Shark Quest Photography - Red Sea

  • Water temp 20 - 26 C
  • Air Temp 20 - 35 C
  • Visibility 15 - 25m
  • Good for... Sharks
  • Suitable for beginners Please note this one is only for divers comfortable in the blue maintaining depth levels while watching sharks!
  • Highlights Sharks are the stars of this photo workshop. There is a great variety of shark species that live in the Red Sea and this itinerary seeks to spend longer at sites where you have the very best chances to get stand out shots.

About Shark Quest Photography

Shark Quest Photography is a trip dedicated to looking for the best shark photo opportunities. There is a great variety of shark species that live in the Red Sea and this itinerary seeks to spend longer at sites where you have the very best chances to get killer shots. The itinerary is flexible and the reefs we visit will be selected in conjunction with the expert dive guides based on their local knowledge and resent sightings. Head to the sites where the sightings have been strongest at that time of year! Then let the magic happen. Keep your cool when the adrenaline is pumping and evolve your photography to take stunning shark shots!

Who is this for
Photographers of all levels are welcome, including compact and mirrorless users. Mario is an ex red sea dive guide, and with his experienced and friendly approach, will be at hand to assist with any camera or editing questions you may have.

On top of advice and tips, Mario will give a daily lecture covering techniques to photograph sharks, ambient light and photo editing. This is predominately a wide angle trip so a wet lens or wide angle set up is helpful. You don't need strobes, but 1 or 2 can be a great addition to your rig.

Diving highlights
From October to March Oceanic Whitetip move from the open seas close to the offshore reefs in the Southern Red Sea and are a very common sight in shallow water at sites such as Daedalus, The Brothers and Elphinstone. Oceanic whitetips sharks and without a doubt the highlight of this trip. Thanks to their inquisitive nature, get ready for the close up!

But Longimanus are not the only visitors on these reefs. Hammerheads, grey reefs and occasional threshers also live on the deep walls. You don't have to dive deep to find them though!

Sharks are the stars of this photo workshop. But in the southern Red Sea, let's not forget dolphins and turtles, ever present around so many of the Red Sea's reef systems.

All photographs for this itinerary were taken in July 2017 by Mario see more about Mario by clicking here


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Flexible itinerary
Shark quest photography is a Scuba Travel itinerary to the Southern Red Sea aim to give the best chances to photograph pelagic life. The locations will be chosen according to the season and the animals you are more likely to encounter.

After landing in Marsa Alam airport you will be transferred to Port Ghalib where Hurricane makes port.

Trip Duration
This 7 night trip offers in average 18 dives but this may change depending on the weather and reefs visited. You will be doing up to 3 day dives and if possible night dives in the areas where this is allowed (Is it not allowed to do night dives at the marine parks, Brothers islands and Daedalus reef)

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.

The boat will be ready after 18:00 and on the arrival day it is recommended to sort out your dive and camera kit to make sure everything is in working order, we will be sailing far from shore and it is not possible to come back to the harbour without compromising the rest of the itinerary.
The next morning the boat will depart after clearing the permissions with the authorities.

Brothers Islands (Al Akhawian)
This two islands have a different character. Big Brother host a characteristic lighthouse and the wrecks of the Aida and the Numidia but we will focus our attention on the south plateau where early morning thresher sharks come to be cleaned.
Little Brother is inhabited and offer great opportunities to encounter sharks. Boats are normally moored on the south side and depending on the season is not uncommon to see silky and oceanic whitetips sarks swimming in the shallows around the boat. The north plateau offer the chance to see grey reefs and occasionally thresher and hammerheads. The reefs are covered in hard and soft corals, beautiful sea fans and are a great place to see turtles, groupers and many reef dwellers. Keep an eye in the blue and you may see an occasional manta.

Daedalus (Abu Kizan)
This huge triangular reef has plenty of diving options to offer. It is famous for the reliable hammerhead encounters of the north tip but Oceanic whitetips and silky sharks can be encountered swimming between the boats on the south plateau and thresher sharks are often seen on the corners of the plateaus.

The walls offer excellent corals, a healthy population of common reef life and in the blue snappers barracudas and tunas are a recurrent sight. Dive along the east wall and an enormous colony of magnificent anemones offer an incredible opportunity to photograph clown fish in huge numbers.

This narrow and long reef is close to the Marsa Alam and is a popular dive site for both liveabord and daily boats. The north plateau is a popular location to see hammerheads and occasionally grey reefs. The walls buzz with colourful anthias and tunas and barracudas swim around in the blue. The south plateau is covered in soft coral and is a great place to look for the friendly resident hawksbill turtle. At the right time of the year oceanic whitetip shark swim in the shallows.

Marsa Shona
This bay offer a couple of different options, dive the reef wall on the corner where hard corals create the perfect habitat for octopus, morays and shoals of goat fish. Otherwise head towards the middle of the bay for a dive on the seagrass beds. In here you can find the resident huge green turtles, occasionally honeycomb whiptail, feather and thornback stingrays can be seen feeding and if you are in your lucky day you may see an elusive dugong.

After finishing the last dive the boat will head back to the harbour were you will spend the last night. The next morning, after breakfast you will be taken to a nearby resort. A day room will be provided as well as lunch and soft drinks. In the evening a transfer will take you to the airport where our rep will assist you during checking.