Egypt Itineraries:

North & Brothers


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Taking in the classic North and the legendary Brother Islands, this thrilling itinerary of spectacular drop offs, famous wrecks and stunning reefs gives divers the chance to enjoy the best of the North and the Brothers marine park!

QUALIFICATION NEEDED: The currents at some of 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 or four days of the trip depending on the route. To get the most out of these superb dive sites, some dives will be from a RIB.


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Common sightings: Large fish and pelagic predators, wrecks and pretty reefs!
Reefs: Deep drop-offs, exposed plateaus and shallow gardens
Wrecks: SS. Thistlegorm, two at Brothers, other options in the North
Night dives: Normally three or four 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 can depart from and arrive to either Port Ghalib or Hurghada, which will influence the order of the itinerary and the dive sites available at the start and end of the week. The sample itinerary below departs from and returns to Hurghada. Please note that ports are subject to change.

Day 1 - Visit a dive site local to Hurghada for a check dive before heading north for an afternoon and night dive.

Days 2-3 - Spend two days cruising the northern Red Sea. Normally you will have the opportunity to make three day dives and a night dive each day. The exact itinerary and order of dive sites will vary depending on the conditions but you can expect to visit plenty of wrecks including the Thistlegorm. There is also some fantastic reef diving including the Ras Mohamed marine park.

Day 4-5 - We normally plan to spend two days at Big Brother and Small Brother.

Day 6 - Enjoy two relaxed morning dives close to Hurghada allowing you to cruise into 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.

SS. Thistlegorm
Probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 126.5m 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.

Please note: Due to CDWS regulations, you must have a minimum of 20 logged dives in order to dive on this wreck. Other dives on the itinerary are not affected.

Ras Mohamed - Shark & Yolanda Reefs
This is a world renowned dive site, situated at the tip of the Sinai. Two small ergs are joined by a vertical wall dropping into the abyss. At Shark Reef the current allows you to drift along the wall, rich with colourful corals. Moving towards Yolanda Reef you reach a plateau scattered with small ergs and coral outcrops. Continuing around the reef you will come upon the scattered remains of the wreck 'Yolanda' complete with its cargo of toilets and baths. The whole of this area is big fish territory so keep an eye on the blue!

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Private Guides:

If you are uncomfortable diving independently in a buddy team, or 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? This fantastic itinerary takes you to some great wreck dive sites, so why not use your trip as a chance to complete your PADI Wreck Diver speciality course?

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

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