The Brothers Islands called Al Akhawein in Arabic are two isolated volcanic islands, oval in shape, not easily accessible were it not for the 32 meter high lighthouse. They are only 1 km away from each other, located southeast of Safaga, about 200 kilometers south of Ras Mohammed and 67 km east of El Quseir. The larger of the two, aptly named Big Brother, is only 100 meters wide and just under 500 meters long. Little Brother is a little smaller, as the name suggests.
The location of the Brothers Islands is quite far from the coast, it takes about 6/7 hours of navigation to reach them, this is why we have two units of a strong nature, winds and currents, underwater conditions demanding, especially in winter, for this reason we recommend this itinerary from April to mid-November.
The rugged appearance of the upper part of the islands does not hint at the explosion of life that resides just below the surface of the water, the Brothers Islands mainly offer wall diving with steep walls, often enveloped by strong currents. This movement of the water increases the abundance of soft corals and majestic gorgonians that let themselves move in the direction of the current. Majestic groupers, butterfly fish and clouds of anthias float around these fantastic coral walls.
On the seabed of the tip North and along the West wall, there are two splendid wrecks covered with colorful alcyonaria: the Numidia sunk in 1901 and the Aida II sunk in 1957.
I Divers often look out into the blue, leaving behind these beautiful walls to be overwhelmed by the number of pelagic species, tuna, schools of barracudas suspended in the blue to avoid local predators, sharks. gray, oceanic whitetip and the hammerhead shark.
After spending two days at the Brothers’, we will sail the night southbound for about 90 miles and land at Daedalus reef, called in Arabic Abu Kizan, a real lost pearl in the sea Red where an old lighthouse built in conjunction with that of the Brothers, where an immense coral park awaits you !!.
The reef that reaches an extension of about 400 square meters is a strip of the upper end of a volcanic crater, around which a large coral atoll has formed. At the center of the barrier is a small island of fine sand on which the British built the lighthouse which today forms the main element of the landscape. The dives will be carried out on all sides of the reef, in particular along the north wall where we will meet a fantastic school of hammerheads.
The south wall has large madreporic terraced conformations that give the sensation of being in a lunar landscape. There are several species of fish that have adopted the Daedalus seabed: multitudes of colorful tropical fish coexist with schools of pelagic fish but the real surprise will be the encounter with the hammerheads and with a little luck with the manta rays that can appear at ‘sudden. </ p>
Diving directly above the plateau, one of the most beautiful descents into the blue. Due to its isolated location, Elphinstone is famous for encounters with whitetip and hammerhead sharks. The North Plateau is about 80 meters long and between 10 and 25 meters wide and is covered with colorful soft corals teeming with life, Clouds of fish anthias and hundreds of fusiliers, and barracudas surrounding you. If the current permits, you can move towards the end of the plateau to the north Looking up to 40 meters where there are beautiful coral formations
Depending on the current, here you can dive onto the plateau and then move west, and descend the west face and head south. It is best to dive the west face in the afternoon for optimal light conditions. Going down on the southern plateau close to the coral reef, you risk coming face to face with an oceanic whitetip shark. Visit the deep part of the south wall covered with soft corals of various colors.