The Red Sea is the most attractive aquarium in the world because its coral reefs are home to one of the most varied and interesting faunas on the planet. Today we can still say that these coral barriers are in good health as evidenced by the spectacular seabed of this sea.
The coral reef that it has is one of the most stable in the world due to the capacity for regeneration and the sophisticated balance between corals and their inhabitants. Coral reefs are among the oldest and most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth. They are, undoubtedly, the best architects that is on our planet, who have built reefs and islands for tens of thousands of years.
That is why the Red Sea is considered one of the most beautiful diving destinations in the world. Its desert beaches guard a clear waters and full of life, where more than 1200 species of fish and about 400 varieties of corals coexist in balance and harmony. Its varied flora and fauna, are reasons enough to dream of immersing yourself and discover the magic of this fantastic place.
AL FAROUK II
Length: 33 meters
Sleeve: 8.25 meters
Propulsion: 2 x 610 hp MAN
Capacity Gasoline: 15 Tons
Maximum Capacity: 24 divers
Zodiacs 3 x RIB 25hp
Water Capacity: 14 Tons
Aquaset system, desalination plant 4000 liters/day
2 life rafts with capacity for 16 people each and 60 USCG lifejackets.
2 VHF radios, GPS plotter, 48 mile radar, DSC, EPRIB, SSB, IMERSAT and depth sounder.
Thuraya Satellite Phone.
Emergency oxygen kit, emergency lights, first aid, complete fire fighting and alarm system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.
In the solarium and the front deck there is plenty of space for sun lovers. You will also find cool areas in the shade where you can relax. Enjoy watching the spectacular Red Sea sunsets.
2 x K14 compressors (320 liters/compressor)
30 tanks of 12 liters (DIN/Intl.)
Nitrox available on board
3 x Generators (48 KW each)
24 hours/day (12V, 24V, 220V and 380V)
The spacious panoramic lounge is very well equipped with a bar, TV, DVD and stereo.
It has 3 large dining tables and plenty of space for all 3 meals. Excellent cook with ample experience in all type of dishes.
The 12 luxury cabins are specially equipped for the maximum comfort of our divers. Our cabins accommodate a maximum of 2 people, with a double bed in 4 of them apart from the individual, and are equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom with shower, minibar and music.
The Red Sea is one of the dive destinations best known for its impressive wrecks which is one of the great attractions. From wreckage of World War II battles to steamer-laden steamships that have been underwater for more than a century.
Strait of Gubal
Undoubtedly this English freighter (Thistlegorm), sunk by German aviation in the autumn of 1941, has become the quintessential red sea of the world and one of the best shipwrecks in the world from the point of view of divers. In their bow vaults we can see dozens of BSA and Norton motorcycles, cargo trucks, cisterns, troop boots, engines and aircraft wings. On the deck train wagons and cranes, to finish in the stern area, with multiple warlike pieces: tanks, cannons, shells, medium and light ammunition, and even rifles and machine guns, albeit unfortunately many of these pieces are now "exposed" in the lounge of some unprincipled divers.
Ras Mohammed National Park
One of the most popular places. It really consists of three dives sites: Shark Observatory, Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef. Departing in a notherly direction, an excellent wall dive is done, ending at the 20 m height in Anemona City, full of sea anemones as its name suggests. In this zone there are freshwater underwater springs. Yolanda Reef is named after the Cypriot wreck that has been at its side since 1980. There is a very good visibility throughout the area and continuous parade of animals: Napoleons, Barracudas, Turtles, Carangidae and sometimes gray sharks, white tips and hammers. Gorgonians, soft corals and sponges cover up to last square centimeter of the wall.
Strait of Tiran
This place of immersion is to the west of the Island of Tiran, that gives name to the well-known strait, that marks the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba. It is a zone of great depths, that surpass to few meters of the reef the 300 meters of depth. The current, typical of most straits, causes marine life to proliferate more easily as a result of nutrient suply, and this is evident in Thomas Reef. The upper platform is, in some points, only one meter from the surface, but the area of greater interest is "something deeper". The 25 meter high is perfect, as soft corals and gorgonians line the walls, and thousands of fish circulate from side to side. It is worth stopping to look at the blue as it is a pelagic crossing point and it is easy to see some sharks. In the first ten meters there are plenty of medium and small fish of unimaginable colors.
Brothers, Daedalus & Elphinstone
The Brothers Islands are two small mounds of land in the middle of the Red Sea, located about 6 hours sailing from the coast of El Quesir. Diving is demanding and not recommended for divers with less than 50 dives.
Big Brother, is about 300 meters long and on it rests a lighthouse built by the English in 1883. The dives are on the wall where the reef is practically vertical in all its perimeter. The numerous corals that inhabit it give it a spectacular color. You can also visit two interesting wrecks, the Numidia and the Aida, of which the coral and other marine organisms have taken over.
Little Brother, is about a kilometer from his sister. It is a round island of small dimensions and its underwater bottoms are only comparable to those of Ras Mohammed or Rocky Islands. It is surrounded by vertical walls full of caves and cavities literally covered with huge gorgonians, sponges and soft corals of all colors, to mention only the most striking. All coral life accumulates here in a few square meters and encounters with high seas sharks are frequent: hammerhead sharks, oceanic whitetip shark, silky sharks, shark fox, etc.
After the visit to the Brothers we will head south, specifically towards the Daedalus reef. Smaller than the Brothers Islands and no land in reality. Just a lighthouse built on top of the reef. It is a totally circular reef with almost vertical walls. It is a place where it is quite likely to encounter hammerhead sharks.
Back to the north, the last dive point and probably the most spectacular, will be the famous Elphinstone reef. This is probably one of the best diving spots in the Red Sea. It is a fine finger of rock that emerges from the ocean with around 300 meters in length, whose sides plummet down to 100 meters deep and its ends gradually descend in successive terraces to the same bed. The walls of Elphinstone vibrate with the color of the spectacular soft corals and the thousands of restless orange fishes (anthias). In the blue dotted here and there the banks of the ubiquitous jacks, snappers and tunas. On many occasions, the "feared" and coveted sharks appear! Yes, it is a good place to meet these incredible fish. It is not uncommon to see groups of reef whitetip sharks, grays, hammers, the spectacular shark fox with its huge caudal fin and oceanic whitetip sharks, probably the star of the place. The strong currents present and the depth, make this a place that requires experience to the divers.
The populous city of Hurghada, founded at the beginning of 1900, has become the last two decades in one of the most famous tourist destinations of Egypt and the Red Sea. Few reminiscences of the proud Egyptian past offers this population to the visitors, since its wide streets, its luxurious hotels and its numerous establishments characterize a city that is turned in the international tourism that goes to this place every year. The seabed around Hurghada continue to offer tremendous vitality and good health. The coral variety and the large amount of small and medium tropical life make the whole area one of the most important destinations on the Egyptian coast.
In the mountains the old monastery of Santa Catalina is located a few hours from Sharm El Sheikh. Here, the present monks follow the monastic Spartan traditions that have ruled the monastery for 1500 years. Mount Sinai, 2285 m above sea level, is worshiped by Muslims, Jews and Christians as the place where God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. Those in good shape can follow the 3000 steps of repentance to the top; The other option more rested is a camel ride. On the coast, the amazing reefs and wrecks, the legacy of maritime trade that has crossed the region for centuries, are as deeply rooted in history as in its natural beauty.