For a good reason, Cedar Pride is described as one of the
most photogenic wrecks of the Red Sea hold its place on the
lists of the best wreck dive sites in the world.
The Cedar Pride wreck is one of Jordan’s most popular and
celebrated dives. The 75-meter-long, former Lebanese freighter
sustained extensive damage during a fire in 1982. Back in 1985,
following a request from King Abdullah II, the ill-fated vessel was
purposely sunk approximately 180 meters offshore as an artificial
reef for divers.
Surcharge your dive log.
The wreck is lying on its port side, at a maximum depth of 27
meters and is home to numerous species of hard and soft corals.
Marked by a surface buoy, the Cedar Pride, with the bow facing
north, is easily accessible from a boat or the shore.
Site for beginners too.
The uppermost starboard side is at about 10 meters and makes
an excellent wreck site for a scuba diving beginner. The wreck is
mostly intact, with the most exciting diving on the seaward side,
where you can see the entire deck and superstructure.
The most outstanding feature is perhaps the crow’s nest, which
is covered by an abundance of colorful soft corals and stands
out against the clear blue water. As you continue further towards
the hull, you pass ventilation shafts and the mainmast. Here in the
In deeper water, the soft corals are more dispersed and replaced
by hard corals with schools of fish, including the odd barracuda
visiting the wreck.
As you swim back along the uppermost starboard side, you can
find plenty of hard corals and small species that have made their
home on the hull. The wreck is covered with a rich assortment of
soft corals and large, waving sea fans along the entire length of the
Cedar Pride makes an excellent night dive with her deck smothered
with lots of critters, including shrimp, urchins, and Spanish dancers
and soft coral crabs, as well as octopuses and morays, on the hunt.
Her interior is very stable and can be explored with swim-throughs
and an air pocket, among many of its features.
Experienced wreck divers and underwater photographers, will
find many penetration opportunities and impressive lighting
coming through the openings of the ship. Not for nothing, Cedar
Pride described as one of the most photogenic wrecks of the Red
Sea holds its place on the lists of the best wreck dive sites of the