The Red Sea is filled with a vast amount of dive sites that are so different and unique from each other that even after logging over 200 dives in the Red Sea you still won’t see it all. The Red Sea is split into three popular regions which are the Gulf of Aqaba, North Red Sea and South Red Sea. Each one of these regions is filled with so many dive sites that even on a one week liveaboard you won’t be able to cover all the sites in the region.
The main distinction in the characteristics of the three regions is that the Gulf of Aqaba has such a rigid reef that forms a lot of caverns and caves and is still pristine with marine life and hard and soft corals. The two famous dive sites in this area are the Blue Hole and Canyon. The reef in the Northern Red Sea is also covered in great marine life and corals. The extra piece in this area is that it has a lot of walls and pinnacles. At the same time it offers some of the best wrecks in the world like the Thistlegorm Wreck. Finally the Southern Red Sea is the biggest region. Like the other two regions it has some great reef and marine life. The exciting thing about this area is that it has higher currents than any other part of the Red Sea. This makes for some phenomenal drift diving. Also the higher currents brings big fish like Hammerheads, Whale Sharks, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Tiger Sharks and much more. This regions has some phenomenal islands that can only be reach byu liveaboards because of their distance. This offers some pristine reef unlike any other region in the Red Sea. The only thing about this regions is that you need a minimum of 50 logged dives to dive here due to the currents.
Our dive site of the month is the Big Brothers Island which is located in the southern Red Sea. This island is barely visible and easy to miss, save for the Victorian stone lighthouse, a legacy of British rule, which towers some 32 metres above Big Brother Island. One of the most amazing dives not only in the Southern Red Sea, but the whole of the Red Sea, the Brother Islands are quite isolated and thus a delicacy to be savoured by the privileged few. It has two wrecks laying on its walls.
At the northern most tip of the island lays a large freighter named the Namibia, 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 pelagics and an astonishing variety of marine life. Characterised by an impressive healthy fish population, it is dominated by tiny anthias, glassfish and sweepers. All are resident on or around a fringing reef that plunges steeply away on all sides. The walls are densely covered by huge gorgonians and colourful soft corals. Numerous sharks are attracted to the south east point of Big Brother. Grey and white tip reef sharks, hammerheads and the more ominous oceanic white tips are commonly spotted. Make a dawn dive here and you could be lucky enough to see thresher sharks, rarely seen elsewhere by divers.
Brothers Reef Basics: Wrecks and sharks
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 20 – 30m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 23 – 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate – advanced (min 50 logged dives)
Number of dive sites: 7
Diving season: All year round
Distance: 125 km (6½ hrs) north of Marsa Alam, 150 km (8 hrs) south-east of Hurghada
Access: Liveaboard only