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Log Date: Saturday, Oct 21, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew









 





 South 21-28 October 2017

 

Air Temp: 29C/84F min – 37C/99F max

Water Temp: 29C/84F – 30C/86F

Visibility: 25 to 40m - 75 to 130 feet

Weather: Clear skies, windy period or cool breezes of wind with occasional periods of humidity

Itinerary: Daedalus – Sataya Reef - Elphinstone

 

 

CREW:

 

Captain: Sayed

Cruise Director: Mahmoud

Instructors/Guides: Rashad & Shaker

Chef: Hussein & Sherif

Steward(s): Ali & Mahmoud

Mechanic: Hussein

Seamen: Emad, Ayoub, Hossam and Ali

 

GUESTS: David, Pamela, Joel, Jeffrey,

Audra, Donald, Sheryl, Alan, Jena, Rebecca, Stephen, Anthony, Jozef, Ruth, Scott, Linda, Jacqueline, Daniel, Judith, Steven

Southern Route 

Having arrived nice and early on the Saturday afternoon, our guests had plenty of time to relax before dinner.  They set their equipment up and unpacked before taking a seat in the comfortable salon for introductions and the Welcome Briefing. After dinner some guests cracked open a cold beer and others enjoyed a nice glass of wine before chilling out upstairs on the sundeck as the stars began to shine down on Port Ghalib Marina. 

 

DAY 1.

Our permissions were sanctioned early the next morning so we unmoored and left port Ghalib, on our way to Marsa Shouna. Seas were pretty calm, wind was minimal, and visibility at Shouna was great.  We all had a fantastic first dive spotting Scorpion Fish, Cornet Fish, Bluespotted Rays, Pipe Fish, and Lion Fish.

The sandy bottom gave divers a good opportunity to refine their buoyancy, and the rest of the dive site with its sloping coral reef was the ideal place to get up close and look for smaller marine life. The second dive we spotted many Scorpion Fish again, different colors and different sizes. An Octopus was found as well as Stone Fish, two Wart slugs and huge Moray eel. 

South we went to Abu Dabbab 1. 

For the first night dive of the week we stayed at Abu Dabbab 1. Spreading out across the sandy bottom and finning over and around coral bommies we saw sleeping Parrot Fish, Cuttlefishes swimming over the sand, Shrimps shyly backed into crevices in the rocks and one Panther cowrie was spotted under the coral.

After dinner, we unmoored and headed south overnight to Daedalus reef. 

 

DAY 2

conditions were lovely as we woke in the morning. A very gentle breeze, calm seas, and plenty of sunshine. There are so many dive sites at Daedalus reef and we began from the north east part. We dived there two dives and we saw, a schooling Barracudas was hovering in the blue, a school of trevally and a Napoleon Wrasse.the second dive was north of deadalus courent was strong we had nice drift along the west wall

After lunch we visited our pretty Anemone City, which always very attractive for divers, especially for photographers and videographers.

Flashes of cameras surrounded the anemones and we continued our dive, slowly finning along the beautiful wall. Such a relaxing dive.

Dive four we dedicated to the south plateau. Giant Moray eel was spotted as well as Scorpion Fish and a Napoleon Wrasse.

  

DAY 3

We spent the night in Daedalus reef the second day early morning dive was north the Oceanic white tip shark was there and we dive reef on the right side was great wall a lot of fish nice drift the second dive we went north again but this time current has changed so we started north but we finished our dive on the west wall .the next two dives were from the boat looking for the oceanic whit tip shark and it was there .after the dive we visited the light house had our dinner the the Captain moved the boat to Shab Sataeh aria .

 

Day 4

Shaab Maksour was how we started our day.

This is a long reef that has a long, wide plateau in the south. Hard and soft corals are all over it, and two huge pinnacles can be found closer to the main reef. Twinspot Snapper moved in schools and a Giant Moray Eel suddenly appeared moving in its sinuous form across the bottom. Rainbow Wrasse, Red Sea Coral Grouper, Tuna and Sail Fish were also sighted by our divers. Down in the south to Shaab Claude. This place is incredibly atmospheric with its huge coral and rock structures, winding paths, and swim-through tunnels. There is an amazing variety of hard coral, and round almost every corner schools of Goat Fish and Ehrenbergs Snapper. Bluespotted Rays can be found resting on sandy patches, and Sulphur Damsel Fish hide beneath the Acropora (Table Corals) as divers swim overhead. Big Eye loom in the shadows of overhangs and our old friend, huge Napoleon Wrasse waited us below the boat. We completed two dives there and after lunch we moved to Gota Sataya Reef to snorkel with the White stripe Dolphins that rest there during the day. This week we were lucky once again as visibility was fantastic and the Dolphins were around us with their young.  With smiling faces we came back to the boat and we moved to Gota Sataya, there we spent remainder of the day.

The last day dive we swam around colorful pinnacles where so many Anthias fish, butterfly fish and Masked Puffer fish. A hawksbill turtle was found next to the main reef and big Bluespotted Rays were already tucking into its meal on the sand. On the way back to the boat we saw Spanish Dancer’s eggs and we expected to find this Dancer at night.

Our expectations were met, we saw three Spanish Dancer! Plenty of basket stars, feather stars, Grouper and lots of sleeping Parrot Fish in their mucousy cocoons were also found.

 

DAY 5

Overnight we began travelling north to the area of Wadi Gemal.  For the first dive of the day we jumped in at Shaab Sharm. The reef wall offered many sightings of Giant Moray Eels, Cornet Fish, Scorpion Fish and Blennies in the shallows. Once round the corner at the plateau a white tip reef Shark came to say hello to us. The second dive was nice too just before the dive we saw Dolphin swimming near the boat then the Captain moved the boat to Gota Marsa Alam for the third dive of the day.  we saw a cute little juvenile Lion Fish and parrot fish . The night dive, at Gota Marsa Alam got us sightings of three precious anemones, a reef hermit crab and many lionfishes. 

 

DAY 6

Our last day and a refreshing start to the morning at Elphinstone reef.  Here our guests were able to get a good look at the north plateau. And we met a Gray reef shark We continued our dive along the east wall and we spotted a Masked Puffer Fish, Box Fish, Parrot Fish, Anemones and Butterfly Fish make this site their home.

We went to Abudabab 3 for the second dive.

After the dive our staff was ready to rinse off all gear and tuck into a delicious Egyptian lunch. 

 

Linda#200 dives

                                           Alan # 700

Sheryl # 600

 

# Iron divers- Stephen& Alan& Scot& Linda& Donald& Jos& Ruth

 

Thank you to all of our lovely guests for a wonderful week.

Safe diving always, and see you again soon. 

Your Red Sea Aggressor Crew