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RSA Captains Log Sept. 17 – 23, 2016
The Northern Itinerary: Brothers Island, Daedalus Reef, Shaab Abu Dabab
Highlights: School of Hammerhead shark, White Tip Oceanic Shark, Thresher shark, Grey Reef shark, Turtle, Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Murein
GUESTS: Donna, Dan, Gary, Liz, Brian, Laura, Mikey, Barbara, Cliff, Bill, Vickie, Dennis, Linda, Dewey, Jackie, Randall,
Air Temp: 30 c / 86 f
Water Temp: 28 -30 / 82 f – 86 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate and intense winds
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Katerina
Chef(s): Abdu & Abdallah
Steward(s): Hegaze & Nubi
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Islam
Sunday – Marsa Shoona & Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Big Brother Island
Tuesday – Little Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Shaab Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA and Canada. A total of 16 guests on board. The trip has been organized by Donna. 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 18th of September
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 glassfishes, Giant platax fishes, a garden of fire corals, butterfly, angel, lion and goatfish. Time for lunch. The second dive is a boat-to-boat dive. Time for snack and we sail to Marsa Mobarak. At 4:30 pm we splash the water and we visit a couple of pinnacle just below the boat. The scorpion fish, the crocodile fish and the blue spotted stingrays are the main attraction of the dive. After dinner we enjoyed a night dive with different species of spider crabs and a giant murein.
Monday 19th of September
Day 2 started in Big Brother Island. We sail all night to reach the Brother Islands. The Big Brother Island stands out for his rocky profile and lighthouse. It is located at only 1 mile from The Little Brother Island. It is worldwide known for his drop off walls, wrecks and sharks. Dive briefing starts at 7:30 am. At 8 pm we splash the water. A boat-to-boat dive along the south plateau and east wall. Breakfast and the 2nd dive is a boat to boat dive along the south plateau and west wall. A white Tip oceanic shark is the main attraction of the dives. The coral reef is colorful and healthy with plenty of soft corals and black corals. Butterfly, Black snappers, and cornet fish are literally everywhere. 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. A Napoleon wrasse wanders the area just outside the wreck, giant barracudas hovers in shallow waters while attending a cleaning station with excited cleaning wrasses. Tunas and giant trevallies also pass by in the blue. The late afternoon dive is located North- West. We dive the wreck of Aida. We score 4 dives today
Tuesday 20th of September
Day 4 started in Little Brother Island. We spent the previous night comfortably anchored in Little Brother. Big Brothers with his lighthouse is till at the horizon. Dive briefing starts at 7:30 am. The first dive is located at the "Gorgonia Garden". A beautiful diving scenario with huge fan corals covering the reef. After the dive 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 sites of the entire itinerary with an extremely rich marine life, stunning corals and sharks. We spot the thresher shark and a grey reef shark while contemplating the reef with colorful soft corals and clouds of anthias fish everywhere. We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive in the south plateau and west wall of the island.
Wednesday 21st of September
Day 3 started in Daedalus Reef. Dive briefing starts at 7:30 am. The early morning dive is located in the south plateau of the island. Napoleon wrasses, pinnacle of corals and a wall covered in broccoli soft corals and healthy hard corals. The late morning and early afternoon dives are located in the north side of the island. We spot today a single hammerhead, a school of barracudas hovering the deep blue water and we dove along a stunning vertical wall with overhangs, giant fan corals and black corals. The late afternoon is located at the south plateau. A boat to zodiac dive. We continue the dive along the colorful wall and reach the monumental elephant ear coral. We score 4 dives today. We spent a lovely evening with the amazing background of the Lighthouse of Daedalus reef.
Thursday 22nd of September
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. The early and late morning dives are dedicated to dive the North Walls of the island. We descend along the wall; reach the blue water and a school of approximately 15 hammerheads wildly swim below us. We spent at least 10 min diving with the hammerhead sharks. Such an exciting dive for all of us. The early afternoon dive is located in the northwest wall. We visit the anemone garden. We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive along the south plateau.
Friday 23rd of September
Day 5 started in Shaab Abu Dabab.
Wind blows intensively this morning and we could not anchor in Elphinstone Reef. Shaab abu Dabab is our diving place for today. The early and late morning dives are dedicated to dive the large coral garden and a couple of large swim-throughs. Time for lunch and we sail back to Port Ghalib. At 6 pm we celebrate our Iron and Nitrox Certifications.
Donna, Dan, Randall, Dennis
22# dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
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