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Log Date: Saturday, Apr 02, 2016
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew







 



 

 

 

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, moderate winds

Itinerary: Brothers Islands , Daedalus Reef , Elphinstone

 

Highlights : Squat of hammerhead , Manta Rays , Thresher shark , white tip shark, squat of tunas and giant trevallies , stone fish , nudibranches .

 

 

CREW:

 

Captain: Abdullah     

Cruise Director: Mahmoud

Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela

Chef(s):  Amre & Abdallah        

Steward(s): Mohamed Hagazy

Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said

 

GUESTS: Christopher , Mark , Lacie , Sheila , Mark , Pat , Kat Jennifer , Rene , Nicole , Edward , Eugene , Blake , Henry , Mitchell , Katherine , Rachel , Bryan , andrea , Robert

 

DIVE SITES:

 

Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Marsa Moubarak , Marsa Trombi

Monday – Little Brother Island

Tuesday –  Big Brother island

Wednesday – Daedalus Reef

Thursday – Daedalus Reef

Friday – Elphinstone reef

     

                            Welcome Aboard!

 

This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from Texas, USA, a total of 20 guests on board, including a non diver.  After a welcome drink and being shown 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 3th of April

 

Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona, Marsa Moubarak and  Marsa Trombi . Sun shines in Porth Ghailb and it’s a beautiful day for diving. Our first diving location is the bay of Marsa Shoona. It is a dedicated place for the check dive. This is a shallow and colourful reef which is a perfect place to test the diving equipment and buoyancy. A scorpion fish, many pipe fishes and a garden of fire corals with lion fishes, puffer fishes and blue spotted sting rays.

 

Monday 4th of April

Day 2 started in Little Brother Island. We sail 9 hours at night to reach early in the morning the Little Brother Island. Wind blows gently and sea conditions are excellent. Ring bells at 6 am and we are excited to dive the gorgonian forest in the south east side of the island. A beautiful diving set with astonishing giant fan corals. At 10 am it is time for our 2nd dive, this time located in the west wall. Cornet fishes are the attraction of the dive with their curious and playful approaches to our group of divers. The third and the fourth dive are located in the north plateau of Little Brother. A wild squat of tunas and trevallies wander the area. Clouds of altheas filled the entire underwater atmosphere. We continue the dive contemplating the head of the north plateau covered in soft corals.

 

Late in the afternoon we assist to an astonishing sunset with orange and pink colours in the sky. We set the dinner in the sundeck with a soft breeze and a magical atmosphere.

 

Tuesday 5th of April

Day 3 started in Big Brother Island. It is definitely a fabulous day for diving with little to no wind and a flat sea. The early morning dive is dedicated to explore the south plateau and the overhangs of the west wall. This was full of classic red sea marine life with colorful schools of red sea banner fishes and wrasses, healthy and thick soft corals. We had a hot breakfast and then the second dive which is located in the west wall. The second dive had branching black corals and giant fan corals, cornet fishes and black snappers. The late afternoon dive was both dedicated to dive the wrecks of Numidia and Aida. The Zodiac to zodiac dives location is north Plateau. A penetration inside the engine room of the Numidia Wreck is definitely the hot spot of the dives. A thresher shark wandered the blue with his long tail and wild moves. There were squads of tunas, mackerels and trevallies. Early in the evening we sail 100 miles southern. Destination: The Daedalus Reef.  

 

Wednesday 6th of April

Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. Early in the morning we moor in Daedalus reef. A fabulous day of diving is waiting for us. Weather conditions are excellent. The early morning dive is located in the North – east wall of the reef. A squad of 5 hammerhead approach our group of divers . But it is the early afternoon dive which offers to our divers the sweetest surprise. 2 manta rays appears in the blue not far from the beautiful garden of anemones .We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive in the south plateau .

 

Thursday 7th of April

Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef. Ring bells at 6 am. The early morning dive is located in the north – east wall. The intention is to spot the residential school of hammerhead sharks, a beautiful drift dive. Time for a hot breakfast and the second dive is a zodiac to zodiac dive. But it’s again the early afternoon dive which will offer us the most exciting dive of the day. This time a single Manta ray appeared in the blue in the exact location of the previous day. We spent 2 beautiful days in Daedalus reef with his healthy and colourful coral formations and rich marine life. We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive drifting the North-west wall.

 

Friday 8th of April

Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef and continued in Marsa Moubarak. We sailed all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Elphinstone . The sea is completely flat but a strong current is present. We dive the east wall and found giant fan corals, colourful and impressive soft corals, giant mureins, a white tip shark, nudibranches, pipe fishes and an octopus. This was definitely one of the richest dives of the week. The second dive is located in Marsa Moubarak and after so many drop off wall dives we feel at ease to dive the shallow and colorful reefs of Marsa Moubarak. School of unicorn fishes, a stone fish and several scorpion fishes. At 2 pm we are back in port Ghalib. At 6 pm our cocktail party started for the celebration of our diving trip, iron and milestone divers.

 

Milestones/Award

 

Iron Divers

Bryan , Mark , Mark , Chris , Rene

 

Milestone Divers

Mark 300 dives

Bryan 700 dives

Ed 700 dives

 

 

                                22# Of dives done this trip

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks and kind regards

Roberto D’Ugo

Red Sea Aggressor