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Sharm - Ras Mohamed - Brothers

A week-long diving safari starting and ending in Sharm El Sheikh. Visit with us some of the best dives sites in the northern Red Sea together with the Brother Islands in the South. The area that is covered on this safari is quite large and therefore at times the boat is travelling during the night.

 

1. Day                 Afternoon/Evening: Transfer to New Marina (El Wataneya) port of Sharm el Sheikh. Welcome on board, cabin arrangement and boat–briefing. Permission work with port authority, sailing very early next morning.

 

2. – 7. Day          Morning: After finishing permission work with port authority sailing to dive sites Alternatives or Beacon Rock for check dive. Continue travelling South through the Gulf of Suez to Abu Nuhas, a paradise for wreck lovers. The area is known for historical and more recent wrecks like the Giannis D., the Chrisoula K. and the Kimon M. Next dive can be at Gota Abu Ramada, a very popular dive site in the area of Hurghada.

                         

                          The Brothers Islands are situated 67 km offshore east of El Quseir and south East of Safaga. These "islands" are the exposed tips of two massive reef pillars that rise from the sea. The Little Brother Island is uninhabited (length 200 m) and deep walls surround the island on all sides except on the northern point it has a reef plateau at about 40 m. This plateau is one of the Red Sea's best places for sighting sharks. Silvertips and grey reef sharks are frequent in the area. The eastern and western walls are surrounded by sheer walls covered with black corals, mammoth gorgonian fans with exceptionally dense hard and soft corals covering the spectrum of all colors. The Big Brother has as a landmark a small lighthouse. It has two wrecks lying on its walls. At the northern most tip of the island lays a large freighter named the “Numidia”; the other is the “Aida II”, an Egyptian supply vessel that struck at night. There is excellent wall diving all along the southern side of the reef with strong currents promoting the growth of a spectacular forest of soft corals. Frequent sightings of big pelagic and an astonishing variety of marine life. Night dives are not allowed at the Brother Islands.

 

On the way back you might stop at the Panorama Reef, it is in fact one of the largest reefs in the area, featuring numerous grottos and overhangs, where gorgonians and soft corals thrive with the frequent nurturing currents. Ras Abu Soma is located near the southeast tip of a large outcrop area of coastline, near Safaga. There is a large lagoon in the reef top and the reef drops down from around 15m where there is a sandy slope littered with pristine hard coral formations to 25m before the wall drops away into the depths. Travelling North you will pass Abu Nuhas and you come back to the area of Sharm el Sheikh here you will visit the Thistlegorm and Ras Mohamed National Park with the famous Shark and Yolanda Reef – unique in the Red Sea.

 

7/8. Day              Depending on check out and flight time the boat will return to New Marina (El Wataneya) port and disembark. Transfer to airport or hotel.

 

Important Information:

 

A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or equivalent and 50 logged dives are required for this safari. All dives, and especially some wreck dives, are subject to diver’s qualification and experience, Thistlegorm requires at least 20 logged dives. These are challenging dives and with sometimes strong current and not recommended for beginners. Sometimes the boat will travel at night. You must have dived in the last year and recorded this in your log book to join this safari; Scuba Reviews are not available on board. We request each diver to use a dive computer, to carry a Surface Marker Buoy and a torch for each dive for own safety.

 

Note May 2012: Dive Sites in the area of Gubal Island may not be dived due to an order from the military. This affects the dive sites of Ulysses, Barge, Malak and the Rosalie Moller. It is unknown how long the restriction will be in place.

 

The itinerary is an example so if you have a special wish for a certain place in this area just let your dive guide know. All Liveaboard itineraries depend on Egyptian Government, Coast Guard and/or Marine Police approval. All itineraries – especially on expeditions - are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions and governmental requests even on short notice. The final decision lies with the captain and guide. Safety always comes first!

 

Update 16.03.2019: Brothers are open with new rules that will effect trip plans as we will no longer be able to stay over night, routes will be adjusted to rules in place when trip takes place:

With reference to CDWS announcements no. 22 for year 2018 and no. 6 for year 2019 about the decree of Red Sea Governor to close brother islands for diving activities and safari trips until 15 March 2019.

The decree of Red Sea Governor no. 148 for year 2019 defines the action plan for diving activities implementation at brother islands as of 16 March 2019. All dive operations CDWS members have to abide to the provisions mentioned in the Governor decree, as follow:

1- It is not allowed to stay overnight in brother islands. The implementation of diving activities will be only from 6 AM till 4 PM after which all boats should leave.

2- The daily maximum capacity of boats on the brother islands are 18. 12 boats for the big brother and 6 for the small brother and only during the timing mentioned in item no. 1.

3- For Safari boats to apply for sailing permit to visit brother islands, first they have to get a coordination record with CDWS to be able to present it to the coast guard office of Red Sea governorate.

4- It is totally forbidden to dump any organic waste in the area of brother islands. It should be dumped in open water by a sufficient distance for at least 5 nautical miles.

 

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