Diving Brother Islands, Red Sea

 

Thresher Shark

Brother Islands is a great place to see the amazing thresher shark. Image by PacificKlaus

 

The Brother Islands are a pair of small islands lost in the middle of the Red Sea, around 200 kilometers south of Ras Mohammed, which act as magnets for pelagic fish. The islands are exposed to currents that bring enough food to maintain an extraordinary amount of corals, really dense, with beautiful soft coral gardens. In its shelter live from the smallest reef fish to manta rays or some of the most impressive pelagic sharks. To dive in the Brother Islands is only possible by liveaboards.

 

The national park status granted in 1983 and its remote and difficult location makes it a virtually virgin area that has become a Mecca for experienced divers who want to enjoy one of the best and least crowded Red Sea dive sites that also has two outstanding wrecks. This is a dive site for "athletes" with enough experience so if you have less than 50 dives is better to taste the diving in the Red Sea in areas such as Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada before jump to these small islands... you know that good is worth waiting.

 

 

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Wrecks

The Numidia

The Numidia was a British freighter that, after hitting the Big Brother island, sank almost vertically. Today the wreck is, after more than 110 years sunk, beautifully decorated with soft coral and several sharks that visit it can be found, attracted by the currents passing through the reef. The Numidia is a great opportunity to dive in a beautiful wreck for both recreational and tec divers as the wreck lies between 10 and 85 meters. Read more about the Numidia>>

The Aida

The Aida was a vessel of 75 meters in length dedicated, among other tasks throughout its history, to transport supplies and troops during World War II. The Aida sank in 1957 and today lies between 30 and 60 meters fully loaded with hard and soft corals and plenty of the most representative reef fish of the Red Sea.

 

Coral reefs

Big Brother, the largest of the two reefs, is a plateau around 400 meters long with a Victorian stone lighthouse. The profusion of corals is extraordinary, which starts on the same surface and is lost in the depths, where you´ll see great sea fans, coral forests of different colors or long sea whips. As along the entire the reef the currents can be strong, diving here is not too easy.

 

 

The amount of small reef fish is so incredible that can be compared to other top dive sites like Raja Ampat o Tubbataha: thousands of anthias and glassfish, Red Sea banner fish, butterfly fish, scorpion fish, napoleon wrasse or huge snowflake moray eels are just an example of the fauna living in this reef. Among the most interesting pelagic fish that pass through stand the oceanic whitetip shark, silky sharks and thresher sharks, especially in winter, and large schools of barracuda and tuna.

 

Sea fan

Huge sea fan and Red Sea banner fish in Little Brother. Image by Derek Keats

 

Little Brother, the smaller of the two islands and drop-shaped, has deep side walls except in the north. This plateau is one of the best places in the Red Sea for diving with sharks, with whitetips sharks and gray reef sharks around the reef and incredible visits of hammerhead sharks groups. The reef walls are characterized by the large number of corals and from 30 meters you´ll find authentic black coral forests, gorgonian fans more than two meters wide and dense populations of soft corals.

  


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