Aquarium Reef is a place where millions of divers have had their dreams come true! A great pride for Hurghada locals and an amazing dive site for everyone who visits.
Aquarium is a shallow 10 - 15 meter dive and can literally be explored for years! Diving close to the reef will guarentee encounters with all the colorful fish you can find in a good book and venturing further off the reef will treat the diver to un-imaginable surprises!
Aquarium Reef has 3 faces! North, East and West :) There is a totally different eco system on either side and each is equally enjoyabe. Rent a scooter for great adventures on this amazing reef!
"Aquairum is a miracle even to the most skeptical evolutionists" ~ Ahmed Adly 1993
El Akhawein is the Arabic name for these two islands which means just the same “The two Brothers”. This is one of the classic dive sites that everybody is talking about. In the middle of the ocean, from great depth two tiny islands emerges, encircled by a reef so pristine it takes your breath away. As this would not be enough the chances of shark encounter top the list and you can dive two of the absolute best wrecks in the Red Sea.
One good spot for shark encounters is the north plateau. Though, it’s not so much a plateau as a bump in the wall pointing north. Here you often find thresher sharks (left) circling the bump together with grey reef sharks that come in to take advantage of the cleaning-station. They can often be seen in an almost vertical position with jaws wide open and cleaning wrasses whisking about, brushing up teeth and gills.
For the first dive of the day it’s best to take the east side because of the sunlight. You spend the time you want at the cleaning station and then you follow the northern wall to the east. All along you find the reef profile going in and out, giving you shelter from the current. As you approach the east end the wall gives way for a slant stretching south. In this area huge gorgonians cover the wall at 20m and deeper. Here is another place where you often see grey reef shark but mainly in the afternoon and if the current is strong enough.
Second dive of the day is likely to be at the south side. Here the reef is rapidly slopes deep and soon out of reach for recreational diving but the area above the “bottleneck” at 40m is beautiful and most of the time the current weakens somewhat in this area though it sometimes can be ripping here as well. The main wall is covered with soft corals and makes a perfect back drop for photographs. Large napoleon wrasses linger majestically along the wall and thresher sharks often patrol at around 40m. At the west corner where the current is likely to pick up grey reef sharks circle in the blue. For people who are tiered of bumping around in a zodiac a dive from the boat, along the plateau to the gorgonian forest on the east corner, starting at around 20m is an excellent choice. Here also the grey reef sharks sightings are common and it’s easy to swim back to the boat again.
Further down south-west you may meet hammerheads patrolling the wall or a group of dog-toothed tunas chasing schools of sardines. When rolling in from the Zodiac, do not make the mistake thinking that the plateau is stretching out as an extension in the same direction as the top of the reef. Then you will end up on the south-west side. The plateau is heading straight north from the top end of the reef (see birds view diagram). With a strong current this dive can be finished in 10 minutes so use the reef profile to slow down the speed if this is the case. There are a few “bays” and sticking-out overhangs along the wall that suits perfectly for this.
NOTE: Deep Voyage has a rule that we do not go to Brothers in wind stronger than 15 knots. Diving becomes dangerous with high breaking waves pounding the reefs.
This wreck is of small historical value but makes for an interesting little dive... Especially after it caved in and made the penetrations hard as hell!
Spend a short while on this wreck and then enjoy the rest of the dive in the awesome coral garden that seems to have been untouched!
This natural masterpiece is home to just about everything!
From a gigantic current swept plateau hosting soft corals and reef fish to a steep wall hosting pelagic fish with a twist of small gullies and caves… Abu Kifan is a treat to for everyone!
Panorama Reef is one of the Red Sea's jewels!
Be sure to dive on this site as many times as possible on each visit since the surprises simply never stop.
Steep walls, coral covered plateaus and an unimaginable variety of marine life await to please all visitors.