Translated from Arabic, El Akhawein means The Two Brothers. Located on the same latitude to El Quoseir on the Egyptian mainland, two small islands rise from an abyss over 300m deep in the middle of the Red Sea. Exposure to strong currents has left the islands, particularly the smaller of the two, with an abundance of soft corals and giant gorgonians, which are considered by many to be some of the best in the world. These pinnacles allow for breath-taking underwater scenery, with wall diving along their perimeter, and the possibility to spot a wide variety of pelagic action.
Red Sea, aborting the crossing has become a rarity.
Their walls are covered in a kaleidoscope of soft corals of all imaginable colours, black corals, forests of fan corals, making every dive a true feast for the eyes. Big tuna, shoals of jack fish and snappers cruise in the blue, shadowed by hammerheads, grey reef sharks, silvertip, silkies and oceanic whitetip sharks; manta abound during the cooler months. The thresher shark, an oceanic species, very rarely spotted close to reefs, circles the walls of the Brothers on a regular basis. The Brothers are highly exposed with no safe mooring, and therefore access is always weather dependent. However, thanks to the new generation of Liveaboards now available in the
This island offers some spectacular coral diving, with the most colourful soft corals and delicate gorgonian forests at around 30m. As you turn your head away from the drop-off, you are bound to see sharks gliding into the deep. The brothers attract several species of sharks, including hammerheads, silver tips, oceanic whitetips and even tiger sharks.
Big Brother - The Namibia Freighter & Aida II
A huge Freighter lies on the northern plateaux of Big Brother with the stern wedged in to the island at a depth of 80m. This wreck is adorned with spectacular soft coral dancing in strong currents. This dive is only for the experienced. The Aida II is a supply ship that hit the reef circa 1957. The stern section only remains and lies between 30 to 70 m. its structure is heavily colonised with soft and hard coral encrustation. This makes an interesting dive not only for the wreck but also the large pelagic fish and schools of barracuda that glide around it.