El Ikhwa Islands

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El Ikhwa Islands
El Ikhwa Islands is located in Egypt
El Ikhwa Islands
El Ikhwa Islands
LocationRed Sea
Coordinates26°18′25″N 34°51′20″E / 26.30694°N 34.85556°E / 26.30694; 34.85556Coordinates: 26°18′25″N 34°51′20″E / 26.30694°N 34.85556°E / 26.30694; 34.85556
Total islands2
Big Brother
Panorama of the Big Brother Island in the Red Sea.JPG
Big Brother Island
LocationRed Sea,
Red Sea Governorate,
Area0.78 km2 (0.30 sq mi)[1]
Little Brother
Small Brother island in the Red Sea surrounded by dive safari boats.JPG
Small Brother Island
LocationRed Sea
Area0.26 km2 (0.10 sq mi)[1]

El Ikhwa Islands (Arabic: جزر الإخوة lit. islands of brotherhood), commonly known as Brothers Islands, are two small Red Sea islands in the Red Sea Governorate of Egypt.


They are situated 67 kilometres (42 mi) from El Qoseir on the mainland.[2][3]

The most prominent feature of the islands is the Brothers Islands Lighthouse built by the British in 1883.[2][4] Small Brother lies one kilometre (0.6 miles) south from the Big Brother.[2]

Underwater diving[edit]

The islands are a dive site featuring corals and two wrecks: Numidia and Aida.[1] The islands are also famed for encounters with Oceanic Whitetip and Hammerhead Sharks. However, they are only suitable for very experienced divers due to the islands' isolated position, the challenging dive conditions, and very strong currents.[1][2][3] During high season there are many dive safari boats around both islands.

In 2012, Jade Bremner[who?] ranked Big Brother ninth in a list of the world's 50 best dive sites, and second in the Red Sea.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Brothers Islands | Egypt Tourism Authority
  2. ^ a b c d "Southern Red Sea Diving - Egypt - Brother Islands - The Brothers". Dive-the-world.com. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  3. ^ a b "Brothers Islands | Red Sea Dive Holiday". Scubatravel.com. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  4. ^ "www.emdb.gov.eg - Lighthouses". 2012-11-22. Archived from the original on November 22, 2012. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  5. ^ Bremner, Jade (6 April 2012). "Into the deep: World's 50 best dive sites". CNN. Archived from the original on 28 December 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2013.