Brother Islands + Daedalus Reef + Eplhinstone Reef

The famous Brother Islands are popular in scuba diving circles as the best route in the Red Sea and one of the finest on Earth. At the walls of this Islands everything that lives in the Red Sea is expected to be seen but Sharks are the reason for many divers to come and dive in this site specially the Hammerhead Sharks and the Big Grey Reef Sharks.

Daedalus reef is popular for the presence of longimanus sharks. Large schools of hammerhead sharks live in the area surrounding this reef and they frequent visit it in search of food.

And Elphinstone? "Just stunning". There are unlimited points of attraction at this reef and they are all related to the extremely generous reef formation and its location. You can find big marine life hanging around the reed on all sides, at different depths of blue water.

In the end of this route you will dive at Salem Express - passenger ferry what was returning from Mecca with 960 pilgrims on board.

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Gotta Abu Ramada

Gotta Abu Ramada

Called also reef aquarium. The amount of fish you will see here during one single dive will no doubt amaze you. Cracks, holes and overhangs give shelter for glassfish and lionfish. All the way here you will see big schools of goat fish, banner fish, butterfly fish and sweetlips. At the surface on the top of the reef you have surgeonfish, cornet fish and maybe barracuda.

Umm Gammar

Umm Gammar

In translation means „Mother of the Moon“. The plateau of the reef nd the pinnacles with the cracks and tunnels are very pretty. At the end of the dive you may run into the big silver sweetlips that are normally hanging around over the plateau. Free swimming moray eels and turtles are common and if you are lucky you may meet a white tipped reef shark.

Elphinstone

Elphinstone

There are unlimited points of attraction at this reef and they are all related to the extremely generous reef formation and its location. You can find big marine life hanging around the reed on all sides, at different depths of blue water. You may encounter, schooling fish and Sharks. There are Black Corals, soft Corals, hard Corals, lage fan Corals. The reef is completely covered by these. “Just Stunning”. The reef is so rich with life because it is exposed to a variety of strong currents that feed it with nutriments, enhancing its life. The best time to do the dive here is early morning, while you can see Hammerheads, Grey Reef Sharks, White Tip Reef Sharks, Oceanic White Tip Reef Sharks and Schooling fish such as Barracuda and Snappers. If you are moored at the reef on a sunny morning, when you look at the shore, you will see a solitarily bright Red Mountain.

Daedalus reef

Daedalus reef

There is a wreck at the northern side of the reef that had a cargo of pottery. From the marine life have been spotted here Hammerhead Sharks, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Shoals of Fishes and Anemone Cities. It is possibly to see the Oceanic and the Thresher Sharks. 

Big Brother reef

Big Brother reef

These are two islands that are similar in shape and different with size with a distance of about 1700 m in between them, one is big and the other is small, from this fact both of the island got their names.. Drop point about 100m is offering very often sharks. A Thresher Shark is a resident here and normally Grey Reef Sharks are circling round the plateau. At the depth of 30 up to 35 meters divers are at the middle of the Wreck Aida looking down they will see the main mast the stern holds looking up they will see the accommodation area and the entrance to the engine room looking everywhere a dense garden of soft corals. Take your time looking around and exploring and slowly make your way up to the Wreck, as the shallow part of this dive is very colorful.

 

Small Brother reef

Small Brother reef

At the walls of this Island everything that lives in the Red Sea is expected to be seen but Sharks are the reason for many divers to come and dive in this site specially the Hammerhead Sharks and the Big Grey Reef Sharks. Eastern wall has the biggest variety of soft corals.

Marsa Shouny

Marsa Shouny

This dive offer reef wall diving. The best depth for this dive is 18 meters. In the beginning when you are close to the bottom look for the Crocodile fish look for Octopuses between the corals and schools of Mackerels and Turtles on the top of the corals.

Salem Express wreck

Salem Express wreck

The Salem Express is a dramatic dive. Around 500 people perished here, in one of the worst marine tragedies of all times. The 100-meter ferryboat was on its way back from Mecca to Safaga after the annual Muslim pilgrimage in December 1991, when it hit the reef during a stormy night and sunk rapidly without giving the opportunity to the crew and passengers to board the lifeboats.

It is now home to a thriving underwater life, including a famous resident frogfish, blue-spotted stingrays, angel and butterfly fish. The ship itself is covered in a large quantity of hard and soft corals. It is one of the largest wrecks in the Egyptian Red Sea - roughly the same size as the Thistlegorm.

The Salem express lays at a depth of 30m, the top of the boat is at 12m.

Abu Hashish

Abu Hashish

One of the better dive sites with access from makadi bay. Nice corals and good variety of reef fish.

There are a many stories about Egyptian sailors who dropped here their hashish, but actually the dive site is named after the amount of the sea grass that is found there.

Dive spot offers beautiful hard coral garden. You can find many hard corals there accompanied with soft ones covering every space left for them. The main attraction, however, are impressive table corals.

Sandy plateau are full of interesting small creatures. You will see puffer fish, octopuses, morays and nudibranches, crab, sea horses and cuttlefish.