Southern Red Sea Itineraries
- Brothers Islands and Elphinstone Reef
- The Brother Islands
- Brothers Deadalus Elphinstone
- Deep South - St. Johns Reefs
- Great Island Tour
- North Wrecks
- South Safari
- Best of Red Sea
Route: Best of the Red Sea
The Reef Elphinstone, a truly legendary reef, is one of the most beautiful reefs in the red sea, with its north and south plateau’s, and its walls covered in soft corals, black corals, wire corals and gorgonians. Hammerheads, oceanic white tip sharks and grey reef sharks can also be spotted here on a regular basis.
The Daedalus Reef is a huge reef formation that lies at about 180 km south of Brother Islands. The reef is surrounded by a sheer wall all around, featuring a plateau in its southern side that goes from 30 m beside the reef to 40 m on the edge of the drop-off. If the weather is good, try to get as far north as possible and drift along one of the sides of the reef. Reef and hammerhead sharks are often spotted here. UW life is here more abundant than anywhere else, with schools of surgeons, fusiliers, carangids…
Rocky Island is a mythical site that represents the diver's dream. The fringing reef that circles the entire perimeter of the island drops steeply to an astonishing depth and the constant currents that flow all along the year favor the growth of all different kinds of life in a continuous struggle for a place on the reef. The walls are absolutely covered with the most beautiful soft corals ever found, as well as gorgonians, fans, sponges and black coral trees. Because of its isolated situation and the reduced dimensions of the reef wall, everything seems to concentrate on the surroundings of this small islet. Reef sharks, especially grays and silver tips, you can watch in the blue and may be manta rays, sailfish and dolphins.
The Island of Zabargad is a superb dive spot. Here you can dive along walls, hover over drop offs or dive slowly in the shallow area, watching the fish and admire the coral garden. At the north side of Zabargad lies a nameless wreck. The 70-m long ship lies upside in 24-m depths. The whole strait Deep, deep in the south (in the near of Rocky Island) are the St. John's Reefs.
Because of the long distance, this reef group is quite virginal. You will find here exciting drop offs. The wall of one of the reefs is overgrown with big gorgonians; the wall of the other reef is overgrown with all kinds of colorful soft corals. You will find here a lot of fish and in the blue you can see with a little bit luck "big fish" like hammerhead, grey reef sharks, silvertip and white tip reef sharks and barracudas, tunas and mackerels. Sometimes even you can see mantas and dolphins. The stern section is nearly intact - stairs, rail, davit and the bridge.