashed-dived. Only two members of the crew succeeded in leaving the boat, and one of these, the First Lieutenant, did not survive. The U boat lies at 112 meters at approximately 25 nautical miles from the east coast of Fujairah. Due to its depth, logistic required and possible strong currents, this dive is only recommended to very experienced Tech Divers.
On top of the wrecks listed above, there are also some great reefs (between 40 and 50 meters) which deserve to be explored on a Tec rig, like for example Cauliflower Garden: a sandy bottom surranded by scattered large teddy bear Cauliflower corals and populated by several marine species such as: Razor Fish, Sole Flat Fish, Crocodile Fish and for macro lovers …white crabs!
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