Red Sea November 17th, 2025

Thursday, September 28, 2023
14 cabins, 28 people maximum.
Monday November 17-24, 2025.
Monday boards 6pm at Marriott Marina Hurghada ,Egypt
Disembarks Monday the 24th at 9 am
YYZ to CAI to HURGHADA can be booked thru Air Canada on code share with Egyptair. Runs around 1500 per person. Lands early in the morning usually. All Star Liveaboards recommends coming in a day early to acclimate and give you time for issues like lost luggage and delays.
This itinerary includes Brothers and the North. Not all dives in the North will be done but are available so you’ll enjoy the beautiful reefs at both areas and the amazing wreck diving of the north. Oceanic Whitetips will be present in the south for sure and hammerheads tend to be on the deeper side but are there as well. This is not a shark expert week, the below describes the diving you can do on this trip! Thistlegorm is included in the wreck diving!
Brothers Islands
The Brothers Islands are an exciting destination for divers visiting Egypt. At over 40 miles from shore, they’re quite difficult to access – unless you’re diving from a liveaboard! These two islands are well-known for their beautiful hard and soft corals and shark sightings, but the open location makes for some strong currents and surface conditions.
- Little Brother
Diving the walls at Little Brother is a real treat. Since the island is uninhabited, its corals are truly pristine and vibrant. Schooling fish can be seen all along the wall, and sharks make frequent appearances as they ascend from deep water. Grey reef sharks are most common at this island, but oceanic whitetips are also seen here from October to November.
- Big Brother
A lighthouse, manned by four to five Egyptian soldiers, sits on Big Brother and makes for an impressive sight from the boat. The diving at this island is actually quite different from Little Brother – shipwrecks (despite the functional lighthouse), sharks, and a huge fish population are what attract divers to this island!
The Numidia wreck, sunk in 1901, is a colossal British Cargo ship resting steeply on the wall. Recreational divers can explore the bow section of the boat, but the stern dips down into depths that only tech divers can explore. The wreck of Aida II has been resting about 100 feet down on the wall since 1957 and hosts many picturesque spots offering great photography opportunities.
Thresher sharks are occasionally spotted at Big Brother, making it one of the few places in the world where divers can encounter the elusive animals. Grey reef sharks are also common on this island, as well as occasional whale sharks and oceanic whitetips.
- Sharks – especially threshers and oceanic whitetips
- Wrecks for recreational advanced divers
- A fully functional lighthouse
Northern Regions
Wreck of the SS Thistlegorm
Known as the world’s best wreck dive, the SS Thistlegorm rests in two pieces east of the Sinai Peninsula. The bow sits at a maximum depth of about 100 feet. However, this ship is over 400 feet long, so plenty of it can be explored at a shallower depth. Divers should be prepared for a challenging dive with some currents at this site.
The Thistlegorm was sunk by German fighter planes in 1941, only a year after her construction. While waiting to enter the Suez Canal, two bombs hit a hold full of ammunition and sent the ship quickly to its current underwater resting place. Jacques Cousteau rediscovered the wreck over a decade later, and now its popularity among wreck divers is unparalleled.
Divers can see well-preserved remnants of World War II throughout the ship, and many more scattered around the area. Tanks, rifles, locomotives, boots, and Jeeps are among the many artifacts once carried aboard the SS Thistlegorm. This site is a true gem for divers and history buffs alike.
In addition to the impressive man-made structure and remnants, the marine life on the wreckage is extraordinary. Crocodile fish and schools of batfish, among others, are fascinating new residents of the Thistlegorm. Macro creatures, such as colorful nudibranchs, are also ever-present around this monumental dive site.
- Amazing history
- Plenty to see
- Unusual marine life
Wrecks of the North
To the delight of any wreck diving aficionado, the northern Red Sea is covered with excellent wrecks at depths suitable for recreational divers. Each with unique cargo, the wrecks range in age from the nineteenth century to the 1980s. This variety and safe depth for divers makes northern Egypt an exceptional wreck diving destination.
- Abu Nuhas
The wrecks of Abu Nuhas draw large numbers of divers each year, as there are four great sites within recreational diving limits. Bottlenose dolphins and a plethora of macro critters are among the most popular of the marine life encountered in the area.
The oldest wreck in Abu Nuhas is the British cargo ship, Carnatic, which sunk in 1869. Its wooden hull is caked with beautiful soft corals, and divers can even penetrate parts of the wreck! At a depth of around 60 feet, the Carnatic is a great wreck dive for anyone. It is known as the “wine wreck” because it was carrying wine, as well as gold, on its last voyage – however, the British recovered the cargo after its sinking.
Significantly later, the Kimon M sank in Abu Nuhas. Known as the “lentil wreck,” Kimon M smashed into the reef in 1978 while transporting lentils to India. Like the Carnatic, the cargo of this wreck was promptly recovered. Though this wreck is a little deeper, it is still a great site for recreational divers to explore a well-preserved wreck.
