Elphinstone Reef

Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Alam: Address, Elphinstone Reef Reviews: 4.5/5

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solopensioner
King's Lynn, UK50 contributions
Nov 2021
I went out, by Speedboat, from Marsa Alam, on a trip organised by Monkey Divers. We had two dives, saw three sharks on one of them, and had a good reef dive for the second dive. The current was too strong for us to go on the plateau for the second dive. A brilliant day !
Written November 30, 2021
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LothiansJack
Edinburgh, UK1,142 contributions
Depending on the time of year there are big creatures to be found here and this is the main attraction. Currents are variable and dive guides often have to react to the conditions under the water, deviating from the brief as a result.

I've had a few dives here and have seen hammerhead sharks (in the distance at 35m+ depth), whale shark (25m depth) and some of the smaller reef shark species too.

This reef is fantastic to look at in its own right, although some divers get little chance to view it when the current is strong!

It is alive with lion fish, moray eels, the numerous types of fish that are typically found on reefs in this area plus well hidden stonefish.

I have seen photos of the oceanic white tips and the smiling faces of the divers who took them after spending a day diving on this reef.

Best to have some experience of drift diving, deep diving and also rougher sea conditions before going here to ensure you are relaxed and get the most enjoyment from diving this reef.

The quality of the site makes it very popular with day boats from local dive centres and the big liveaboards.
Written April 7, 2008
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SiTrv
Ljubljana, Slovenia148 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
If you want to see a Hammerhead shark go there. But do not go in June, July or August because there are too many people and ships and all of the animals go away. The best time to visit Elphinstone is during quiet months from November till march
Written July 1, 2019
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Simon_Ilett
Phuket, Thailand61 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
I have very mixed feelings for Elphinstone reef. It's magically beautiful, almost Pristine.

It is basically a large spine of rock rising out of the deep. Sheer walls on both sides East and West with lots of healthy corals.

South you have a shallow plateau and north you have the deeper plateau. I have dived all of these.

On the South, Oceanic White tips and Turtles.

North we got schooling Hammer Heads

East side, long nosed hawk fish.

WEST side we got current :)

It is a great dive site that you need to see!

But it does get busy. Honestly we were there with 7 other liveaboards and it is a small spine. Divers do get clambered up and there is a lot of noise in the water.

If you are unlucky enough to be there while the French boats are you just have to do your best to avoid their divers.

You'll see whole groups below you at 45 metres wondering how they doing that on their computers. Then you realise they don't have any.

That is about the time they will start clambering up the walls kicking everything in their way.

Was probably the most frustrating dives I have ever done watching the French literally break every rule in the book when it comes to being a safe and environmentally friendly diver.

But in the end, some good diving here, don't miss it!
Written August 29, 2017
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Zsofi T
Amsterdam, The Netherlands228 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
We made a 1 day trip on a speedboat and accomplished 2 dives. We had strong down current on the first dive at the northern part of the reef, but no current at all on the second dive which was pure luck. Saw a tresher shark and 2 oceanic white tip shark on the first dive and one oceanic on the second. the corals are fairly in good condition.
Written September 13, 2015
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Monkeys_Mum_and_Dad
Maidenhead, UK137 contributions
Mar 2011 • Couples
My wife and I dived Elphinstone in February 2010.

This is a not a dive for inexperienced divers. The reef is 6 miles out to sea, it descends to over 100m and is swept by strong currents. Egyptian law states that you must be AOW qualified and have at least 50 dives, there is a good reason for that.

The reef has some lovely soft corals, and lots of life, though most people come here hoping to see Oceanic Whitetip sharks. We did not see any sharks, that's nature. Apparently June-November is the best time for sharks. As well as the great corals we did see a 6 foot Dogtooth Tuna, 3 foot Barracuda and a free swimming Moray.

We would recommend that you dive this from a day boat or liveaboard. On the day we went there we saw people spending their surface interval in a rib. Not only did that look uncomfortable it struck us as dangerous, you are six miles out to sea after all.
Written February 29, 2012
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FuguForever
Hitchin, UK396 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This is touted as one of the best sites in Upper Egypt, but due to its reputation for sharks, it always disappoints when they are absent. Go expecting a wall dive and be happy if the sharks show up, but do not expect them!
Written October 8, 2019
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Jon Hall
Coventry, UK33 contributions
Jul 2019 • Solo
Elphinstone Reef...... WOW!!
Can now understand why it is constantly spoken about. A must for any experienced diver.
Journeyed to the offshore, ocean reef by speedboat to half the journey time. En route, was party to a pod of Dolphins swimming and jumping around the boat. Sailfins jumping out of the water on the horizon. You got a feel then how magical this place could be.
Upon arrival was pleased to see only a handful of dive boats. Mainly, liveaboards, due to the location. Also, that there was also almost now wind, hence, little of no current.
Unfortunately, during my time spent on the reef no Hammerhead's where spot. But did have a nice, fairly close encounter with a Oceanic White Tip.
So, Elphinstone Reef, did live up to it's reputation for sharks.
A note of caution, apparently now current is very unusual. Not only can they drag you off the reef but also pull you down. Not a place for snorkeller's.
Written July 23, 2019
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Jacopo Pampa
Brussels, Belgium55 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Wall diving with drift current.excellent life and pelagic fishes.
Depth goes to 70 meters reef is all along the wall you can choose your preferred depth and dive it drifting along.
It is a challenging dive site I would not recommend to not so confident divers with poor control of the buoyancy or afraid of depth or diving in the blue.
Anyway it is a special place from April you can see shark
Written February 17, 2019
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Vicki W
Uxbridge, England, United Kingdom57 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
If you are lucky .... a spell at 30 meters off the end of Elphinstone will result in a shoal of hammerheads emerging from the gloom. Patience and quiet, plus great air control is a must - but worth the trip :) :) :)
Written January 5, 2018
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