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Safari Dive

Brothers Safari

The two specks of land known as Big Brother and Little Brother (about 1km apart), lie 70km to the east and on the same latitude as the port of El Quesir. These small islands rise from an abyss 350m deep in the middle of the Red Sea, and exposure to strong currents has left the islands with an abundance of soft corals and giant gorgonians. The Brothers are highly exposed with no safe mooring, and therefore, should only be accessed on appropriate live boards. The Standard safari boat option does not exist on any of the southern itineraries – all are Luxury 4 or 5 star vessels. Please bear in mind that night dives are forbidden on both islands, and divers must show a minimum of 50 logged dives to dive at The Brothers.
Little Brother
This island offers some spectacular coral diving, with the most colorful soft corals and delicate gorgonian forests at around 30m. As you turn your head away from the drop-off, you are bound to see sharks gliding into the deep. The Brothers attract several species of sharks, including hammer-heads, silver tips, and oceanic white tips, silky and sometimes even tiger sharks.

Big Brother

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The northern tip of Big Brother is very exposed and can at times be un-dive able, with mountainous waves crashing over the reef. The first of two beautiful wrecks - the Aida - lies on the northern plateau of Big Brother with the stern wedged into the island at a depth of 80m. Built at Nantes in France in 1911, this 1426 ton Egyptian steamship carrying Egyptian troops, struck the west face of Big Brother Island and sank in September 1957. The second wreck (only a 5 minute fins away) is the Numidia. This 130m, 6400 ton British steamship was on her maiden voyage from Glasgow with a cargo of rolling stock and locomotives for the Indian Railways in Calcutta, when she ran onto the northern plateau of Big Brother Island. With her bow well fast on the reef she broke her back, the hull
The Brothers safari will leave from Hurghada and will typically stay 3 days and nights at the Brothers.
On the way there or on the return leg you will have the chance to savour the delights of Panorama Reef, off Safaga, as well as superb wall diving at Abu Kafan and Shab Sheer. If the weather holds we will also dive the famous Salem Express wreck. This passenger/car ferry, overcrowded with religious pilgrims from a trip to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, sank quickly after hitting a reef in December 1991, with many victims. The vessel now lies on its starboard side, with its deepest part in 30m and its port side 10m from the surface. Scattered around, sometimes in near new condition, one finds shoes, suitcases, stereos, plastic toys, clothing and, soberingly, 4 lifeboats in a cable entwined heap that failed to get away.

The South

Your diving adventure starts from Marsa Alam, a port 4 hours drive south from Hurghada. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy the minibus trip, Marsa Alam now has its own ‘international airport’ (though flights there are less frequent) where we will transfer you directly to the boat. This south route hugs the coastline around the area of Marsa Alam, with stunning sites that offer a fantastic variety of diving. Weather permitting; we will do a couple of dives at Elphinstone, the famed monolith. Steep walls drop to the depths on the reef’s east and west

Sides, reaching 80m or more, while the north and south ends of the reef slope steeply to a submerged plateau. In the early morning, you have a good chance of encountering hammerheads and grey reef sharks, and even oceanic white tips, circling on the plateau. We aim to cover Shab Mansour, Wadi Gimal, Shab Sataya and the caverns and swim through of Shab Claude. Shab Sataya offers us some ancient amphorae and Abu Galawa offers us the only wreck of the trip. A small tug boat lies here at 20m, sunk in the 1950’s, completely coral encrusted – a photographer’s dream! Our southern most point would be the horse shoe shaped Dolphin Reef, just south of the Fury Shoal reef complex. Sharks of several types can also frequently be spotted here, and there are regular sightings of dolphins along the reef or inside the lagoon.

The Deep South

The Deep South consists of the best reefs and islands that the Egyptian Red Sea has to offer in terms of color, size, species, diversity and sheer numbers of vertebrates and invertebrates. It also covers the longest distance so there is a lot of traveling at night. The boat leaves from Marsa Alam, Hamata (six hours drive from Hurghada), or sometimes Wadi Lahami. Amongst the prolific fish life one also encounters here, but rare further north, are sail fish, manta rays and large shoals of bump head parrotfish. There are so many

Good spots that one runs out of superlatives in describing them. With large distances between sites, good communication is needed between the divers, the guides and the boat captain as to which sites are either "must do's" or "May do's". Sites on the route include St Johns Reef, Bodkin Reef, Zabargad and Rocky Island, Wadi Gemal, Ras Banas, Habili Gefar and Habili Ali, Shab Aiman, Shab Samadai and Shab Mahrus. The sole wreck on the itinerary is an unknown petrol tanker of about 60 meters length found in 25m off the north end of Zabargad.

Abu Dabab

A collection of 7 reefs. Offers sheltered diving in rough weather conditions. Popular overnight location due to close proximity to the famous Elphinestone reef with very good chance to see spanish dancers on the night dive. Many swim throughs and caves. Often sightings of reef sharks on the southern outer reefs.

Elphinstone Reef

The sheer walls of this great reef plunge steeply into the blue, richly decorated with soft corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans. Sharks often swim by the spot to feed on the abundant reef fish population. The northern plateau is home to schooling hammerheads with frequent sightings of oceanic white tip sharks.

Shab Marsa Alam

Large reef in front of the last southern civilian town on the Egyptian coastline. Coral gardens formed near huge coral blocks ‘porites’ and shoals of banners, goat fish, snappers and jacks.

Shab Samadai (Dolphin House)

A horseshoe shaped reef creates a shallow turquoise water lagoon where a large herd of spinner dolphins live permanently. Several dives are found on its outer walls. The western tip provides a large group of pinnacles rising to the surface from a carpet of seagrass, populated by schools of reef fish.

Daedalus Reef

A huge round reef with a lighthouse more than 40 miles away from the coast, features an excellent opportunity for spotting big pelagics including manta rays all around its steep walls with an extreme variety of fish and coral. Good chance to see schooling hammerheads on the north point. Strong currents possible.
Zabargad
Enormous mountain coming out of the water surrounded by a lagoon and circling reef. A couple of wrecks and some decent diving with a great variety of both corals and reef fish.

Rocky Island

Tiny rock emerging a few feet out of the water, it offers one of the most incredible underwater scenarios of the whole Red Sea. Steep walls falling into the deep blue, currents, soft corals and a great abundance of pelagics and all kinds of fish.

St Johns Reef

This incredibly beautiful reef lies Approx. 40km North of the Sudanese border and 20km south of Zabargad . The reef covers a huge area and many dives would be needed to explore the numerous coral heads and islands that make up this extensive area.
If your budget and time allows, this safari can also be booked for a two week period.