Northern Reefs - Brothers


NORTHERN REEFS (NORTH) – BROTHERS


This itinerary is a great compromise between the most beautiful shipwrecks of northern Egypt and the drop-offs of the Brothers Islands : the perfect cruise for any fan of shipwrecks and pelagic fish.After the exploration of WW2 warships, you will sail to the southern tip of the Sinai to dive in the Ras Muhammad Marine Park where many schooling fish await you. You will then head south to reach the Brothers Islands and the pelagic fish that inhabit the sheer drop-offs among a huge coral diversity. There, you will dive the wreck of the Numidia that sank at the beginning of the twentieth century and the Aida II, a military ship supplying the Brothers Islands. 

Before sailing the international waters of the Red Sea, the ships must cross the Gubal Strait : one of the most hazardous routes in the Egyptian waters. Back in the days, ships had very limited navigation instruments : a compass and a marine map. It would take some 48 hours to link the Mediterranean and the Red Sea and then reach the Gubal Strait. Some 15 shipwrecks are lying on the Red Sea floor because of navigation errors. You will discover 100m-long merchant ships along with warships that sunk in the 40ies. You will visit the legendary SS Thistlegorm, discovered by Cousteau. 

Before going back south, you will sail east to reach the Sinai tip and dive the Ras Muhammad Marine Park

The Brothers Islands (Two very small islands : one a bit bigger than the other) are located 60 km off Al Qseir in the Egyptian territorial waters. These islands are of volcanic origin. Big brother is approximately 600m long and topped by a lighthouse built by the British in the 19th century.4 keepers ensure the lighthouse operates properly and will be delighted to welcome you for a visit.You will dive the two shipwrecks that lie at the northern tip of Big Brother : the Numidia (1901) is lying almost vertically against the reef between 10m and 83m and is covered in colourful corals. The Aida II, a military ship that was supplying the Brothers Islands and bringing the new lighthouse keepers, sank 100m away from the Numidia and is lying between 10m and 63m.

In this area you can have the opportunity to encounter a thresher shark.Small Brother is about 200m long. You will see, among other things, a beautiful garden of gorgonian sea fans, black corals and many pelagic fishes.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Saturday

    Saturday Our friendly staff welcomes you at the airport. 45 min bus transfer from Hurghada airport to the marina. You will, then, be attributed a cabin and discover the boat.

  • Day 2 Sunday

    Sunday After breakfast, your guide will tell you everything you need to know about your programme of the week, safety recommendations and, more generally, your life on the boat. Your diving certifications, logbook and insurance will be checked before leaving the marina. The boat will then sail to the first dive site, 30 minutes away from the marina.
    Your guide will give you a detailed briefing about your first dive.
    After lunch you will sail for about two hours heading north to reach the Hurghada area where you will do your second dive.
    You will then keep sailing north to reach the El Gouna area where you will spend a quiet and peaceful night moored behind a big reef.

  • Day 3 Monday

    Arrived the day before on site, you will do your first-two wreck dives in the morning. After lunch you will sail north for two hours before reaching the site where you will do the third dive of the day. Upon request, a night dive may be added. For a quiet and peaceful night, you will spend the night away from the waves, moored behind a big reef. This programme may be subject to change according to weather conditions.

  • Day 4 Thuesday

    Thuesday At sunset, the captain and his crew will take you to the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula where you will dive the wonderful Yolanda Reef in Ras Muhammad National Park. You will then sail west to the mythical shipwreck of the SS Thistlegorm that you will dive twice. After dinner, you will sail by night to reach the Brothers Islands early in the morning.

  • Day 5 Wednesday

    Wednesday On that day, three daytime dives are planned on the amazing drop-offs of the Brothers Islands.

  • Day 6 Thursday

    Thursday You will do three daytime dives on the second island of the Brothers. A visit of the lighthouse will be organised by the guide with the authorisation of the keepers. You will then sail for about five hours to reach the Safaga area in the middle of the night.

  • Day 7 Friday

    Friday The last two dives of the week will take place in the Safaga area. The Salem Express shipwreck or three stunning drop-offs will await you to end the week properly. After the last dive, you will have the possibility to rinse all your diving gear on the diving deck at the rear of the boat before sailing for less than an hour to the marina. The estimated time of arrival is 2:00 PM (your guide will tell you all about the leisure activities you can book in the Safaga area to spend an entertaining Friday afternoon).

