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With the majority of the week spent at the legendary Brother Islands, this thrilling itinerary with spectacular drop offs gives divers the chance to really get to know this world famous marine park!

QUALIFICATION NEEDED: The currents at these fantastic dive sites are what make its sightings so exciting but also means that this itinerary is not suitable for inexperienced divers. For your safety, we ask that divers must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and have logged a minimum of 30 dives to join this safari. Please note that night diving and snorkelling is prohibited in the marine park where you will normally spend three days of the trip depending on the route. To get the most out of these superb dive sites, many dives will be from a RIB.

Itinerary Checklist:

Common sightings: Large fish and pelagics
Reefs: Deep drop-offs and exposed plateaus
Wrecks: Two at Brothers, options in the Safaga area
Night dives: Normally two during the week but not guaranteed
Experience required: Moderate
Amount of travelling: Maximum of two overnight journeys

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Sample Itinerary:

**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is an example of the planned route and dive sites cannot be guaranteed. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides. Adverse weather can affect this route which includes one or two overnight sailings.

This itinerary departs from and returns to Hurghada. Please note that ports are subject to change.

Day 1 - Visit dive sites local to Hurghada for three dives (a check dive, practice zodiac dive and night dive) before heading out to the Brother Islands.

Days 2-4 - We normally plan to spend three days at Big Brother and Small Brother.

Day 5 - Safaga - A relaxing day of diving in the Safaga area with its fabulous wrecks and reefs.

Day 6 - Enjoy two relaxed morning dives close to Hurghada allowing you to cruise into the harbour in the early afternoon. Take advantage of an evening onshore to purchase souvenirs and enjoy Egypt's famous hospitality before your journey home the next day.

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Itinerary Highlights:

Brother Islands
The northernmost part of Egypt's offshore marine park is made up of two islands 60km away from the coast and 140km south from Hurghada. The larger island (complete with a 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 the 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 overhangs to explore. The highlight is the fish life; with regular seasonal sightings of hammerhead, thresher, grey reef and oceanic whitetip sharks.

Safaga
Filled with a variety of stunning drop offs, shallow coral gardens and interesting wrecks, Safaga has something for everyone. The most famous wreck is of the Salem Express, a large ferry which sank in 1991 with massive loss of life. There are also the large ferry wrecks of El Arish, El Tor and Al Kafain which both sank without any lives lost. The famous finger shaped reefs of Abu Kafan and Panorama offer stunning drop-offs with plentiful fan corals and incredible plateaus encrusted with soft and hard corals. Shallower reefs (such as Torbia Arbaa) are full of critters and make a perfect afternoon or night dive.

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Private Guides:

If you are uncomfortable diving independently in a buddy team, or if this will be your first trip to the offshore marine parks and you're not a super-experienced diver; why not give yourself peace of mind and book an expert blue o two private guide for the trip? They will be there every step of the way to make sure you get the best out of your diving!

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Courses:

Want to explore these stunning dive sites for longer? Then why not complete your PADI Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox) speciality course whilst on your trip? You can also learn how to make the most of the currents by completing your PADI Drift Diver speciality course onboard. Contact our expert travel team today for more information.

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Thanks to Dray Van Beeck for providing the featured underwater images.

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