Safari is an option for biggest diving lovers. During a weekly cruise everything comes down to three things: diving, food and sleep. We start our day with „diving” in the early morning, and we finish off with diving at night. Delicious food and snacks, lounging lazily in the sunshine, post-lunch naps, and what is more, around 20 dives in stunning places of the Red Sea. What is more needed to be happy?
We set sail for safari in a large and comfortable boat, specially designed for such weekly diving expeditions. Air-conditioned cabins, a commodious living room with a dining room, spacious sundeck, comfortable diving platform, compressor, 2 zodiacs – all for your comfort and safe, efficient dives.
Safari in Egypt can be divided into several routes, and most of them may be modified and combine in various ways. You will find main diving destinations below.
At a height of Hurghada, so-called northern Safari is organized, also known as a shipwreck themed safari. In this area, the most important wrecks of the Red Sea are situated:
Sometimes, the route stop off at an epic Salem Express shipwreck or Dunraven and El Mina.
Apart from shipwrecks, you can also dive here on reefs, e.g. Abu Ramada or Giftun.
Classic northern route may be extended by a few nearby harbours:
Ras Mohamed – a very famous place in Sharm, which is a nature reserve. There are beautiful reefs, walls, isthmuses with lovely gardens and a renowned Yolanda wreck with popular “toilet bowls”.
Tiran – and exactly reefs beside the island belonging to Saudi Arabia. There are really lovely coral gardens, which are worth seeing.
Dahab and its environs – in the recent time some northern routes lead along this region, thus giving a possibility to dive in those several local cult sites.
Quite popular is safari, the program of which was called “top of the north”. It is a combination of northern shipwrecks with Brother’s Island, description of which can be found below.
Brother’s Islands are two solitary islands lying 60km off land in the open sea. Distant at 2km, they emerge almost on the very surface of water, and thus making us possible to dive beside giant walls in search of so-called “big game” (and there is a multitude of them here!!!). Sharks are present here virtually every time and their rich variety: reef shark, hammerhead shark, common thresher, whitetip shark, and even a whale shark. You can often encounter barracudas, turtles, and even giant manta rays. What is more, wrecks of Aida and Numidia, which beautifully blended in an underwater scenery already, rest on Big Brother’s slopes. It is worthwhile to mention gorgeous reefs, which grown on Brothers’ walls and plateau. This all makes some perceive it as one of the most captivating sites in the world.
The easternmost Egyptian reefs of the Red Sea. It is close from there to Sudan border. St John’s is a favourite place among fans of multicolored reefs and beautiful underwater landscapes. Spots here are unusually diversified: from walls, through lovely gardens, to tunnels, corridors and caves. You can encounter sharks here, and local coral formations are truly marvelous. Dives by night are also unforgettable – it is a perfect opportunity to see a snail called a Spanish dancer, lionfish and moray eels. Diving here for the first time already in such places like: Gotta Kebir, Habili Ali or Um el Khararim (Mother of Holes) we begin thinking of visiting them again. Since St John’s is a site, which can be watched many times and you will never get enough of it.
Fury Shoal – it is an integral part of the safari program at St John’s with such unforgettable sites as Claudia Reef or Malahi, situated north of St. John’s.
This program is quite often topped with a well-known and much-loved Elphinstone – a meeting place of sharks.
island at the altitude of Marsa Alam growing from depths of 500m and belonging to so-called Marine Park (sea park). Perfect place for observations of both lovely corals and many fish species, and sharks among them, e.g. reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and common threshers.
Daedalus is most often combined with the “Brothers” on a single safari. Sometimes happens a program – “Top of the south”, at which Daedalus, Rocky, Zabargad and Fury Shoal are combined with St. john’s.
The third option is so-called “golden triangle”, at which we sail to Brother’s Island and Elphinstone reef, apart from Daedalus.
Island famous for bewitching coral gardens with a variety of ergs, isthmuses and lagoons taking on a form of labyrinths. There is also a wall and a small shipwreck but it is worth turn one’s attention to lovely, shallow gardens. The island is of a triangular shape with the highest summit of 235m.
the island lying 2 km south of Zabargad, alike Daedalus and Brothers it is well-known for its pretty corals and huge chances of spotting so-called “big game”, that is various species of sharks, giant manta ray or dolphins. Walls overgrown with soft corals and Gorgonia reach as deep as 1000m. Zabargad and Rocky combine with St John’s or is visited by way of “Top of the south” safari.
it is a 6-km stretch of virgin reefs lying 4-hour navigation south of St John’s reefs right by the border on Sudan. It sometimes occurs as an additive to St John’s program.