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Log Date: Saturday, Nov 07, 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, moderate winds

Itinerary: Fury Shoals & St. John’s Reef & Elphinstone Reef

 

 

CREW:

 

Captain: Abdullah     

Cruise Director: Mahmoud

Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela

Chef(s): Amre              

Steward(s): Mido & Moustafa

Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said

 

GUESTS: Lawrence , Richard , Luis , Kelly , Lynn , James , Anthony , Ulrich , Gerlind , Michael , Joshua .

DIVE SITES:

 

Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Shaab Abu Dabab

Monday – Shaab Maksur , Sataya Reef

Tuesday – Gota Soraya , Abu Bassala

Wednesday – Paradise , St. John Cave’s , Sernaka Island

Thursday – Shaab Sharm , Gota Marsa Alam

Friday – Elphinstone

    

                            Welcome Aboard!

 

This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA and Germany. They arrived from different countries of the USA such as, California , Wisconsin , New Jersey , Georgia . 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 8th

 

Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Shaab Abu Dabab. Woke up at 7 am, had breakfast and we are set to leave the harbour of Port Ghalib and start our diving trip sailing southern through the offshore reefs of Fury Shoals and St Jonh’s. At 9 am was finally time for our check dive in the bay of Marsa Shoona which offered us an easy and colorful dive. Lion fishes hovering around pinnacles all covered in sponges and leather corals, blue spotted stingrays lying in the fine and white sandy bottom. Late in the morning we were ready for our zodiac to zodiac dive in the south side of the bay. A descent into a plateau filled with anthias and baby blue triggerfishes. A green turtle approached us and gently swam around us for the contentment of our guests. Lunch and we are sailing to Shaab Abu Dabab for our late and night dive. We scored 4 dives today and we are excited to leave the shores of Marsa Alam and reach the offshore reefs of the fury Shoals.

 

Monday October 9th

Day 2 started in Shaab Maksur and continued in Sataya Reef. “The Dolphin House “. After sailing all night long we reached the offshore reef of Shaab Maksur with his outstanding North and South Plateaus and drop off walls. The early morning is a zodiac to zodiac dive descending into the North Plateau. We initially face a mild current with schools of fusiliers and black snappers hovering in the blue and jacks and tunas passing by in the blue. The late morning dive is a boat to boat dive. A beautiful coral garden filled with a large school of surgeon fishes and a curious turtle. Lunch and we are finally in Sataya reef. With the support of our zodiacs we travel the all length of the large and long reef looking for pods of white stripes dolphins. We finally spotted them inside the blue lagoon, and we jumped in the water and swam at a very close distance with those beautiful and graceful creatures. The boat is on fire for the excitement and contentment of our guests. We scored 4 dives today including a night dive.

 

Tuesday October 10th

Day 3 started in Gota Soraya and continued in Soraya Kebir and Abu Bassala. We travel at night to reach the tiny offshore reef of Gota Soraya , with his outstanding drop off walls covered in black and fan corals and his overhangs filled in soft corals . At 6:45 we were already in the water and a White tip oceanic shark accompanied with 2 large trevallies approached us just under the boat, for the surprise and excitement of our divers. The dive continued drifting by his colorful wall, with the soft light of the early morning rays and a crystal visibility. We spent 2 dives here and we feel blessed. Late in the afternoon we dove the Abu Bassala Reef with his breakthroughs and overhangs, cracks and caverns covered with fan and soft corals. We spotted a couple of Pyjamas slugs and other difeerent nudibranches. We scored 5 dives today including a night dive.

 

Wednesday November 11th

Day 4 started in Paradise and continued in St John’s Cave and Sernaka Island. Wake up at 6 am, a continental breakfast and at 7 am we are already in the water diving along the rich pinnacles of Paradise Reef. Later in the morning we briefly sailed to St John’s Cave and dive through his system of caverns and caves. Such a wonderful and relaxing dive admiring soft, fan and black corals in the soft light of those swim through. Just under our yacht was a Napoleon wrasse poses for the lights and flashes of our enthusiastic underwater photographers. We spent 20 min admiring his approaches and graceful moves. We scored 5 dives today including a dust and night dive in the fascinating island of Sernaka which offered us a wild and romantic scenario with the orange and blue light of the sunset hours.

 

Thursday November 5th

Day 5 started in Shaab Sharm and continued in Gota Marsa Alam.

We sailed 8 hours at night reaching the offshore reef of Shaab Sharm. We planned to spend 2 dives here and our early morning dive was a zodiac to boat dive visiting his east drop off wall and south plateau while gently drifting through gorgonias, purple soft corals and clouds of anthias. Late in the morning a boat to zodiac dive visiting his north side and large table corals. Late in the afternoon we are in the proximity of Marsa Alam diving The Gota. We spent there 2 dives including a night dive and 2 enchanting Spanish dancers.

 

Friday November 6th

Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef. We moored here early in the morning and it was the Longimanus day, admiring his elegant moves and close approaches, just under our yacht. We spent here 2 dives, Boat to boat diving and we descent into the south plateau and drif his drop off walls , encountering jacks and tunas and napoleon wrasses with school of fusiliers. 2 white tip oceanic sharks approached our group of divers offering them beautiful shots and thrilling feelings.

 

 

 

Milestones/Awards

 

Milestone Diver:

                                     50 # Dives Michael

                                     300 # Dives James

                                     500 # Dives Joshua

 

                                       Iron Divers

 

Uli , Kelly , Michael , Anthony , Lawrence , Joshua , Richard , James

                  

 

                                   24 # Of dives done this trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks and kind regards

Roberto D’Ugo

Red Sea Aggressor