The Brothers are two small islands - known as Big and Small Brother - surrounded by impressive reefs located 40 miles east off the coastal town of El Quseir. The Brothers Islands are commonly reached by liveaboards, especially during the summer months, due to their secluded location. The dive site ranked ninth in a list of the world’s 50 best dives and second-best in the Red Sea, according to CNN. The coral growth and colours are impressive, and the reef’s explosion of life attracts hammerheads and longimanus sharks - a common sighting during the dives in this area. On Big Brothers, divers can encounter two impressive shipwrecks, the Numidia and the Aida. Due to the strong currents, divers should have solid drift-diving skills and second-level certifications or higher.
The Brothers (also called El Akhawein) are two small islands situated about five minutes away from each other. Located 200km south of Ras Mohammed and serving as the tips of mountains formed by volcanic eruptions, these islands are now one of the most popular dive sites in all of the Red Sea - not least because of its isolation from the rest of the world, a place that is graced by some of the best divers in the world.
A unique feature of this site is the opportunity to go wall diving as well; the walls are buried under corals, sea whips and gorgonians due to the strong open sea currents, all producing a dazzling display of colors. These corals in turn attract a large variety of marine life and large pelagics, closely followed by tuna, jacks, snappers, hammerheads, antipatharians, grey reef shark, silvertips, mantas and oceanic white tip sharks. Occasionally a thresher shark can be sighted nearby as well if one is lucky.
The smaller island, called the Little Brother Island, is shaped like a teardrop that’s falling from the northwest. It is characterized by deep walls that surround it almost completely. At the north there is a plateau at a depth of about 40m, and many agree that it is one of the best places in all of the Red Sea to spot sharks. The walls are covered with black corals, gorgonian fans and dense, soft corals.
The Big Brother Island’s specialty is its impressive numbers and variety of fish, such as the anthias, sweepers and tuna. However, this island also no shortage of walls covered with gorgonians and corals. Sharks like the hammerhead, oceanic white tips and the grey reef shark tend to come near the south eastern point. The northeastern area on the other hand is host to two wrecks, the Numidia and the Aida.
How do I get there?
The Brothers are located in central Red Sea, roughly 65 km east of El Quseir, and can be easily reached through a liveaboard from any Red Sea port (preferably Hurghada). The journey takes roughly 8 hours. Though they are small in themselves, Big Brother stands out with its Victorian stone lighthouse that was created during the British rule.
When is the best time to go?
Technically diving in this area is great at all times of the year. However bad weather makes things slightly dangerous – they can be avoided by going in the months of June to August (if you can bear the intense heat), while the best chance of shark sightings comes in May.
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