(11th – 17th of December) RSA Captains Log
The Northern Itinerary: Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef & Elphinstone
Highlights: Manta Ray, Hammerhead shark, White Tip Oceanic Sharks, Turtle, Napoleon Wrasse, Barracudas, Frog Fish
GUESTS: Alan, Peter, Ruth, Deborah, Brigitte, Igor, Irina, Stephen, Bassem, Dave, John, Laura, Philippe, Andre, Thomas, William Diana
Air Temp: 18c min - 25c max / 69f – 75f
Water Temp: 24 – 25 c / 74 -76f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Sunrise 6:10 am / Sunset 4:50 pm
Wetsuit: 7mm – 5mm with vest or hood
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 – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Elphinstone
Welcome Aboard! This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from Usa, Uk, Belgium, Austria, Germany and Lebanon. A total of 17 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 11th of December
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona. Ring bells at 7 am. It is time for the first breakfast on board. At 9 am we are set to sail and start The Northern Itinerary Trip. Marsa Shoona, the first dive site of the itinerary, only 30 min away from Port Ghalib. Wind blows intensively today and we plan to spend the entire day here. It is literally the perfect place for the check dive and the reef is extremely abundant of marine life and colourful corals. Marsa Shoona offers pinnacles of corals filled with glass fishes and cleaner shrimps , Giant platax fishes ( Bat Fish ), gardens of fire corals, butterly, angel, lion and goat fish and most of all, Shoony the Frog fish which literally became an Icon of the dive site. We scored 4 Dives today including a night dive and a Spanish Dancer.
Monday 12th of December
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. Current is pretty strong below the boat and both the early and late morning dives are drift dives. A garden of giant fan coral, black and soft corals, school of red sea banner, black snappers, cornet fish and a turtle. 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 13th of December
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island. 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. 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 14th of December
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. 2 Hammerhead sharks and a Manta Ray are the spot of the dives. Also 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. 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 15th December
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. Wind blows intensively today. the first dive of the day is on The North Plateau. diving conditions are not ideal on the north side and we decide to do the 2nd dive just below the boat. A huge Napoleon wrasse, barracudas in cleaning station and a torpedo ray are the main spot of the dive. the early and late afternoon dives are dedicated to dive the western wall of the island. we visit again the anemone garden and while drifting a=2 Manta rays appears in the blue waters. We score 4 dives today.
Friday 16th of December
Day 5 started in Elphinstone Reef, one of the most beautiful reef of the Red Sea. Stunning plateau diving and extremely colorful dropp ff walls. We dove the North Plateau with an intense current. we drift then along the east wall with giant fan corals, colorful soft corals and an extremely rich marine life. We spend the 2nd and last dive of the Itinerary in Shaab Abu Dabab. Time for lunch and we sail back to Port Ghalib. At 5 pm we celebrate The Iron Divers, Milestone and Nitrox certifications.
Iron Divers: Laura, Dave, Andre, John, Bassem, William, Diana
Milestone Divers : William 1000 dives / Bassem 800 dives / Igor 300 dives
22# dives done this trip
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