Site Name: Cedar Pride
Distance from Club: 3 km
Depth range: 10 -26m
Type: Wreck Dive
Level: Open Water Diver and above
A 80m long Lebanese cargo ship, scuttled for divers by King Abdullah on 16th November 1985
Approx. 100m from the shore, the wreck lies on its port side, with the bow to the north, across two coral reefs. Leaving a nice space to swim underneath to the max depth of 26m
After swimming over the reef head to the bow where there are black corals hanging over head.
On the deck side stay at approx. 18m (mid-deck) to see the best parts of the wreck.
Swim into the first cargo hold and through a small window to the other side, careful with your fins as it is very easy to disturb the silt here!
In the second hold head up into the air pocket
Head out to the masts to find the crows nest covered in beautiful soft corals and normally surrounded by a large shoal of two bar sea breams.
The bridge area has lots of doors and windows to look in – a few swim throughs are possible for certified wreck divers.
Next to the Cedar Pride lies a small barge named Tarmac 5 – for those with good air consumption it is possible to see both wrecks on the same dive, but visit Tarmac 5 first as this is the deepest of the two.
On top of the hull (depth 10m) the hard corals are starting to grow well. Here you can also see the blast holes caused by the dynamite used in the scuttling.
For the swim back make sure you leave the wreck at around 80 bar, to ensure you have enough time to get to shore.
A swim up the grass area you find many box fish and moray eels, occasionally a feather tail sting ray likes to feed here.
A small pinnacle at 6m by the exit is an interesting place for a safety stop. Home to anemone fish, many grey morals and sometimes stonefish