Log Date: Saturday, Nov 19, 2016
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Log Date: Saturday, Nov 26, 2016
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Water temperature: 78- 80F / 26 - 27C
Air temperature: 73-82 F / 23 - 28 C. Cozy jumper, trousers recommended for post-dive/evenings.
Exposure suit: 5mm full length.
Visibility: 82ft / 25m
Cruise Directors: Mahmoud
Dive Guides: Katya, Ahmed
Sous Chef: Sherif
Salon Steward: Ali, Ahmed
Seamen/Deckhands: Emad, Ayob, Hossam and Eslam
Guests: From Canada, USA and Netherlands
Wanita, Tonya, Patricia, Nancy, Adrian, Duncan, Jeroen, Marco, Dan, Denis, Kacey and Lohna, Steven, Eslam, Rob & Bobbie, John & Kathy, James & Nicole
Our guests arrived in good time on the Saturday afternoon so were able to check everyone in and relax in the salon while music played and pizza was eaten. Everyone set up their equipment, unpacked in the their cabins and had a good look around the boat. Before long, it was time for guests and crew to settle in the salon for introductions and the Welcome Briefing.
Chef Hussein was busy preparing dinner which the guests enjoyed while getting to know each other more. The rest of the evening was spent on the dock at Port Ghalib Marina.
We enjoyed a nice lazy breakfast on the dock on Sundaymorning before firing up the engines and making for the open sea. First we went to Marsa Shoana.
On the dives itself, many fish were spotted including Scorpion Fish, Bluespotted Rays, Pale Damsel Fish, Cornet Fish, Pipe Fish, a big Starry Puffer and Frog Fish!
Umm Wasl was our chosen sight for the third and night dives. Our divers enjoyed the pretty hard coral garden looking fo, Parrot Fish, schools of Goat Fish, Bluespotted Rays and Turtle.
Monday morning arrived, and we were moored safely and ready to go at Daedalus. Up in the north, we saw school of Hammerheads gracefullymaking their way through the blue towards us, as well as Tuna, Barracuda, and Giant Trevally. Anemone City, was chosen for dive two. It is a section of the reef wall covered in magnificent anemone. There are so many of these Anemones, that each diver can easily have their own. In the end of the dive we met two Manta rays and White tip oceanic shark! As all the action seemed to be happening in the north, we returned for dive three. This time, we saw three Hummerheads and White Tip Oceanic made our dive swimming between divers for more then 5 minuets. Finning extra slowly along the wall at the south of Daedalus always pays off as many smaller creatures can be seen here. Glossodorids, Pipe Fish, and Yellowspotted Scorpion Fish make their homes here. And two White tip sharks were encountered. Lion Fish and Napoleon Wrasse were also added to divers logbooks afterwards.
After an overnight crossing , we arrived early in the morning at Paradise Reef.
Wake up at 6 am and we are set to dive the beautiful and colorful plateau, corals of Paradise Reef and swimthrough, which is truly stunning. We spent 2 dives here,. Simply beautiful and magical atmosphere all around us. A couple of giant moray eels, Napoleon Wrasse and schools of anthias and goat fishes in the crystal blue water. Early in the afternoon we reached the St. John’s cave reef and we made 2 dives through his system of breakthroughs and caves with their walls all covered in soft corals. The local napoleon wrasse and white tip reef shark made their appeareance with elegant moves and close. During the night dive in the calm waters of St. Johns, we saw two Spanish Dancers, many Parrot Fish and Murray Eel, Sea cucumber, Basket stars and tiny octopus
We arrived at Shaab Maksour, Sataya, ready to dive the south of this long reef. Divers jumped off the back of the boat and descended straight onto the two gigantic pinnacles that sit on the plateau. Trigger Fish, Groupers, Rainbow Wrasse and some splendid Gorgonian Fans adorned the wall. The hard coral in the shallows looked bright in the early morning light with Unicorn Fish all around. On the way back, we could not believe, Sail Fish swam past! So fast as usual.
For the second dive, we set off to the stunning caverns of Shaab Claude. What an awesome dive we had working our way through winding passages, and taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of the dappled sunlight hitting the floor from the cracks in theceiling above. Down one corridor we came across a school of Cave Sweepers shimmering like gold. Big Eye were lurking in the shadows, retreating shyly as we passed, and schools of Snapper hung inside the main chamber. Several On the outsides of the cavern wer, Napoleon Wrasse, Anthias, Damsel Fish and Tuna.
In the early afternoon we reached and visit the Dolphin house and with the support of our zodiacs we snorkel with the white stripes dolphins close to the lagoon area. We feel blessed for such aclose encounter with those beautiful creatures.
We dived Sataya in the south for the third and the night dives. Theis dive site is a real pleasure to dive as the topography is so varied and the marine life in suchabundance. Once at the drop off, we encountered schools of Red Sea Banner Fish, Rabbit Fish, and Snapper. GiantMoray Eels with a pretty mottled body had wound itself into the hard corals. At night we watched lion fishes were having their dinner or breakfast.
At night we moved to Shaab Sharm for the first and second dives. Early morning drift dives are often the best as many fish are still in hunting mode while the sun is low in the sky. We saw Napoleon Wrasse, Turtle was eating the broccoli soft coral, Bluespotted Rays, Giant Trevally, and schools of Fusiliers trying to escape the latter.
For the second dive at Shaab Sharm we set off down this pretty reef wall. Along the way, we encountered schools of Ehrenbergs Snapper, Blackspotted Sweetlips, Lion Fish, Big Eye, Puffer Fishes, Parrot Fish, and a Giant Moray Eel.
After a tasty lunch we headed north to Gota Marsa Alam. We scored here 2 dives, including a night dive. Here divers saw Parrot Fish, Picasso Fish, Crocodile Fish, Murray Eelswimming away, Lion Fish, Sea Star and Cuttle Fish, and the wreck of an oldsafari boat surrounded by schools of Goat Fish.
For our last day, we went to the fabulous reef that isElphinstone.
The eastern wall and south plateau of Elphinstone was our destination for the first dive. Here we saw Coral Hinds, Pipe Fish, Lion Fish, Unicorn Fish, Hawk Fish and a pristine Gorgonian Fan. This Gorgonian is a complete semicircle growing out from the reef and it is truly magnificent. In the end of the dive, in the blue water we saw two White Tip Oceanic sharks, so close! It was a great dive!
We moved the short distance to Abu Dabbab 1 for the second dive. The many coral heads dotted about over the sandy bottom are home to a plethora of small fish.
We explored of the plateau and came across Giant Murray Eel and huge Napoleon Wrasse!
It has been a fantastic week here on board the Red SeaAggressor. We’ve dived, laughed, slept and relaxed. We also must take a moment to congratulate...
200th DIVE: Eslam
500th DIVE: Patricia
1900th DIVE: Nancy
ADVANCED OPEN WATER COURSE: Jeroen & Marco
IRON DIVERS: Eslam, Patricia, Dan, Tonya, Nancy and Steven
Thank you to all of our wonderful guests, and thank you Red Sea for another magical week of diving.
Your Red Sea Aggressor Crew