Air Temp: 32c / 89 f
Water Temp: 29c / 84 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, Calm cool winds with occasional periods of humidity & dry air
Itinerary: Brothers Island, Daedalus, Shaab Abu Dabab
1st Officer: Sayed
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Angela & Roberto
Chef(s): Abdo & Amre
Steward(s): Mido & Moustafa
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Islam
GUESTS: Mikail , Natalya , Sab , Simona , Petra , Thomas , David , Scott , Donald , Gary , Michael , Allan , Kevin , Cheryl , Amy , Lauren , Lawrence , Robert , Ellen
Sunday – Marsa Shuna. Ras Trombi
Monday – Little Brother
Tuesday – Big Brother
Wednesday – Deadalus
Thursday – Deadalus
Friday – Shaab Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members for the next six days. We had a nice mix of nationalities, Guests arriving from the USA, Germany, Italy and Russia. They all brought good vibes with them and were all excited about the diving trip! After a welcome drink and being showed to their cabins everyone gathered in the dining area for the general boat briefing, introduction of the crew and guests, while munching on our chefs exquisite mini pizzas and assortment of seasonal fruit. After setting up equipment and finishing some paperwork, they were free to visit the very mystical Port Ghaleb at sunset hours. After our steak dinner it was time for a beer and a glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday September 20th (Day 1)
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb. A continental breakfast at and we left the harbor at 8:30 am , direction Marsa Shoona and Ras Trombi , two in-shore dives sites in the local area , perfect for our check dive and night dive.
We planned 3 dives today, easy and shallow dives, in order to check divers equipment , adjust the buoyancy and adapt to the Red sea salinity and marine life .Both Marsa Shoona and Trombi offer high quality diving . We had 2 dives in Shoona, visiting the north and south sides of the bay. Boat to boat and zodiac dive. Turtles , Giant moray , scorpion fishes , pinnacles with glass fishes and lion fishes , soft corals and sponges , table corals and coral gardens . We are all set and ready for the offshore diving.
Monday September 21th (Day 2)
Day 2 started at Little Brother. We traveled at night and we reached the island around 2 a.m. We moored in the south plateau. Sea conditions were calm. We planned four dives in order to explore his North and South Plateau and drift his west and east walls. Plateaus and walls here are extremely rich in marine life. It is the classical place where you can expect anything extraordinary happens. We dove into an intense and deep blue and into explosions of anthias fishes all around soft and hard corals. Grey reef sharks, a huge Napoleon wrasse, Barracudas in cleaning stations, tunas, trevallies, school of red sea banner fishes. Big Brother is just a mile away and we can spot it from distance. We all feel blessed to be in such remote and exclusive diving location.
Tuesday September 22th (Day 3)
Early in the morning we moved to Big Brother. We moored at the east side of the south Plateau and sea conditions were calm. It was the “Longimanus day “. We woke up and we heard rumors that a couple of white tip oceanic sharks were swimming around the south plateau at their usual depth of 10-15 feet. We planned 4 dives in Big Brothers and this remote island has to offer many different diving profiles. We started diving on the East wall drifting back on the South Plateau where we found Thresher shark, barracudas in cleaning stations, and curious napoleon wrasses hovering around us. For our 2nd and 3rd dive we visited the wrecks of Numidia, strategically over viewing the blue on the North Plateau , and the Aida situated in the west wall . A giant grouper and we all enjoyed diving in and out those wrecks covered in soft corals. Simply beautiful .The late afternoon dive was magic. We dove on the south plateau where we enjoyed facing a mild current coming from north spotting jacks, tunas and schools of fusilier. We had a feeling that something extraordinary may come … 2 Longimanus appeared and they start swimming all around our groups divers. It was a thrilling feeling.
We all celebrated the spotting on board. Everyone was extremely excited. Diving so far has been rewarding for all the customers. Scott today celebrated his 300 dives and Ellen her anniversary with Robert.
Wednesday September 23th (Day 4)
We finally arrived early this morning in Daedalus reef, one of the largest offshore reefs in the red sea, with plenty of interesting dives and amazing walls. We have here chances to spot Hammerhead sharks. Before lunch we had 2 dives on the north plateau where we descended into the blue and waiting for us was a large school of barracudas that were hovering all around us and jacks and tunas drifting the east wall. In the afternoon we visited “ the anemone city garden “. We finished the day with easy and relaxing dives. We enjoyed the sunset which filled the sky with orange and blue colors. A laid back evening on the sundeck facing the lighthouse of the island was our perfect ending.
Thursday September 24th (day 5)
Our second day at Deadalus and it was the “Hammerhead day”. We woke up a bit earlier today to increase chances to spot them in North Plateau. At 6 am we were already in the blue. An eight foot hammer head and a grey reef shark passed just below us and two napoleon wrasses were hovering around us. But it was the afternoon dive that really made our day. Another descent in the blue, not too far from the reef, and a school of 30 hammerhead sharks swimming below us for at least 5 minutes. That was a blast for all our divers. Simona, our Italian guest reached 700 dives today and 50 dives for Ellen from the USA.
Friday September 25th (Day 6)
We arrived this morning in Marsa Alam. We moored in Shaab Abu Dabab where we planned the last dives of the trip. This offshore reef offered our guests a beautiful coral garden. They explored coral, tunnels and caves in the shallow water. Here we had the longest dives of the week. After lunch it was time to land in Porth Ghaleb, have a walk and enjoy fresh juices, a beer and a glass of wine. At 6 pm it is time to our cocktail party and celebration of our Iron Divers of the week and dive logged achievements .It was an amazing week with good vibes and good people and we all feel blessed.
Iron Divers (6): Gary, Allan, Cheryl, Amy, Robert, Ellen, Simona, Sab, Michael
700h Dive: Simona J !!!
300th Dive: Scott
100th Dive: David J !!!
100th Dive: Amy J !!!
50th Dive: Ellen
Deep Diver Specialty: Donald
# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor