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The Great Island Tour

Usually a 14 day trip this itinerary takes in all the Marine Park Islands as well as the best of the south.

Big Brother and Little Brother rise out of very deep water in the middle of the Red Sea and are home to a huge variety of marine life, including different species of Shark.

For experienced divers the north side of Big brother offers two wrecks, The Numidia and Aida, whilst the south Plateau is covered in colourful life and soft corals. Expect to see big pelagics.

Little Brother 1km to the south is possibly even more vibrant and colourful than it’s bigger brother. The walls here drop into the depths and expect Hammerheads, Silvertips, Oceanic whitetips, Grey reefs,and even Tiger sharks. It’s one of the best places in the Red Sea to see the rare Thresher shark.

Daedalus This isolated reef, also know as Abu el-Kizan, lies in the open sea almost halfway to Saudi Arabia, and is washed with strong currents. Marked by its famous lighthouse, Daedalus is home to a myriad of fish and coral species. Remember to look out into the blue as pelagics are fairly common here including schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks, the elusive thresher shark and manta rays. The reef itself is only 800m across, but its stunning reef walls plummet

Rocky Island offers plenty of dive sites, from the northern end, which is exposed to the north winds and can be subject to large swell and surf. The walls here are a sheer vertical drop to 50m and more, but the first 20m are smothered in the most beautiful soft corals. Currents can be very strong and expect some fast drift dives. Pelagics can be spotted here, as well as large groupers and Napoleon wrasse. The south and southeastern side

s are more sheltered, although shark encounters are still a possibility, and the reef has plenty of ledges and overhangs to explore. Also, you can find plenty of macro life. The east side has a mixture, from coral bommies to walls and open plateaux. This dives can be amazing. Nearby is the deep technical dive of the wreck of the Maiden.

The Island of Zabargad is a large island that offers shelter for liveaboard boats diving here and at the neighbouring Rocky Island. The dives are fairly shallow and relaxed, with reef slopes interspersed with beautiful coral pinnacles smothered with anemones and soft corals and surrounded by schools of glassfish. Zabargad has an interesting underwater topography, with lots of small nooks, caves and swim-throughs, one of which takes you right through to the inner lagoon. It also offers good night dives. At the north East of Zabargad lies the ‘Russian’ wreck. The 70-m long ship lies in 24m. On the opposite side of the island an unknown wreck lies at 40m waiting to be explored.

Deep in the south are the St. John’s Reefs. 14 square miles of complex coral atolls and reefs. The whole area has an incredible topography and being relatively sheltered, offers year-round diving. You will find here exciting drop offs, pristine coral gardens and huge variety of fish life. Many species of shark can be seen, including Hammerheads, Silkies, Grey reefs and Oceanic white-tips. Mantas can be seen especially in the summer months.

Elphinstone, a truly legendary reef, is one of the most beautiful reefs in the red sea, with its north and south plateau’s, and its walls covered in soft corals, black corals, wire corals and gorgonias. Hammerheads, Oceanic White Tip Sharks and Grey Reef Sharks can also be spotted here on a regular basis.

Departing Port Galeb, Marsa Alam.

Minimum 50 logged dives and Advanced O/W

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