All the below programs depend on the weather and the Captain directions
Marine Park North
The Golden Triangle
The Brother Islands are one of the best diving spots in the world. The Little Brother has a very high concentration of life in a much-reduced area. The walls are covered literally with sponges, anemones and all sorts of hard and soft corals in an astonishing variety of colors and shapes. Of course you will find here plenty of fish. It is not unusual to see sharks: hammerheads, thresher sharks, grey reef sharks, silver tip and white tip reef sharks.
About one km north of the Little Brother lays the Big Brother. Situated, in the middle of the island, is a lighthouse. When it is not too windy, you can proceed to dive the wreck NUMIDIA which lies upon the reef on the northern side of the island between 5m and 80m. is it is completely covered with both hard and soft corals and gorgonians. At the NW side of the island you will find the other wreck: the AIDA. This 82m long steam ship sunk 1957. The remaining pieces of the wreck are scattered all over the reef and just the backside of the hull can be found between 34m and 60m. It is nicely overgrown and worth to visit.
Daedalus is a remote outpost of a reef, less than a kilometer wide and marked by a lighthouse, Its isolation means it is only visited by liveaboard and this, together with its marine park status, means its reefs are in top condition and it's one of the best-loved scuba dives in the Red Sea. Schooling hammerhead sharks frequent the area, particularly in the summer months, as do silky sharks and other large pelagic fish such as manta rays, trevally and tuna.
Elphinstone offers crystal clear waters, coral and gorgonian just meters under the surface as well as a host of beautiful tropical fish. As for the bigger aquatic life, down on the plateaus at either end of the reef you can encounter oceanic white tips and hammerheads in the winter months. Mantas and the fierce tiger sharks are more common in the warmer season.
Example of BDE Itinerary Ghaleb/Ghaleb
Day2: 2 Check Dives Marsa Ghaleb+ 1Night Dives
Day4: Elphinstone and Abu Dabab, possibly Night Life
Day7: Shoona ( Dugong)
Day8: Check Out
Abu Dabbab is one of the most famous and of all of Egypt. It is one of the few places in the world where you can dive with the very rare and endangered Dugong aka the Sea Cow. In fact, there are two resident Dugongs in the Abu Dabbab bay named Dennis and Dougal. This dive site also features friendly giant Green Sea Turtles water that you can swim with up close. and personal. In the shallow, it is not rare to spot the bizarre looking but completely harmless Guitar Shark.
Elphinston offers crystal clear waters, coral and gorgonian just meters under the surface as well as a host of beautiful tropical fish. As for the bigger aquatic life, down on the plateaus at either end of the reef you can encounter oceanic white tips and hammerheads in the winter months. Mantas and the fierce tiger sharks are more common in the warmer season. Whatever the season though, Elphinstone is teeming with life and makes a fantastic dive.
St. John varies in depth, topography and wildlife. Habili Ali to the East end of St. John's is a submerged shallow plateau with huge drop-offs on all sides. The walls are spectacular for gorgonians and black coral and anemone as well as grey reef sharks, barracuda and napoleon wrasse. There are also passing visitors with the occasional manta, oceanic white tips and even occasional hammerheads. There is also a chance to see pods of dolphins which can appear from nowhere and take over the reef. The visibility can be up to 35 meters on a good day but the currents here gets very strong which considering the sheer drop-offs makes it a site for advanced divers only. In addition to reefs with all-round walls like Habili Ali and Habili Gafaar there are also slightly more relaxed dives like the strangely named Dangerous Reef. Here the current is much less and
Dangerous Reef benefits from a flat bottom at 20 meters instead of a deep drop-off. There are some easy swim through and lots of squid and eels, perfect for a night dive.
