Red Sea North and Brothers route: diving through coral reefs and shipwrecks

This is one of the best combinations that can be made in a liveaboard in the Red Sea. The variety of types of diving make this route very special, with diving points very different from each other and where you can appreciate the wide variety and high quality of diving that the Red Sea can offer: reef and pelagic fish, spectacular WWII historical wrecks and incredible coral walls.

With a wider navigation than in other routes, diving in a liveaboard in the North & Brothers route will take you to Giftun reefs on the way to the Gubal Strait to meet its incredible colorful walls full of life. You will get in the heart of the Ras Mohamed National Park, a real underwater paradise and have the privilege to be part of modern history visiting the world’s most famous wreck the SS Thisthlegorm. Then, before sailing south, you will explore the spectacular reefs and wrecks of Abu Nuhas.

You will get to the Brothers Islands, the main attraction of this route for big animal lovers. These two islands, located in the middle of the Red Sea, are an oasis of life and food so the encounter with large pelagic is very common. Its walls full of corals receive strong currents full of nutrients providing food to the corals but also to big animals like the oceanic whitetip shark and hammerhead sharks. In Brothers you will find another interesting wreck, the Numidia, whose almost vertical position in the reef makes this wreck a unique visual spectacle.

We recommend you 5 boats that make the North and Brothers route throughout all or almost all the year. You can check their availability, upcoming departures, liveaboard features and book online at the best price with the guarantee of PADI Travel.

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Diving season in the Red Sea

You can dive in the Red Sea all year round, with surface temperatures ranging from 18º C in February to 45º C in August and great diving conditions and water temperature all year round. The Summer and the end of Spring are very hard in Egypt, I still remember my first trip to the Red Sea at the end of May with 40º in the deck of the liveaboard at 9 am. So good news for the cold-natured: the water is sooooo nice in summer and spring, about 25º C. It is very common to see in late spring and summer many divers wearing shorties or 3 mm wetsuits, but for the rest of the year with a 7 mm or a 5 mm would be enough. In winter the water drops to 18ºC. 

What diving certification do I need to join a diving safari in the Red Sea?

The North & Brothers route is suitable for Open Water Divers although at least 30 dives experience is recommended. 

Diving and travel insurance

When you organize a dive trip by yourself, with flight connections and traveling with your own diving equipment is highly recommended to hire an international diving & travel insurance that includes medical treatment, covers accidents, equipment loss and cancellation. And of course an international diving insurance, essential.  

Flights to Egypt / Red Sea

Cairo is the main airport city of Egypt, but the closer departure points to the liveaboards in north route are Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada airports (for North routes). There are many direct flights to these locations from all over the world, but many more flights will connect to the Cairo airport before flying to the final destinations. Upon arrival to Egypt, all guests must pay an entry visa of $25.00 to the Egypt immigration service. Some liveaboards offer free transfers from the airport or hotel as a part of the liveaboard package deal. However, when transfers are not included in the price, visitors can expect airport transfers to range from $10.00 to $70.00 depend on the airport and departure port. It is very important that after booking your liveaboard deal confirm with the boat booking crew time of boarding and airport where you have to fly. 

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