A favorite of European divers,
the Red Sea is considered one of the best scuba destinations in the world. Thousands of kilometres of coastline are blessed with extensive reef formations and islands. The underwater scenery is rich with coral-covered walls and beautiful "gardens". Over 400 varieties of coral and 1500 species of fish, turtles, and sharks inhabit the Red Sea.
Jacques Cousteau once said "The Red Sea is a corridor of marvels. The happiest hours of my diving experience have been spent there". That statement is as true today as it was when Jacques Cousteau explored here. Surrounded by desert, there is no runoff to cloud the crystal-clear waters.
Join trip host Greg Hamman to travel by liveaboard and dive an exciting Egyptian Red Sea itinerary to the Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone!
Brothers, Daedalus, and Elphinstone
Note: 50 logged dives required
Attention: This is an intermediate to advanced itinerary. We'll dive from two skiffs, requiring a backward roll to enter the water, sometimes with a negative entry. Red Sea Aggressor skiffs are equipped with a ladder for ease of re-entry. You should be comfortable with currents, descent and safety stop/ascent without a visual reference, buddy diving, and hopefully large sharks!
Planned Itinerary highlights:
Big and Little Brother: The Brothers (Big Brother and Little Brother, or in Arabic, 'El Akhawein') are two small islands in The Red Sea. Above water, Big Brother features a lighthouse which was built by the British in 1883 to aid navigation to the Suez Canal, now under control of the Egyptian military. Underwater, there are two wrecks: Numidia and Aida. The walls of Big Brother plunge down into the blue at an almost-vertical angle. Hard and soft corals, including some large Gorgonian Fans cover the reef and the ubiquitous Anthias are found in the thousands. Fish of all sizes and species live here, including large pelagic life such as Hawksbill Turtles, Grey Reef Sharks, Thresher Sharks, Longimanus (from October/November), and occasionally, Hammerhead Sharks.
Daedalus: A large reef topped by a lighthouse, 80 km out from Marsa Alam. The far offshore location surrounded by deep water makes it a beacon for sharks and other pelagics, and the reef itself is covered in healthy coral as well as home to the incredible "Anemone City".
Elphinstone Reef: A Red Sea legend. One of the most beautiful reefs, with both a north and south plateau covered in hard and soft corals attached to a wall for multi-level diving. This is a truly awesome reef, often visited by oceanic whitetip sharks in fall.
**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary is an example of the planned route, and the order and dive sites are not 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.
Not included: airfare to Hurghada (see air info below), visa on arrival (currently US$25), Port Fee ($39), Egyptian Marine Park fees ($105), Friday night dinner in port, Nitrox ($100 for week), equipment rental if needed, beer and wine, crew gratuity, and trip insurance (required for this vacation).
European divers have air connections directly to Hurghada (HRG) or Marsa Alam (RMF) from multiple gateways. Please arrive at either airport on the morning of September 28 or earlier for a noon transfer to Marsa Ghalib.
North American divers can fly to Cairo (CAI) non-stop from JFK or to Hurghada or Cairo via connections in Europe. If you would like to arrive a day or two early we're happy to arrange a stay at a resort with diving.
You can depart from Hurghada after 3 pm on October 5, or If you plan to join our Nile Cruise and Land Tour, plan to depart Cairo on Sunday, October 13.
Due to Port Authority regulations, late arrivals cannot be boarded after our scheduled 6 am departure from Port Ghalib on Sunday, September 29. Please purchase travel insurance to cover you in case of delay or cancellation.
Deposit: $700; second deposit of $500 due at 180 days; final payment due 120 days prior to departure.
How to reserve your space:
We'll place a space on courtesy hold for you and send you a confirmation e-mail.
Complete and return the trip application and waiver from the letter with your deposit by check or credit card.
After your space is confirmed with application and deposit, make your airline reservations. We're happy to help you find the best flights.