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Project Shark: Simply the Best

Departing from Hurghada or Port Ghalib

 

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

Taking in the world-famous marine parks at Brothers and Daedalus, this thrilling itinerary of spectaular drop offs is perfect for divers keen to glimpse some big animals at these remote off-shore reefs. Learn about the biology and behavious of sharks witing the Red Sea with nightly lectures from a representative of the "Red Sea Sharks" trust.

 

Project Shark

The aim of 'Project Shark' is to highlight the global issues facing sharks, with a Red Sea focus, as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular reefs that the Red Sea has to offer. Founded by our expert dive guide and marine biologist, Elke Bojanowski Ph.D, in her quest to track and collect basic population data on oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus Longimanus), in the Egyptian Red Sea. Elke began the Longimanus Project in October 2004 and since this date she has been actively collecting underwater photographs and video-clips of the Oceanic Whitetip for catalogue, review and analysis. Since 2012 the project has expanded to become Red Sea Sharks (www.redseasharks.org) and increased its scope to include Grey Reef and Silky Shark catalogues and monitoring for many shark species.

 

Elphinstone

A Red Sea ledgend; a finger shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals. This unpredictable and exciting reef is truly an awsome location where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers during late autumn.

 

Daedalus

This huge tear drop shaped reef rises from the seabed in the middle of the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in overgrown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by. Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen...oceanic whitetips, grey reefs and thresher sharks are often sighted, but Daedalus is mose famous for its scalloped hammerhead sharks which can often be seen in large schools out in the blue during the summer months.

 

Brother Islands

The northernmost part of Egypt's offshore marine park is made up of two islands 60 km away from the coast and 140 km south from Hurghada. The larger island (complete with lighthouse from 1883) is 400 metres long with a spectacular plateau on the south east corner which is dotted with coral mountains and famous for thresher and grey reef shark sightings. The western side of the island has two impressive wrecks which both lie almost vertical on the side of the reef. The most spectacular is Numidia, a large cargo steamer which sank in 1901 and now lies on the tip of the island between 10 and 80 metres covered in soft corals and frequented by large pelagic predators. The smaller wreck of the Aida (sitting  between 30 and 65 metres) was a lighthouse authority supply vessel which sank in bad weather in 1957. The smaller island, whilst only a little over 200 metres long hosts an incredible concentration and variety of marine life. There is a pristine fan coral forest, a massive collection of hard and soft corals and compelling oerhangs to explore. The highlight is the fish life; with regular seasonal sightings of hammerhead , thresher, grey reef and ocanic whitetip sharks.

 

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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