Simply the Best
Dive the Top 3 sites in the Red Sea
Brothers - Deadalus Reef - Elphinstone
Now rescheduled from September 2020 to September 2021
The Red Sea needs no introduction to scuba divers. These world famous dive sites are surely on every divers bucket list! Rainbow-Scuba is always looking for the best of the best for our friends and fellow dive buddies. After taking expert advice from fellow divers who have dived the Red Sea a dozen or more times we have chosen this southern route which even the liveaboard company itself calls Simply the Best.
From the map opposite you can see why we have decided to start this trip from Marsa Ghalib not Hurghada. Most convenient flight will be into Marsa Alam (RMF) although transfers from Hurghada (HRG) are also included. Direct flights from many European cities to both airports.
Dive Sites Description
The Brother Islands are the pinnacles of two undersea mountains rising from the depths of the abyss and are located about 60 miles offshore. Part of the Marine Park Islands National Park, these islands offer stunning wall diving, with the walls being covered in soft corals and forests of gorgonians, creating a kaleidoscope of ever-changing colours. They attract a diverse array of marine species and large pelagics. Large tuna, jacks and snappers cruise in the blue, accompanied by occasional hammerheads, silvertips, silky and oceanic white tip sharks and mantas. Even the rare thresher shark can be found here. Sightings of the grey reef shark are almost guaranteed on the North and South Plateaux of Small Brother.
Daedalus Reef, also part of the Marine Park, is a large, oval reef with a lighthouse and is the furthest offshore reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. Its deep walls and drop-offs offer some of the most spectacular diving to be found. Daedalus has mountainous, pristine, hard coral formations. There is also a strong chance of spotting schooling hammerheads and grey reef sharks. Elphinstone, with its sheer walls covered in soft corals, offers a likely encounter with oceanic white tip sharks.
Thursday 16- Thursday 23 September 2021
Prices per person in Euro
Lower Cabin 12 places € 1,120
Upper Cabin 8 places € 1,160
Currently all cabins are twin share, no double beds.
Included: Shared cabin, 7 nights on board (last night either on board or in a hotel). 6 days diving, local transfers, guide, 12 litre tanks, weights, full board & soft drinks, red wine with dinner, environmental tax, Marine Park fees and port departure fees. Free Nitrox on all boats, subject to availability. Transfers are included from either Hurghada or Marsa Alam airports or hotels. It's a 3 hour bus journey from Hurghada to our departure at Marsa Ghalib Port. So arrival to Marsa Alam airport probably best.
Not included: Flight/visa, diving equipment, tanks other than 12 litres and alcohol. Dive equipment rental: Full range (25 Euro per day for full equipment)
Our hosts Emperor Divers and the MV Asmaa
Emperor Divers are the leading live-aboard operator in the Red Sea with 4 beautiful marine vessels operating throughout the Red Sea. The Emperor Asmaa underwent a complete refit in 2015 and now comfortably accommodates 20 people in 10 twin-berth cabins (4 x Upper Deck 6 x Lower Deck), all ensuite with individual air conditioning. There is a large dive deck, indoor and outdoor lounge and sun deck.
Direct Flights on a Thursday to Marsa Alam (RMF)
At the time of going to press the following routes were found. Domestic flights from Cairo are always possible with Egypt Air on Monday, Wed, Thursday, Sunday. Also international and domestic flights into Hurghada and road transfer to Marsa Alam
Cologne/Bonn (CGN) and Leipzig/Halle to Marsa Alam (RMF)
Schedule for Sept not yet released but flights usually only on Tuesday
Schedule for Sept not yet released but usually stopping in Zurich
Schedule for Sept not yet released
Flights usually Tuesday and Friday - no schedules available yet
TUI Airways GBP 509 return
17 Sept Thurs 13:50 Gatwick, London (LGW) 20:25 Marsa Alam (RMF)
24 Sept Thurs 16:50 Marsa Alam (RMF) 20:50 Gatwick, London (LGW)
Smart Wings QS 1223
Turany BRQ 16 - 19 - 23 - 26 Feb
Mosnov OSR 16 - 19 - 23 - 26 Feb
Ruzune PRG many flights
Edelweiss Air WK 151
Thu 09:15 Zurich (ZRH) 14:50 Marsa Alam (RMF)
Thu 15:40 Marsa Alam (RMF) 19:55 Zurich (ZRH)