Log Date: Saturday, Dec 19, 2015
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp- 20c – 25c / 68f – 77f
Water Temp- 24c / 75
Visibility- 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather- Clear and occasionally cloudy skies moderate winds
Itinerary- Daedalus TS John Reef Elphinstone .
Highlights - Silky shark Gorgonia Garden Green Turtles
Sunday – Elshuna Abudabab 3
Monday- Daedalus Reef
Tuesday –Paradise reef – ST John Caves
Wednesday – Shaab Maksour – Dolphin house –Shaab Claude
Thuresday – Shaab Sharm – Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone Reef
Monday morning arrived and we were moored safely and ready to go at Daedalus. Up in the north we saw 2 Hammerheads gracefully making their way through the blue towards us as well as Tuna Barracuda and Giant Trevally. As all the action seemed to be happening in the north we returned for dive two. This time we saw Tuna and Giant Tevally. Finning extra slowly along the wall at the south of Daedalus always pays off as many smaller creatures can be seen here.Wart Slugs Nudibranchs Glossodorids Pipe Fish and Yellowspotted Scorpion Fish make their homes here. Schools of Barracuda and Lion Fish were also added to divers logbooks afterwards.
Captain Abdallah moved the Yacht to Paradise reef which was our first dive site . We completed one dive here at this beautiful reef where we saw many colourful reef fish such as the Arabian Picasso Fish Spadefish and huge grouper. We then traveled the relatively short distance to ST John Caves and this was our next diving spot for us here on The Red Sea Aggressor. We completed a single dive here where we got to see the majestic corals and swim throughs on offer. An abundant marine life consisting of Red Sea Anemone fish Masked Pufferfish and Burrfish made this a very enjoyable dive indeed. Orug St John. Was our next dive site this is where we spend the remainder of the day. And we did the night dive in the same place .
Our early morning dive was at Shab Maksour and we saw huge schools of Unicorn fish. We also saw a plethora of reef fish that had our divers strobes popping at regular intervals trying to photograph these timid reef dwellers. And then we moved the boat to dolphin reef . It wasnt far only 30 minutes we sent the zodiac to see if they are there the seaman came back with the smile on his face and said yes they are there more than 40 Dolphin . we swam with them for abut one hour then we moved the boat again to another dive site. For the second dive we set off to the stunning caverns of Shaab Claude. What an awesome dive we had working our way through winding passages and taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of the dappled sunlight hitting the floor from the cracks in the ceiling above. Down one corridor we came across a school of Cave Sweepers shimmering like gold. Big Eye were lurking in the shadows retreating shyly as we passed and schools of Snapper hung inside the main chamber. Several Wart Slugs were found on the rubbly floor and on the outsides of the cavern were Yellowspotted Trevally Napoleon Wrasse Anthias Damsel Fish and Tuna.we did also the night dive in Shaab Claude
Merry Christmas to all. Christmas Day started off with Christmas music and a nice breakfast in the cosy salon. We then got kitted up on the dive deck in high spirits despite the windy weather before taking the plunge for the first dive at Shaab Sharm. Early morning dives are often the best as many fish are still in hunting mode while the sun is low in the sky. We saw Indian Bird Wrasse Chestnut and Leopard Blennies Dogtooth Tuna Bluespotted Rays Giant Trevally and schools of Fusiliers trying to escape the latter.
the second dive at Shaab Sharm was also nice we jumped of the boat . visibility was great . Along the way we encountered schools of bat fish and butter fly fish Snapper Blackspotted Sweetlips Lion Fish Big Eye Squirrel Fish Parrot Fish and a couple of Giant Moray Eels swimming about.
After a tasty lunch we headed north to Gota Marsa Alam. It was almost dark by the time we arrived so we briefed and jumped in the water . Here divers saw Parrot Fish Picasso Fish Big Eye Scorpion Fish Lion Fish Cuttle Fish and the wreck of an old safari boat surrounded by schools of Goat Fish.and we did the night dive in the same place and we saw Spanish Dancer and Lion fish
The night dive over and it was time to enioy the Christmas dinner prepared by Chef Amr and Sous Chef Abdalla take photos and have a good chat round the table over a glass of Champagne. Merry Christmas indeed! What a great day!
Captain Abdallah took us to our anchorage here on the South side of this world famous dive site. Here on Elphinstone we saw the plethora of Orange Antheas A free swimming Moray eel and Tuna . After a wonderful dive at Elphinstone we decide to do another dive here in the west side we jumped of the back of the boat again there was no current we dive along the reef watching the beautiful soft coral and Orang Antheas and Giant Trevally .
And it was time to wash off the trusted dive equipment and hang it up to dry. We cruised back into the port enjoying the Lunch along the way. Thank you to you all for joining us this week aboard The Red Sea Aggressor. We hope to see you all back again soon to dive with us soon.
Until then Safe diving always.
150 # Corinne
Fidel & Paul & Shidi & Martin
Thanks and kind regards