От Марса Алама яхта отправляется в северном направлении. Полтора часа отличной морской прогулки и вы окажетесь в районе рифа Эльфинстоун! Высокое плато Эльфинстоуна находится на глубине от одного до трех метров в зависимости от уровня моря, но сильные поверхностные течения и интенсивное движение яхт делают невозможным сноркелинг на этом рифе.
Однако дайверы могут сразу же начать этот непростой дайв! Риф известен своим невероятным биоразнообразием и, конечно же, здесь можно увидеть крупных рыб. На севере мы погружаемся по пологому плато от 18 до 40 метров, а на юге - по подводным террасам. Западная и восточная стены рифа круто уходят в глубину. Риф Эльфинстоун имеет общую длину ок. 725 метров и ширину 140 метров.
Твердые и мягкие кораллы множества цветов дарят нам радость - если бы мы могли, мы бы прыгали от восторга. К нашему погружению также присоединятся черепахи, мурены, красноморские барабули, белоперые рифовые акулы, акулы-молоты, тигровые акулы и, честно говоря, почти все представители подводного мира Красного моря. Где можно встретить всех их, если не здесь?
The Red Sea has at the Brothers a width of 180 km, but the crew managed to strike this small island – shortly after two clock at night Captain Craig was rudely awakened from the mighty impact of the ship on the reef at the northern end of the “Big Brother”.
The “on duty” officer Merwood had fallen asleep at the same time with his boss. The route led the ship then in truly instinctive certainty in the middle of the reef.
So the ship got stuck in the narrow fringing reef and all efforts to self release failed.
In the following days other ships were still trying to drag the Numidia freely, but they failed as well.
Captain Craig remained only the thankless task to stay on the desolate island for several weeks and to monitor the recovery of the cargo.
Probably in the winter storms 1901/02 the ship was then torn from the reef and sank definitively.
As already mentioned, high waves and strong currents make diving here often difficult or impossible!
Originally, it was meant for the Egyptian port and lighthouse administration, and however, it was used later for ferry and supply work in Egyptian ports.
At the southeast coast of Big Brother Island, where Egyptian soldiers were always stationed for two months, the Aida was supposed to provide the supplies for the soldiers. It had fresh water, food and the next “watch” on board.
On the 15. September 1957 in a heavy storm, and despite several warnings, the captain decided to drive and tried to fasten to Big Brother. It struck to the reef. The Aida began to sink rapidly and the captain did not have any other choice, but to leave than the ship with his crew and give it up. A life raft was still able to be discharged, and all 77 sailors were taken safely on board, before the Aida sank, and set them down on Big Brother.
The dive is an unusual dive, it doesn’t matter how experienced a diver you are. It will surprise you, how a ship can sink onto the sloping reef edge in such a way that it looks as if it’s been parked. Since the ship contains no more cargo, it is assumed that this slipped off by the wreck and lies now in deeper regions. The same as, the AIDA stands straight up on the sloping reef edge, the highest point at 25 m, the propeller at 57 m. Apart from the collision with the reef the ship is still perfectly intact.
For more than 40 years now
it stands there and becomes ever more a part of the reef. Covered in coral. With increasing depth you will find a variety of all sorts of corals and soft corals. Within the upper area, these appear by daylight in a multiplicity of colours, and leave a unique impression. With regards to fish, beside the entire range of the usual fish, large tuna can very often be found.
After arrival in Hurghada or Marsa Alam transfer to the boat.
Check in, dinner and spending the first night onboard in the marina.
Departure in the morning.
Instruction on the boat,
Diving, safety and equipment briefing.
Two dives at Small Giftun Island
Two dives at Big Brother
One dive at Small Brother
Night dive at Abu Dabab
Two dives at Marsa Shona
Head to Port.
At least 20 hour safety rest before flying would be given to all participants.
Handing trip educational material/ videos.
Breakfast and check out latest at 10:00 am.
Transfer to the airport or hotel.