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Log Date: Saturday, Jul 09, 2016
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew









 



Itinerary: Brothers Island, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone

 

Highlights : School of Hammerhead shark, Manta Ray, Grey Reef shark, White tip oceanic shark, Napoleon Wrasses, White Tip Oceanic Sharks .

 

Air Temp: 30 c / 86 f

Water Temp: 29c / 80f

Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet

Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds

 

GUESTS: Laurence, Christina, Thomas, Jessica, Jasper, John, Gail, Jane, Mohamed, Bander, Aziz, Joseph, Stephen, Clifford, Thomas, Jessica, Jennie, Kim, Sang, Angie.

CREW: Captain: Abdullah    

Cruise Director: Mahmoud

Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Angela

Chef(s): Abdu & Abdallah      

Steward(s): Hegaze & Joseph

Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Islam

DIVE SITES:

Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Marsa Mobarak

Monday – Big Brother Island

Tuesday – Little Brother Island

Wednesday – Daedalus Reef

Thursday – Daedalus Reef

Friday – Elphinstone

    

                           Welcome Aboard!

 

This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from Usa, South Africa,  South Korea, Saudi Arabia . A total of 18 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 10th of July

 

Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona and Marsa Mobarak . Ring bells at 7 am . It is time for breakfast and finally time to start our Northern Itinerary trip diving the offshore reefs of Brothers Island, Daedalus and Elphinstone . The first dive site of the day is Marsa Shoona . We planned 2 dives at this dive location . Dive briefing started at 10 am. We are ready to check dive and verify diving equipment and buoyancy . A beautiful wall with pinnacle of corals and glass fishes, platax fish and lion fish hovering along gardens of fire coral, butterly, angel and goat fishes . Time for lunch and we sail to Marsa Mobarak where we plan to spend the afternoon and night dive . The crocodile and scorpion fish are the spots of the dive. We score 4 dives today including a night dive .

 

Monday 11th of June

 

Day 2 started in Little Brother Island . We sailed all night to reach Little Brother Island which is at just 1 mile from his Gemini island Big Brother . Ring bells at 6 am . Dive briefing starts at 6:30 am . At 7 am we enter our zodiac for the first dive of the day . We visit the beautiful gorgonia garden . Grey reef sharks wander the depth while we continue the dive along the drop off wall with overhangs and colorful soft corals . It is 8:30 am and it is time for a hot breakfast . The late morning and early afternoon dive are located in the North Plateau of the island . The North Plateau is one of the most exciting dive site of the entire itinerary. An extremely rich marine life, stunning corals and sharks . 2 hammerhead and a thresher shark passing by . We spent 2 memorable dives at this location . We scored 4 dives today.

 

Tuesday 12th of June

 

Day 3. started in Big Brother Island . The island stands out for his rocky profile and light house . Ring bells at 6 am after a relaxing evening of sleeping with no sailing involved. We are excited to be here and at 7 am splashed the water . A boat to boat dive along the east wall and south plateau . At 10 am we started the dive briefing for the second dive of the day . It is time to dive the Numidia Wreck located at the North side of the Island . A zodiac to zodiac dive . We descend along the wall and reach the wreck . We enter the engine room and then exit into the blue . A giant grouper and a giant barracuda wander the deep blue waters . We continue the dive along the North – west wall with large clouds of anthias and colorful and healthy corals formations, school of cornet, butterfly and black snapper. At 12:15 pm it is time for lunch and at 2 pm we entered our zodiacs direction North - West . We descend the along the wall and reach the 100 feet depth where the Aida wreck stand . We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive in the south plateau of the island.

 

Wednesday 13th of June

Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. We sailed southern all night to reach the Daedalus Reef with his large rounded shape, light house and school of hammerhead sharks . The early and late morning are dedicated to dive the North Walls of the island . We descend along the wall, reach the blue water . 3 hammerhead wildly swim below us . The early afternoon dive is located in the north west wall where a large garden of anemones sits in beatween 15 and 60 feet . We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive along the south plateau . A A manta ray, a thresher shark and a silky shark are the hot spot of the dive . We spent a lovely evening, dining out at sunset hours with the amazing background of the Daedalus reef .

 

Thursday 14th of June

Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef . Ring bells at 6 am . The early and late morning dive are located at the north Plateau. 15 hammerhead sharks swim below, a large school of barracuda hovers in the blue . The late afternoon dive is located at the anemone garden . We continue the dive along the colorful wall and reach the monumental elephant ear coral . We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive in the south plateau . The manta ray and a silky shark were the hot spot of the dive.

Friday 15th of June

Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef . We sail all night to reach the offshore reef of Elphinstone, 5 miles away from the coast line of Marsa Alam and 25 miles away from the marina of Port Ghalib . Elphnstone reef is well known worldwide for his stunning plateaus Sea conditions are excellent for our last day of diving . Ring bells a bit later today at 6:30 am and at 7:30 am we splashed the water . A zodiac to zodiac dive. We descend along the North plateau . We gently reach the depth of 100 feet following the length of the plateau. We are completely immersed into red clouds of anthias and we continue the exploring the north plateau and then dive the west wall . Time for breakfast and time for watching the 25 min film of our Diving trip. 10:30 am and it is time for the last dive of the trip . A zodiac to zodiacdive into the depth of the south plateau . A napoleon wrasse, a pod of giant trevallies and tunas . We continue the dive along the west wall with his stunning garden of soft corals . Time for lunch and we sailed back to Port Ghalib. At 7 pm we celebrate our Iron and Milestone divers.

 

Iron Divers

Sang, Joseph, Kim, Jennie, Stephen, Jessica, Jasper, John

 

Milestones/Award

Jessica 200 dives

 

Videography Specialy Course

Kim

                

Nitrox Specialty Course

   Aziz

                    

Advanced Course

Angie

 

22# dives done this trip

 

Thanks and kind regards

Roberto DUgo

Red Sea Aggressor