Log Date: Sunday, Oct 30, 2016
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
(30th – 5th of November) RSA Captains Log
The Northern Itinerary: Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone
Highlights: School of Hammerhead shark, White Tip Oceanic Sharks, Grey Reef shark, Turtle, Napoleon Wrasse, Barracudas, Frog Fish
GUESTS: Michael, Pierrette, Jennifer, Toshinari, Jon & Jane
Air Temp: 28c / 82 f
Water Temp: 27 -28 / 79 f - 82 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Chef(s): Sherif & Ahmed
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Mostafa
Sunday – Marsa Shoona & Marsa Mubarak
Monday –Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Elphinstone
Welcome Aboard! This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from Usa, Uk and Brazil. A total of 6 guests which participate to the Jim Church School of UW photography Course organized and taught by Michael Haber.
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 30th of October
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona. Ring bells at 7 am. It is time for the first breakfast onboard. At 9 am we are set to sail and start The Northern Itinerary Trip. Marsa Shoona, the first dive site of the itinerary, is at only 30 min sailing from Port Ghalib. Literally the perfect place for the check dive. We spent 2 dives here. Dive briefing started at 10 am and 1:30 pm. A pinnacle of corals filled with glass fishes, Giant platax fishes, a garden of fire corals, butterly, angel, lion and goat fish and the Frog fish.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 sting rays 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 31st of October
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island. The Brothers Island are situated 60 miles away from the coastline of Marsa Alam. We sailed all night and early in the morning we anchored in Little Brother Island. Dive briefing starts at 7:30 am.The early and late morning dive are completely dedicated to the Lopngimanus sharks, 3 of them, which repeatedly approach our group of photographers. Close ups and wide angle shoots and we are all very excited. The early and late 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 spot the thresher shark and we contemplate the reef with colorful soft corals and clouds of anthias fish everywhere. We scored 4 dives today.
Tuesday 1st of November
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island. Sunrise is at 6 am. The Big Brother Island stands out for his rocky profile and light house. The lighthouse was built by the British in the 1883. Big Brother Island is located at only 1km from The Little Brother Island. It is worldwide known for his drop off walls, wrecks ( Numidia and Aida ) 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 wander the area just outside the wreck. Giant barracudas hovers in shallow waters while attending cleaning station. Curios cornet and angelfishes literally posing for our photographers. 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.
Wednesday 2nd of November
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. We sail at night and cover 80 miles to reach early in the morning Dadalus reef. Dive briefing starts at 7:30 am. The early morning and late morning dives are located in the north side of the island. We spot a school of 15 hammerhead shark. Also a large school of black snapper hover in the blue just beside a beautiful formation of Elephant ear corals. A couple of Giant Trevallies and Tunas pass by in the blue. The early afternoon dive is located at the Anemone Garden. A zodiac-to-zodiac dive. We started the dive staring at the anemones and clown fishes and then drift along the colorful wall and reach the monumental elephant ear coral. We score 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive at the South Plateau. We spent a lovely and relaxing evening with the amazing background of the Lighthouse of Daedalus reef.
Thursday 3rd of November
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. The early and late morning dives are dedicated to dive the North Walls of the Island. During the 2 dive we are approached by 3 hammerhead shark. They swim curiously beside our divers. The early afternoon dive, is dedicated to dive the anemone garden. The anemone garden offered incredible macro shoots. A white anemone with light purple reflection definitely stands out. The late afternoon dive is located at the South Plateau and its a boat to zodiac dive. A turtle is the main attraction of the dive. We scored 4 dives today
Friday 4th of November
Day 5 started in Elphinstone reef. Elphistone is one of the best reef in the entire Red Sea. Stunning corals, vertical walls and breath-taking Plateaus. We dove the North Plateau. An intense current is present. a drift dive along the wall. A white tip oceanic shark is the hot spot of the dive. The 2nd dive is located in Shaab abu Dabab. We dove a beautiful coral garden at a shallow depth and visit a swim - through. Time for lunch and we sail back to Port Ghalib. At 6 pm we celebrate The Iron and Jim Church UW Photography certifications.
Jim Church UW Photography Course
Pierrette, Jennifer, Toshinari, Jon & Jane
22# dives done this trip
Red Sea Aggressor
Pictures by Mahmoud Abdallah