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Elphinstone Reef

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Address: Marsa Alam, Egypt

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Can be challenging due to currents and many boats on top

Can never tell until under the water if currents are strong. Many people dive here for sharks but the reef is beautiful, many waste time at 30 metres when there is so much to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
MJV_12
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Can never tell until under the water if currents are strong. Many people dive here for sharks but the reef is beautiful, many waste time at 30 metres when there is so much to see at 15 - 20 metres. Can get very crowded as can be reached from shore by ribs and day boats. Ribs can be a pain... More 

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Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

most beautiful and pristine reef I've seen, even if there are no big fish / marine life - the reef will still take your breath away. Tricky currents - I would say divers should have at least 60dives 10 of which being drift & every diver should take an dsmb and reel.

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Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Dive here late August 2016, We did the dive from a Zodiac which enabled us to go early and not waste a full day away from the family. As we approached the dive site there were sharks on the surface so we did a negative entry into the water. The current was strong so we stayed on the near side... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Advanced open water divers only are aloud to attend the reef. No snorkelling as it's open sea. We planned to meet there sharks but weren't lucky, it was probably too cold in January 2017. We've seen a colourful 1.5m Napoleon. There also an underwater arch with a strong current in it. You can find many videos in internet about Elphinstone... More 

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Thank Julianajamila
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Elphinstone is the reef any diver should see when visiting Marsa Alam. It is one of most popular diving spots of Red Sea to explore when being in Egypt. It can be reached by the boat or zodiac. It is popular site on the route of safari boats. We saw there white tips, beautiful soft corals, gorgonias, tunas, jackfish, napoleons,... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Yes Elphinstone reef is rated up there in the top ten dive sites in the world! The reason is that it is so rich in life. The reef runs from north to south in the middle of the Red Sea and gets so much sun all year round in these warm waters, and with currents running along its length, all... More 

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Esbjerg, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We had several dives in elphistone and it is a beautiful mountsin of corals and sea life It is though a little though for non experience divers cause there are currentd and big wawes

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Marsa Alam, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

If nice dive spot there for my experience for dive to can see the shark and nice reef and if you lucky you can have meeting there with dolphin I prefer to go there with extra divers there

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Venray, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

the best reef around Marsa ala area. this time we swan 10 min with a giant oceanic white tip shark. But please go there with a big boat , not with one of the companies which go on open sea with small rib boats

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Ulm, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Wonderful coral gardens, sharks, napoleon, dolphins. One of the best dives I have done. Recommended!

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