Log Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp: 25c / 80f
Water Temp: 26c-27c / 78f -80f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, intense winds
Itinerary: Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef and Shaab Abu Dabab
Highlights: Manta Ray , Thresher Shark , Hammerhead shark , Grey Reef shark , Turtles .
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Rashad
Chef(s): Amre & Abdallah
Steward(s): Mohamed Hagazy
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said
GUESTS: Thibault & Karina, Thorsten & Sabrina, Ronald & Catherine, Jan & Eva & Patrick, Frank & Hilerie, John & Gretta, Marion & Zohar, Tina, Marnie, Cameron, John, Marcel.
Sunday – Marsa Shouna , 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 the USA, France, Mexico, Germany and UK, with a total of 20 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 15h of May
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shouna and Marsa Trombi. The bell rang at 7 am which means it is time for our first continental breakfast on board of the Red Sea Aggressor. At 9 am we leave the harbor of Port Ghalib and start the Northern itinerary. Weather forecast previews a couple of days with no wind and the last few days with 16 nods winds. The first dive site of the day is Marsa Shouna, a perfect place for our buoyancy and equipment check. We plan 2 dives here. Blue spotted stingrays, several octopus, scorpion, lion fishes, and colorful garden of fire corals. Time for lunch and we sail northern to Marsa Trombi. The late afternoon dive is dedicated to explore a rich pinnacle of coral, a colorful coral garden and underwater lagoon. A large school of goat and damsel fishes, a turtle and a purple Flavellina nudibranch are the best spots of the dive. We scored 4 dives today including a night dive.
Monday 16th of May
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island.
We sail 8 hours at night to reach the offshore reefs of Brothers Island. We moor early in the morning in the Little Brother Island. The early and late morning dives are located in the south plateau. A Boat to boat dive to enjoy the rich and colorful plateau of Little brother Island. The thresher shark is the spot of the dive. The early and late afternoon dives are dedicated entirely to dive north plateau. Zodiac to zodiac dives. The north plateau offers us an exciting dive. A single hammerhead appears just below us and a thresher shark also makes his appearance. We scored 4 dives today.
Tuesday 17th of May
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island. The Big Brother Island is only a mile away from the Little Brother Island. Sea and weather conditions are excellent for diving. Wind at 8 nods and sea almost flat. The early and late morning dives are dedicated to explore the south plateau and the west wall of the island. They are full of Giant fan corals, black corals, a large garden of soft corals and rich overhangs. A gray reef shark and a napoleon wrasse are the spot of the dive. The early and late afternoon dives were located in the North side of the island. Zodiac to Zodiac dive to explore the wrecks of Numidia and Aida.
Wednesday 18th of May
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. We sailed 10 hours at night and reached early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. Daedalus stands out for his large and rounded reef shape and his monumental light house. The early and late morning dives are located North, Zodiac to zodiac dive along the north wall of the reef. We dive into the blue and spot a couple of single hammerhead sharks. The early and late afternoon dives are located in the anemone garden and the south plateau. The silky shark is the spot of the day.
Thursday 19th of May
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef . We ring bells at 6 am., It is time to dive the North plateau and spot the school of hammerheads which wander in the blue and proximity of the reef. The early and late morning dives are located north. A manta ray appeared in the blue while a hammerhead shark circle around us several times just along a beautiful pinnacle of corals. The early and late afternoon dives are located in the west wall and south plateau. Two silky sharks approached our divers just below our diving yacht. We score 4 dives today.
Friday 20th of March
Day 6 started in Shaab Abu Dabab. Wind blows at 18 nods today and it was impossible for our captain to moor in the Elphinstone reef. We spent 2 dives today exploring a beautiful and long swim through along the crack of the reef and a large coral garden. It is time to sail back to Port Ghalib and at 3:30 pm we arrived at the marina. At 6 pm it is time to celebrate our Iron and milestone divers and our Nitrox and Underwater photography specialist.
Frank 100 dives
Karina, Thibault, Patrick, Cameron, John
Nitrox Specialty Course
Underwater Specialty Course
22# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor