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5th – 11th November 2016
The Southern Itinerary: Daedalus Reef , St.Johns & Sataya reef, Elphinstone
Highlights : Hammerhead sharks , White tip oceanic shark , White tip reef shark , Frog fish , Turtle.
GUESTS: Jude & Eugene , Dave & Debra , Gerald & Ingrid , Michael & Sandra , Sharon , Pamela , Dirk & Pascale , Frank , Patrick , Ali , Ivan , Marc , Jan , Wim , Roland .
Air Temp: 30c / 86f
Water Temp: 27c - 28c / 76 f - 79f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, intense winds
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Katerina
Chef : Husein & Ahmed
Steward(s): Mohamed Hagazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Islam
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Small Gota ,Paradise Reef , St. Johns Caves
Wednesday - Shaab Maksur, The Dolphin House & Shaab Claudia
Thursday – Shaab Sharm , Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone Reef
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA , Austria and Belgium. 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 6th of November
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona and Abu Wesl . Ring bells at 7 am. Sun shines in Port Ghalib . At 9 am we leave the harbour and start the Southern itinerary trip . Marsa shoona is the first destination of our diving cruise . We plan to spend 2 dives here .. Boat to boat dives to check buoyancy and diving equipment . We enjoy a large garden of fire corals , lion and pipe fishes , glassfish and goat fishes , masked butterfly fishes , blue spotted stingrays and puffer fishes but most of all the amazing spot of the Frog Fish . After the dive we sail to Abu Dabab. We scored 3 dives today including a night dive.
Monday 7th of November
Day 2 started in Daedalus Reef . We sail all night to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus reef 90 miles away from the coastline of Marsa alam. Sky is crystal clear , wind blows at approximately 12 nods . The early morning dive is located at the North Plateau. Zodiac to zodiac dive . We descent along the wall and dive with 6 hammerhead sharks . They swim wildly below and above us . We then reach the colorful wall and dive with a large school of barracuda , black snapper and red sea groupers .At 10 am we splash the water again . 2 White tips oceanic sharks swim just below our yacht . We all had the chanche to make great shoots .The early afternoon dive is located at the anemone city with their colourful clown fishes. We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive at the south plateau.
Tuesday 8th of September
Day 3 started in Small Gota and continued in St.Johns Cave and Paradise Reef . We sail all night to reach the offshore reefs of St. Johns . The first diving location of the day is Small Gota . A boat to boat dive to explore the drop off walls of the reef with large formations of black and fan coral and colorful soft corals. Time to reach the reef of St. Johns Cave, which offers one of the most beautiful dive of the entire itinerary . We dive around the colorful swim-through filled with fan and orange soft corals . Time for lunch and we anchor in Paradise reef . A beautiful and colourful dive around tall pinnacles of corals , a large coral garden , a breath-taking swim trough and a garden of anemones and clown fishes . We score 4 dives today including a night dive in Paradise reef with a special encounter with a murein swallowing a surgeon fish.
Wednesday 9th of November
Day 4 started in Shaab Maksur and continued in Shaab Claudia and Sataya reef. We sail 5 hours at night to reach the offshore reef of Shaab Maksur . The early morning dive is located at the south plateau . We enjoy a couple of large pinnacles of corals with stunning soft corals and plenty of marine life . The 2nd dive of the day is located in Shaab Claudia also called “The cathedral of light”. School of burgundy soldier fishes , golden glass fishes and blue spotted stingrays and the incredible scenario of cave diving and the beams of light. Time for lunch and we visit the Dolphin House. Today dolphins were not present in the bay. We score 4 dives today including a late afternoon and night dive in Sataya Reef .
Thursday 10th of September
Day 5 started in Shaab Sharm .Ring bells at 6 am and we anchor in the large and outstanding offshore reef of Shaab Sharm , 10 miles away from the city of Marsa Alam . The first dive is a zodiac to zodiac dive along the east wall and south plateau of the reef . We descent along the wall and gently drift . We contemplate giant fan corals and purple and lavender soft corals.. We finally land in the south plateau and continue the dive along the west wall . The second dive is a zodiac to zodiac dive along the North/West wall . The wall hosts a large variety of hard corals , schools of banner red sea , black snappers , red sea groupers , moray eels and sea slugs . Time for lunch and we sail to Gota Marsa Alam . The afternoon and night dive are located in Gota Marsa alam with a large garden of corals and tall and colorful pinnacles . We score 4 dives today including a night dive.
Friday 11th of September
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef . Early in the morning we reach the offshore reef of Elphinstone , 5 miles away from the coastline of Marsa Alam . The early morning dive is a drift dive. We descent along the east wall and then land into the south plateau .A beautiful scenery with colorful soft and hard corals , clouds of anthias and school of sardines . Finally 2 white tip oceanic sharks approach our group of divers. The 2nd and last dive of the diving trip is located at Shaab Abu Dabab . A beautiful coral garden and a curious napoleonm wrasse. Time for lunch and sail back to Port Ghalib . At 3:30 pm we arrive at the Marina . At 6 pm it is time for our Cocktail Party and celebrate our Diving Trip and the Iron Divers .
Iron Divers: Dirk , Marc , Patrick , Frank
21# dives done this trip
Red Sea Aggressor