Brothers, Safaga & Elphinstone
- 13 Apr 26
- 8 days / 7 nights approx 18 dives
- 20 Apr 26
- 18:00 (Check in)
- 09:00 (Check out)
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'Brothers, Safaga and Elphinstone' is a new itinerary. It takes in the offshore reef of Elphinstone, a 350-meter long and 20 to 40 meters wide standalone off-shore reef with drop-offs descending to over 100 meters on each side. It also has a visit to the world-famous Brothers Islands in the Marine Park where you can expect to see some big pelagics. Diving in Safaga will give you spectacular reefs in a typical Red Sea paradise and the opportunity to dive some wrecks. This itinerary has something for everyone. It combines spectacular drops offs with fantastic reefs, wrecks and the chance to see some big pelagics.
Visit dive sites local to your departure port for three dives (a check dive, practice zodiac dive and night dive) before heading out to the marine parks.
The northernmost part of Egypt's offshore marine park is made up of two islands 60 km away from the coast and 140 km south from Hurghada. Big Brother, the larger island (complete with a lighthouse from 1883) is 400 m long with a spectacular plateau on the south east corner which is dotted with coral mountains and famous for thresher and grey reef shark sightings. The western side of the island has two impressive wrecks which both lie almost vertical on the side of the reef.
The most spectacular wreck is the Numidia, a large cargo steamer which sank in 1901 and now lies on the tip of the island between 10 and 80 m covered in soft corals and frequented by large pelagic predators.
The smaller wreck of the Aida (sitting between 30 and 65 metres) was a lighthouse authority supply vessel which sank in bad weather in 1957.
Small Brother Island is only a little over 200 m long, but hosts an incredible concentration and variety of marine life. There is a pristine fan coral forest, a massive collection of hard and soft corals and compelling overhangs to explore. Main attraction is the abundant pelagic life; with regular seasonal sightings of hammerhead, thresher, grey reef and oceanic whitetip sharks.
Filled with a variety of stunning drop offs, shallow coral gardens and interesting wrecks, Safaga offers something for everyone. The most famous wreck is ‘Salem Express’; a large ferry, which sank in 1991 with massive loss of life. There are also the large ferry wrecks of El Arish El Tor and Al Kafain, which both sank without any lives lost. The famous finger shaped reefs of Abu Kafan and Panorama offer stunning drop-offs with plentiful fan corals and incredible plateaus encrusted with soft and hard corals. Shallower reefs (such as Torbia Arbaa) are full of critters and make a perfect afternoon or night dive.
A Red Sea legend, this finger-shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals is both unpredictable and exciting. This is truly and awesome reef where grey reef sharks and Napoleon wrasses are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in vast number during late autumn.
Please note we normally plan to spend a day at one of the Brothers Islands, Elphinstone and the Safaga area. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three dives per day (night dives are not permitted in the marine parks). This itinerary will only spend one day at the Brothers if sailing either to or from Port Ghalib.
After a week of drop-offs, enjoy two relaxed morning dives local to your arrival port allowing you to cruise into harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.
The itinerary above is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings. Night dives are not permitted in the marine parks.
This itinerary can depart from and arrive at either Port Ghalib or Hurghada, which will influence the order of the itinerary and the dive sites available at the start and end of the week. Please note that ports are subject to change.
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The itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes several overnight sailings.
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