One of the best diving destinations in the world, Big Brother and the Little Brother – are two small isolated islands that rise out of the deep water in the middle of the sea.
Little Brother The walls drop into deep water and are covered with sponges, anemones and all sorts of soft coral in a variety of colors and shapes. Marine life is prolific and it’s usual to encounter sharks in the blue: Hammerheads, the rare Thresher Shark, Silvertip and oceanic White Tips can be seen. On the reef expect to see Grey reefs and White tips.
About one km north of Little Brother is the Big Brother it’s walls are teeming with life. The wreck of the “NUMIDIA” lies on the reef at the northern side of the island between 10 and 80m. This 150m long ship sunk 100 years ago and is now completely covered with both hard and soft corals and gorgonias. Sometimes can be difficult to dive due to the exposed position.
At the NW side of the island you will find another wreck: the “AIDA”. This 82 m long steam ship sunk 1957. The remaining pieces of the wreck are scattered all over the reef and just a small section of the hull can be found between 30 and 60 m. It is nicely overgrown and worth to visit. Because of strong current and possibly high waves it is not easy to dive at the Brothers.
The Salem Express lies outside Safaga harbour. Tragically this ship hit the reef and sank on its way back from Mecca in 1991 officially carrying 650 persons. Unofficially it may have been many more. We do know that only 180 people survived. The ship, which is 101m long, lies on her side in 32m of water. The shallowest point is along the side at 10-12m for most of its length. It is forbidden to enter the ship. Many bodies still remain deep inside as the ship as it was decide it was too dangerous to remove them.
Panorama Reef is a huge coral formation – its walls dropping to over 100 meters with numerous grottos and overhangs, gorgonians and soft corals. Marine life is abundant with schools of surgeon fish, barracuda, unicorn fish. It’s also possible to see White tip sharks, Grey reef sharks, eagle rays and turtles.
Abou Kafan is a long, narrow reef barrier featuring a plateau to both the north and the south, offering superb wall diving with soft and black coral, giant fan coral and gorgonians. Marine life abounds here with large tunas and barracudas and hundreds of the usually solitary glasseyes. Turtles are common and grey reefs and silvertips are seen occasionally with hammerheads usually cruising by in late summer.
Departing Hurghada, Port Galeb, Marsa Alam.
The Salem Express lies outside Safaga harbor. Tragically this ship hit the reef and sank on its way back from Mecca in 1991 officially carrying 650 persons. However it is said that the real number was twice this. We do know that only 180 people survived. The ships, which is 101m long lies on her side in 32m of water. The shallowest point is along the side at 10-12m for most of its length. It is forbidden to enter the ship. Many bodies still remain deep inside as the ship as it was decide at the time it was too dangerous to remove them.
Panorama Reef is a huge coral formation – its walls dropping to over 100 meters with numerous grottos and overhangs, gorgonians and soft corals. Marine life is abundant with schools of surgeonfish, barracuda, unicorn fish, white tips, grey reefs, eagle rays and turtles.
Abu Nuhas. Sha’ab Abu Nuhâs is a large slightly triangular shaped reef located around two miles to the north of Shadwan Island. The translation of Abu Nuhâs is “Father of Brass”. Abu Nuhâs is a wreck divers dream come true boasting four vastly different wrecks in very close proximity to each other and all within comfortable diving depths of 30 m or less. The Giannis D, Carnatic, Marcus, and Kimon M. The wrecks are located on the north side of the reef. Yellow fish reef lies nearby and there is good anchorage to spend the night. Dolphins can be found in the area.
The “Thistlegorm” is probably the most famous wreck in the Red Sea. The British ship was on the way to Egypt to bring military equipment of all kinds for the British troops in North Africa. But then on the 6th of October 1941 a German bomber attacked the Thistlegorm. Now the wreck is lying upright on the sea-bottom at 30-m depth. Especially interesting is the cargo: Tanks, trucks, motorcycles, weapons, railway carriage and one railway engine.
Ras Mohammed National Park offers fantastic diving. Famous for deep walls covered with life and huge schools breeding fish in the summer months. Shark and Yolanda Reef is probably the most famous, at the very tip of Sinai. Both reefs are standing on a plateau and the edges of fall down to more than 800 m. At the reef you will find nice soft corals, and lots of the marine life. At Yolanda Reef you can see the cargo of a Cypriot freighter “Yolanda” which ran aground in 1980: a large quantity of household toilets! Other great sites
Minimum 50 logged dives and Advanced O/W