The Fury Shoals make up several reefs along the Southwest Red Sea coast, offering amazing scuba diving opportunities with some of the most pristine reefs in Egypt. The hard and soft coral are unspoiled and are a highlight of many dive sites such as the Fury Shoal Garden. The marine life is also really great with all the usual reef fishes of the Red Sea and various species of reef Sharks and even sometimes the curious Oceanic
Whitetip Shark. Pelagic fishes such Barracudas, Giant Trevallies; Dogtooth Tunas are also common in the area.Various kinds of dive sites are available depending on what you fancy (or what gets your heart rate going!): fringing reefs, lagoons, drop offs or wrecks are some of the options so you certainly won’t get bored here diving among these magnificent coral formations. A very famous dive site in The Fury Shoals is called the Dolphin Reef (Sha’ab Sataya). A pod of Dolphins is living there and can be often spotted while scuba diving or even Snorkeling.
Example of Deep South Itinerary Ghaleb/Ghaleb
Day2:2 Dive Check at Port Ghalib +1 Dive south on the way to St Johns.
Day3:3 dives in St Johns
Day4:1 dive in St Johns before traveling north to dive in the area of Cave Reef 2 dives
Day5:A relaxing day of alluring reef diving in Fury Shoal 3 dives
Day6:3 dives in Wadi Gamal area.
Day7:1 dive at Elphinstone, enjoy a relaxed dive local to Port Ghalib
Day8: Check Out
Marine Park South
Daedalus is a remote outpost of a reef, less than a kilometer wide and marked by a lighthouse, some 80 km offshore from Marsa Alam. Its isolation means it is only visited by liveaboard and this, together with its marine park status, means its reefs are in top condition and it's one of the best-loved scuba dives in the Red Sea.
Schooling hammerhead sharks frequent the area, particularly in the summer months, as do silky sharks and other large pelagic fish such as manta rays, trevally and tuna.
Rocky Island is one of the best of Egypt's marine parks, lying in the Red Sea's deep southern section. It is a small (~500m across) oval shaped barren sand island, just 5 km southeast of Zabargad, with steep walls exposed to strong currents. It is surrounded by a short reef plateau, which makes for a convenient safety stop at the end of your dives. Blackspotted sweetlips and Arabian angelfish can be found in the fissures and schooling bannerfish often cover the walls in large numbers. The northern coastline is the most exposed area of the island and is a site for the experienced diver only since surface conditions can be rough and currents can be strong and unpredictable. But if you do manage to enter here, stay clear of the surface swells and dive deep to avoid strong surge. Drift along in the current observing the colourful soft corals, large groupers, Napoleon wrasse, and schools of rabbitfish and unicornfish. The south side is the easiest portion of the island to dive. Hard coral shallows give way to soft corals and black corals at greater depth. Grey reef sharks patrol the depths, great barracuda roam the area in search of a snack.
Zabargad is the largest of Egypt's 4 Southern Red Sea marine parks and lies just 5 km northwest of Rocky Island in the deep south, 70 km off the mainland. The island has exquisite turquoise bays, sandy beaches and a 235m high hill at its centre.The sheltered Turtle Bay, here you'll find a wall to 15m then a coral reef slope down to 30m or so and then a drop off into the blue. The reef slope is a maze of coral patches and dome turrets, forming refuges to reef fish such as pufferfish and sweetlips, and invertebrates such as cuttlefish and octopus. The floor is home to bluespotted stingrays, scorpionfish and crocodilefish, and of course turtles are found here too. Green and hawksbill turtles hatch on the beach here in the month of August. The usual sharks can be sighted here, such as oceanic whitetips and grey reef. Although there is little coral growth here yet, there are several interesting sections of the ship to explore on a dive, such as the holds, bridge and engine room, which are filled with glass fish and are easy to explore from the 2 large openings to be found in the bow and stern. Large winches and heavy chains are in evidence towards the bow. You can access the engine room through the hatches in midships. The bridge is found down a narrow stairwell where you can still find the helm, chart room and control panels. The main mast is intact and is a great place for a safety stop since it rises to just 2m below the surface. Down the west coast of the island, lies the remains of the Neptuna. This was a German Red Sea diving safari boat that sank here in 1981. It has now broken apart but much of what remains is visible on the sea floor. The area is fairly shallow with coral bommies rising from 15m. Sometimes night dives are taken here!!
