Red Sea live-aboard
Egypt, November 2016

Day 7
Wednesday, November 23th


Diving at Elphinstone Reef - Dive 1


Elphinstone Reef was named by Commander Robert Moresby of the newly formed Indian navy who named the reef in 1830 in honour of the Lord Elphinstone. At the time Commander Moresby was charting the Red Sea.

Lord Mountstuart Elphinstone (1779-1859), fourth son of Lord Elphinstone, and the last governor of Bombay for the East India Company (1819-27). Lord Elphinstone met Commander Moresby on the ship that returned him and his wife back to the United Kingdom. Lord Elphinstone was dismayed at the lack of accurate maps of the Red Sea, which was known for the many shipping hazards and was instrumental in raising awareness and finance to get the Red Sea chartered.

Commander Moresby was assigned to chart the lesser known hazards in the South and in reference to Lord Elphinstone efforts, the reef was named in his honour.

The reef is close to the shore and the shoreline is easily seen. However, the reef shows all the characteristics of the typical deep water reefs. It is about 400 metres long lying nearly north to south.


Diving at Elphinstone Reef - Dive 2
(With Oceanic Whitetip sharks)


There is a large reef plateau on the northern side, with a prevailing current pushing water from the north along the reef. The strong currents make it a perfect drift dive and its isolated nature means usually no night diving.

A negative entry and dropping down is easist way to escape any stronger current that might push you on the reef.

Most boats will do two dives on it, a morning dive along the eastern side and western dive in the afternoon - optimising the light conditions from the sun.

At the southern tip of the reef you are likely to find Oceanic Whitetips Sharks. They gather around here, swimming between the boats.

and welcome!

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Saying goodbye to Samy Aziz

Saying goodbye to Samy Aziz

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Me in Port Ghalib

Me in Port Ghalib