Brother Islands - Southern Safaris
The safari "Just Brothers" includes only Brothers Islands and most commonly Safaga on the way back. The Brothers and Elphinstone safari includes diving at both Big and Little Brother, as well as Elphinstone and other smaller reefs.
The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Large tuna, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can be found here. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.
For the wreck diver, the Aida II, an Egyptian supply vessel, and the Numidia, a cargo ship, lie on the walls of the Big Brother. Both are covered in a rich growth of soft and hard corals. Marine life includes a family of Napoleon wrasse and grey reef sharks.
The Salem Express is a dramatic dive. 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. 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.
There is superb wall diving at Panorama, which is in fact one of the largest reefs in Safaga. A great reef with overhangs where gorgonians and soft corals thrive with the frequent nurturing currents. Due to the size of the barrier, there are at least three different dives to be done here: the south plateau and the east and west drop offs. Barracudas and white tip reef sharks and occasionally hammerheads and manta rays can be found. The south plateau is somewhat more protected by the current.
Abu Kafan is a 300-metre long and narrow reef offering a plateau at both north and south tips. We normally jump in the water on the north plateau and glide with the frequent strong current southwards along the impressive walls covered with soft and black coral, giant fans and gorgonians.
Due to strong currents, diving at Elphinstone is a real adrenaline rush. To reach the Northern plateau you need motorized fins, but once there you´ll find yourself amongst White Tips, Grey Reef Sharks, or maybe even Hammarheads. The Southern plateau is located at 55m and is good place for spotting big pelagics.
- Flight including meal
- Egyptian visa
- Meet and greet service by ST staff
- Transfers from the airport to the boat
- 7 nights in a shared double cabin with ensuite bathroom
- All meals, snacks, drinks (not alcohol)
- 6 days of diving @ 3-4 dives per day including guide, weights, weight belt and 12L cylinder
- All marine park fees and taxes
Note: You must be certified to dive to 30 meters and a PADI Advanced Open Water diver or the equivalent. Many of the liveaboards require that divers have logged 50 dives. Night diving is forbidden within the marine park area. This means that it is often only three dives a day out at Big and Little Brother. This came into place due to the fact that the currents can be very strong in this area.
The safaris route is dependent upon the weather, wind, water currents, time, the participating divers experience, and all other unforseen events.