Red Sea Liveaboard Diving – The Brothers Islands

At Indigo Scuba we like to offer our customers something different and our 2014 Red Sea Liveaboard Safari is no exception. Most Red Sea Safaris usually cover the wrecks and reefs of the Northern Red Sea, or the wrecks and reefs of the Southern Red Sea.  Our 2014 Red Sea Liveaboard Safari is special and different – we will be taking you to the best wrecks and reefs of the Northern Red Sea as well as further South to the pristine and exciting Brothers Islands.

This means that on our 2014 Red Sea Trip, you will have the opportunity to dive the top wrecks of the Red Sea such as the Thistlegorm, Carnatic and Giannis D, and the famous reefs of the Ras Mohamed National Park, PLUS as the chance to travel further south on the same trip to dive the Brothers Islands, known for their pristine reefs, wrecks, pelagics and shark action.

So what makes the Brothers Islands so special?

The Brothers Islands (or El Akhawein as they are known in Egyptian) are a pair of tiny islands in the middle of the Red Sea, 200km south of Ras Mohammed. Classified as an official marine reserve, this is recognised as one of the top dive sites of the Red Sea.

brothers map

As they are the only significant reefs in the area, the Brothers Islands support a dense and diverse hard and soft coral population and attract a diverse array of reef fish; pelagics such as tuna, barracuda, giant trevallies; sharks and even manta rays!

Big Brother Island

Big Brother Colour Map

Big Brother is the larger of the two islands, lying about 1km north of Little Brother.  It is approximately 400m long and easily identified by its 32m high Victorian stone lighthouse.  Fabulous coral growth begins at the surface and continues down the steep sided walls where gorgonians, sea whips and a wealth of soft corals of every type imaginable flourish in the currents.

There is an incredibly healthy fish population here, with swarms of anthias, glassfish and sweepers on and around the fringing reef.   Many different types of shark are attracted to the south east point of Big Brother, with grey and white tip reef sharks, hammerheads and oceanic white tips commonly spotted. Make a dawn dive here and you could be lucky enough to see thresher sharks.

Big Brother Island is also home to two famous wrecks – the Aida and Numidia, which lie close to each other on the north east point of the island.

Numidia Wreck


The Numidia is a 130m long British wooden cargo ship which ran aground en-route to India in 1901. She is also known as the Railway Wreck due to the 2 locomotive wheels she was carrying as cargo and which now lie in the shallows.  The bow is broken up and lies in only 8m of water.

Aida Wreck


The Aida was a 75m supply ship for the Egyptian Ports and Lighthouses Administration which hit Big Brother in a storm whilst anchored there and sank in 1957. Her bow rests at 30m and the stern lies at 60m and deeper, where large groupers lurk.

Both wrecks are covered with beautiful hard and soft corals which have become home to a huge variety of marine creatures including napoleon wrasse, reef fish, shark and barracuda.

Little Brother Island

Little Brother Island

Little Brother Island is really great for amazing walls covered by unspoiled hard and soft coral. The underwater scenery is really breath-taking and diving there is just mind blowing. Hammerhead sharks, grey reef and silvertip sharks are often spotted there. The sandy bottom is at 47m and the top of the reef is quite shallow and makes a great spot for your safety stop!

Why not join us on this memorable trip of a lifetime?  To join us, please contact Deon on 083 268 1851 or today for more details.

Brothers Islands Reef Basics: Wrecks and sharks
Depth: 5 – >40m
Visibility: 20 – 30m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 23 – 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate – advanced
Number of dive sites: 7
Diving season: All year round
Distance: 125 km (6½ hrs.) north of Marsa Alam, 150 km (8 hrs.) south-east of Hurghada
Access: Liveaboard only