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Wayne Brown


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TRIP REPORTS
2016
Red Sea - 08/2016

Belize IV-04/2016

Raja Ampat-01/2016

2015
Bahamas-07/2015

Fiji-06/2015


Wayne B. Brown, Chairman and CEO
As Chairman and CEO, one of the most important parts of the business is to travel to Aggressor Fleet destinations to ensure we are continuing to deliver the safety, quality and personal service that we have built our reputation on. These visits also allow me to not only spend time with all the guests but to feed my love for diving and photography as well.

Some of our busiest times are when we launch a new destination. From training the crew to ensuring all the expected amenities are in place, we try to ensure a smooth start to every destination. Fortunately for us, we get lots of practice with all the new destinations we have been adding and the ones we are in process of adding now! Hope to see you on my next dive charter!


Red Sea Aggressor - August, 2016
Flying into Cairo, you can’t help but think of all the history this region has seen over the last couple of thousand years. From the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, King Tut to the Nile river to name just a few, its influence on all of our lives is just remarkable.

Our visit started with two nights in Giza where the Great Pyramids and Sphinx are located. Even though I have been many times, it is still as awesome as my first glimpse. The days in Giza really helps put you in the right mindset for the incredible scuba diving that awaits us on our arrival to the Red Sea Aggressor in Port Ghalib.

A short flight on Egypt Air from Cairo to Hurghada gets you closer but we still had a three-hour van ride to the yacht. Port Ghalib is a purpose built small gated city on the southern coast of the Red Sea. Multiple hotels, restaurants and of course a marina are all part of this unique development. Once in Port Ghalib, we were greeted by the friendly Red Sea Aggressor staff and shown to our staterooms where we dropped our bags and started setting up our scuba gear, cameras before the Captain’s Safety briefing.

The Red Sea Aggressor staff completed all the necessary Egyptian Port Authority paperwork for us to be ready to depart at first light. We motored out to our first site for the standard ‘check out’ dive where everyone got comfortable with getting back into the water, checked their equipment and weighting and eased into the LiveAboard lifestyle.

Dive site Marsa Shoona is only 30 minutes from our departure and everyone is ready to get wet! A pinnacle of corals filled with glass fish, numerous species of Red Sea butterflyfish, angelfish and lionfish awaited us. The water was a nice 83f/28c and with the Red Sea salinity 4% higher than most oceans, everyone realized they needed a few extra pounds in their weight pockets for proper buoyancy.

After two dives, we enjoyed lunch while we slowly motored to our second dive site of the day, Shaab Abu Dabab . We entered the water and immediately saw large gardens of dome corals and spectacular swim throughs where the setting sun’s rays played through the openings. A night dive at the same site ended the day, the only one you have on this Northern itinerary. Once in the famous Daedalus and Brother Islands, no night divers are permitted by the Egyptian Authorities.

Day 2 started in Daedalus Reef. We motored all night to reach this large round reef with the lighthouse built in the middle. The morning dives were dedicated to dive the north walls of the island. We descended along the wall, looked out into the blue and a school of 15 hammerheads came swimming by. What a great introduction to this amazing dive site! As the divers are enjoying the school of hammerheads, an oceanic manta ray came slowly through enjoying the diver’s bubbles. As if the Manta wanted to show off, it gave us a large barrel roll right in front of all the divers and then continued on its way. An exciting start for all of us! The first afternoon dive was on the north west wall were we visited the anemone gardens. Loaded with colorful anemone fish, the photographers were getting plenty of great shots of these frenetic fish.  Our last dive today was along the south plateau where the setting sun offered plenty of light before we headed back onboard to what Chef Abdu had in store for our evening dining.

Our diving today started with a 6AM dive on the north side of Daedalus. We again spot the schooling hammerheads and another the Manta Ray in the deep electric blue water.  A very large school of barracudas circled along the stunning vertical wall covered in giant sea fans and black coral. The afternoon dives included a visit to the monumental elephant ear coral that covers most of the wall from the shallows down to 80 feet. After another fantastic dinner by Chef Abdu, Captain Abdullah safely motors us overnight to the Brother Islands.

We start at Little Brother Island and dive the beautiful gorgonian garden and continue along the wall with numerous overhangs and beautiful displays of colorful soft corals. The late morning and afternoon dives are located in the North Plateau of the island. The North Plateau is one of the most exciting dive sites of the entire itinerary with extremely rich marine life, stunning corals and, what we all wanted to see, Oceanic Whitetip Sharks. We were rewarded with visits from Oceanic Whitetips on every dive at the Brothers. These curious, distinctly shaped and shaded sharks, with their ever present striped pilot fish stay with us for most of the dives where the photographers and videographers fill their memory cards. The staff set up dinner on the sundeck for ‘al fresco’ dining under the setting sun and stars. What a great ending to the day.

Big Brother Island, just one mile from Little Brother, stands out for his high rocky profile with a light house sitting atop. It is known worldwide for dramatic drop offs, wrecks and sharks. The morning dives were on the south plateau and east and west walls. Bannerfish, hundreds of coronet fish, sailfin tangs and blue mask butterfly fish cruise along with us. After lunch It is time to dive the Numidia Wreck located on the North side of the Island. The Numidia was a cargo ship that had passed through the Suez Canal in July of 1901 headed for Calcutta. Unfortunately, the captain was inattentive and ran up on the rocky shallows of the island and it was not able to be refloated. Once all cargo was removed, it eventually slid down the wall to where it lays today. It is safely penetrated at multiple entry and exit points with lots of light coming through. We enter through the engine room, swimming through most of the length and exit to a friendly greeting by a Napoleon Wrasse. We continue the dive along the North – west wall with large schools of colorful anthias all around the healthy coral formations.

After another great dinner and lots of chatter about the exceptional and exciting diving we have had at the Brothers and Daedalus we motor during the night to the offshore reef of Elphinstone. Five miles away from the coast line of Marsa Alam, Elphinstone reef is well known for his stunning North & South plateaus and colorful walls.

Sea conditions are excellent for our last day of diving. The South Plateau is covered in healthy corals and more schools of anthias, Raccoon and Exquisite Butterfly fish that move along the wall among the divers.

Today’s last two dives are also spent with as much time as you want with up to four Oceanic White Tips circling under the Red Sea Aggressor. If these critters are on your bucket list to dive with, as they were mine, you get all the Oceanic Whitetip time you want!

We had several milestone divers this week with Rados achieving her 400th dive, Debbie and Bill achieving their Seven Seas Club membership for diving at least seven of the seas Aggressor Fleet travels to and half the divers getting their Iron Diver medals for completing every dive offered this week!

As it is with every charter, it always ends too quickly but with lots of memories that will last a lifetime and that we cannot wait to share with our friends’ back home. For our last day of diving, we woke up a little early to make time for the last two dives. We explored Sandy Slope, a site with a nice “ski slope” of sand that cuts down through the wall down to 100’ and beyond. The slopes around the site were full of giant barrel sponges, lobsters, and spotted morays. I even photographed a pair of Bandtail Puffer fish that I have never seen before! What a great way to end the week!rn

This was also one of my ‘Wine Appreciation’ charters that I run a couple of times a year. Each night I showed videos of the history of wine, barrel making, the science behind wine and other interesting facts. We tasted a different red and white each night with a hand out about the wine, winery and wine maker. It is always the best way to end each day of LiveAboard Excellence!

As on every charter, all the guests left as friends and vowed to dive together again on another Aggressor. Not encouraged by me but always appreciated!

Wayne B. Brown
Wayne B. Brown
Life's Worth Diving For™