In 1981, the Chrisoula K wrecked on the reef while carrying ceramic tiles from Italy to Saudi Arabia – hence the nickname, the “tile wreck.” The ship’s stern sits close to 100 feet down, and the bow is in shallower water, making for another nice recreational dive, but only tech divers can penetrate the stern’s engineering room!
Only two years later, a new shipwreck joined the others in the northern Red Sea – a freighter named Giannis D. It was carrying wood, which is why it known as the “wood wreck.” This is one of the most popular wrecks in the area due to its shallow depth and the picturesque views around the wreck. It also offers a lot of opportunities for penetration, some of which are even ideal for divers without a lot of wreck diving experience.
-Gubal Island
Small Gubal Island sits between Egypt’s mainland and the Sinai Peninsula. It hosts three major dive sites, and the variety is terrific. Divers should be prepared for strong currents on any of the sites, but the layout of the island gives liveaboards a few options to choose from, depending on conditions.
Bluff Point is the most notorious dive site at the island. The steep wall, covered in magnificent soft and hard corals, is a popular choice for liveaboards planning to cross to the Sinai Peninsula. Overhangs and unique topography make this area special. There is also a fascinating wreck with unknown origins at this site! Broken-up wreckage is all that remains of the mysterious ship, but the macro life found around it is incredible.
On the northern side of the island, the nineteenth century wreck of the Ulysses is an exciting place to descend. Its shallow position makes it a nice choice for inexperienced wreck divers – but the current can be formidable occasionally, so caution should be taken.
- Wrecks for recreational divers
- Abundant macro life and dolphins
- Fascinating topography
Northern Red Sea – Egypt
-Ras Mohammed National Park
Egypt’s first national park, Ras Mohammed, is beautiful above and below the surface. Sitting right at the end of the Sinai Peninsula, this is a very popular spot for day trip divers – but visiting via liveaboard gives divers the opportunity to dive the sites while they aren’t quite so busy.
Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef are the main event of Ras Mohammed diving – they’ve even been called one of the ten most beautiful dives in the world. Vivid corals, countless fish, and even occasional dolphins make this spot one to remember – and, for those who get to dive here, a spot they won’t forget.
Shark Reef’s steep walls are patrolled by huge schools of pelagic fish. Shoals of barracuda and jacks make the wall seem as if it’s in constant motion. Divers’ eyes tend to wander the reef’s beautiful coral growth, but a glance out into the blue might just pay off – sharks are often spotted coming in from the open water.
Yolanda Reef is named after the wreck of the Yolanda, which sank in 1980 while carrying a cargo of toilet seats. Now, its cargo is scattered across an amazing undersea landscape of vibrant corals with an immense population of reef fish. Well-preserved toilet seats are a particularly unique sight for divers exploring the reef.
-Strait of Tiran
To the east of the Sinai Peninsula, the Strait of Tiran offers four of Egypt’s best reefs. They’re known for a fantastic variety of corals and strong currents – which bring in huge schools of pelagics. Being in range of day boats from Sharm el Sheik, these sites can be busy sometimes.
The northernmost site, Jackson Reef, boasts impressive corals and abundance of small reef fish. Schooling hammerheads can also be spotted here by lucky divers who visit at the right time! Since it is the furthest from Sharm el Sheik, day boats don’t visit this site quite as frequently as some of the other reefs.
Slightly further south, Thomas Reef is the most popular site in the area. It offers phenomenal variety – from relatively shallow wall diving to tech diving into the well-known Thomas Canyon. The currents can be strong, so divers usually do this one as a drift across healthy corals and sandy areas with neat critters.
Woodhouse Reef, situated even further south, is an unusual dive site – in a good way! With coral growth from the surface down, the wall turns into a slope as you continue descending. If conditions are right, there’s even a possibility of experiencing a swift drift with unpredictable currents…somewhat resemblance of the Washing Machine dive site in the Bahamas.
The southernmost dive site, Gordon Reef, offers the easiest diving out of the four. With its shallow plateau and lighter currents, divers can enjoy beautiful corals and interesting marine life with ease. There is even a shipwreck situated above the waterline at Gordon Reef. The wreck of the Louilla can’t be dived, but it’s certainly a unique sight for travelers as they approach the reef.
- Dolphins
- Healthy corals and abundant fish
- Above-water shipwreck
$2500 USD, Including your Port Taxes
Call All Star Liveaboards to put your deposit in now. $500 USD, Call 1-800-327-9600.
Save $85.00 USD to pay by bank draft and send to All Star Liveaboards.
Flight, Tip, extra expenses are extra
Nitrox is 100.00 per week and is paid on board along with tip for crew.
Must be Advanced certified to dive to 100 feet and deep certified gets you to 130 feet. They are strict about the limits there. Also, all must have dive insurance and show proof.
Medical forms are required for all divers, regardless of whether taking a course or not. Now required for Egypt.