(26th – 3rd of December) 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: Julia, Dawn, Kevin, Nancy, Wanita, Adrian, Dale, Steven, Steven, Robert, Therese, Sherryl, Rae, Steve, Ellis, Erin, Darryl, Connie
Sunrise 6:10 am / Sunset 4:50 pm
Air Temp: 25c / 75f
Water Temp: 26 -27c / 78 -80f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Katya
Chef(s): Hussein & Sherif
Steward(s): Ali & Hegaze
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Mostafa
Sunday – Marsa Shoona & Marsa Mubarak
Monday –Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Elphinstone
Friday – Shaab Abu Dabab
Welcome Aboard! This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from Usa, Canada, Uk and Germany. A total of 20 guests.
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 27th of November
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 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 28th of November
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 6:30 am.The early and late morning dives are dedicated to dive The south Plateau. A garden of giant fan coral, black and soft corals, school of red sea banner, black snappers and cornet fish. 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 contemplate the reef with colorful soft corals and clouds of anthias fish everywhere. We scored 4 dives today.
Tuesday 29th of November
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island. Sunrise is at 6 am. The 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, the white tip oceanic, thresher and grey reef sharks. The big Brother island stands out also for the presence of a light house which was built by the British in the 1883. As every morning Dive briefing starts at 6:30 am. At 7 pm we splash the water. A boat to boat dive along the south plateau and east wall. 2 white tip oceanic sharks are swimming just below the boat. Time for breakfast and the 2nd dive is a zodiac to zodiac dive along the east wall. 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 angel fishes 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 30th of November
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. We sail at night and cover 80 miles to reach early in the morning Daedalus reef.The early morning and late morning dives are located in the north side of the island. We dive at a very close distance with a school of 15 hammerhead shark. A schooling of barracudas hover in the blue just beside a beautiful formation of Elephant ear coral. A couple of Giant Trevallies and Tunas also 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. 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 30th November
Day 4 started in Elphinstone reef. Elphistone is one of the most beautiful reef in the Red Sea. Stunning corals, vertical walls and breath-taking Plateaus. We plan to spend 3 dives here. We dove early in the morning the North Plateau. an intense current is present. We partially explore the plateau and then drift dive along the wall. The 2nd dive is a drift dive along the east wall. we spent the last 20 min of the dive wandering the blue water in south area of the reef and dive at a close distance with a couple of white tip oceanic shark. Time for lunch and at 1 pm we dive along the west wall with stunning black and colorful soft corals. The late afternoon and night dive are located in shaab abu Dabab n6. We score 5 Dives today.
Friday 18th of November
Day 5 started Shaab Abu Dabab. Today it is the last day of the diving trip. we plan 2 dives in the shaab abu Dabab area which offers large coral garden with stunning formations of hard corals and swim throughs and underwater lagoons in crystal waters Time for lunch and we sail back to Port Ghalib. At 6 pm we celebrate The Iron Divers, Milestone and Nitrox certifications.
Iron Divers: Adrian, Wanita, Steve, Nancy, Steve, Julia
Milestone Divers : Steve 2100 dives / Dale 400 dives
Nitrox diver : Julia
23# dives done this trip
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