SOUTH EGYPT DIVE SITES AND WRECKS

South Red Sea is considered one of the most exotic and still well preserved diving areas in the world.
The diving sites are extending to the south of Egypt on the west coast of the Red Sea, from Hurghada, going down to Qusseir, Safaga, Marsa Alam & Hamata.
A paradise underwater, south red sea diving sites offer exquisite sceneries and amazing colors, as well as the opportunity to see different kinds of sharks, turtles, and other maritime creatures.


Elphinstone reef

An amazingly beautiful reef, with exquisite colors and a wide variety of corals and fishes. There is always an option of seeing white tip, oceanic and grey sharks in this area. Diving in this area is rated to be difficult. The current in Elphinstone reef can be hard at some seasons in the year which requires a good level of advanced diving skills.



St. John's

This area is located down south near the boarders of Egypt with Sudan. Liveaboards travelling St.John's are quite interesting because all the dive sites are very close to each other which mean that divers can easily move from one place to another with less traveling time. This offers a better opportunity to dive more and relax more, with something new to see in every dive.
If you are an adventure loving diver, St. John's sites are full of caves, drop offs, deep diving and night diving areas too. The marine life and the colours of the soft corals are one of the best in the Red Sea. You can see huge gorgonians and colourful soft corals and stunning coral gardens. Barracudas, Tuna and Mackerel are often sighted here and on rarer occasions Manta Rays and Dolphins. Hammerheads, Grey sharks, Silvertip Sharks and White tip Reef Sharks can often be spotted out in the blue.



Fury Shoals

An immense chain of reefs creating a host of outstanding dive sites including Abu Galawa in the north to Sataya in the south. Have fun exploring caves, tunnels, coral gardens, plateaus and drop offs. Abu Galawa is located within Fury Shoal.



Abu Fandera

A submerged reef with two main pillars which are easily explored during this lovely dive. The reef and pinnacles are between 5 - 24m to the sand where you will find smaller pinnacles covered in soft corals and marine life. Schools of barracuda, jacks and tuna are common and keep your eye open for Bump Head Parrot Fish.



Brothers Island

The Brothers, in Arabic El Akhawein, are two islands standing in the middle of the red sea near Marsa Alam, providing an interesting and challenging dive, for those lovers of adventures. Despite the presence of a mystic lighhouse on one the islands, Brothers Islands were the iceberg of the Titanic. Two famous wrecks, Aida and Numidia are situated on a depth up to 80 meters! This diving site is full of coral walls surrounding both islands. Sharks and other large pelagics are regularly sighted.
If you are lucky, you can see a whole school of hammerheads wandering at 45 to 50 meters.
On every section of this reef the wall is covered with corals and life. Little Brother boasts a very high concentration of life within a very small area. Fan coral forests, overhangs, hard and soft corals in a variety of astonishing colours.


Numidia

On 6 July 1901 she set out from Liverpool bound for India carrying a cargo of 7,000 tonnes, which included railway rolling stock and several steam engines. Two weeks later the Numidia was approaching the Brother Islands when, despite a change of course, she ran onto the shallow reef north of the lighthouse on Big Brother. Within a few hours the captain ordered the ship to be abandoned. For the next two months most of the cargo was removed until gravity and the intake of water dragged the ship down the sloping reef. The bow section broke off and remained on the reef until it disappeared due to storms and waves. It lies on a steep slope at the very north of the Big Brother plateau, starting at 10m and going down to 80m.

  • Type: Cargo ship (Train parts)

  • Date Sunk: July 1901

  • Cause Sunk: Ran aground

  • Depth: 8-80 m

  • Built: Glasgow, 1901

  • Length: 137.4 x 16.7 m


Aida

On 15 September 1957, the Captain of the Aida was tasked to exchange military personnel on Big Brothers Island. There were heavy storms that day and it would seem that, despite the sea state, he still decided to go ahead - and in so doing he struck the rocks. Almost immediately, the Aida began to sink and the Captain had little option but to abandon ship. A Tugboat responded immediately and took off 77 personnel with the remainder, including the Captain, all getting safely to shore. In the meantime, the Aida drifted a short distance to the northwest before her bows finally embedded themselves into the reef. As the stern sank, it came to rest at an extremely steep angle down the reef. the Aida lies straight "up" the reef with her bows at 25m and her stern at 60m. Apart from substantial damage to the Bows, this ship is virtually intact.

  • Type: Cargo ship (Egyptian Ports and Lighthouses Administration)

  • Date Sunk: September 1957

  • Cause Sunk: Ran aground

  • Depth: 25-60 m

  • Built: France, 1911

  • Length: 75.1 x 9.7 m



Daedalus Reef

This huge reef rises from the sea bed in the middle of the Red Sea, easily recognized by its zebra-striped lighthouse. This reef is surrounded by a sheer wall and strong currents allowing for fantastic drift diving. It offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in over-grown 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 white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, a lonesome hammerhead shark or schools of them. On the west side wall we find an "Anemone City", where are huge concentrations of anemones and clownfish together with a section with a huge blue coral growth.



Rocky Island

Rocky Island hosts a fringing reef that circles the entire perimeter of the island, dropping steeply to astonishing depths, although the most interesting features and life are found above 12m.



Zabargad

The Island of Zabargad is an amazing dive spot. It is characterised by an enormous mountain reaching out of the water, surrounded by a lagoon and circling reef. There are a couple of wrecks and a great variety of corals and reef fish.





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