Liveaboards visiting the Brothers, Elphinstone & the South

Liveaboards and Dive Operators in the Southern Red Sea

22 August 2022
The diving at the Brothers and the southern islands, like Elphinstone, is excellent. We recommend diving taking a liveaboard, but you can also dive Elphinstone from a day boat. Transfers are usually arranged from Marsa Alam or Hurghada.

Many of these liveaboard dive boats also make trips further south to equally magnificent dive sites like St Johns, Fury Shoals and Daedelus reef.

Make sure you have diving insurance which covers you to 40 m.

Golden Dolphin III Liveaboard

Runs trips to the Brothers, Elphinstone, St Johns, Rocky Island, Fury shoals and Zabargad (not all in one trip). Ten cabins accommodating twenty divers.

Golden Dolphin Red Sea liveaboard

Amelia Discovery Liveaboard

Visits the Brothers, Daedelus, Elphinstone and the Deep South. Ten double and twin cabins accommodate 20 guests.

Amelia Discovery liveaboard

Emperor Asmaa Liveaboard

Visits the Deep South and Elphinstone. An excellent crew and dive guides but the Emperor Divers booking office leaves something to be desired.

Emperor Asmaa liveaboard

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended 5 Star Rating: Recommended 5 Star Rating: Recommended 5 Star Rating: Recommended

" Five stars for the diving, crew and dive guides. One star for the office who were deeply unhelpful, didn't pass on any requests and allocated the single cabin we had booked to someone they knew - meaning that one of our party unnecessarily had to share. "
Jill Studholme, UK, 2019

Red Sea > Marsa Alam
Pioneer Divers / Red Sea Diving Safari

Run by the Red Sea Diving Safari. Shore diving and day trips to Elphinstone.

Kahramana Blondie Beach Resort
Marsa Alam
Tel/Fax: +20-195-100 262


" Red Sea Diving Safari,whom we were diving with was run by locals & although our dive guide was excellent, in one week our group alone suffered four near misses with propellers of Zodiac inflatable boat engine. Last year we went through Emperor divers, these are a far more professional organisation whom I would not hesitate to recommend. "
Dave Cole

" My wife and I dived with Pioneer Divers in Marsa Alam. They are very friendly whilst remaining professional. We dived every day at Elphinstone and had fantastic sitings of Hammerhead sharks. Small schools of Hammerheads were spotted on most early morning dives with some schools being 20+. If you are looking for sharks then go to Marsa Alam it's only 5 hrs from the UK. Best time to see Hammerhead sharks in June to Sept "
Russell Carr, UK, 2008

Red Sea > Marsa Alam
Grand Blue Diving Center
Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended 5 Star Rating: Recommended 5 Star Rating: Recommended 5 Star Rating: Recommended 5 Star Rating: Recommended

Dreams Beach Hotel
Marsa Alam

Red Sea > Marsa Alam
Oonas Divers

Their southern charters embark each Friday from Wadi Lahami, run from mid-February to December and access the most southerly reefs and islands of the Egyptian Red Sea.

Red Sea > Marsa Alam
Diving Ocean

Located at Tulip Hotel about 50 km north of Marsa Alam and 10 minutes from Marsa Alam International Airport. Multinational team specialise in biology and research.
Tel: +2010 175 4354

Red Sea > Safaga
3 Turtles Diving Center

Diving center operating for 10 years. English spoken. 45 minutes drive from Hurghada International airport. Reefs unspoiled in Safaga bay (no wind in the bay). From easy dives to drop-off for certified divers (like the very well known Abu Kefan & Panorama reefs) . International courses Padi, SSI, TDI, CMAS. Very friendly and peaceful divesites. Not overcrowded.

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Red Sea > Hurghada
Sunshine Diving

They will organise hotel reservations, transportation and other travel assistance They also offer guided land tours throughout Egypt, Nile river cruises and desert safaris. Their liveaboards visit north, south, Brothers Islands, deep south and off-shore islands.

