Diving at Brother Islands, Red Sea

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There are several offshore islands in Egypt, but probably the most prized ones are known as Brothers Islands – two Red sea islands positioned at a touching distance from each other. The islands boast large pelagic life, pristine corals, and crystal clear waters. They are present 125 km north of Marsa Alam and 150 km south-east of Hurghada. They can be accessed only by liveaboards in the Red Sea, and the suitable temperature of water makes Brother Islands perfect for diving all year round.


It is likely that the Brother Islands were formed as a result of volcanic eruption. The islands are located 200 km south of Ras Mohammad. The Big Brother Island has a 32 meter high Victorian stone Lighthouse that was built during British rule in 1833.

The islands are not only known for their astounding corals, sharks and great hammerheads, but also the shipwrecks of Numidia and Aida who are just 100 meters away from each other. Brother Islands are inarguably one of the best places to visit for Liveaboard diving in Egypt.


There is no denying that diving experience is only fully accomplished if it was done by on a liveaboard. The reasons are quite obvious since many diving sites in Egypt are inaccessible, but Egypt liveaboard can have the luxury to go to some of the most aspiring islands on earth. The dive sites of Brother Islands offer some of the most exquisite diving experience to liveaboards in the Red Sea. Read more in Go Diving on a Liveaboard in Egypt article.

Some of the best dive sites of Brother Islands are:

The Numida

In 1901, a 130 meter long British wooden cargo ship sank and now it is a home to gorgeous corals that have ornamented the whole shipwreck. If you truly want to experience the most startling Liveaboard diving in Egypt then you won’t find a better diving site than the Numida.

The Aida

The 75-meter transport can be found 30 to 60 meters deep near Big Brother Island. You’ll find a color marine life there and schools of fish that make this diving site truly spectacular.

Big Brother

The Big Brother Island is an enthralling dive site where Egypt Liveaboards can encounter dazzling corals and curious Oceanic Whitetip Shark. There are other shark species on this dive site as well such as Grey silvertip, hammerhead, and Thresher Shark.

Little Brother

Most Egypt liveaboards prefer Little Brother Island due to the presence of reef slopes and frequent sightings of sharks such as gray reef and Silvertips. The eastern and southern walls of Little Brother are known for their sheer beauty: there are soft and hard corals along with enormous gorgonian fans. Plus the schools of fish can make the experience of diving even more mesmerizing.


Although Brother Islands are suitable for diving all year round, going there on a specific time of the year can enhance the chances of rare shark sightings along with other fish species. It is best to go there in a spring season from late March to May or you can also go in a fall season from September to November. If you can’t hold your excitement and you still want to go in between June to September then you might have to go deeper for shark sightings. To learn more about diving seasons in Red Sea click here.


To have the most memorable time of your life, you have to visit Brother Islands. The remote islands are inaccessible, and the best option is going there by liveaboards. For Liveaboard diving in Egypt, here are some of the best high ranked liveaboards for you:

Red Sea Master (ex Blue Horizon)

Golden Dolphin III

Red Sea Aggressor

All in all, it is safe to say that if you haven’t been to Brother Islands then it is time for you to remove the ‘unlucky’ tag on you, and enter into a world of sheer beauty! Check our special page dedicated to the liveaboard diving vacations in the Red Sea here.

Useful links:

Top 5 Dive Sites in Egypt

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2019-08-28T11:51:19+00:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Dive Travel, Liveaboard Diving, Marine Life, Red Sea|Tags: , , |