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North & Brothers

Departing from Hurghada and Port Ghalib

Experience two of the finest areas in the Red Sea. A part of the Marine Park, the Brother Islands offer breath-taking underwater scenery, wall diving, wreck diving and an abundance of marine wildlife. The Northern part of this itinerary will allow you to explore some of the best wrecks that the Red Sea has to offer. An ideal itinerary for those wanting a taste of variety, allowing you to experience world famous wrecks and pristine reefs.

 

QUALIFICATION NEEDED:

You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and have logged a minimum of 30 dives to join this safari.

As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive.

 

Please note that night diving and snorkelling will only be allowed on some parts of this itinerary as it includes marine parks where this is prohibited.

 

Itinerary Highlights:

 North and Brothers

SS. Thistlegorm - Shaab Ali

Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy  bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.

 

Abu Nuhas

Also known as the 'Ships Graveyard', this reef is dangerously positioned close to the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Suez. This reef has claimed more ships than any other in the area. On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. On the south side is a safe anchorage for liveaboards and two ergs, known as Yellow fish reef.

 

Ghiannus D - Abu Nuhas

In 26m of water and leaning to port with a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish.

 

Carnatic - Abu Nuhas

A British P&O steamer which struck the reef in 1869. She lays in 29m and now the whole hull is draped in multicoloured soft corals. The wreck is home to glass fish, octopus, morays, jacks and tuna cruise overhead.

 

Big Brother Island

A 400 metre long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 metres. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. Every section of this reef is covered with corals and life.

 

Small Brother Island

From its name, you can guess that it is a little smaller than Big Brother Island! It is surrounded by walls, covered in soft corals. The dives can be challenging, but are definitely rewarding. Sightings of large pelagics are a very common and the beautiful Gorgonia Fan coral forest is an awe inspiring sight.

 

Small Crack

This is a small split in the middle of Shaab Mahmoud's barrier. Drift along the outside wall next to beautiful corals and colourful fish. Look for a sand slope that leads you up and through the crack. When the current is right you can fly through the 5m deep channel and be thrown out across the sandy lagoon!

 

Gobal Island

At the gate of the Straits of Gobal is 'Bluff Point', which gets its name from the turbulence created by strong currents that beat the eastern wall of the island. The wreck of the 'Ulysses' lies on the reef 300m north of the lighthouse, starting at 5m and sloping to 25m. 'The Barge' wreck, south of the lighthouse, provides divers with a fun and unusual night dive. The wrecks skeleton creates protection for all types of night creatures.

 

Note: The above, is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The itinerary will depend on several factors including, but not limited to, weather, diving ability of guests & the number of other boats already present at the various dive sites. All dive sites visited are subject to weather conditions and are at the discretion of your dive guides and vessel captain.

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