Example of Deep South Itinerary
Day2: Check Dive in Ghaleb
Day5: Rocky & Zabargad, possibly 1 night dive
Day6: Satayeh Area ( 3 dives + 1 night) plus snorkel with dolphins
Day7:Dugong 2 dives and Elphinstone as option
Day8: Check Out
Abu Nahas - SS Thistlegorm- Ras Muhammed
Abu Nahas On the north side are four wrecks laying on a sandy seafloor at the bottom of a steep sloping reef layered with table corals. On the south side is a safe anchorage for live-aboards and two ergs, known as Yellow Fish Reef.
Giannis D – Abu Nuhas: In 26m of water and leaning to port with a fully intact stern section and an impressive engine room packed with glass fish.
Carnatic – Abu Nuhas: A British P&O steamer which struck the reef in 1869. She lays in 29m and now the whole hull is draped in multicolored soft corals. The wreck is home to glass fish, octopus, morays, jacks and tuna cruise over head.
Thistlegorm is probably the most famous of the Red Sea wrecks. The 129m English Freighter was bombed by German aviation on 6th October 1941. Today she creates an artificial reef on a sandy bottom at 32m max depth. She is home to an enormous variety of marine life and is especially popular with large schooling fish.
Ras Muhammed declared a National Park in 1983, lies on the southern most tip of the Sinai and it is one of the best kept National Parks in Egypt. The sea near Sharm El Sheik is full of nutricients and therefore attracts a large amount of big fish. Steep walls covered in coral, going down to depth of 1000 meter, is the nature of diving in Ras Mohamed. It has earned itself a reputation as one of the top diving areas in the world.
Ras Ghozlani - One of the most beautiful dive sites in the area. Having been closed to divers for many years due to the turtle laying beach close by Ras Za'atar – it is scattered with colorful coral heads. Head north along the wall amongst big overhangs and dark gullies, Don't forget to check out the blue for schools of barracuda and jacks or the odd eagle ray cruising by.
Jackfish Alley - the largest plateau in Ras Mohamed. In early spring, this is the site of the seasons' first mating fish; crowds of white pointy nosed blue Spangled Emperors congregate here for only a couple of weeks, occasionally giving divers the chance to see glimpses of black tip sharks! Eel Garden - Eel Garden is situated in front of a small beach south of Jackfish Alley and immediately before Sharks Observatory. Eel Garden is well sheltered from the currents but since it is exposed to prevailing winds and waves divers must pay close attention to the condition of the sea.
Shark Observatory - The site is not aptly named as it is not noted for its shark sightings, however, it is a fantastic dive. Beneath the towering cliffs that continue below the surface to disappear into the deep abyss the wall is covered with soft coral and honeycombed with numerous gullies and canyons that are home to hoards of glass fish and hatchet fish herded by red mouth grouper.
Shark & Jolanda Reefs - Situated right at the tip of the Sinai this site is world renowned. Shark Reef, covered in stunning hard and soft corals, is a vertical wall dropping to charted depths of nearly 800m. Yolanda Reef has a wide plateau with a coral garden and masses of pinnacles, each one a cleaning station teeming with fish. Between Jolanda reef and the main reef lies the cargo of the wreck of the Yolanda. Most of the year, divers enjoy looking out for scorpionfish, crocodilefish, groupers, turtles, tuna, huge morays and napoleons that frequent this dive site but in the summer, all focus changes to the water away from the reef where schools of fish collect together for mating; Twin spot (Bohar) Snapper, Red Snapper, batfish, unicornfish, barracudas and more which of course sometimes attracts the predators. Silkies, grey reefs, black tips and even tigers have been seen at this dive site.
Example of North Program
Day2:2 day Check Dives+ 1 Night Dives in Hurghada
Day3:Abu Nahas wrecks 3 day dives+1 night dive
Day4:Ras Muhamed 3 Day Dives+1 night Dive
Day5:Ras Muhamed 3 day dives+1 Night Dive
Day6:Thistlegorm 3 Day Dives+1 night Dive D
Day7:Back to Hurghada 2 day dives+1 night Dive