  • Day 8 Saturday

    Saturday Departure from the boat will be after breakfast or according to your flight and transfer schedules to the airport or hotel.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

From To Price / pers. Boat Places Options Booking
€930 DUNE - JESSICA 9 / 30 Book now!
€1,130 Sea Legend high class 13 / 28 7 Book now!
€930 DUNE - NEMO 0 / 22 Fully booked
€930 Bohemia 0 / 22 Fully booked
€1,130 Sea Legend high class 0 / 28 2 Fully booked
€930 Bohemia 0 / 22 1 Fully booked
€930 DUNE - JESSICA 0 / 30 Fully booked
€1,130 Sea Legend high class 4 / 28 1 Book now!
€980 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€980 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€980 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
€980 Dune - Alia High Class 22 / 22 Book now!
€980 Bateauconforta 22 / 22 Book now!
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Departures for English-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: 66

Included

The price includes

  • The service charges (tips)
  • Customer reception at the airport, transfers airport/boat/airport
  • The 7-night liveaboard safari in a shared double cabin, full board, non-alcoholic beverages
  • 12L aluminum tank and weights
  • A minimum of 16 dives
  • A minimum of 10 dives for the snorkeling/dolphins liveaboard safari
  • The taxes
  • Free Nitrox

Not included

The price does not include 

  • Reservation of a cabin on the higher deck
  • Diving gear (full or partial)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • 15L tank : 30€ / week
  • Diving supervision (Level 1 divers and Level 2 beyond 20m) : 8€/dive/person
  • Other paid activities and services (see price-list on board)
  • Check dive / Upgrade training (CMAS Level 1 to OWD / Entering an ADV course) : 30€ / dive

Les suppléments à réserver avant le départ : 

  • Visa and airport assistance : 31€ / passenger
  • Cabin choice : 35€ / person
  • Travel light (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, weight belt, fins, mask and snorkel) : 70€ / person / week
  • Nitrox course + PADI kit : 135€ (certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • Advanced PADI course + PADI Kit : 240€ (certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • Deep Dive course + PADI Kit : 175€(certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • CMAS Nitrox course : 110€(certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • ADIP/CEDIP Deep Dive P40

Practical info

Budget & exchange

Local currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP).
You can paye by credit card and/or in euros.
Cashmachine are available in the airport and in all the cities next to the Red Sea.
Be carreful with the bank charges.  



Vital equipment

We rent diving gear (BCD, regulator etc.). If you wish to rent equipment, please let us know in advance in order to provide for it on board. Hence, we highly recommend that you take your own equipment (except tanks and weights).

To ensure the best possible unfolding of your diving liveaboard safari in Egypt : 

  1. Fins and mask
  2. BCD / Stabilizing jacket
  3. Regulator with octopus
  4. Air gauge
  5. Dive computer
  6. Surface marker / Deco buoy
  7. Visible or audible means of signaling (mirror, whistle...) 

The water temperature in Egypt is about 26°C 
Nevertheless, we recommend the use of a one-piece or shorty 3-5mm wetsuit.
Weights are at the divers' disposal during their stay.
Diving gloves and knives are forbidden in the Red SeaA hook is not necessary.  

12L tanks are made of aluminum with a single DIN valve.
Adaptors are available on board for yoke regulators.
15L tanks are made of steel with a single or double DIN valve.

Helpful equipment

Gear, in case: 

  • Mask strap 
  • Fins strap 
  • Other battery for your computer   
  • Thin rope

Medicine

No vaccination certificate is compulsory to this day, but a vaccine to protect against polio and tetanus are recommended.
Take your usual medication plus aspirin and paracetamol, an anti-diarrhoea (Diarsed, Imodium), and an intestinal anti-septic (Ercéfuryl), an anti-emetic (Vogalene Lyoc), an anti-inflammatory ointment, adhesive plasters, a treatment for sea-sickness (Mercalm).

Passport

You must have a passport (valid for at least 6 months after your return date) or a national identity card. In case of loss or theft you should make a copy of your passport, plane ticket, credit card and diver certificate.

Do not keep the duplicates with the master copies  

WARNING : UPON YOUR ARRIVAL ON BOARD, YOUR GUIDE WILL ASK YOU TO SUBMIT A COPY OF THE PASSPORT OR NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD YOU USED FOR YOUR BOOKING.  

Your diving documents and diving medical certificate that is less than 12 months old will be checked on your first day on the boat

Visa

To enter Egypt, you must have a visa (valid for one month). You can obtain it from the Egyptian Consulate or upon your arrival in Egypt at the desk provided for that purpose. It costs $25.
DUNE provides a lost luggage assistance, flights confirmation and VISA for 31€.

Weather

Egypt has a hot and dry climate with temperatures ranging between 17 to 25 degrees in winter and 30 to 40 degrees in summer.

Water temperature varies between 21 to 23 degrees in winter and 26 to 30 degrees in summer.

Best time of the year to go to Egypt is from March to November. 

Since it may be a little chilly at night in spring and autumn, it is advised to take a sweater and a beanie to protect your ears from the wind.

Topography

Egypt has two parts :
Lower Egypt (in the north) corresponds to the least elevated part of the country.
Upper Egypt (in the south) corresponds to the most elevated part of the country. 

A river, the Nile, flows through the country and Egypt's agriculture benefits from its fertile banks. 

It is also bordered by two seas : 
  • The Mediterranean Sea in the north
  • The red Sea in the south. 

Thanks to the diversity of the underwater flora and fauna, you will leave Egypt with unforgettable memories.
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Destination
Liveaboards in Egypt
Activity
Liveboard Shipwrecks
Duration
8 days
Group
12 to 30 persons
Code
66
Price
From €860
Level
3/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
French / English
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