Log Date: Saturday, Apr 01, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp: 25c – 30c max / 70f – 80f
Water Temp: 22c – 23c / 72f – 75f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone
Highlights : Grey Reef Shark, Hammerhead, Manta Ray, Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Napoleon Wrasse, Yellow fin Tuna, Giant Trevally
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katya & Sam
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Sayed & Hossam
GUESTS: Gregory, Roberto, Richard, Tim, Manu and Tony
Sunday – Marsa Shoona
Monday – Abu Dabbab I, II, III
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Little Brother
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Elphinstone
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, Switzerland, UK, Canada, a total of 6 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 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. 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 9.30 am we reached the bay of Marsa Shoona, our dedicated place for our check dive and the second dive. The first and the third 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 butterfly fishes, pipefishes and lionfishes, giant puffer fishes and blue spotted stingrays. Early in the afternoon we dived at the southern wall of Marsa Shouna. That was the dive of amazing encounters, three huge Green Turtles, one Hawksbill turtles, an Eel Garden, a Scorpion Fish and clouds of fusilier fishes, juvenile trigger fishes and unicorn fishes. It is night dive time with beautiful Feather stars corals and sleeping parrot fishes, very active lion fishes at the night time, a buffer fish. Dinner time and we motored to Abu Dabbab reef.
Day 2 started in Abu Dabbab III. The first dive from boat to boat. We visited their large coral garden of dome and mountain corals.
The second dive we driftedfrom Abu Dabbab II to Abu Dabbab III, flying above those huge blocks of coral. Explored an outstanding cave, which turns into a cathedral of light.
After lunch we moved to Abu Dabbab I and dived there the rest of the day. A drift dive with beautiful cloud of mauve jellyfishes, and goat fishes. We visited the local cave where a huge moray eel was spotted.
The forth dive we made as a stationary dive and Hawksbill Turtle accompanied us.
At night we encountered feather stars, colored sea urchins, two Octopuses, a Hermit crab, a black flatworm and hunting lionfishes.
Big Brother Island. We sail all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands, forty miles away from the coastline of El Quseir. First dive at the south plateau with a Napoleon Wrasse, a Turtle. 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 fishes. 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. We continued thedive with a couple of safe penetrations inside the engine room of the wreck, such an exciting day in Big Brother Island.
Day 4 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 6.30 am we are already in the water. No current, a gorgonian garden, swimming Moray eel, a school of black snappers, unicorn fishes and a beautiful scorpion fish quietly resting on the edge of the wall. A big group of fusilier fishes waschasing by dogtooth tuna.
Sun is higher in the sky and the early and late afternoon dive are dedicated to explore the depths of the North Plateau. Zodiac dives. A mild current is present, we descent and two grey reef sharks are swimming in the deep. A big group of jack fishes is passing by. A large school of barracudas is hovering in the blue. Exciting. Purple and gold soft corals coloring the head of theplateau with a large school of banner butterfly fishes, cornet fishes following the bubbles of our guests, and clouds of anthias filling all the diving scenario. A great diversity of marine life and we continued the dive along the drop off wall reaching a section of it largely covered by leather coral andvisiting couple of overhangs where black corals and colorful sponges stand out.
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef. We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. No wind and diving conditions are excellent in the north, a mild current and clear visibility. Up in the north, we saw Hammerhead gracefully making its way through the blue towards us, as well as Tuna, Barracuda and Bigeye Trevallys. As all the action seemed to be happening in the north, we returned for dive two. This time, we saw a Manta Ray, a school of Barracudas, Yellowfin Tunas, the group of Bigeye Trevallys again and Giant Trevallys.
Time for lunch and the early afternoon we went to the north point by zodiac again. We wanted to see the Hammerhead again and it was waiting for us in the blue.
After this dive we visited a Light House, which offered us a spectacular view from the top.
For the last dive of the day 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. We encountered a huge Manta ray again and our lovely guests took great photos and videos. The great end of the day.
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef. Captain Abdallah took us to our anchorage here on the South side of this world famous dive site. Here on Elphinstone we saw thousands of Orange Antheas, A Scorpion fishes and Dogtooth Tuna. After a wonderful dive at Elphinstone we decide to do another dive here in the south side, we jumped of the back of the boat we dive along the reef and plateau watching the beautiful soft coral and Orange Antheas and Giant Trevally.
And it was time to wash off the trusted dive equipment and hang it up to dry. We cruised back into the port. Thank you to you all for joining us this week aboard The Red Sea Aggressor. We hope to see you all back again soon to dive with us soon.
AOWD and Nitrox Courses
Manu, Richard, Gregory
1st Night dive
23 # Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor