Brothers Wreck Special - Red Sea

  • Water temp 18 - 28 C
  • Air Temp 19 - 35 C
  • Visibility 15 - 25m
  • Good for... Wrecks, sharks and walls
  • Suitable for beginners No
  • Highlights The Brothers Wreck Special takes wreck diving in the Northern Red Sea farther to include the Brothers wrecks! You even stop at Safaga and on Hurghada's wrecks. It really does combine unmissable wrecks and astounding diving for a more advanced itinerary that will amaze.

About Brothers Wreck Special

The Brothers Wreck Special takes wreck diving in the Northern Red Sea further. Wide ranging, this itinerary mixes up northern and southern destinations. Each iconic wreck follows another... the Thistlegorm one day... Numidia another. What more could any diver want? Over a week's diving, the Red Sea's shipping history is set before you for exploration. The Brothers Wreck Special is very much a journey through the ages, pausing at each moment in time. The Brothers Wreck Special really does combine unmissable wrecks and astounding diving for a more advanced itinerary that will delight.

From the moment your diving begins, this itinerary is one iconic wreck after another and the differences in each wreck could not be more marked. The simple delights of the 19th century Carnatic and Dunraven are all too evident. Now very much a part of the reefs, the beauty of these dives speak for themselves. Hanging on the precipice of Big Brother, the Numidia is jaw dropping and a good place to look into the blue for big fish. The Second World War sisters, Thistlegorm and Rosalie Moller, both lie at anchor and are adorned with lion fish and snapper. And bringing the week into the modern age are El Mina and the tragic Salem Express. The first reef inhabitants have settled in to these new homes. Whilst the focus of this trip might be the wrecks in this area, the sheer splendour of the marine ecology makes it worth a second glance. Returning to the North lie the Barge and Rosalie Moller. The Dunraven is the final stop in a week long wreck divers dream. The Brothers Wreck Special serves up an itinerary of wreck diving that cannot fail to lure you beneath the waves.

This itinerary is best suited to advanced divers. A minimum of 50 dives is strongly recommend for diving the Brothers, as it is remote, subject to strong currents with deep drop offs. Several of the wrecks make for excellent technical dives and the warm waters take the discomfort out of long bottom times. The fabulous visibility also makes this a great choice for photographers. The size and scale of the wrecks visited are impressive and worth more than a shot or two. Wide angle lenses are a must. Sailing at night leaves more time for diving and enjoying the peaceful scenery during the day. The Brothers Wreck Special is a remarkable route that visits a catalogue of veritable treasures and will interest anyone looking for a bit more drama in their diving. Touching the Southern Red Sea, this itinerary also gives the chance for to enjoy the sparkling reef life and opulent corals that make the Red Sea so enduringly popular.

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Royal Evolution will dive the above areas but in a slightly different order. Trips typically start at Abu Nuhas followed by the Rosalie Moller, Ulysses and Barge. If you spend 2 days at Abu Nuhas you will not cross to the Thistlegorm or Dunraven. After this the boat sail south to the Brothers to dive the Numida and Aida for 2 days. The final wreck before heading back to Hurgada is the Salem Express.

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Scuba Travel have several Brothers Wreck Special itineraries that depart during the year. They are popular so make sure you book early!

Embarkation
Mistral, Whirlwind and Hurricane will depart from the new marina in Hurghada.
Royal Evolution may depart from either Hurghada or Marsa Alam

Trip Duration
All of our Brothers Wreck Special trips run for 7 nights with 7 nights spent on board your liveaboard. Royal Evolution will usually offer 6 nights on board and 1 night in a hotel but please do check at the time of booking.

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 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.

Arrival
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 Wreck Special 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.

Abu Nuhas
Abu Nuhas has 4 wrecks but the two most commonly divd are the Carnatic and Giannis D. Between these two wrecks you get a real contrast of old world with the oldest wreck at Abu Nuhas (the Carnatic) and the newest (Giannis D). There is no night dive as the boat sets sail for the Brothers.

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. At Big Brother you will dive the Numidia and the Aida. The Numidia is a breath taking dive, hanging over the sheer drop off. The Aida is the deeper of the two wrecks but can be dived technically or recreationally. After the wreck fix, Little Brother is the shark site with regular grey reef sharks seen on the plateau or around the sea fan garden. Night dives are prohibited in this area.

Safaga
Once you depart the Brothers, you will normally arrive in Safaga, a port town. Safaga now has a couple of wreck options, which includes the controversial Salem Express.

Hurgada to Gubal
Once you leave Safaga the next wreck stop is Hurgada where the El Mina is dived. The third dive in the Ulysses and a night dive is made on the Barge. This is a great day's diving with real variety in the size, scope and history of the wrecks.

Return to Sharm
Some of the final dives are for many the real highlights of this tour. Wake up to dive the Rosalie Moller (weather & experience permitting) before the Kingston and Thistlegorm wrap up the day. The night dive on the Thistlegorm is a must do dive!

Royal Evolution
Royal Evolution will dive the above areas but in a slightly different order. Trips typically start at Abu Nuhas followed by the Rosalie Moller, Ulysses and Barge. If you spend 2 days at Abu Nuhas you will not cross to the Thistlegorm or Dunraven. After this the boat sail south to the Brothers to dive the Numida and Aida for 2 days. The final wreck before heading back to Hurgada is the Salem Express.

Returning home
Once you have finished you trip you will be advised of the details of your final day package. Transfers are made for return flights to the UK.