Little Brother Island
Little Brother Island

Little Brother is small 100m long rock just 2 km away from its more famous Big Brother. Little Brother lies completly exposed in the middle of the Red Sea and is known for the strong winds, currents and challenging waves often found at this island and reef.

 

The diving is often plagued by its strong currents, sometimes carrying you quickly along the reef. Consequently, night diving is out of the question here, as in more than one occassion we have been swept off the reef into the deep blue, therefore carrying an SMB is highly recommended. The boats tie up on the southern tip and a short RIB ride will take you to the northern tip. A negative entry il ensure you drop straight onto the shallow coral garden around 5 to 10m in depth. The current here is often quite weak. Swim north west and stay close to the bottom, you will notice the current picking up pushing in from the north.

 

You will approach a short drop off down to the north western plateau with a maximum depth of about 40m, look into the deep blue here and you may come across a few large fish swimming around. Now follow the reef wall and make a slow ascend along the western side of the reef wall. Important here is to keep a close eye on your depth as the reef wall drops down to over 700m here. As you approach the southern end, you have to be careful there is a swirling current, which can be quite disconcerting to especially the less experienced divers. Under normal circumstances you will be above the current and you can do a long safety stop here and swim directly to the boat. Keep an eye to anything swimming below the boat or in the deep blue beyond as Oceanic Whitetip sharks are often found in this area.

Key numbers

Dive type: Reef

Length: 150m to 170m

Depth: 10m to 40m+

Visibility: 20m+

Location: 26°18.01N, 34°51.77E

Difficulty: 3 Stars

Dive: 3 Stars

 

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Little Brother