The Brother Islands are two small islands about 60 km east of El Qusier in the middle of the Red Sea, Big Brother and Little Brother. Rising steeply from a great depth, they are undoubtedly one of the best diving spots in the world and are known for their impressive coral vegetation, countless schools of fish, but especially for large fish and sharks. Little Brother offers an immense density of marine life in a very small space. Sponges, anemones, all kinds of hard and soft corals in an amazing color and shape adorn the walls. You can often see gray reef sharks, thresher sharks, hammerheads or white tip deep sea sharks. About 1 km north is the Big Brother, whose landmark is the 36 m high lighthouse.
This is looked after by Egyptian soldiers and can be visited. With little wind it is possible to dive the wreck “Numidia” on the north side of Big Brother at a depth between 5 and 80 m. The 150 m long steam cargo ship sank in 1901 and is completely overgrown with gorgonians, hard and soft corals – a fantastic sight! Another wreck lies on the northwest side of the island: the “Aida”, an 82 m long steamer that sank in 1957. Parts of the wreck are scattered everywhere, most of the hull is between 34 and 60 m, overgrown and overgrown and definitely worth a dive! The current can be quite strong on the Brother Islands, so the safari is recommended for experienced and safe divers.
The Daedalus Reef is 180 km south of the Brother Islands. The reef is surrounded by a steep wall and has a plateau on the south side. Hammerheads are often spotted on the north face, where the conditions are sometimes rougher – we had whole schools of hammerheads on our last group trip here! And dolphins were also present on several dives. In addition to the occasional and overwhelming thresher shark visits, impressive and diverse schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish and mackerel await on the southern plateau.
Elphinstone is also a very spectacular reef with sometimes bizarre currents. Wonderful plateaus, breathtaking steep walls overgrown with gorgonians, wire corals, black corals and soft corals make the diver’s heart beat faster. Due to the exposed location of the reef, large fish can be expected. It is not uncommon to come across longimanus, gray sharks, tiger sharks, barracudas and dolphins.
The safari price includes:
- Transfer from Hurghada airport to the ship
- 6 days safari, ½ double cabin, possibly last night in a 3 * hotel
- full board
- tea, coffee, water, soft drinks
- 3-4 dives per day, last day 2 dives
- local guides
< li> 12 liter diving bottle, lead
Additional costs on site:
150, – € for the Egyptian entry visa and the reef fees (as of 01 / 2021),
35, – € Port Ghalib port fees (when departing from Port Ghalib / Marsa Alam)
Surcharges for 15 liter bottles, nitrox and rental equipment.
The flights can be booked individually according to the current daily price, or combined into a package.
In the Egyptian marine protected areas there is a minimal diving experience of 50 dives