Log Date: Saturday, Apr 15, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Log Date: Saturday, 15 - 22 April 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor crew
Our guests arrived on Saturday afternoon raring to go, eager to set up their kit, and have a good look around the boat before leaving the next morning. Hussein, our chef, had prepared some beautifully presented snacks to compliment cold refreshment in case anyone was hungry after their journey to the boat. We then checked everyone in, guests got unpacked and settled into their cabins, and the Welcome Briefing was commenced. As the sun set over Ghalib turning the sky a burned orange and hazy pink, our guests took a walk round the boutiques and shops in the bazaar, or round the pretty grounds of the marina.
Itinerary: Brothers Daedalus Elphinstone
Air Temp: 25c – 30c max / 72f – 80f
Water Temp: 24c – 25c / 75f – 77f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Brothers Islands , Daedalus Reef , Elphinstone
Highlights : Thresher Shark , Manta Ray , White Tip oceanic Shark , Dolphins
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katya & Said
Chef(s): Hussein& Sherif
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Hossam & Sayed
GUESTS: Sasa, Igor, Olivier and Annie, Leanne, Jackie, Maarit and Jukka, James, Jim, Kara and Kevin, Tanja and Veit, Jonathan and Izabela
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Torfa Shouna
Monday – Big Brother Island
Tuesday – Little Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Abu Dabbab II and III
This week we went north to The Brothers and Daedalus before looping back round to Abu Dabbab and then Ghalib. What a week we had! The sound of the engines on Sunday morning meant only one thing - time to go diving! Our guests bustled excitedly around the boat with their mugs of tea and coffee as they took photos of The Red Sea Aggressor pulling away from the dock, and exchanged diving stories on the sun deck.
We decided to dive Marsa Shouna for our first dive as this site is packed full of marine life and a mixture of hard and soft corals. There is also a chance here of seeing Turtles (one of which is gigantic!), and a Dugong, so we started off in the north of the Marsa. Slipping beneath the azure blue, divers saw many Scorpion Fish, Anthias, Damsel Fish, Pipe Fish and a Flounder! Turning into the bay, Giant Trevally swam past the reef in the blue, and large Grouper retreated back into crevices in the rocks. Bat Fish can be very curious and a few of them took it upon themselves to escort us further into the bay!
Torfa Shouna can be good for spotting Crocodile Fish and Lion Fishes. We did our third dive of the day here, and found a Torpedo ray, Giant Moray Eels, Scorpion Fishes and a Crocodile Fish resting incognito on the sand. In the end of the dive seven bottlenose dolphins swam next to our boat. What a good sign! Staying here for the night dive meant that our guests had one Spanish Dancer and Cattle fish! Lion Fish followed our lights as we ventured a little further from the boat to make the most of the true darkness, and Giant Moray Eels watched us closely as we swam overhead.
Started in the Big Brother. The Brothers are a divers dream year-round. Giant-striding off the back of the boat and descending onto theplateau adorned in yellow Broccoli Coral was a refreshing start to the day. A Grey Reef Shark was quickly spotted on its morning patrol. For the second dive we headed to the west and saw Yellow Fin Tuna, Scorpion fish, Napoleon Wrasse and Moray eel! The wreck of the Numidia came to rest in the north of Big Brother. It is home to many fish and colorful corals that are draped over her structure. Scorpion Fish and schools of Sailfin Tang swarmed further up in the shallows, and then a Giant Moray was spotted in acavern. Another wreck lies in the north of Big Brother; this one is the wreck of the Aida. Her bows broke off and debris can be found at varying depths on the reef, also covered in soft coral. After having a look around, we headed back to the main reef where we saw Tuna.
We woke up on Tuesday morning feeling refreshed after a good nights sleep to find ourselves at Little Brother, the smallest of the two islands. Giant Moray Eels were found in the cracks in the reef. A Napoleon Wrasse checked us out as it swam by, and Cornet Fish stayed close to the reef all plucking at Anthias every now and again for breakfast. Conditions were optimum with superb visibility andcurrent. As the sun had moved round in the sky, we moved with it and dived the west side of the island for our 3d and 4th dive. Our sightings on this dive ranged from very large to very small... From Scorpion Fish in the shadows of overhangs on the reef wall, to the Grey Reef Shark. Our guests with cameras were able to take some stunning photos of a School of Fusilier fish and Yellow Fin Tunas in particular as it confidently swam past our group.
Wednesday morning arrived, and we were moored safely and ready to go at Daedalus. Up in the north, we saw school of Barracuda, a Hammerhead is gracefully making it’s way through the blue towards us, as well as Tuna and a Hawksbill Turtle. As all the action seemed to be happening in the north, we returned for dive two. This time, we saw Manta! Anemone City 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. But Hammerheads and Manta came to great us again. Great day of diving!
2 Hammerheads and Manta got our second morning at Daedalus off to a sterling start! They hung around us as we filmed them and snapped away on our cameras, and once back at the reef, we passed a school of Snappers in the shallower areas of the reef. The Tuna always look like they are on a mission somewhere as they hurry past, never sticking around for long. We got a hattrick for our second dive... Hammerheads and Mantas in the deep blue… Add to the mix more Barracuda and Tuna, and the chitchat in the zodiac on the way back to the boat was peppered with laughter and squeals of delight. The Magnificent Anemone city and sharks were waiting for us on the third dive. Back to the south for the last dive of the day. Lots of small fish were seen on this dive, including the slightly larger EmperorFish, the Giant Murray eel and Scorpion Fishes said their goodbyes to us along with the Napoleon Wrasse.
As the week drew to a close, we dived Abu Dabab 2 and 3 with their stunning caves and swimthrough, coral gardens and so varied marine life. We did our last dive of the week and our guests opted to go for ultimate relaxation, and so swapped the last dive for reclining on the sun deck with a beer and a book! The landscape of desert meeting the brightest blue water is quite spectacular, and meant that our guests were able to get some above-water shots on their cameras, too. All too soon, the bell was rung, and it was time for an authentic Egyptian lunch!
It has been another fabulous week in great company both above and below the water. Thank you to our lovely guests, and thank you Red Sea!
Veit – 100 dives
Tanja & Veit
Wreck and PPB specialty
Izabela & Jonathan
Until next time, safe diving.
Your Red Sea