Air Temp: 22c–25c / 72f – 80f
Water Temp: 22c-23c / 72f -75f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, intense winds
Itinerary: Daedalus Reef and Sataya Reef
Highlights : White tip reef sharks , pods of white stripes dolphins , Napoleon wrasses , Turtles , Giant trevallies
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Amre & Abdallah
Steward(s): Mohamed Hagazy
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said
GUESTS: Amber , Pim , Richard , Jeff , Robert , Kelley , David , Steven , Christian , Thomas , Joey , David , Roxane .
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Daedalus reef
Tuesday – Shaab Maksur , Sataya Reef
Wednesday – Shaab Claudia
Thursday – Shaab Sharm , Gota Marsa Alam
Friday – Shaab Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from Usa and Holland . A total of 13 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 27th of March
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona and Shaab Abu Dabab. Ring bells at 7 am . It is time for our first continental breakfast on board of the Red Sea Aggressor . At 9 am we leave the harbour of Port Ghalib and start the southern itinerary . Weather forecast previews a week with intense winds. The first dive site of the day is Marsa Shoona . Visibility is affected by the wind and for the 2th dive we decide to move and reach the offshore reefs of Abu Dabab . Visibility is outstanding there . We surprisingly spot 4 white tip reef sharks in the swim-through not far from our diving yacht . Our guests enjoy the large coral garden populated with blue spotted sting rays , puffer fishes , school of masked butterfly fishes and yellow snappers . We scored 4 dives today including a night dive with the beautiful spot of a Spanish dancer .
Monday 28th of March
Day 2 started in Daedalus Reef . Early in the morning we reach the offshore reef of Daedalus . Wind blows at 20 nods but diving conditions are still good in the the south plateau and south east wall . The first dive is a boat to boat dive along the south east wall . Visibility is outstanding and we enjoy the large variety of hard corals which cover this area of the reef . Time for a hot breakfast and at 10 am the dive briefing starts . A beautiful drift dive along the drop off wall . A curious and graceful turtle is definitely the spot of the dive . We scored 4 dives including a late afternoon dive in the anemone garden .
Tuesday 29th of March
Day 3 started in Shaab Maksur and continued in Sataya Reef , the Dolphin House . We sail all night southern to reach the offshore reefs of Sataya . Early in the morning we anchor in Shaab Maksur . We plan 2 dives here. Wind blows intensively at 16 nods but diving condition are still excellent in the sheltered south plateau . Dive briefing starts at 6:30 am and approx. 30 min later we splash the water. We descend and reach the two richful and large pinnacles of corals . Clouds of anthias , cracks filled with fan and black corals , colorful and thick soft corals . A silver and white scorpion fish camouflage beautifully . We reach then the beautiful coral garden . A beautiful underwater set with impressive mushroom , and dome corals , schools of snappers and butterfly fishes . At 10 am it is time for the 2 th dive . this dive started inside the underwater laggon with white sandy bottom and impressive formation of hard corals and anemones . After lunch we visit the dolphin House reef . One of the largest offshore reef of the area which offers shelter to a large pod of white stripes dolphins . We locate a pod of dolphin not far from our moored boat and we spend 45 min admiring their moves . We scored 3 dives today including a late afternoon dive and night dive in the south side of Sataya Reef .
Wednesday 30th of March
Day 4 started in Shaab Claudia and continued in Abu Galawa . Wind blows intensively in Shaab Claudia which offers one of the most beautiful swim-through dive of our itinerary . Unfortunataly visibility is affected by the intense wind . The first dive is located in the coral garden on the west side of the reef and the 2th dive is dedicated to dive the swim-throughs . A white tip shark and a giant murein are the spot of the dive . We score 4 dives today including a late afternoon and night dive in the Abu Galawa reef .
Thursday 31th of March
Day 5 started in Shaab Sharm . We sail at night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Shaab Sharm , 30 miles away from the marina of Marsa Alam . The early morning dive is a drift dive along the east wall and south plateau. Colorful soft corals and giant fan corals cover the east wall. We finally reach the south plateau with his large pinnacle of corals and garden of gorgonias . A white tip reef shark , large school of black snappers and impressive mushroom corals . The 2th dive is a boat to boat dive . An immense school of fusiliers fishes filled the entire water atmosphere . A squat of giant trevallies follows the school . We scored 4 dives today including a drift dive in shaab sharm and a night dive in Gota Marsa Alam.
Friday 1th of March
Day 6 started in Shaab Abu Dabab. It has been a week of strong winds and this morning is physically impossible to anchor in Elphinstone reef . Shaab abu Dabab offer us 2 dives with an outstanding visibility , an impressive coral garden and exciting swim-throughs . School of excited and active sardines , blue spotted sting rays , giant murein . Time to sail back to the marina of Port Ghalib . At 6 pm our cocktail party starts for the celebration of the diving trip , iron and milestone divers.
Richard 300 dives
Amber and Richard
22# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor