Elphinstone Reef

Marsa Alam, Egypt

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Dive Elphinstone Reef

Big Fishes Deep Reef Sharks Drift Wall

This site is one of the most famous in the Red Sea, well known for dolphins, sharks and great wall dives. Both northern a southern tips have a plateu that offer great dives. Eastern and western sides offers great walls! Do not miss diving here :)
North Plateau and East Wall:
You drop directly above the first plateau here for one of the most beautiful descents into the blue. Due to its isolated position, Elphinstone is well known for encounters with Oceanic whitetip and hammerhead sharks. The north plateau is around 80m long and between 10-25m wide. It is covered with colourful soft corals and swarming with life. Clouds of orange anthias, hundreds of fusiliers, trevally and barracuda surround you. If the current allows, you can move to the end of the plateau in the north. Looking down to 45m there are beautiful formations of fan corals. Look out into the blue to spot sharks of all kinds. Returning along the main reef wall, you catch sight of beautiful gorgonians and green wire corals. The wall runs steeply down to possibly hundreds of metres below. There are many cleaning stations on the way to keep you amused and huge amounts of fish stocks - moray eels, butterflyfish, angelfish, large schools of black snappers, goatfish and more.
South Plateau and West Wall:
Depending on the current, it is possible here to either dive from the south and then move in a westerly direction, or drop on the west wall and drift to the south. It is best to dive the west wall in the afternoon for optimal light conditions. Dropping onto the south plateau, close to the reef, you are likely to come face to face with an Oceanic whitetip shark or Longimanus. Visit the deep part of the south plateau that is covered with brown soft corals and swarms of anthias. In the sheltered area near the reef are many superb photo opportunities. The west wall is adorned with abundant soft and hard corals. In the shallow part (8-10m), the reef is pitted and the sunlight plays beautifully through the holes. You are bound to see moray eels, lionfish, trevallies and many other species of fish here. 

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Reviews (3)

Ruth November 26th, 2013 - 7:14:
This reef is excellent for shark encounters, you can see whitetips, hammerheads, grey reef sharks, thresher sharks and longimanous. Highly recommended to advanced divers. Very beautiful dive site, I would like to dive in Elphinstone again.
Olli October 31st, 2013 - 9:28:
Elphinstone, has to be in your logbook. a very thrilling divespot, with good chances of big fish. need to go deep, only experienced divers. both sides of reef are extremely beautifull with huge corals.
Marta June 11th, 2012 - 14:16:
My favourite dive site :)

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