Brothers - Daedalus: Elphinstone - Brothers - Deadalus Reef

This cruise offers you the top 3 sites in this area of the Red Sea. From Marsa Alam, we will sail to the North to Elphinestone. A major part of the cruise will be spend in the magnificent marine park the Brothers (with Big Brothers and Small Brothers) but keeping enough time to spend another 1 to 2 days in splendid Deadalus Reef, another part of the marine park. Keep in mind that this trip requires long overnight sailing.

Note: The Egyptian Law request a minimum of 50 logged dives and night dives are not permitted in the Marine Park area. These are challenging dives with strong currents, so not for inexperienced divers. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions.


Dive sites Brothers - Daedalus tour

Big Brother

Big Brother, the northerly of the two island has a small lighthouse. It has two wrecks laying on its walls. The Aida II an Italian ship which was carrying troops one night in 1957 when it hit Big Brother. A large wreck with much intact superstructure, its shallowest point is at 15 m and ends below 45m. There are other older wrecks scattered at depths between 9 and 40 meters The famous Numidia is to find in the Northern tip of the Island. Often there is a strong current running straight onto the wreck. The wreck starts at a depth of 8m, she lies on the steep drop-off at an almost vertical angle and the soft coral covers it nicely until 55m. The stern is raised and provides a nice rounded poop deck below which the large propeller is found at a depth of about 80m.

There is of course also excellent wall diving all along the southern side of the reef with strong currents promoting the growth of a spectacular forest of soft corals. Frequent sightings of big pelagic and an astonishing variety of marine life.

Small Brother

This island is the smaller of the two as the name implies. At the north end is a long tongue of reef that extends seaward and in good weather it is possible to drop in here and drift. The current runs east west and here sharks may be seen cruising. On the south east side is a superb fan coral forest but it is deep and starts at 35m, there are also plenty of caves, overhangs, black coral, and lots of pelagics including sharks, tuna, barracuda, turtles and schools of reef fish. As you round the southern corner the slope gives way to a vertical wall where you can catch a glimpse of a silver tip shark. In summer thresher sharks are seen here, in October grey reef sharks gather to mate and divers have also reported schooling hammerheads and groups of sailfish in this area. Before you know it your computer will tell you it time to head back to the boat having had the most spectacular diving.

Daedalus Reef

Daedalus Reef, also part of the Marine Park, is a large, oval reef with a lighthouse and is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. Its deep walls and drop-offs offer some of the most spectacular diving to be found. Daedalus has mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations. There is also a strong chance of spotting schooling Hammerheads, and grey reef sharks.

Elphinstone

Elphinstone Reef, with its sheer walls plunging into the blue, is one of the most beautiful reefs in the Red Sea. It is richly decorated with soft and black corals, sponges, gorgonians and fans. Sharks often swim over the plateaus at the North and south of the reef. The east and west walls offer an excellent drift dive. Frequent sightings of Hammerheads and Oceanic White Tip sharks.


Mirette Hotel, Villa n°1
Hurghada, Red Sea
Egypt


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