El Naser Street
Tel/Fax: (20) 65 54 5113
Mobile: 0106041509
The office is in downtown Hurghada - directly across from the main Post Office.

Red Sea > Hurghada

Diving safari programs in the North (Thistlegorm, Ras Mohammed...) and South (Brothers Islands, Elphinstone, Zabarged...). Offer hotel reservations, airport transfers and shore excursions to Luxor, Cairo, etc.

4 A El Hadba El Ganobia - Behind La Perla Hotel
Tel: +20 10 1945390
Fax: +20 65 444470

Red Sea > Hurghada
The Pro Diving Club

El Serafy Village,
Sheraton Road,
Tel: +20-65-444714
Fax: +20-65-442664

Red Sea > Hurghada
Blue Paradise

Located in Hurghada and run by a Belgian couple
14 El Dahar Street,

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Scubasnacks Ltd

A British agent offering packages to the Southern Red Sea and elsewhere.
16-18 Denbigh Street
Tel 0870 746 1266

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Aimed at divers travelling from the USA: on the expensive side and an extremely large boat which is not always an advantage.
15050 Cedar Ave. S. ( Suite # 116 )
St. Paul,
Minnesota 55124-7046

Red Sea > Hurghada
Sea Serpent Fleet Management

Red Sea Liveaboard

The Sea Serpent Fleet is a "luxury class liveaboard diving operation", providing diving services throughout the Egyptian Red Sea. The fleet comprises M/Y Grand Sea Serpent, M/Y Obsession, M/Y Sea Serpent, M/Y Excellence, M/Y Contessa Mia, M/Y Miss Nouran and M/Y Dreams.
Ceramic Building, Hurghada
Tel: +20 65 344 7307
Fax: +20 65 344 7307

Germany, Slow
Germany, Extratour Tauch and Kulturreisen
Germany, Beluga Reisen
Netherlands, Diving World

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Diving World

Engine of Aida II, Big Brother

They have branches in Egypt, UK, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium.

Egypt, Diving World Red Sea+0039 31887381+0039 31887381
Belgium, Diving World International+010 414631+010 414631
Italy, La Compagnia Del Mar Rosso+02 38000467+02 38007142
Switzerland, Scuba Swiss+022 7886316+022 7888088
UK, Diving World UK+44 (0)171 4070017+44 (0)171 3781108

"I would recommend avoiding Diving world. They short changed me 2 days of a liveaboard on a 7 trip! work that out in cash. No one at airport to meet me, less dives than the Germans already on the boat and delivered to the airport late enough to nearly miss flight and sit 15 rows apart. Rubbish!"
Paul Stow

"Just got back from another Red Sea trip,this year again myself & a group of thirteen,unlucky for some,went to Marsa Alam.the company we went with this year Divers world were very poor indeed,we didn't see the rep all week and in spite of paying for 10 boat dives the dive centre had been instructed that we were to have 5 days diving. We had great difficulty contacting anyone & when we did we were told to pay extra money & to claim it back when we got back to Blighty.....NOT!!. "
Dave Cole

Red Sea

British travel agent organising diving holidays worldwide.
Tel: +44 (0)870 2201 777

Further Reading

Shipwrecks from the Egyptian Red Sea
by Ned Middleton, Hardback, Immel Publishing, 196 pages, 2006.
The author spent over 8 years engaged in dedicated research into the many shipwrecks which are found in this part of the world. There are nineteen major featured shipwrecks - including two which are only recently discovered. These are followed by brief details of another eighteen vessels which were too small to be classified as ships - tugboats, barges etc. Finally, there are brief details of approx. 250 additional vessels that are either not yet discovered, far too deep for scuba divers or never even existed.
buy with free worldwide delivery
Red Sea Reef Guide
by Helmut Debelius, Circle Books, 324 pages, Hardback (2000)
Photographic guide to fish and invertebrates.
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