Three Diving Paradises To Visit In A Lifetime:
Treasure Hunt in Red Sea, Egypt
When it comes to travelling, Egypt must rank among the top five in the most popular travel destinations. Most travelers have the desire to get a glimpse of the Ancient Egypt under the mysterious veil. Every single unique wonder, including the gem-like Nile River, the magnificent and mysterious pyramids and sphinx located in the vast stretch of golden sands and the mummies that have woven myths for a thousand years, has an appalling attraction to our eyes. In no way have we typically imagined that apart from the beauty on the land, a great treasure is also held in the Red Sea, awaiting us to discover.
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A WIDE ARRAY OF SPECIES IN THE FAVORABLE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION
Located at the Arabian Peninsula and the northeastern Africa, the Red Sea has its temperature maintained at an average of 26 degrees, and owns a unique ecosystem consisting of marginal reefs with a total length extending over 2,250 kilometers. Given an advantageous geographical environment, the Red Sea breeds more than 2,000 kinds of marine life, including up to 1,100 fish species, more than 10 shark species, dolphins, over 200 soft and hard corals and dugongs commonly known as mermaids. 20% of the world’s fish species are only available in the Red Sea. In addition to marine biodiversity, some special geographical environments and historical traces, such as the Blue Cave and World War II shipwrecks can also be found in the Red Sea. Its water is best known for its azure color and clarity. In summer, the underwater visibility reaches about 40-50 meters, and remains at 20-30 meters or more for the rest of the time. It has thus become one of the dream diving sites of many divers.
The Red Sea comes in two parts: The North Red Sea and the South Red Sea. And trips on the latter are presented here. Most of the diving sites in the South Red Sea scatters in the periphery of small islands in the outer sea, so the water current is generally greater, which makes them ideal places for watching large marine animals such as whitetip sharks, grey reef sharks, dolphins and whales. Hurghada, situated next to the South Red Sea, is not only a vacation paradise, but also the starting point of the famous diving route BDE (Brother Islands-Dedalus-Elphinstone).
BROTHER ISLANDS ROUTE: SWIMMING FREELY WITH SHARKS AND DOLPHINS
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Brother Islands consist of an isolated island of the Red Sea formed by the peaks of two Haitian huge mountains extending to the water surface. Various soft corals cover the cliffs of the island, while millions of coral fish swim and inhabit among the corals. In addition to corals and different coral fish, it is also easy to spot the traces of hammerhead sharks, silvertip sharks, whale sharks and various large-scale deep-sea fish on Brother Islands.
On the northern slope of Brother Island are two shipwrecks: AIDA and NUMIDIA. The former, which is a French supply ship constructed for the Egyptian navy, hit the rocks and wrecked due to bad weather. The latter is a British freighter which hit the rocks and wrecked on the night of 19th July, 1901 as the watchman was napping. The time when the two ships sank are more than 50 years apart, yet coincidentally, they lie under the water almost shoulder to shoulder.
Daedalus Reef is an artificial lighthouse built in the middle of a huge circular reef, as well as a great place to watch large deep-sea fish. Many mantas swim freely around the cliffs which are also the shelter for hammerhead sharks. Daedalus Reef has a relatively fast water current, so more experienced divers can wander a bit here and may have a chance to encounter a hammerhead shark at the corner!
Similar to Brother Islands, the cliffs of Elphinstone are fully covered with gorgeous soft corals, gorgonian corals, sponges, and sea fans. Between 50 - 70 meters underwater, there is a huge arch under which houses an unknown pharaoh in dormant state according to the myth. Although the water depth exceeds the maximum depth limit for leisure diving, we can still catch a vague glimpse of the arch between 20-40 meters underwater.
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In addition to watching sharks, we can also notice dolphins passing by us along the BDE route. During your upcoming travel to Egypt, besides visiting the mysterious pyramids and mummies on the land, you may wish to reserve 3-4 days to experience diving in the Red Sea and enjoy the mesmerizing landscape under the water.
*For the prevention of decompression sickness, divers are not allowed to take a plane or go to high mountain areas immediately after diving. It is recommended to reserve a 24-hour nofly period.*