Air Temp: 30 c – 86 f max / 20 c 68 f min
Water Temp: 22-23 c/ 72 - 75 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Daedalus , St. John’s & Sataya Reef , Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Amre & Abdallah
Steward(s): Mido & Mohamed
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said
GUESTS: Angela , Laura , Marvin , Ketty , Jeffrey , Shari , Margo , Jessie , Megan , Yevgeny , Daniel , James , Karin , John , Denise , Deborah , Loralee
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Paradise , St. John’s Caves
Wednesday – Shaab Maksur , Sataya reef
Thursday – Shaab Sharm , Gota Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from Usa and Canada. Most of them are underwater photographer and experienced divers but only few of them has already dive the red sea before. 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 Ghalib at sunset hours. After our steak dinner it was time for a beer and a glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday 28th of February
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Shaab Abu Dabab. Sun is shining in Port Ghalib. At 8 am we leave the marina . We feel excited to start our diving trip which will bring us to dive some of the most beautiful reefs in the south of Egypt . At 10 am it is time for the check dive in the bay of Marsa Shoona. A perfect place to check buoyancy, underwater equipment , housings and cameras while enjoying the rich marine life that the red sea has to offer . The first dive is a boat to boat dive along a beautiful wall which host a large gardens of fire corals , and a specific kind of soft corals named “ Pulsating xenid “ which cover most of the wall and give to it a soft pink coral. School of goat fishes , masked butterfly and banner fishes, blue spotted stingrays and puffer fishes . For the second dive we sail to the offshore reefs of Shaab Abu Dabab , diving the Abu Dabab “1”. A large coral garden consisting of huge formations of dome , mushroom and mountain coral , a swim-through which is the image of a cathedral of light and giant , and colorful clams . Time for lunch and the third dive is located in Abu Dabab “3” only at a 5 min sailing from our previous dive site . A giant morein eel , blue spotted stingrays digging at the sandy bottom , a couple of scorpion fishes . We end up the diving day with a Night dive and a Spanish dancer . We are set to live the coastline of Marsa Alam and reach the remote and famous Daedalus reef.
Monday 29th of February
Day 2 started in Daedalus reef . We sailed all night to reach the famous reef of Daedalus with his large rounded shape and stunning light house. Sun rises at 5:50 am and it is meant to be a beautiful day .At 6:30 am the briefing start and we get ready to dive the north side of the offshore reef .Zodaic to zodiac dive . Visibility is outstanding and a silky shark is wandering in the blue water at a depth of 15 feet and at a distance of 20 feet . We continue the dive along the wall so rich in healthy and colourful corals . A large school of barracudas hovering in the deep blue , black snappers and red sea groupers , a giant moorein eel , a couple of scorpion fishes and sea slugs . The afternoon dive is dedicated to the anemone city . The garden of anemones starts at a depth of 15 ft until 60ft and it is definitely an attraction for all the underwater photographers . The late afternoon dive is a boat to boat dive in the south plateau . 2 silky sharks appears just below the boat
Tuesday 1st of March
Day 3 started in Paradise and continued in St John’s Cave. We sail all night and early in the morning we reached the St John’s reef. Wake up at 6 am and we are set to dive the beautiful and colorful reef of Paradise reef. A boat to boat dive to explore a large swim-through with beautiful fan and hard corals and large pinnacles covered with sponges , acropora , finger , broccoli and leather corals.
Time for breakfast and we sail to St. John’s Caves. A napoleon wrasse wander just below our diving yacht literally posing for our underwater photograpers . We then start our underwater tour around the large and complex system of swim-throughs , which host a very healthy marine life . We dedicate the afternoon dive to explore the large pinnacles , just below our diving yacht which offered our divers a chance to shoot again the Napoleon wrasse and a couple of sea slugs .
We scored 4 dives including a night dive .
Wednesday 2nd March
Day 4 started in Shaab Maksur and continued in Sataya reef .
Sun is shining , wind blows gently and it looks like a perfect day for diving . Shaab Maksur is an outstanding offshore reef and we plan to spend the first 2 dives of the day here . The first dive is located in the south plateau . Here there are 2 large pinnacles which represent the perfect image of the red sea marine life .Clouds of anthias , colourful soft and leather corals , a high diversity of hard corals , and a couple of cracks which host black and fan corals . The 2th dive is a drift dive which start into a lagoon with a beautiful garden of mountain and dome corals and plenty of anemones and ended in the south plateau where we have the chance to photograph the top of those beautiful pinnacles. The afternoon and night dive are located in Sataya reef . We dive his beautiful coral garden at a shallow depth , a pristine aquarium . Large school of yellow goat fishes and snappers , masked butterlyfishes and redsea bannerfish , masked and giant puffer fish and lionfishes.
Thursday 3rd of March
Day 5 started in Shaab Sharm and continued in Gota Marsa Alam .
We sailed at night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Shaab sharm located at 5 miles off the coast of Marsa Alam .The early morning dive is located in the north side and it is a boat to zodiac dive. A beautiful dive drifting along the east wall. Fan corals, soft corals and colorful slugs are the attraction of the dive. It is time for breakfsast and at 10:30 we are set for the 2th dive of the day , location the south side of Shaab sharm . A boat to Boat dive along the west wall which hosts a large biodiversity of hard corals . School of snappers and fusiliers , trevallies , butterly fishes and an unexpected vision of a single hammerhead shark . It is time for lunch and we sailed and reach the Gota Marsa Alam reef in the proximity of the Marsa Alam city . At 4 pm we are in the water touring this large pinnacle which host a swimthrough and a small wreck .
We scored 4 dives including a night dive.
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef . Here we are our last day of diving in the legendary and wonderful offshore reef of Elphinstone. Dive briefing is at 6:30 am and at 7 am we are already descending deeply into the south plateau where a large school of sardines is stalked by a squad of trevallies . We continued the dive along the east wall finally reaching the large fan coral sitting at a depth of 80 feet where a long nose hawkfish is guarding his domain. The wall is extremely healthy and colourful . Orange , yellow and pink soft corals are the main atttraction for our underwater photographers while a scorpion fish offer them a couple of extra shots. The second dive is at 10:30 am and it is a drift dive along the west wall and its beautiful overhangs with sponges , black , soft , broccoli , leather and hard corals . A stone fish is definitely the spot of the dive and a couple of colorful scorpion fishes and a turtle descending into the plateau . After lunch at 1 pm we sail back to Port ghalib . At 6 pm a cocktail party to celebrate our Iron divers and Deep and Nitrox diver Specialties.
We will all keep a great memory of this diving cruise.
Thank you all for your wonderful presence.
Angela , Jeff , Loralee , Yevgeny
Deep Dive Specialty
Nitrox Diver Specialty
22 # Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor