Get in the water with the so-called ‘man-eaters’ – great whites, tiger, bull and hammerhead sharks – to appreciate these magnificent but sadly maligned creatures .
Travel bucket list idea:
Dive with thresher sharks in the Red Sea
Harmless thresher sharks, growing up to 5m in length, are readily identified by their large upper caudal fin. This species is found around the world, but the remote Brother Islands in Egypt are a thresher shark hotspot and one of the few places you can dive with them.
For experienced divers only, this is a live-aboard trip which also includes some excellent Red Sea diving.
Getting there & doing it
The Brother Islands are two tiny islands in the Red Sea, around 5 hours’ sailing from Hurghada. Accessible only by live-aboard, because of the distances involved, most trips last 3 days and up. Longer itineraries will include diving around Hurghada and Safaga, or further south at Elphinstone and Daedalus reefs.
Be prepared for up to four dives a day, starting at 6am. Divers must have Advanced Open Water qualifications or above.
When to do it
Visit between September and March, ideally. The light is better at this time of year and outside temperatures are lower. Spring (March-May) sees winds that can whip up the sea, reducing visibility. July and August are blisteringly hot.
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