Red Sea Aggressor
Captain’s Log April 16 – 22, 2016
Air Temp: 25c – 30c max / 72f – 80f
Water Temp: 23c -24c / 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: Whale Sharks, Hammerhead, White tip oceanic shark, silky shark, Manta, Napoleon wrasse, Turtle.
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Amre & Abdallah
Steward(s): Mohamed Hagazy & Nubi
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Islam
GUESTS: James, David, Denis, Pamela, Sondra, Stephen, Martha, Nan, Richard, Angela, George, Terri, Daniel, Sarah, and Philip Angela.
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Shaab Abu Dabab
Tuesday – Little Brother Island
Wednesday – Big Brother Island
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, a total of 16 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 17th of April
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona, and Shaab Abu Dabab. Ring bells at 7 am for a relaxing breakfast in the marina of Porth Galib. At 8:30 and we are ready to start our northern itinerary. The first dive site is Marsa Shoona. A check dive to verify buoyancy and scuba diving equipment. Immediately after the dive we sail to the shaab abu dabab reefs. The late afternoon dive and night dive are dedicated to explore the coral garden of mountain and dome corals. A napoleon wrasse, blue spotted stingrays, colorful and huge clams. Weather forecast previews strong winds for the day of tomorrow. We decide to spend another day in the marsa alam area before reaching the Brothers Island.
Monday 18th of April
Day 2 started in Shaab Abu Dabab. Sun shines in Marsa alam. Wind blows at 20 nods. Sea conditions are still excellent and visibility is outstanding. The early morning dive is dedicated to dive the beautiful underwater lagoon and coral garden. A red anemone, a napoleon wrasse while we dive above those huge formations of mushroom, dome and mountain corals. Time for breakfast and relaxing at the sundeck before our second dive of the day. We visit a small wreck not far from our diving yacht and explore a large swim through. A turtle and a Napoleon wrasse are the main spot of the dive. We scored 5 dives today including a night dive with an octopus.
Tuesday 19th of April
Day 3 started in Little Brother Island. Early in the morning we reach the offshore reef of Brothers Islands. We moor in Little Brother Island. The early morning dive is dedicated to dive the Gorgonia garden located on the Southwest side of the reef. A hammerhead shark appears in the blue while we continue the dive on the shallow part of the south Plateau. An outstanding visibility and light allow us to admire school of cornet fishes and butterly fishes, a nudibranch and a scorpion fish. The second dive is a boat to zodiac dive on the southeast side. The early and late afternoon dives are located in the North Plateau. The north plateau is highly rich in marine life. A squad of tunas and giant trevallies wander in the blue while we continue the dive drifting along the colorful wall. We scored 4 dives today.
Wednesday 20th of April
Day 4 started in Big Brother Island. It is a beautiful and sunny day in Big Brother Island. Ring bells at 6 am for the continental breakfast and the early and late morning dive are located in the south plateau of the reef. We visit a colorful overhang at a shallow depth with pristine soft and black corals. The early morning dive is dedicated to dive the wreck of the Numidia, located in the North plateau. Hammerhead sharks approach us just before entering the engine room of the wreck. We continue the dive along the wall filled with a large school of fusilier’s fishes hovering above the colorful corals. A squad of giant tunas wanders in the blue. We score 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive. The white tip oceanic shark makes an unexpected visit just below our diving yacht. .
Thursday 21st of April
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef . It is a beautiful and warm day in Daedalus reef. This large offshore reef is one of the main attractions of the entire Northern and Southern itinerary. It hosts a residential school of hammerhead and in this specific time of the year offers the chance to spot the Manta Ray. The first 2 dives are located in the North Plateau. A squad of five hammerheads wildly swim in the blue. They approach our divers repeatedly and while we continue the dive a Manta ray appears. But it is the vision of a whale shark that made our dive and set this diving cruise as memorable for all of us. The early afternoon dive is still located in the North Plateau. Our intention is to spot again the whale shark. A squat of hammerhead delight us again and we ended the dive in the anemone city with countless of clown fishes. The late afternoon dive is dedicated to the South Plateau. A relaxing boat to boat dive. A silky shark make his appearance just below our diving yacht. After the dive, at sunset hours we sail northern. Direction Elphinstone reef.
Friday 22nd of April
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef and Marsa Moubarak
Early in the morning we moor in Elphinstone Reef. Elphinstone reef is one the most beautiful reef in the entire area of Marsa alam, only 5 miles away from his coastline. Weather and sea conditions are excellent and there is no current in the North Plateau. We decent easily into the depth of the plateau, filled with soft corals and clouds of anthias fish. A napoleon wrasse, with his beautiful figure, appears while we continued the dive along the east wall where we spot the colorful pijama nudibranch and a colorful sea slug. We ended the dive on the top of the main reef with school of fusiliers, and butterfly fish. After the dive we sail northern to the proximity of Port Ghalib. We reach the bay of Marsa Moubarak for the last dive of the trip. Time for lunch and at 3 pm we are back in Port Ghalib. At 6 pm it is time to celebrate our Iron divers and Milestone divers. Thanks to all our guest for the wonderful diving trip. We hope to see you soon on board of the Red Sea Aggressor.
Daniel 50 dives
Angela 50 dives
22# of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor