Air Temp: 25c/77f max – 18c/65f min
Water Temp: 22 c / 72 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Brothers Islands , Daedalus , Elphinstone .
Highlights : Manta , Silky sharks , Napoleon wrasses , Turtles
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Amre & Abdallah
Steward(s): Mido & Mohamed
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said
GUESTS: Bruce , JD , Aly , Linda , Bob , Emily , Dawn , Jan Dave , Glenn , David , Kimberly , Nic , Sab , Simona , Keith , Patricia
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Marsa Trombi
Monday – Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Shaab Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA , Canada , Italy and Austria , a total of 17 guests on board . 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 glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday 6th of March
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona .
At 7 am it is time for a hot breakfast and at 9 am we are set to leave the marina of Port Ghalib . Sun is shining , wind blows at 12 nods . We finally start our northern itinerary in Brothers , Daedalus and Elphinstone reef . At 11 am it is time for our check dive .
Location is Marsa shoona . an ideal place to check buoyancy and diving gear. School of goatfishes , masked and lioned butterfly fishes , red sea bannerfishes , cornet and lion fishes . Time for lunch and at 2 pm we are ready for the second dive located in the south corner of the bay . A zodiac to zodiac dive . A descent into alarge plateau populated with junior trigger fishes and a high diversity of hard corals . Platax fishes and black snappers , school of goat fishes and butterfly fishes . At 6 pm it is time for the night dive and then dinner . We are set to start our night sailing reaching the remote and wonderful reefs of Brother’s Islands.
Monday 7th of March
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island . 50 miles away from the coastline of El Quseir , The Little Brother Island stands out from his rocky profile and wild reefs . An outstanding plateau in the North side and richful drop off walls . Bell rings at 6 am . The first and the second dive of the day are located in the South Plateau and east wall of the island . The main attraction of this area is a wild and large garden of giant fan corals . The garden is located in the east – south corner of the reef at a depth of 80 feet and 150 feet . The garden is surrounded by clouds of anthias , soft corals and high diversity of hards corals . Marine life is so abundant . At 12 pm it is time for lunch and at 1:15 pm we are ready to dive the legendary North Plateau which host a cleaning station for grey reef sharks . A zodiac to zodiac dive . Negative entry and we descend along the wall reaching the first plateau at 80 feet . We then reach the head of the plateau at 100 feet facing the blue and the deeper plateau at 130 feet . The scenario is outstanding and wild . A squat of 5 large tuna and an africano pompano trevally haunting in deep blue water ; Purple , orange and broccoli soft corals fill every inch of the plateau , clouds of anthias literally everywhere . We continued the dive along swimthrough and overhangs on the main wall. Such exciting and fun dives in Little Brother Island . We spend the night chilling out on the sundeck . Big Brother island is just a mile away.
Tuesday 8th of March
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island . Early in the morning we reach the offshore reef of Big Brother Island . An outstanding lighthouse , wild reefs and rich marine life . Sky is crystal clear and wind blows gently between 8 and 10 nods ; Sun rise at 5:50 . Bells rings at 6 am for a continental breakfast .The early morning dive is a drift dive , zodiac to zodiac dive along the east wall . A moderate current allowed us to gently drift along the wall . Black corals and oysters , large and colorful giant fan corals , broccoli and soft corals . We reach the south plateau . A giant napoleon wrasse appeared with his large protracted mouth showing off his elegant figure . At a shallow depth we explored a couple of swim-through filled with soft and leather corals , banner and masked butterly fishes , cornet fishes and different sort of wrasses. Literally an explosion of colors . Time for a hot breakfast and at 9:45 is time for the second briefing and dive of the day . Location : the west wall of Big Brother Island where the wreck of the Aida sits in between 100 and 180 feet. We descent along the wall and reach the max depth of 100 feet where the bow of the wreck is approachable .We contemplate the entire shape of the wreck and then we continue the dive drifting along the wall . The wall is dense of swim-throughs and overhangs. Healthy and thick soft corals (orange , yellow , purple , light blue ), branching black corals and colorful oysters .Time for lunch and we are set for the third dive of the day . Location , the north side of Brother Island where the Numidia Wreck sank in 1905 . The wreck sits in a vertical position along the plateau and it offers a penetration inside his large saloon . The entry is at 100 feet . The exit point at 60 feet . 2 large tunas are haunting a large school of sardines . We then visit a beautiful and huge coral garden populated with large schools of black snappers, red sea groupers , cornet fishes and banners red sea . The fourth dive is at 3:45 and is dedicated to dive the south plateau. A relaxing and colorful boat to boat dive .
Wednesday 9th of March
Day 4 started in Daedalus reef and it was the Manta Ray Day. We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus which hosts outstanding walls and a school of residential hammerhead sharks. Wind blows at 8 nods from the south . We moor in the North side of the reef. The early morning dive is a boat to boat dive . Visibility is outstanding and we enjoyed a beautiful and colorful wall dive along excited clouds of anthias and healthy , pristine and impressive formations of hard corals . School of black snappers and sardines , tunas and jacks fishes . Time for a hot breakfast and at 10:15 am we are ready to start a zodiac to zodiac dive drifting along the northern and western walls of the reef . We descend along the wall reaching a pinnacles of corals with a large crack filled with thousands of crystal glassfishes and then we head into the blue . A manta suddenly appear with his large and flying figure . The safety stop also offers us the vision of a silky shark . The third dive of the day is located in the west wall . Location the anemone garden . Overhangs filled with soft and black corals and an impressive swim-through filled again with thousands of glassfishes. Visibility and light are outstanding . The 4th dive is a boat to boat dive . After dinner the Manta appears just below the boat reaching the surface several times ..
Thursday 10th of March
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef . Bell rings at 6 am after a relaxing night spent in the Daedalus Reef , with the diving yacht safely anchored in the north plateau. The first dive of the boat is a drift dive along the north and western wall of the reef . A large school of trevallies passed by in the blue , and a couple of tunas and an african pompano . The second dive is a boat to boat dive . A large school of black snappers and banners red sea , cornet fishes and a beautiful vertical wall rich in overhangs where soft and black corals outstand . It is time for lunch and the third dive is a zodiac to zodiac dive in the south Plateau . 2 giant and curios Napoleon wrasses approach and pose for the flashes of our divers . A couple of Torpedo rays swim along the divers with their wobbling figures , a couple of fliet fishes pass along the wall with their elegant way of swimming and blue electric colors . Corals are oustandind and a huge formation of elephant coral was the main attraction of the dive . This huge coral formation starts at a depth of 10 feet and descend as a roof until 45 feet . At 3:45 pm it is time for our last dive of the day . After dinner we are ready to leave the Daedalus reef and sail northern to the Elphinstone reef , 5 miles away from the Marsa Alam coastline.
Friday 11th of March
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef . early in the morning we reach the famous reef of Elphinstone which is the gem of Marsa Alam reef with his outstanding North and South Plateau . We are the only boat present in the entire reef . We moor in the south plateau . Current is strong and both dives of the day are drift dives along the east wall of the reef . A beautiful vertical wall with overhangs , soft and wire corals , large fan corals and long nose hawkfishes . A curios napoleon wrasse and a beautiful scorpion fish , a couple of tunas and trevallies . Colorful and richful dives . Time for lunch and and we sail back to the Marina of Port Ghalib . At 6 pm it is time to celebrate our Iron Divers , Milestone Awards and A nitrox diver Certification . Cocktail , good music and good people .
Thank you all for making this diving trip happen .
21# Of dives done this trip
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