Brothers Islands and Sinai Reefs| Red Sea Dive Holiday

Brothers Islands and Sinai Reefs - Red Sea

  • Water temp 18-28C
  • Air Temp 19-35C
  • Visibility 15-30m
  • Good for... Pelagics and macro on outstanding reefs
  • Suitable for beginners No
  • Highlights Combines the ultimate reef dives at the Brothers, Ras Mohammed and Tiran for a sizzling week's luxury liveaboard diving in Egypt.

About Brothers Islands and Sinai Reefs

Want to combine the spine tingling, world class reef dives of the Brothers Island, Ras Mohammed and Tiran all in 1 luxurious liveaboard through the Egyptian Red Sea? Then make this exciting itinerary your choice for 2023. Mix up sharks, dolphins, turtles, schooling fish in their droves with opulent reefs, vast sea fans and even marvellous macro in a reef diving enthusiast's dream Red Sea liveaboard. This is reef diving at its undeniable best and with such a variety of iconic dive sites in one week of divine diving, you are sure of an adventure underwater that will be unlike any other Red Sea liveaboard.

Your week starts in Hurgada and the check dive. A short stop in Safaga at the classic Panorama or Abu Kafan Reefs and then you are on to the Brothers. Divers have long headed to these two tiny islands for the ultimate shark sightings and drift dives along the steep walls. The deep water draws hammerheads, silkies, grey reef, white tips and even oceanic whitetips throughout the year as they come in to hunt the endless swarms of tuna, barracuda, rainbow runners and snapper. The walls themselves are outstanding with some of the biggest sea fans you will ever find at Little Brother. Turtles, camouflage fish and even octopus... look closely and you can find everything here! After the adrenalin packed days at the Brothers the pace does not slack. Ras Mohammed with her almighty wall dives awaits. You never quite know what you will find here! The drop off is home to bat fish and snapper but head round the back of Yolanda to discover napoleons and huge morays. Shark Observatory and Ras Gozlani wrap up an exceptional day's diving. As you continue North, discover Tiran's coral gardens. Jackson is arguably one of the most colourful reefs in the entire Red Sea. Drift along the sea fan drenched wall at Thomas before you play with the school of banner fish at Gordon. The final day sees your return towards Hurgada but not before you get a chance to look for dolphins at Shaab El Urg.

The Brothers Islands and Sinai reefs itinerary is best suited to more advanced divers. The Brothers Islands are remote and can experience strong currents. Whilst there are no minimum number of divers anymore required to visit the Brothers, divers should be comfortable with drift and boat diving. The sheer abundance and variety of marine life makes this the ideal voyage for photographers as well as fish enthusiasts. Sail away and see Egypt's ultimate reef dives in a single week for sightings that will make your log book sizzle!

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We have several departures that will focus primarily on the Brothers islands and outstanding North Siani reefs throughout the year. They are popular so make sure you book early!

We will depart from the new Hurghada Marina

Trip Duration
All of our Brothers Island and Sinai Reefs trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard.

There are normally 3 day dives apart from on your first and last day. Night diving is prohibited whilst at the Brothers although there will normally be at least 1 night dive during the week. There are around 17-18 dives on an average week but this can vary.

All liveaboard itineraries are subject to various unpredictable changes including weather conditions and changes in local Government approval. Whilst our boat operators make every effort, we cannot guarantee diving at specific sites. In adverse weather conditions, the guides and captain of the boat will have the final decision about which dive sites to visit to ensure that the safety of guests, staff and boats is not compromised in any way.

Once you have been picked up from the airport you will be taken to the port to board your liveaboard. If you are making your own way to the harbour we ask that you not board before 18:00. There will be a full welcome briefing on arrival and you can set your kit up. If you have prepaid any rental equipment this will be given to you on arrival. There is then your first dinner and you can settle in for the evening. The boat will not leave harbour on this first night.

After the boat permissions are sorted, the boat will depart the next morning and the check dive will be made.

A normal Brothers Island and Sinai Reefs itinerary will dive at the following areas but the exact dive sites and order will vary week by week depending on what people enjoy, where the best sightings have been and reflect diver experience levels.

At the beginning and end of the trip you will do a dive around Hurgada. The exact sites will vary but Gota Abu Ramada is a great location for the check dive - look out for the baby barracuda, trigger fish and large coral blocks. As the boat comes back towards harbour at the end of the trip the must see dive is Shaab el urg. Not only can you wend merrily between the coral blocks but a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins are frequently seen and very playful.

En route to the Brothers there is normally a chance to stop in Safaga. Panorama is one of the most popular dives here and well worth a stop. The large reef can be dived in several directions with easy drifts down either wall. Highlights include schooling surgeon fish, barracuda and turtles. Abu Kafan is another big name dive site. This slim reef is another wall dive but especially good for tuna sightings.

The Brothers
You can dive both Big and Little Brother and both are quite individual, despite only being a stone's throw from each other. The south plateau at Big Brother doubles as a cleaning station for thresher sharks. Watch these graceful sharks circle the coral mounds early in the morning (watch the current too!). Drift down the west wall and keep an eye out for passing sharks beneath you. Along the wall there are long, delicate whip corals. If you ascend to the shallows near the jetty there is always a school of rabbit fish swirling around the beams. A resident turtle (he has a lot of red fuzz on his shell) patrols the wall all day long.

Little Brother is the shark mecca with regular grey reef sharks seen on the north plateau or around the sea fan garden. This itself is impressive with vast sea fans up to 5m wide catching the current. When the current is running you can dive from one end to the next in one go! The inner west wall has a range of corals and sea fans. Look out for the trumpet fish that hover beside divers, waiting for cover to hunt. Or just jump off the back of the boat to surround yourself with rainbow runners, tuna, barracuda and of course... more sharks! Hammerheads are usually seen in the spring, silkies late winter and oceanic white tips in the autumn.

Night dives are prohibited in this area.

Ras Mohammed
Sailing overnight means you will wake up in Ras Mohammed and can start the day off before the day boats arrive at the world famous Shark and Yolanda. This classic drift dives delivers it all. Drama on the Shark Reef drom off with bat fish and snapper gives way to the picturesque Yolanda reef. Stay on the outside to hunt out the resident stone fish, play with blue spotted sting rays or get your pic taken with the toilets! Head around the back of the reef where small napoleons and massive morays await.

Shark Observatory and Ras Gozlani are superb dives with some similarities. You can hug the wall and dive along the coral reef where all manner of macro awaits. Head out across the narrow plateau otherwise where you find larger schooling fish and coral blocks. Trigger fish are common at both sites as are octopus hiding in the crevices and overhangs.

The lush coral gardens of Tiran are world famous. Jackson reef has what is often thought to be the most colourful reef in Sharm. Make your way along the wall (stop to visit the red anemone) before you reach the diver's playground - just keep an eye on the current. Thomas Reef is best known for the deep and technical dive canyon but the shallows are just as wonderful. There are vast sea fans and vibrant marine life that flickers before your eyes. Finish the day off with a dive at Gordon reef. A shipping accident many years ago left tar barrels on the plateau but today these form part of the reef, crusted in corals. The schooling banner fish are delightful.

You will normally leave the boat after breakfast on your last day and be transferred to a hotel for the day. Your final transfer will take you to the airport for your return flight home. Please do speak to the travel consultant at the time of booking to confirm the exact last day arrangements as it can vary.