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“One of the best dives in the world...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Elphinstone Reef

Elphinstone Reef
Marsa Alam, Egypt
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Ranked #3 of 13 Attractions in Marsa Alam
Type: Reefs, Outdoors
Activities: Scuba diving
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Vejby, Denmark
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“One of the best dives in the world...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

...sounds maybe exaggerated, I haven't tried "everything" yet, but it certainly was the most beautiful and fascinating of our 50 dives som far. We sailed out to the reef in zodiac in just 17 minutes from the shore, dolphins at the bow, hammerhead in the deep, and loads and loads and loads of live in between. At one point, it was almost like a "fish soup" :-) We will dive this site every time we visit the Red Sea.

Visited October 2012
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“There's more to Elphinstone than sharks!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

The reef rises straight from hundreds of metres depth and is washed by a constant N-S current so is plastered with hard and soft corals home to innumerable fish and a few turtles. The north end has a convenient platform at 40 metres where the sharks appear but only at dawn. You can then do a superb drift to the southern end. The southern ridge descends steeply and is pierced by a cave at 55-58 metres. This is a pretty awesome place to be and is only for the most experienced and well trained divers, well out of reach of the average PADI Advanced Diver.

Visited September 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Go early to avoid liveaboard build up”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

My guide was amazing and a small dive group. Viz at 6am was good, but was very choppy when we came up.
What a shame shark are now so rare.

Visited August 2012
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East Mids, England
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15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Bit of a early morning start - about 2.5 hour boat trip, but great diving with Oceanic White Tip sharks and well worth it !!

Visited December 2012
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Baarn, Utrecht
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“Elphinestone Reef two years later..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Two years ago we went to this place and it was not a good experience. But this year in November we had two nice dives with allot of sharks, at least 8. Very close en good too see. This was one of the best dives in my live! See the pictures!

Visited November 2012
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