Safaga + Brother Islands

This route combines the popular Brother Islands and dramatic walls of Safaga divesite.

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.

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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Abu Kifan

a 300-meter long and narrow reef, rising from depths in excess of 400m and its size and diversity means you need to dive both the northern and southern sections (conditions allowing).

To the north is a sloping plateau which starts at around 15m at the reef and slopes to 30m before dropping away into very deep water. There is a large erg (reef piece) on the northern plateau close to the main reef which forms at 12m channel between it and the reef. Here there is prolific soft coral with the upper parts of the reef are teeming with antheas and all manner of smaller marine life. Turtles are often present in the shallower areas on the north plateau and ensure you spend plenty of time looking out into the blue where schools of barracuda hunt and white-tip sharks can come in closer to the reef with the larger grey reef sharks tending to stay further out in the current.

The northeast wall is quite literally a vertical drop down to 110m where a 10m wide ledge protrudes insignificantly before the wall continues into the abyss. On the wall huge gorgonian fans undulate in the current and although more barren at 30m, purple and orange soft coral, black coral and long whip corals protrude from the reef. As you reach the southern end of the sliver the reef splits forming another separate erg (very similar in topography to the one on the north plateau). This forms an 18m deep channel about 10m wide between the erg and main reef. If the current is running it tends to pick up here and sweep you though the channel. Rather than head south around the main reef and back to the more sheltered area, its well worth a swim back around the outside of this southern erg. Again the reef wall drops away impressively and large pelagic sighting are possible with tuna and trevally often present here.

Panorama Reef

Panorama Reef

Theplateau is to 35m, the sheer drop-off 100m+ depth. The moorings are to the south west of this large oval shaped reef. One plateau lies to the northwest, and another to the southeast. One of the best wall dives in the Red Sea. On the south plateau you are practically guaranteed to see several napoleon wrasse or turtle. All plateau is covered by soft coralls. During your safety stop you should explore the huge anemon city which the south wall offers. Pelagic species like tuna visit from time to time, and other predators like big eye trevally and barracuda hunt in vast schools of fusilier.

The North plateau is one of the best drift dives what you can in Red sea have. On your left hand you will find quantum of black sweetlips, small schooling barracudas and beautiful soft coralls with spectrum of colours! The scorpion fish, spanish dancers and another interesting representatives of this sea will be for sure there if you pay attention.

Eagle rays, white tip reef shark, grey shark, silky shark and even oceanic white tips, have been spotted here. 

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.

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.

Shaab el Erg

Shaab el Erg

Horseshoe shape reef also called "Dolphin house"between Hurghada and El Gouna is a first stop on any northern liveaboard trip. The check dive is featured a large piece of reef, some smaller pinnacles, and a very fetching coral garden that stretched out from the edge of the reef. The gathering of bottle nosed dolphins is more than common.