Log Date: Saturday, Mar 04, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp: 25c – 30c max / 72f – 80f
Water Temp: 22c – 23c / 70f – 74f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katya & Sam
Chef(s): Hussein& Sherif
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Sayed & Hossam
GUESTS: Rudy, Ryan, Danny, Lorin, Julie, Paul, Justine, Thomas, Christina, Andrew, Tommy, Mark, Sharon, Cesar, Timothy, Lynn, Randy, Ditte, Stephan, Debbie
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Trombi
Monday – Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Elphinstone, Abu Dabbab
Friday – Abu Dabbab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, 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.
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Ras Trombi . A Continental breakfast at 7 am and we are set and ready to leave the harbor of Port Ghalib and starting our Northern Itinerary diving the offshore reefs of Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone. At 9 am we reached the bay of Marsa Shoona, our dedicated place for our check dive and the second dive. The dives are the boat-to-boat dives descending along the white sandy bottom of the bay; we reach his colourful wall covered in pink and fire corals. Divers enjoyed such a colorful dives with red sea groupers and butterly fishes, pipefishes and lion fishes, giant puffer fishes and blue spotted stingrays. Early in the afternoon we sail northern to Marsa Trombi where we planned to spend our night dive. It is night dive time beautiful Feather corals and a surprising tiny coral spider crab on the top of a broccoli coral. Dinner time and we leave the coast line of El Quseir direction Brother’s Island.
Day 2 started in Big Brother Island. . We sail all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands, forty miles away from the coast line of El Quseir. Sun is shining, sky is crystal clear. We continued the second dive on the south plateau and along the wall and visiting a couple of richful overhangs. We admired broccoli leather and black corals, school of fusiliers fishes, trevallies and tunas in the blue, school of black snappers , butterfly fishes and cornet fished and a beautiful scorpion fish quietly resting on the edge of the wall . Early in the afternoon it is finally time to visit the wreck Numidia sitting on the North edge of the Island. Zodiac to zodiac dive and we descent along the reef where the Numidia wreck sits at a depth of 10mt/33ft until 70mt/240ft. The wreck sits in a vertical position facing the depth of the blue water. Just before we started our exploration a huge barracuda . We continued the dive with a couple of safe penetrations inside the engine room of the wreck, such an exciting day in Big Brother Island.
Day 3 started in Little Brother Island. Wake up at 6 am and we feel rested and relaxed after a night sleep with our boat safely and firmly moored in the South Plateau of Little Brother Island. A continental breakfast, dive briefing and at 7 am we are already in the water. A mild current, a gorgonian garden, a Turtle, a school of Barracuda in the blue, a friendly Octopus, Moray eels and a thresher shark in the deep blue. Exciting day.
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. Wind blows but diving conditions arestill excellent in the east and north, a mild current and clear visibility. Fan corals and black corals offer to our divers the beautiful drop off wall dives. Time for lunch and the early afternoon dive is in the Anemone garden. We descent along the reef and the Nemo city, with their countless anemones start coloring the wall from a depth of 5mt/15ft until 20mt/66feet. The last dive of the day is dedicated to the south plateau with a mild current. We encountered a huge Napoleon wrasse, swimming moray eel, a couple of torpedo rays and Barracudas at the cleaningstation. After this dive we visited a Light House, which offered us a spectacular view from the top to a colorful sunset. The great end of the day.
Day 5 started in Elphinstone Reef. A perfect weather conditions allowed our captain to moor our boat at the north. A boat-to-boat dive. We reached the richful north plateau where a school of fusiliers and sardines attracts a couple of jack and tunas over a garden of broccoli soft corals and clouds of anthias.
We continued our dives along the east and west walls. Walls were simply beautiful and the dives are at slow pace admiring the orange, golden and violet colors of the soft corals enlightened by the rays of the sun. Then we sailed to Shaab abu Dabab and we completed the final afternoon and night dive on Abu Dabbab 3.
Friday 6th of May
Day 6 started in Abu Dabbab 2 and 3
We visited their large coral garden of dome and mountain corals flying above those huge blocks of coral. Explored swim throughs and finally entering the local cave which turn into a cathedral of light.
It is time for lunch and sail back to Port Ghalib. At 5 pm our cocktail party started. We celebrated our diving trip and iron divers of the
AOWD and Nitrox Courses
Julia, Justine, Ryan
1st Night dive
Thomas, Andrew, Ryan
22 # Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor