The Great Cruise (min 10 days)

This cruise wants to give pack all the best of the different cruises in the southern Red Sea together. That also means that it will take at least 10 days. On the programme are the best dive sites of The Brothers, Daedalus Reef, Rocky Island, Zabargad, St John's, Fury Shoals and Elphinstone.

More information about the dive sites can be found at the other itineraries.

Note: Additional dive sites maybe included to break up the travelling. Minimum of 50 logged dives requested and no night dives permitted in the Marine Park area by Egyptian Law. These are challenging dives with strong currents, so not for inexperienced divers. Long overnight travel is required.


Dive sites The Great Cruise (min 10 days) 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.

Rocky Island

Rocky is a small island with deep wall dives all around. Hammerheads can often be seen at the northern tip. Manta rays, Grey Reef sharks and White tip Reef sharks can be encountered around the whole island.

With a profile ranging from inshore coral playgrounds to sheer walls and open plateaux exposed to raging currents, and a range of inhabitants from glittering tiny reef fish to massive hammerhead sharks, this site promises an amazing dive, and almost always delivers.

A quick Zodiac ride takes you beyond the southeast point of the island, from where you can drift back down the east coast. Alternatively, a five-minute swim from the mooring point on the south coast takes you past rich coral shallows to Rocky’s southeast corner, the setting for some amazing big fish encounters. At 25m (80ft), a shelf juts from the reef wall, forming a natural ‘shark theatre’. Hovering over this shelf, you have an excellent chance to see sharks of all species. But sharks are not the only attraction. There is a whole range of reef and pelagic species to be spotted here.

Coral growth here is lush and varied, and in a pristine state of preservation. Soft corals and delicate branching forms are particularly beautiful in the inshore shallows between the mooring point and the southeast corner. Through the site you will find a range of stony corals, including plate and cabbage corals, Acropora and fire coral, and Xenid and Dendronephthya soft corals.

Rocky is a small island with deep wall dives all around. Hammerheads can often be seen at the northern tip. Manta rays, Grey Reef sharks and White tip Reef sharks can be encountered around the whole island.

With a profile ranging from inshore coral playgrounds to sheer walls and open plateaux exposed to raging currents, and a range of inhabitants from glittering tiny reef fish to massive hammerhead sharks, this site promises an amazing dive, and almost always delivers.

A quick Zodiac ride takes you beyond the southeast point of the island, from where you can drift back down the east coast. Alternatively, a five-minute swim from the mooring point on the south coast takes you past rich coral shallows to Rocky’s southeast corner, the setting for some amazing big fish encounters. At 25m (80ft), a shelf juts from the reef wall, forming a natural ‘shark theatre’. Hovering over this shelf, you have an excellent chance to see sharks of all species. But sharks are not the only attraction. There is a whole range of reef and pelagic species to be spotted here.

Coral growth here is lush and varied, and in a pristine state of preservation. Soft corals and delicate branching forms are particularly beautiful in the inshore shallows between the mooring point and the southeast corner. Through the site you will find a range of stony corals, including plate and cabbage corals, Acropora and fire coral, and Xenid and Dendronephthya soft corals.

Zabargad Island

Zabargad (also known as St. John's Island) is the largest of a group of islands in Foul Bay. It covers an area of 4.50 square kilometres (approx.). It is a quaternary volcanic island, slightly north of the Tropic of Cancer and three sea miles north of Rocky island. The highest point on the island is 235 metres.

This spot offers similar conditions to Rocky island and is well know for is encounters with mantas! It offers some pretty coral pinnacle diving, and good night dives.


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


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