The Southern Itinerary Captains Log
3rd – 10th of June 2017
Highlights: Hammerhead sharks, Sailfish, Grey Reef shark , Napoleon wrasses, Giant trevallies, Giant Barracudas, Eagle ray
GUESTS: Danny and Marion, Stuart, Sheldon, Bob and Ann, Ian and Robyn
Air Temp: 30 c – 3 c/ 86 f – 95 f
Water Temp: 26-27 c / 78 - 81 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, St.Johns reef, Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Shaker
Chef(s): Sherif & Mahmoud
Steward(s): Hegazy & Yussef
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Abu El Hassan
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Small Gota, St. Johns Caves, Paradise Reef
Wednesday – Shaab Maksur, Shaab Claudia , Malahi
Thursday – Shaab Sharm, Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Mubarak
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA and UK, a total of 9 guests on board. 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. After setting up equipment and finishing some paperwork, they were free to visit the very mystical Port Ghalib at sunset hours. After our dinner it was time for a glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday 4th of June
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona and Shaab Abu Dabab. Ring bells at 7 am. Sun shines in Port Ghalib. At 9 am we leave the harbour for our Southern itinerary diving trip.
Marsa shoona is the first destination of our diving trip. We plan to spend there 2 dives. Visibility is outstanding. Boat to boat dive to check buoyancy and diving equipment. We enjoy a large garden of fire corals, lion and pipe fishes, glassfish and goat fishes, masked butterfly fishes, blue spotted stingrays and puffer fishes. After the dive we sail to Shaab Abu Dabab. A Beautiful coral garden composed by mountain dome and mushroom corals .The night dive offer us the chance to spot different kinds of shrimps, Scorpion fish, Red Sea hare, Grand pleurobranch, Forskals pleurobranch and an octopus. Time for dinner and at night we sail southern and reach theremote and pristine reefs of Daedalus reef. We score 4 dives.
Monday 5th of June
Day 2 started in Daedalus Reef. We sail all night to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus, 50 miles away from the coastline of El Quseir. Sky is crystal clear, wind blows at 6 knots. The early morning dive is located at the East side of the reef. We saw a couple of moray eels, Black Snappers, Barracudas and two Hammerhead sharks. Late morning we dived at the south plateau. We drifted with a current above the plateau watching Schools of Barracuda, Trevallies, Moray Eel and huge Napoleon Wrasse. At the safety stop we saw a Hammerhead shark in the deep blue. The third dive we dedicated
to the North Plateau. Zodiac to zodiac dive. We descent along the wall and dive with 2 hammerhead sharks. We then reached the colorful wall and dived with a giant barracuda, a school of black snapper and red sea groupers. Three Sailfish surprised us at the safety stop. The late afternoon dive is located at the anemone city where a large colony of clownfish guards their anemones. We took a hundred photos and video of anemones and we continued our dive along the west wall where we encountered a Moray eel, a school of Barracuda and Giant Trevally and three Hammerhead sharks. After the last dive we went to the Lighthouse and said goodbye to the sun from the top. We score 4 dives today.
Tuesday 6th of June
Day 3 started in Paradise reef and continued in St. Johns Cave. We sail all night to reach the offshore reefs of St. Johns. The first diving location of the day is Paradise reef. We visit the tall pinnacles below the yacht and explore a large swim-trough. We spot a couple of sea slugs, blue spotted stingrays and a moray eel. Time for breakfast and we reach the reef St. Johns Caves. We dived here two times around the colorful swim-through filled with fan and orange soft corals. Local Napoleon wrasse was excited to meet us just below the yacht. We visited a beautiful lagoon full of snapper fish. And a huge bumphead parrot fish passed by. Theforth dive we went by zodiac to the north of the Paradise reef with its outstanding pinnacles, fire corals fields and a beautiful swimthrough. For the night dive we came back to St.Johns reef and a Spanish dancer was found! We score 5 dives.
Wednesday 7th of June
Day 4 started in Shaab Claudia and continued in Gota Sataya and Sataya reef. We sail 5 hours at night to sail early in the morning the Fury Shoal area. There are so many beautiful reefs for divers and we chose the best. We visited the outstanding swimthroughs of Shaab Claudia, enjoyed the cathedral of lights, which makes the reef famous worldwide. (Please watch the related video on the Red Sea Aggressor FB page) Time for a hot breakfast and we anchor in Gota Sataya. There so many healthy and colorful soft corals, giant mountain corals and clouds of anthias and goat fish literally everywhere. Time for lunch and visit the Dolphin House . During the sailing we meet a pod of dolphins and we could swim with them. Just amazing. Then our captain moved the boat to the east part of Sataya reef, where we planed to dive the forth and the night dive. The Last daily dive we visited coral garden and we reach the edge and face the blue.Marine life is extremely rich in this diving location. Large school of black snappers and goat fish, big group of masked puffer fish, a scorpion fish, amoray eel and a White tip reef shark. We score 4 dives today, including thenight dive.
Thursday 8th of June
Day 5 started in Shaab Sharm .
Ring bells at 6 am and we anchor in the large and outstanding offshore reef of Shaab Sharm, 10 miles away from the city of Marsa Alam. The first dive is a boat to zodiac dive along the east wall and south plateau of the reef. We descent along the wall and gently drift along his sides. We contemplate giant fan corals and purple and lavender soft corals. The second dive is a boat to boat dive. We slowly descend just below the boat and reach the drop off wall. The wall hosts a large variety of hard corals, schools of banner red sea fish and black snappers, red sea groupers, moray eel and a torpedo ray. Time for lunch and we sail to Shaab Marsa Alam. The afternoon and night dive are located in the south side of Shaab Marsa alam with colorful pinnacles of corals standing from a white sandy bottom. White tip reef shark and a an Eagle ray were spotted in the third dive. The night dive offered us hunting moray eel, a sea star, a sole fish and plenty of sea urchins.
Friday 9th of June
Day 6 started in Abu Dabab II. Visibility is crystal clear and calm sea, perfect day for diving. Beautiful scenery with colorful hard corals, clouds of anthias, school of sardines, wart slug, anemones and bat fish , such relaxing and colorful dives with outstanding coral formations. Time for a lunch and it is time to come back to Port Ghalib. At 3 pm we are back at the marina of Port Ghalib. At 5pm the cocktail party starts. It is time to celebrate our Diving Trip and Iron Divers.
Iron Divers: Ian, Stuart and Sheldon
Nitrox diver: Ann, Bob, Stuart, Sheldon
23# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor