Without any doubt the Red Sea is considered as one of the most beautiful centers of attraction for sea and underwater lovers & one of the best dive destinations in the world, coming on the top of the wishing list for any diver.

Here we’ll highlight the best diving spots to discover in Egyptian waters. Starting from Port Ghalib we’ll be discovering the beauty of deep waters at Brother Islands, Elphinstone, Rocky and Zabargad Islands.
Not only will we offer the spots that are well known and loved by all divers for many years now, we will be also going beyond everybody’s expectations and discovering the most southern spot on the Sudanian border – Elba Reef!
We start our trip from Port Ghalib, just 10 min by bus from Marsa Alam airport and 220 km south of Hurghada airport (around 3 hours by bus).

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Diving and Marine Life

The Red Sea is unique in several aspects: among them, its uniform temperature distribution at the surface and at different depths. At the surface the temperature ranges from 26 to 30 degrees Celsius, at a depth of 40 m. the range is still between 21 to 25 degrees, this is actually one of the big advantages allowing the divers to dive any time all year round.
As well the advantage of its high degree of visibility which reaches up to 45 m which make the Red Sea an ideal place for scuba divers & as well as the underwater photographers & videographers.

Also, it has to be noted that the Red Sea contains the largest collection of sea life, incl. hard & soft corals, marine life & a lot of shipwrecks.
One of the most magnificent features of the Red Sea, are its beautiful coral reefs and to be more precisely, their skeletons, which are the main components of which the reefs are built.
Different kinds of corals exist in different areas of the reef, the distribution of corals & their stunning colours is breath-taking for all the divers. It’s the home of more than 300 coral species and more than 1000 fish species.

Red Sea Grand Tour

The highlights of diving the Red Sea’s Marine Parks include some terrific coral walls and gardens, including a mix of both soft and hard coral formations, plenty of tunnels and caves, and great visibility. Probably the best in the Red Sea.
Reef & fish life is still untouched and the deep walls and currents at some of the dive sites attract grey reef, hammerhead, oceanic white tip & sometimes thresher sharks, as well as other predator fish such as barracuda and jacks.

Day 1 Port Ghalib – Embarkation
Day 2 Check dive at Shouna, 2nd & 3rd dive at Elphintone. Sailing at night to Brothers Islands
Day 3 Morning dive, 2nd & 3rd dives at Big & Small Brothers. Sailing at night to Deadalus.
Day 4 Morning dive, 2nd & 3rd dives at Deadalus reef & overnight.
Day 5 Morning dive, 2nd & 3rd dives at Deadalus reef & sailing at night to Rocky Island
Day 6 Morning dive & 2nd dives at Rocky Island, sailing to Zabargad Island for 3rd dive. Sailing to St.John for Night dive
Day 7 Morning & 2nd dives at St.Jhon . Sailing to Port Ghalib
Day 8 Port Ghalib – Dis-Embarkation

Egypt / Sudan border ( Elba Reef )

Be ready to explore the area that has been untouched and have never seen mass diving tourism before. Technically in the northern Part of Sudan, at the border to Egypt the area features three reefs that we call the Elba Region. Huge coral fans are at the edge of the plateau. Quite often you can spot some big pelagics here, such as grey reef sharks and even hammerheads.
The eastern reef of the Elba region is going to surprise you with the wreck of Levanzo. It might be a bit challenging as a dive, the wreck starts with its propeller at 22 meters, the broben part is at 40th and the maximum depth is 65 m.

Day 1 Port Ghalib ( Embarkation )
Day 2 Shouna for check dive, Elphinstone for 2nd & 3rd dives , sailing to St.John
Day 3 Diving St.John the whole day, sailing at night to Elba
Day 4 Diving the whole day at Elba reef & night dive
Day 5 Diving the whole day at Elba reef & night dive
Day 6 Diving the whole day at Elba reef, sailing at night to St.John
Day 7 St.John for two dives, Saling to Port Ghalib
Day 8 Port Ghalib ( Dis-Embarkation )

*Itinerary can be changed due to weather conditions

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TOP Dive Sites

St. John’s

One of the big advantages of the St.John’s area is the few liveaboards visiting this area, as usually most of them are staying only one or one day & half maximum. With warm, crystal clear waters and amazing sights to be seen including caves, coral reefs and beautiful tropical fish, there is a whole underwater world just waiting to be explored when we go to St. John.
Actually, St John’s has fabulous diving. Stunning coral plus large shoals of fish, turtles, dolphins and sharks. It’s a collection of small reefs in the far south of Egypt covering around 290 km2. St. John’s reefs lie on a Bay, directly south of the Peninsula of Ras Banas and close to the Sudanese border, and offer a great diversity of diving environments.

Rocky Island

Rocky Island is a very small uninhabited island in the deep south of Egypt’s Red Sea. It’s triangular in shape, and measures just over 500 metres long and 300 metres wide. Its northeast & southeast sides are quite straight, and its western side is shaped in a gentle arc.
On all sides of Rocky Island, there’s a shallow plateau that extends from the island approximately 35 metres out to the sea, and then the water drops off to become very deep.
The surrounding deep water and the remote & exposed location give the best chances of seeing exciting marine life, including pelagic sharks.
The Northern & East shores of Rocky Island receives most of the wind, waves and current and is therefore more underwater action & to see some excellent marine life and corals.

Zabargad Island

Still one of Egypt’s best-kept secrets, Zabargad Island is a jewel in The Red Sea and is the largest island in the area. It’s located in the far south of Egypt, near the border with Sudan. It has several world-class dive sites, including a wreck .
This un-inhabited island is triangular in shape, measuring 2.6km east to west, and 3km north to south. Diving at Zabargad Island is truly world class, with some stunning reefs and a mysterious wreck, which are covered by resident marine life. Plus there’s always the chance of a large pelagic shark passing with healthy reefs all around the island.
Also it’s home for Turtle nesting ground in July and August during the nesting season we have the best chance for an encounter with them.

Elba Reef

Elba Reef is a triangle-shaped reef in the northern Part of Sudan, at the border to Egypt. It’s part of three reefs that we call the Elba Region.
It has a long north plateau that starts at around 20 meters depth and drops to it´s northern tip to round 45 meters. Plenty of huge coral fans are at the edge of the plateau. Quite often you can spot some big pelagics here, such as grey reef sharks and even hammerheads. Best conditions are in the mild north current, where you might start your dive from the back of the boat. If mooring is not possible according to the weather conditions it would be a dive by the zodiac.
The eastern wall has plenty of cracks, overhangs and inlets that are full of soft coral.

The south plateau is a bit shorter, with some huge pinnacles. It started as well at around 20 meters and slopes down to 45 meter too. The eastern and western sides drop quite steep to more than 100 meters in depth.
In the shallow part of the reef is a beautiful cave system at the eastern edge. Starting at around 8 meters depth. Best diving at the south plateau for sure at south current.

Levanzo Wreck

The wreck of Levanzo is located at the eastern reef of the Elba region. The dive should start by the Zodiac, to be dropped straight on top of the wreck. The stern with the Propeller is the first to reach at a depth of 22m.
As the wreck is upside down a penetration is not the easiest one, but you can dive under the wreck in some areas. It’s nicely covered with plenty of huge black corals and soft corals. The broken part is at a depth of around 40 meters, where the dive ends for recreational diving. The maximum is at round 65 meters. There is plenty of marine life to be found at the wreck. Such as big groupers, schooling trevally and other marine life.
You either finish your dive ascending at the rope placed at the prop or continue along the reef to shallow up and do your safety stop along the main reef. It has nice coral blocks too. Then you might end your dive at the mooring boat.