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Two of the finest marine parks in the Red Sea, an itinerary of spectacular drop offs for adventurous divers ready to explore both the Brothers Islands and the Strait of Tiran.
Beneath the crystal blue surface of the Red Sea lies a rich and diverse ecosystem, just waiting to be explored. Located between Africa and Asia, the warm tropical waters are home to more than 1100 species of fish, 200 species of hard and soft corals and 44 species of shark. This rich diversity is in part due to the expansion of coral reef that extends along its coastline.
The Red Sea is a unique marine paradise that offers some of the most spectacular diving in the world. With miles of beautiful coral reef, numerous wrecks and a vast array of marine life, from brightly coloured nudibranchs and tropical fish to large pelagics such as oceanic white tips and hammerheads, there really is something for everyone! Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced diver, your Red Sea scuba diving holiday experience will be one that you never forget!
Day 1 - Visit a dive sites local to Hurghada for a check dive before heading north for an afternoon and night dive.
Days 2-3 - We normally plan to spend a day and and a half diving in Tiran, then an afternoon in Ras Mohamed before heading south towards Brother Islands.
The northernmost part of Egypt's offshore marine park is made up of two islands 60km away from the coast and 140km south from Hurghada. The larger island (complete with a lighthouse from 1883) is 400 metre 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 is the Numidia, a large cargo steamer which sank in 1901 and now lies on the tip of the island between 10 and 80 metres 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.
The smaller island, whilst only a little over 200 metres long, 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. The highlight is the fish life; with regular seasonal sightings of hammerhead, thresher, grey reef and oceanic whitetip sharks.
Strait of Tiran
Only accessible by boat, this dive area is found in the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba and is made up of four main reefs that form the top of an underwater bridge. These reefs, named after British cartographers (Jackson, Woodhouse, Thomas, Gordon), are world-famous for their extraordinary diversity of corals and strong south westerly currents make them home to many large pelagic fish.
Jackson Reef is the most northerly reef and on its northern edge lays the wreck of a freighter serving as a stark warning to ships in the narrow straights. Dives are usually conducted from the moorings on the south side which is sheltered from the main swell and currents. Moving northwards you will come across a forest of spectacular gorgonian fan coral at about 20 to 30 metres as well as many different kinds of reef fish. This site can also be done as a drift dive heading from the mooring towards the East with the reef on the left where it is mostly wall diving with excellent corals. Diving the back of Jackson in late summer can give you the chance to see the resident hammerhead sharks. Woodhouse Reef is the longest reef of the four in the Strait of Tiran. Home to reef sharks and eagle rays, it is dived as a drift dive usually from south to north. Jumping at the southern part of the reef is a wall to about 30m covered with coral from the surface all the way down. There is a canyon going along the reef at about 25m which spreads out into a coral garden with sand alleys.Thomas Reef is the smallest reef in the strait and diving here is governed by conditions as there are potential strong currents. The ends are vertical walls with a large plateau at about 25m on the south eastern side. This plateau is covered in colourful coral has a fence of gorgonian fans where you can find longnose hawkfish.Gordon Reef is the most southerly reef of the four and has a different topography from the others offering both a shallow plateau area and drop offs. There is a huge variety of reef fish and the chance to see sleeping whitetip reef sharks on sand patches. At 4 to 5 metres there is an eel garden area along with coral encrusted drums. The top of the reef, with its lighthouse, is also home to the wreck Louilla which sits almost parallel to the wreck on Jackson Reef.
*PLEASE NOTE** 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.
Day 7 - After a week of drop-offs, enjoy two relaxed morning dives local to your port of arrival 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.
Day 8: Tour ends in Hurghada
Other important information
Rates: is based on shared twin standard cabins. If you are traveling alone you will sharing with a diver of the same sex. If you wish to upgrade to guaranteed single use cabin the cost is £450 per week. Upgrade to King Suite (£250)
Destination good for: Large fish and palagics, lovely reefs. Maybe something big in Tiran! A mixture of shallow reefs and drop-offs
Diving: Reef diving with limited wrecks - Aida and Numidia at Brothers . Normally three or four during the week but not guaranteed. Night dives most nights but not guaranteed. Trip suitable for moderate level of experience. Divers must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and have logged a minimum of 30 dives to join this safari.
The currents at these fantastic dive sites are what make its sightings so exciting but also means that this itinerary is not suitable for inexperienced divers.
Arrival/Boarding/Departure: As most flights to/from Hurghada will involve arrival and departures between 00:00-06:00 we recommend that you book a pre-night hotel before your trip. The vessels in the Red Sea are available to board after 18:00. The official checkout time is 09:00. On leaving the liveaboard and depending on your return flight times, you will be provided with local day use facilities. Please note this does not include the use of a hotel room although these may be available to book at an additional cost. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a hotel room for your last night or for day use. If you decide to upgrade to a hotel room on the final night of your trip, check in will be from 2.00pm and check out will be at 12.00pm.
Transfers: Free arrival and departure transfers between Hurghada airport / vessel / Hurghada airport
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