Log Date: Saturday, Apr 23, 2016
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp: 30c – 25c 5f – 77f
Water Temp: 24c -75f
Visibility: 20 m– 35 m -70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear sky , moderate winds
Itinerary:, Daedalus ,ST John Reef , Elphinstone .
Highlights : Hammerhead Sharks , Georgina Garden , Eagle ray , Turtle , White tip Reef Shark
Cruise Director Mahmoud,
Dive Instructor Angela
Seamen Ayup, Emad, Said, Islam, Chef Amr
Engineer Saleh, Stewards Hegazy, Nuby
Philip, Craig, Jill, Derek
Sunday – Elshuna, Abudabab 1
Monday- Daedalus Reef
Tuesday –Small Gota reef – ST John Caves
Wednesday – Shaab Maksour – Dolphin house –Shaab Claude
Thuresday – Shaab Sharm – Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday – Abudabab Reef
The Red Sea Aggressor crew welcomed our divers aboard for a week of diving our southern Itinerary. We departed the dock early on Sunday morning and stopped at our first site of the week, Elshona. This dive was to be our check dive. dive was mainly to check out buoyancy or test out new pieces of equipment. After completing our check dive we motored south towards the next dive site of choice, Abu Dabab. Here at Abu Dabab there are many sites very close to each other.
we completed the final afternoon and night dive on Abu Dabbab 1. Here at Abu Dabbab we saw a plethora of Parrotfish . We also saw the Yellow Bar Angel fish alongside its close relative the Regal Angelfish. These beautiful fish are always popular among the photographers in our group. After we completed the night dive here we motored south toward the next dive site of the charter – Daedalus Reef.
Monday morning arrived, and we were moored safely and ready to go at Daedalus. Up in the north, we saw 12 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 again the hammerhead sharks 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 Yellow spotted Scorpion Fish make their homes here. Schools of Barracuda and Lion Fish
We left Daedalus Reef and cruised overnight to our next anchorage St Johns Reef
Captain Abdallah moved the Yacht to Small Gota ST John reef which we did two dives in that beautiful dive site. We saw many colorful reef fish such as the Arabian Picasso Fish, turtle and White tip reef Shark . We then traveled the relatively short distance to ST John Caves and this was our next diving spot where we got to see the majestic corals and swim throughs on offer. An abundant of marine life consisting of Red Sea Anemone fish, Masked Puffer fish and Burr fish made this a very enjoyable dive indeed.
Our early morning dive was at Shab Maksour and we saw huge schools of Unicorn fish and Eagle ray,. We also saw a plethora of reef fish that had our divers strobes popping at regular intervals trying to photograph these timid reef dwellers. The second dive was Elmalahy .And then we moved the boat to dolphin reef . It was not 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 about one hour then we moved the boat again to another dive site
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, Blue spotted 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, Black spotted 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.and we did the night dive in the same place and we saw Lion fish
The night dive over, and it was time to enjoy the dinner prepared by Chef Amr, and Sous Chef Abdalla, take photos, and have a good chat round the table over a glass of wine! What a great day!
Captain Abdallah took us to our anchorage here on the South side of this beautiful dive site. Here on Abu Dabab we saw the plethora of Orange Antheas, , A free swimming Moray eel and Tuna . After a wonderful we went to Marsa Mobarak, there was no current we dove 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. 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.
Milestones and Awards
Derek and Craig
Thanks and kind regards