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      Links to other itineraries
      - Straits of Gubal & Wrecks
      - Special wrecks & Brothers
      - Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone
      - Brothers (& Elphinstone)
      - Grand Red Sea Tour
      - Two week Egypt / Sudan
      - Marine Parks
      - Elphinstone
      - Daedalus and St Johns
      - St Johns Reef
      - Deep South
      - Suakin Archipelago
      - Sudan
      - Elba Reef and Abou Fendera

The Brothers

red sea scubaTranslated 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.
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

Red Sea, aborting the crossing has become a rarity.

Little Brother

liveaboards red seaThis 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.

egyptThe Brothers (7 Nights)

Day 1: Arrive HURGHADA: Check-in & overnight on board at Marina.

Day 2: Sailing to Ras Disha for 1st dive (check dive), then sailing to Middle reef for afternoon dive. Sailing at night to The Brothers.

Day 3: Dive The Brothers early morning, mid morning, mid-afternoon & afternoon.

Day 4: Dive at The Brothers early morning, mid morning, mid-afternoon & afternoon

Day 5: Dive at The Brothers morning, mid-afternoon & afternoon. Sailing to Sha'ab Shaer.

Day 6: Sailing to the wreck of the Salem Express morning, then sail to Panorama reef for an afternoon dive and Ras Abu Soma for a night dive.

Day 7: Sailing to Hurghada for 2 last dives & disembark for last night at Hotel, or stay on board the vessel, (subject to Hotel availability).

Day 8: Check out from Hotel (or Liveaboard) and transfer to airport
Marine park fee $ 65

Brothers and Elphinstone Itinerary

Day 1 Check in, dinner on board

Day 2 Check dive Shona. 2nd and 3rd dive Elphinstone. Sailing at night to Brothers

Day 3 Big Brothers

Day 4 Big Brothers

Day 5 Little Brother

Day 6 Little Brother. Sailing at night to Elphinstone

Day 7 Elphinstone and sail after second dive to Port Galeb and check out to Hotel

Day 8 Flight back

   
 
 
   
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