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Elphinstone aka Elfinstone - Egypt

Elphinstone aka Elfinstone is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in Marsa Alam, Southern Egypt, Egypt. This dive site has an average rating of 4.08 out of 5 from 13 scuba divers. The maximum depth is over 150ft/46m. The average visibility is 61-70ft/19-21m.

Outrageous divespot offshore the city of Marsa Alam, Southern Egypt, Red Sea. Known for its unpredictable weather/wind/current conditions. A 45 min (from the coast) zodiac boatride brings you to a unique reef. Boys mark it, so safari boats can find it and anchor. Its like in the middle of the ocean, you can hardly see the coast. Respect and caution is what is highly adviced at this difficult divespot. A minimum of 50 dives is necessary to be allowed to dive at this site. Most southern cruises do one or two dives at this wonderful spot. Unfortunately every year some divers lose their lives down there too.

Entrance: quick decent to a plateau at 30m because of strong current, means minimum 12l or even a 15l tank is advisable, Nitrox?.....not for me in this case. I usually follow the current along the reef in about 40-45m. Big chance of hunting tunas and schools of hammerheads, once saw a hunting sword fish. This is a planned deco dive which needs good buddy work and experienced divers. Usually has nice grey reef sharks and many white/black tips there, sometimes in the blue a chance of oceanic whitetip reefsharks.

This oval reef around 80 meters long and 10-25 meters deep has a steep wall and strong currents that offer a beautiful drift dive with myriad fusiliers, anthias and fan corals. The most exciting factor by far is that hammerhead and oceanic white tip reef sharks swim together in this spot. Dolphins, and sometimes tiger sharks, can also be found here. A magical encounter that you’ll remember for life.
Because of its steep face mountainlike reef structure with lots of soft corals its really one of my favourite dive spots.


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Naser - 3/01/2019 10:47 PM
Rating Added: 3
Live aboard on Blue 2
Doudy - 11/09/2013 2:08 AM
Rating Added: 5
this dive site has wonderful corals, also u can see sharks if you went at right time !

in addition, there is the ARCH at 52 m depth till 65 m depth but it needs expert divers. amazing ;-)
pb1969 - 3/02/2013 2:56 PM
Rating Added: 5
Been there several times..allways had a lot of sharks...great
pb1969 - 2/19/2013 12:57 PM
Rating Added: 5
I have never been disappointed...gray sharks, silky sharks, hammerheads and oceanic favourite dive site