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Log Date: Saturday, Oct 31, 2015
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew





 



 

 

Air Temp: 32c -35c / 89f – 97f

Water Temp: 27c / 79 f

Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet

Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, Calm cool winds with occasional periods of humidity

Itinerary: Brother Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone reef

 

 

CREW:

 

Captain: Abdullah     

Cruise Director: Mahmoud

Instructors/Guides:Roberto

Chef(s): Amre              

Steward(s): Mido & Moustafa

Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said

 

GUESTS: Lawrence , Nicolas , Jeremy , Scott , Richard

DIVE SITES:

 

Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Marsa Trombi

Monday – Big Brother Island

Tuesday – Little Brother Island

Wednesday – Daedalus Reef

Thursday – Daedalus Reef

Friday – Elphinstone

    

                            Welcome Aboard!

 

This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA and Canada. They arrive from different countries, California, Ohio. After a welcome drink and being showed to their cabins everyone gathered in the dining area for the general boat briefing and introduction of the crew, 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 October 25th

 

Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Marsa Trombi . Wake up at 7 am, breakfast and we are set to leave the harbor of Port Ghalib and start our diving trip in Brothers Islands and Daedalus Reef. We planned 3 dives today, The morning dives were set in Marsa Shoona , our dedicated bay for the check dive. We enjoyed the colourful reef and the local green turtles. In the afternoon we are in Marsa Trombi for a night dive. After dinner we sailed northern direction the Brothers Islands.

 

Monday October 2th

Day 2 started in Big Brother Island. We sailed all night long to reach the remote offshore reefs of Brothers Island. We moored in Big Brother Island facing his lighthouse. Early in the morning we set for our first dive, a boat to boat dive exploring the south plateau of the reef which offered as the vision of a thresher shark and Napoleon wrasse. The afternoon was dedicated to diving the Numidia and Aida wrecks and the dropping off walls of the reef. All sights were simply beautiful.

 

Tuesday October 3th

Day 3 started in Little Brother Island. Just a half mile away from his gemini island the Little Brother stand out for his rocky profile and wild sceneries. Early this morning our crew spotted a couple of Longimanus sharks swimming under the boat. Our first dive is a boat to boat dive in the South corner of the reef. A gorgonia garden at 100 feet offered a wonderful scenario for our underwater photographers and 3 longimanus sharks approaching our group of divers at the end of the dive is priceless. Late in the morning we are ready to dive the beautiful North Plateau which will offered us a deep, colorful and adventurous dive. Waves and wind condition were calm and with a zodiac to zodiac dive we descended over the plateau initially facing a mild current. A couple of grey reef sharks wildly passed by swimming into a clouds of anthias and healthy and colorful corals. Sea condition were even calmer in the afternoon and we continued exploring the north side of the Little Brother with his wall and overhangs filled with fan and black corals , gardens of feather corals and purple soft corals .

 

Wednesday November 4th

Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef and it was a glorious day. We sail all night long to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus. His rounded shape and lighthouse are outstanding and we are moored on the south corner of the reef.. Dive briefing at 6:30 and we are set to dive the North Plateau and ready to encounter the school of residential Hammerhead sharks. We descent close to the reef and then we hover in the blue patiently looking for hammerheads to appear. We don’t have to wait long and a couple of sharks just swam around us and then a school of 15 below and around. A thrilling feeling and we are ready to ascent and reach the head of the reef enlightened with the soft light of the morning rays. A white tip oceanic shark appeared and approached us. We spent the rest of the dive admiring his moves close to cameras and diving masks. In the afternoon we dove the anemone city and the south plateau where a huge napoleon wrasse and barracudas in cleaning station are located. We scored 4 dives.

 

Thursday November 5th

Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef. We planned 4 dives today and the first two are located in the North Plateau. We started our dives in the blue to increase chances to spot hammerhead sharks. A single hammerhead shark approach our group of divers offering them nice shots, gracefully swimming at a depth of 30 mt we are delighted and content . A reef shark passed by and then we are immersed into a large school of black snappers. We keep diving along the beautiful and rich east wall. The afternoon dives are boat to boat dive. A white tip oceanic shark is under the boat. We dove the South Plateau and again barracudas in a cleaning station and the huge napoleon wrasse passing by accompanied by a large grouper.

 

Friday November 6th

Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef. At 1 am we moored in Elphinstone Reef, the legendary offshore reef in Marsa Alam. It’s our last day of diving and at 7 am we are already in the water. We dive the North Plateau. We descended deep in the blue and drift the east wall with his overhangs, gorgonias and black corals. After an hour dive we land in the south plateau where the boat is moored and a Longimanus shark approach us with his elegant and graceful moves and then a second one and a third one. We are delighted and we all feel blessed. The second dive is on the south plateau which was a boat to boat dive. We had lunch and we headed back to Pot

 

 

 

Milestones/Awards

 

Milestone Diver:

                                     50 # Dives   Richard

 

                                       Iron Divers

 

                     Lawrence, Nicolas, Jeremy, Richard

 

                                   Shark Warriors

 

                                    Lawrence and Richard

 

                             21 # Of dives done this trip

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks and kind regards

Roberto D’Ugo

Red Sea Aggressor