Elphinstone Reef

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  • Address: Al Qusair - Marsa Allam Rd, Egypt, Marsa Alam
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Water Body, Family And Kids, Scuba

Elphinstone Reef - Review

Every diver enthusiast would know Elphinstone Reef as one of the most exciting places for diving in the world. This reef is replete with gentle, vibrant corals and fish species along with the terrifying ones such as hungry barracuda, dolphins and sharks.  Here, the divers can swim with some of the most dangerous yet fascinating of sea fishes. Although this place is more for expert divers, there is still something for amateur ones to learn and see. Elphinstone reef is deep, dangerous yet alluring with caves embedded in it. The most interesting part about this reef is that it is shaped like a cigar making divers spellbound to it.

Elphinstone Reef Information

  • If you want to dive at Elphinstone you must had an Advanced Open Water Diver certificate and you should have experience of at least 50 dives and also experience of deep diving, drift diving and rough sea conditions.  
  • Your guide should give you a comprehensive briefing and you should know what to do in the event of anything unexpected and also consider what to do if the current is stronger than anticipated.

Elphinstone Reef Ticket Prices

  • There are many diving companies that have varied rates.

Elphinstone Reef Hours

  • Go very early at around dawn for the best chance to avoid the crowds and also the most likely time to see sharks. By eight or nine o'clock the area can sometimes get quite congested.

How To reach Elphinstone Reef by Public Transport

  • By rented car from city centre.

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TripHobo Highlights for Elphinstone Reef

  • Elphinstone Reef Address: Al Qusair - Marsa Allam Rd, Egypt, Marsa Alam
  • Elphinstone Reef Timing: 24-hrs
  • Elphinstone Reef Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Elphinstone Reef(preferred time): 07:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Elphinstone Reef: 03:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Elphinstone Reef

  • 60.98% of people who visit Marsa Alam include Elphinstone Reef in their plan

  • 76.74% of people start their Elphinstone Reef visit around 07 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Elphinstone Reef

Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Elphinstone Reef

People normally club together Port Ghalib and Gebel El Rosas while planning their visit to Elphinstone Reef.

People also prefer to start their day with Elphinstone Reef.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Elphinstone Reef Trips

Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Alam Reviews

  • The great platform The pelagic meeting point We are in the most complete dive immersion of this island near the coast, with dive above the platform, facing the wall and with a great amount of reef species and pelagic in the blue. We see the north platform as soon as we start descending. It is more populated than the south one and the majority of the platforms in this the area; spotted by hard and soft corals and favourable for the species to be protected. After a mandatory visit to the corner in order to see sharks, we go back above the slope towards the reef wall. At 30 meters and under a group of rocks, we think we can see something outstanding on the clear bottom. We turn back and we see a large moray, so quiet and observing. We start to visit the west side where, at 25 meters, a gorgonian seems to announce with a starter shot the beginning of the visit. We see some soft coral on the opposite wall but not as much as in the others, however we see lots of reefs. We find two turtles at the same time but at different depths. The first one swims parallel to us and above at about 15 meters. The second one climbs the reef, at about 25 meters and pushing with their fins on the rock and coral. It seemed that it was going to the encounter with a large moray which seems very relaxed and letting two wrasses to clean its teeth. We see another moray on our way to the Surface, outside the cave and below us. We start to see the frequent thick anthias shoals of this area that we could see in previous dive immersions. Everything starts to be decorated with more hard coral, the wall is covered in the last few meters, full of table corals. Near the security stop, two old humphead wrasses and we check into the holes underneath the last coral row, where soldierfishes, groupers and pseudochromis. It has been a dive of a blue which the south have added intensity, but also with a Wall full of life, of all animals and all colours.

  • Everyody knows....deep and longimanus

  • I had a very interesting encouter with a shark on this reef. It lett stronger impression than beautifull corals and colorfull fishes around the reef...

  • best reef around for a day trip. sharks, turtles and napoleon 😃

  • Let's start with the important bit...Safety....Let me emphasise 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 at least PADI Advanced OWD qualified and have at least 50 dives, you descend to about 40 + metres so there is a good reason for that. You really need to have to have good 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. It gets very tiring, immersion 'on the fly' with the current but with great satisfaction. It is easy to drop to very deep depths without realizing as it has a bottom at 170mtrs+, as it is an open site the current can be fairly strong with no protection at all on the North Plateau. Excellent visibility often 50 meters or more but safety is key on this reef Besides Dolphin House reef this is the other must dive site if you are visiting Marsa Alam or the Port Ghalib area especially between June to November. Elphinstone Reef is the mythic dive site of the south. The walls plunge deep into the blue, richly decorated with soft, bright pink, red, white and brown corals, sponges, gorgonias and fans. Pelargics often swim by the spot to feed on the abundant reef fish population, but many other species, including dophins, fusiliers, jacks, snappers groupers and wrasse may also be seen. It is a very popular dive site, so there is likely to be many other dive boats there when you are and it can get very crowded in high season, unless you overnight on a liveaboard. Due to its isolated position Elphinstone is well known for encounters with oceanic whitetip and hammerhead sharks along with barracuda, numerous big jacks and even tuna. The reef and the fish and sea life are all in excellent condition. There are not that many sponges present so the reef is not as colourful as reefs in other parts of the world. Both the hard and soft corals are in excellent health. Elphinstone is an oval, flat top sea mount, with about 0' - 3' water and waves across the top. The north plateau is around 80m long and between 10-25m wide.There are two pinnacles on the north end the first at 42 m along with a convenient platform at 40 metres where the sharks appear but only at dawn. There are many cleaning stations on the way to keep you amused and huge amounts of fish stocks - moray eels, butterflyfish, angelfish, large schools of black snappers, goatfish and more. You can then then do a superb drift right to the southern end. The southern ridge descends steeply and is pierced by a cave at 55-58 metres. The west side is less steep and slightly sandier than the East. There are lots of overhangs and small caves. In the sheltered area near the reef are many superb photo opportunities. The west wall is adorned with abundant soft and hard corals. This is an amazing place to dive but really and is only for the most experienced and well trained divers, out of reach of the average PADI Advanced Diver and its vital you research and choose your dive centre and guides carefully Emperor divers for example will not take divers out unless they have been on a number of dives with them before an Elphinstone trip as they like to review your capabilities first.

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