Log Date: April 8 – 15, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor
Water temperature: 72- 74F / 23 - 24C
Air temperature: 73-82 F / 23 - 28 C. Cozy jumper, trousers are recommended for evenings.
Exposure suit: 5-7 mm full length.
Visibility: 82ft / 25m
Cruise Directors: Mahmoud
Dive Guides: Katya, Sayed
Sous Chef: Sherif
Salon Steward: Ali, Hegazy
Seamen/Deckhands: Emad, Ayob, Hossam and Sayed
Guests: From Canada, USA, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Finland
Achim, Nicolas, Giovanni and Lara, Linda, Felix, Tim, Harold, Juerg, Fabienne, James, James, Maarit and Jukka, Lorena and Gautam.
Our guests arrived in different time on the Saturday afternoon so were able to set up their equipment, unpacked in the their cabins and had a good look around the boat.
Chef Hussein was busy preparing dinner, which the guests enjoyed while getting to know each other more.
After dinner when everybody was arrived it was time for guests and crew to settle in the salon for introductions and the Welcome Briefing.
The rest of the evening was spent on the dock at Port Ghalib Marina.
We enjoyed a nice lazy breakfast on the dock on Sunday morning 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 Fishes, Blue-spotted Rays, Pale Damsel Fish, Cornet Fishes, Pipe Fishes, a big Starry Puffer, two Octopuses and a Turtle!
Abu Dabbab III was our chosen sight for the third and night dives. Our divers enjoyed the pretty hard coral garden looking for Parrot Fish, schools of Goat Fish, Lion Fishes and Blue-spotted Rays.
After we completed the night dive here we motored south toward the next dive site of the charter – Daedalus.
Monday morning arrived, and we were moored safely and ready to go at Daedalus.
Three Giant moray eels, Giant Trevally, a Barracuda and a Turtle were spotted during our morning dive at the eastern wall.
Up in the north, we saw Tuna, Barracuda, and Giant Trevally. Anemone City, was chosen for dive three. 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 beginning of the dive we met three Hammerheads gracefully making their way through the blue along the wall and two min later we saw a Manta Ray passing by in the blue! What an encounters! Then we came back to the Anemone City and continued our dive with a slightly current. Swimming 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 Yellow-spotted Scorpion Fish and A Giant Moray eel Lion Fish and Napoleon Wrasse were also added to divers logbooks afterwards.
After an overnight crossing, we arrived early in the morning at Shaab Maksour, which was our next dive site of choice. We completed one dive here at this beautiful wall diving site where we saw many colorful reef fish such as the Arabian Picasso Fish, Spadefish and huge grouper. We then traveled the relatively short distance to Malahi reef, which was the next diving spot for us here on The Red Sea Aggressor. We completed a single dive here where we got to see the majestic corals and swim throughs on offer. An abundant marine life consisting of Red Sea Anemone fish, Torpedo Ray, two nudebranches, Masked Pufferfish and Burrfish made this a very enjoyable dive indeed.
In the early afternoon we reached and visited the Dolphin house and with the support of our zodiacs we snorkel with the whitestripes dolphins close to the lagoon area. We feel blessed for such a closeencounter with those beautiful creatures.
We then motored and tied up to the next dive site – Gota Sataya. This is where we spend the remainder of the day.
Here at Gota Sataya we saw huge schools of Unicorn fish, a Moray eel. We also saw a plethora of reef fish that had our divers strobes popping at regular intervals trying to photograph these timid reef dwellers.
At 6 a.m. we arrived at Shaab Claude, Sataya. We spent 2 dives here. Divers jumped off the back of the boat and descended straight onto plateau. The beautiful plateau, corals of Shaab Claude and coral garden up to north, which is truly stunning. The local napoleon wrasse made its appearance with elegant moves and close. Simply beautiful and magical atmosphere all around us.
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. The outsides of the cavern were Napoleon Wrasse, Anthias fishes, Damsel Fish and some of us saw two eagle rays flying in the blue.
After the lunch we ventured north toward Small Abu Galawa.
We made 2 dives through his system of breakthroughs and lagoon with their colorful coral gardens. The hard coral in the shallows looked so bright in the sun light. We visited a local wreck with plenty of transparent cleaner shrimps and glassfishes. The wreck was a private yacht and sunk here about 25 years ago.
During the night dive we saw two many Parrot Fishes and Murray Eel, Sea cucumber, Basket stars, tiny octopus, wart slugs and crown-of-thorn.
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, a Turtle was eating the broccoli soft coral, Bluespotted Rays, Giant Trevally, a Scorpion fish, Moray eels 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, a Turtle, Scorpion fishes, two Napoleon Wrasse,White Tip Reef shark 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 Eelwere hunting at night, Lion Fishes, Feather Stars and Cuttle Fish, Splendidcoral crab and a hermit crab, a Large pleurobranch and Spanish dancer.
Fabulous reef that is Elphinstone.
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!
For our last day we went to the Abu Dabbab 1. The many coral heads dotted about over the sandy bottom are home to a plethora of small fish.
We explored of the plateau and swimthrough and came across Giant Murray Eel and huge Napoleon Wrasse!
It has been a fantastic week here on board the Red Sea Aggressor. Weve dived, laughed, slept and relaxed. We also must take a moment to congratulate...
100th DIVE: Nicolas
Nitrox diver: Nicolas
U/W Photographer: Harold
IRON DIVERS: Giovanni, James and Fabienne
Thank you to all of our wonderful guests, and thank you Red Sea for another magical week of diving.
Your Red Sea Aggressor Crew