It is also possible for divers to enjoy some of the Red Sea’s best reefs, which were traditionally only available to those making the journey by liveaboard. The famous Elphinstone Reef is easily accessible by dayboat.
Strong currents ever-present in this exposed offshore area demand a good skill level. To dive Elphinstone, dive centres generally require proof of a minimum of 50 logged dives. Packed with all types of marine life, its sheer, coral-encrusted walls are famed for attracting sharks, particularly oceanic whitetips. Divers here also commonly spot hammerhead, grey reef and silky sharks around the deep drop offs. The eastern and western walls of Elphinstone reef are blanketed in soft coral.
On shore, accommodation options are diverse. Divers can still opt to stay within the traditional desert camps – a signature of early adventure dives of the Egyptian Red Sea. Those, not so keen on the old school experience, have the choice of a range of hotels and resorts, with the most plush and modern situated within the mini-Venice styled town of Port Ghalib, Here a series of restaurants, shops and resorts are interlinked by a network of small bridges and accessed by water taxis.