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Log Date: Saturday, Sep 09, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew









 



The Southern Itinerary Captains Log

9-16 of September 2017

 

Highlights: Napoleon wrasses, Giant trevallies, Giant Barracudas, Dolphins 

GUESTS: Jiff, Caitlin, Rachel, Rebecca, David, Elizabeth, Adam, Rose, Jean

 

Air Temp: 31 c 86 f

Water Temp: 80 f / 29c

Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet

Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds

Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, St.Johns reef, Elphinstone

 

CREW:

Captain:Said

Cruise Director: Mahmoud

Instructors/Guides: Shaker & Rashad

Chef(s): Sherif & Hussin

Steward(s): Hegazy & Aly

Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Ali & Abdo

 

DIVE SITES:

Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Shaab Abu Dabab

Monday – Daedalus Reef

Tuesday – Shaab Maksur,

Wednesday –Shaab Claudia

Thursday – Shaab Sharm, Shaab Marsa Alam

Friday – Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Mubarak

 

Welcome Aboard!

This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA and France , a total of 5 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

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. Time for dinner and at night we sail southern and reach the remote and pristine reefs of Daedalus reef. We score 4 dives.

 

Monday

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 Marsa Alam. Sky is crystal clear, wind blows at 6 knots. The early morning dive is located at the North west side of the reef. We saw a Black Snappers, Barracudas. Late morning we dived at the North plateau .We drifted with a current above the plateau watching big Barracuda, Trevallies, Moray Eel.

. The late afternoon dive is located at the anemone city where a large colony of clown fish 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, Giant Trevally and. The last dive we did it of the boat on the south plateau.

 

Tuesday

 

Day 3

We sail all night to reach Shaab Maksour reef. We dive the north plateau . We spot a couple of sea slugs, blue spotted stingrays and a moray eel. Time for breakfast and we dived the second dive on the south plateau there was no current we saw orange soft corals. We moved the boat to Dolphin house and there was more than 50 dolphin we swim with dolphin for about one hour then we moved to do the third and the night dive in to Shaab Claude .

Wednesday

Day 4

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,White tip Shark , schools of banner red sea fish and black snappers, red sea groupers, moray eel and. 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.. The night dive offered us hunting moray eel, a sea star, a sole fish and plenty of sea urchins.

 

Thursday

Day 5

The Captain take us to Elphinestone reef ,it is one of the best dive site in the south wall dive nice current .Our first dive was on the north ,we saw there yalow fin Tuna and groupers Turtle .

The second dive was the south we were looking for the Oceanic White tip shark the shark was there and we were prepared ,we spend one hour but no sharks the third dive the shark came it was very close to us we did nice video and all the divers were very happy.we left Elphinestone reef to Shaab Abodabab reef for the night dive and we spend there the night.

 

Friday

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 6pm the cocktail party starts. It is time to celebrate our Diving Trip and Iron Divers.

  

22# Of dives done this trip

Iron diver - Caitlin & Jeff & Rose& Rachel

 

Thanks and kind regards

Red Sea Aggressor