(24 - 29 July) RSA Captains Log
The Northern Itinerary: Brothers Island, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone
GUESTS: Marc, Kenneth, Hans & Christine, Denis, Ozgur & Sonya, Jacob, Seong, Jm, Misty.
Highlights: School of 20 Hammerhead shark, Manta Ray, whale shark, Grey Reef shark, White tip oceanic shark, Napoleon Wrasses,
Air Temp: 30 – 35 c / 86 f – 92 f
Water Temp: 29 -30 / 84 – 86 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Abdu & Abdallah
Steward(s): Hegaze & Nubi
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Islam
Sunday – Marsa Shoona
Monday – Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Elphinstone
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from Usa, Canada, Sweden, South Korea, and Germany. A total of 11 guests on board, including Hans and Christine which attended our last Southern itinerary trip last week. 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 24th of July
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona. Ring bells at 7 am. It is time for breakfast. At 9 am we are ready to sail to Marsa Shoona at only 30 min sailing of Port Ghalib. Dive briefing starts at 10 am and it is time to check diving equipment and buoyancy. A pinnacle of corals filled with glass fishes, Giant platax fishes, a garden of fire corals, butterly, angel, lion and goat fish. Time for lunch. The second dive is a zodiac to zodiac dive on the North corner of the bay. A guitar shark and an eagle ray are the hot spots of the dive. Time for snack and at 4:30 pm we splash the water in the south plateau of the bay diving with green turtles and platax fishes. We score 4 dives today including a night dive.
Monday 25th of July
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island. We sailed all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reefs of Little Brother Island. Ring bells at 6 am. Dive briefing starts at 6:30 am. At 7 am we splash the water. We dive the beautiful gorgonia garden while we continue the dive along the drop off wall with beautiful overhangs and colorful soft corals. 2 white tip oceanic sharks wildly wander in turquoise - blue water just under our yacht. 8:30 am and 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 with an extremely rich marine life, stunning corals and sharks. We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive in the south plateau with 2 white tip oceanic sharks.
Tuesday 26th of July
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island. The island stands out for his rocky profile and light house and it is worldwide known for his drop off walls, wrecks and sharks. We are excited to be here. At 7 am we already splash the water. A boat to boat dive along the south plateau. A Black tip shark swim below us. Breakfast and the 2nd dive is a zodiac to boat dive along the south – west wall. A Single hammerhead swim along our group of divers. After lunch 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. 2 Napoleon wrasses wander the area just outside the wreck. Giant Barracudas in cleaning station. We continue the dive along the North – west wall with large clouds of anthias all around the colorful and healthy corals formations, school of cornet, butterfly and black snapper. The late afternoon dive is located North- West. We descend the along the wall and reach the depth of 100ft where the Wreck of Aida is. We score 4 dives
Wednesday 27th of July
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 and a school of 20 hammerhead wildly swim below us. A manta ray also appear in the blue. we spend at least 10 min with the hammerhead sharks. Such an exciting dive for all of us. The early afternoon dive is located in the north west. We visit the anemone garden. A junior whale shark swim along the wall. We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive along the south plateau. A Napoleon wrasse 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 Lighthouse of Daedalus reef.
Thursday 28th of July
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef. Ring bells at 6 am. The early and late morning dive are located in the north side of the island. We spot again the school of hammerhead and the Manta Ray in the the deep blue water, a large school of barracudas and we dove along a stunning vertical wall with overhangs, giant fan corals and black corals. 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 score 4 dives including a late afternoon dive in the south plateau. A silky shark and the Manta Ray are the hot spot of the dive.
Friday 29th of July
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 North & South plateaus and colorful walls. Sea conditions are excellent for our last day of diving. 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 and depth of the reef. We are completely immersed into red clouds of anthias. The local napoleon wrasse approach us while we approach the wall covered with soft corals and healthy hard corals. Time for breakfast and time for watching the movie of our Diving trip. At 10:30 am and it is time for the last dive of the trip. A boat to boat dive into the depth of the south plateau. A napoleon wrasse, a pod of giant trevallies and tunas. Time for lunch and we sailed back to Port Ghalib. At 6 pm we celebrate our Iron and Milestone divers.
Jacob, Seong, Jm, Misty, Kenneth
Nitrox Specialty Course
22# dives done this trip
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