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.
Elphinstone is one of most beautiful reefs in Egypt. The north and the south plateaus of this reef are alone worth the visit to Egypt. Elphinstone is a finger-like reef running from north to south in the open Red Sea. Steep walls tumble down to depths of 70m or more on the east and west sides. On the northern tip there is a long plateau covered in soft corals that drops away to deep water. The South plateau is smaller but beneath it lies a large underwater arch at around 60m Legend has it that the sarcophagus of an unknown pharaoh lies here. Coral coverage all around Elphinstone is magnificent and there are plenty of schooling pelagics to see. Strong currents can be present and care must be taken. Expect to see Hammerheads, Grey reefs, Silvertips, and white tip sharks. Elphinstone is famous for encounters with the Oceanic white tip Sharks.
Departing Port Galeb, Marsa Alam.
Minimum 50 logged dives and Advanced O/W