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In 2014, we started our first tour in the Red Sea together with 21 guests. On this tour, the reefs of Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone were visited. Even then, these tours were on everyone’s lips, but not nearly as highly frequented as they are today. At Brothers, you could also stay overnight, which is unfortunately no longer possible today.

Over the next 10 years, we have dived pretty much all regions in the Red Sea, from the far north to the Strait of Tiran down to the south to the reefs of Hamata and St. Johns.

For the first tour this year, we offered something new and drove even further south to the border with Sudan. The reefs in Elba National Park are not visited often, and this time, we were the only boat that dived there. The reefs are untouched, and the corals are in full tact—a beautiful mix of hard and soft corals as far as the eye can see.

A Vibrant Coral Reef Teeming With Colorful Fish In The Crystal-Clear Waters Of The Red Sea, Egypt.

Underwater Paradise: Diving Egypt's Red Sea

Discover ancient shipwrecks, swim alongside colorful fish, and marvel at the intricate beauty of coral reefs.

The abundance of fish reflected the mix of the Red Sea; here and there, whitetip sharks could be seen, and a hammerhead shark passed one of our diving groups. Since the driving time takes almost 2 days with interruptions to the Elba Reef, we could only stay there for one day and then started the return journey north. On our way back we drove to well-known places such as St. Johns and the Samadai Reef. As usual, we were spoiled with great coral reefs, dived the caves of St. Johns Caves and Shaab Claudio again and snorkeled again with umpteen spinner dolphins at the Dolphin House of Samadai.

The second tour led us from Elphinstone Reef to Daedalus and then to the Brothers. Elphinstone Reef is still one of the most beautiful reefs, although it is only 1.5 hours from the mainland. The plateaus are legendary. Unfortunately, it was still too early for hammerhead and longimanus sharks, but we could admire the “almost” stationary napoleons and turtles as usual. This year, the west side was particularly intoxicating in the afternoon with its schools of fusilier fish that were hunted close to the reef by large trevally and circled the divers a little as protection.

The crossing to Daedalus was quite pleasant and there we were able to go in search of hammerhead sharks and other big fish for 2 days. Right on the first dive, hammerhead sharks were seen in both groups at the northern tip, one group was also lucky that a manta ray passed close to the reef. In general, we had shark sightings on all dives; even when we dived the plateau, we saw not only the local Napoleons but also a Longimanus, which curiously disappeared under the boats. This year we were also lucky enough to see hammerhead sharks and even a thresher shark on the South Plateau, which is more for a leisurely afternoon dive. Even though the reef is very busy, the corals and fish population are in exceptionally good condition and worth a visit at any time. The end of our visit was rounded off by a visit to the lighthouse with the beautiful view over the moored boats with the sunset.

A Diver Exploring A Shipwreck In The Red Sea, Surrounded By Colorful Fish And Coral Reefs.

Unveiling the Secrets of the Deep: Wreck Diving in the Red Sea

Explore the haunting remains of shipwrecks, encounter a kaleidoscope of marine life, and uncover the secrets of the deep.

We went on to the Brothers, and this year, we were lucky that there was only one other boat next to ours. You also notice that overnight stays are banned here. The fish population, especially on the plateaus near Little Brother, is extraordinary. On the north plateau, we could watch a silvertip shark taking care of its teeth at a cleaning station in the morning.

Large moray eels, groupers and mackerel circle the reef and schools of flute fish greet the divers anew every time. At Big Brother, of course, the main attraction is the reef of the Numidia. This wreck, which sank in 1901, is, for me, the most beautiful wreck in the Red Sea, next to the Thistlegorm.

Fantastically overgrown and ideal for recreational divers, you will find photo and video motifs here and could spend the whole dive there. Unfortunately, you only get 2 dives per day, because you are not allowed to anchor there overnight. However, this has an absolutely positive effect on the reef and on the fish stock.

Divers Swimming Alongside A Majestic School Of Hammerhead Sharks In The Deep Blue Waters Of The Red Sea, Egypt.

An Enchanting Encounter: Diving with Hammerhead Sharks in Egypt's Red Sea

Dive into the heart of the Red Sea and come face-to-face with the mesmerizing hammerhead sharks. This extraordinary encounter is a testament to the Red Sea's diverse marine life and the unparalleled diving experiences it offers.

Since we went back to Hurghada on this tour, we were able to stop by the Salem Express and some reefs around Safaga on the way back before we finished our last dives at Police Station and Erg Somaja in the Hurghada area. This was especially pleasing to our diver as these reefs are still beautiful and many of them haven’t been there for a long time.

All in all, both tours were very successful this year. We would like to thank the crews of the Heaven Saphir and the M/Y Galaxy 720 and look forward to returning for more tours.