In the southern section of Egypt’s Red Sea, Elphinstone Reef is home to healthy soft corals, oceanic whitetip sharks and a rock that looks a lot like a sarcophagus - a great liveaboard destination.
Often combined with Brothers and Daedalus on liveaboard itineraries, Elphinstone offers a large reef that reaches up to within 3 feet (1m) of the surface. To the north and south, plateaus reach down to the ocean floor at various depths. The east side offers a sheer wall while the west side has a sandy slope. While diving, you might spot oceanic whitetips, tuna and, if you are lucky, hammerheads. As a prize for tec divers, the southern side of Elphinstone has an arch at 213 feet (65m) with a sarcophagus-like rock inside. Elphinstone Reef is best reached by liveaboard. Typically, itineraries last 7 days, and the best time to dive here is from September to November and April to June.