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Log Date: Saturday, Nov 11, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew







 



Air Temp: 25c – 30c max / 77f – 80f  

Water Temp: 24c – 26c  / 75f – 78f

Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet

Weather: Comfortable temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, calm sea

Itinerary: Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone

 

Highlights: Hammerhead shark, Thresher Shark, White Tip oceanic Sharks,

 

 

CREW:

 

Captain: Sayed

Cruise Director: Katya

Instructors/Guides: Mostafa & Rashad

Chef(s):  Sherif & Hussein

Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali

Seamen: Emad & Sultan & Abdou & Ali

 

GUESTS: Derek, Chelsea, Domini, Karim, Tom, Jeffrey, Darrel, Philip-Christophe, Milton & Ginnie, Alex & Joanne, Michael & Gabriele, Christine & Charles, Andreas & Tanja

 

DIVE SITES:

 

Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Marsa Mobarak

Monday – Big Brother Island

Tuesday – Big Brother and Little Brother Islands

Wednesday – Daedalus Reef

Thursday – Abu Dabab III, Abu Dabab I, Abu Dabab II

Friday –Elphinstone

     

                            Welcome Aboard!

 

This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, UK, Germany and Singapore and a total of 19 guests. 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 Port Ghalib. After our steak dinner it was time for a glass of local wine & off to bed.

 

 

Sunday 12th of November

 

Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona, and Marsa Mobarak. The smell of freshly brewed coffee crept through our boat and on to the marina the first morning as our guests woke up to a beautiful early morning sky over the Red Sea. Tantalizing smells and sizzling sounds greeted everyone as they walked into the dining area to have breakfast. We got clearance from the coast guard right away and off we were to start our one-week journey. At 10 am we reached the bay of Marsa Shoona, our dedicated place for our check dive. The first dive and the second dives are boat to boat dive descending along the white sandy bottom of the bay; we reach it’s colourful wall covered by soft and fire corals. Visibility is clear and we enjoyed such a colorful dive with red sea groupers and butterly fishes, pipefishes and lionfish, a school of Indian Mackerel, free or four Scorpion fish and blue spotted stingrays. And we found a Green Turtle in the cavern. In the afternoon we sailed northern to Marsa Mobarak where we planned to spend night dive. The dive started with huge Scorpion fish and beautiful Feather stars and then we saw a green turtle was going to sleeep. We also saw two File Fish sleeping in very funny position, a Cuttle fish and Bascet stars. Dinnertime and we left the coast line of El Quseir direction Brother’s Island.

 

 

Monday 13th of November

Day 2 started in Big Brother Island.

We sailed all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands, sixty miles away from the coastline of El Quseir. Sun is shining, sky is crystal clear, sea and wind conditions are calm and it feels like a perfect day for diving. A continental breakfast, dive briefing and at 7 am we are already in the water. We dived the east part of the island and our first group was lucky to see a Napoleon Wrasse. We cruised with a mild current along the colorful wall and we met many Barracudas in the blue and at the cleaning stations. We also spotted a few Moray eels and a Juvenile Napoleon Wrasse. We finished the dive on the boat and divers spotted three Oceanic White Tip sharks.

It is finally time to visit the wrecks of Numidia and Aida sitting on the North edge of the Island. Zodiac to zodiac dives and we descent along the reef where the Numidia wreck sits at a depth of 10mt/33ft until 70mt/240ft. The wreck sits in a vertical position facing the depth of the blue water. We continued the dive with a couple of safe penetrations inside the engine room and cabins of the wreck. The second wreck starts from 28m/100f and goes down to 60m/190f. We had a look from the top and continued the dive heading south. We saw a school of Barracuda, Giant Trevallies and Jack Fish chasing a school of fusiliers. A Moray eel was founded on the wall.

For the last dive we checked the current and it stopped completely, so we jumped off the boat expecting to see the shark. A splash in the water attracted white tip oceanic sharks. Wecontinued the dive along the wall and visiting a couple of richful overhangs. We admired broccoli leather and black corals, school of fusiliers fishes, trevallies and tunas in the blue, school of black snappers, butterfly fishes and cornet fished and a Napoleon Wrasse. At sunset time we came back to theboat.

 

 

Tuesday 14th of November

Day 3 started in Big Brother Island.  Wake up at 6 am and we feel rested and relaxed after a night sleep with our boat safely and firmly moored at Big Brother Island. We started the first dive from theboat and we descended to the plateau where we encountered two Moray eels

The second dive we driftedalong the east wall to the south plateau and we encountered a Thresher shark and an Oceanic White tip shark. After lunch we moved to Little Brother Island.

Zodiac to zodiac dive. A current was presented, we descended purple and gold soft corals coloring the head of the plateau with a large school of banner butterfly fishes, cornet fishes following the bubbles of our guests, and clouds of anthias filling all the diving scenario. We saw a Thresher shark and White tip reef shark. A great diversity of marine life and we continued the dive along the drop off wall reaching a section of it largely covered by leather coral, where we found aMoray eel. And visiting couple of hoverhangs where black corals and colorful sponges stand out. Last dive at the south–west of this reef. The highlights of the dive were two Oceanic White tip sharks circling in the blue.  Two White tip  reef sharks were encountered as well as aTurtle and Napoleon Wrasse. What a great day of diving.

At 6 pm it is time for dinner and for leaving the islands and reach the southern offshore reef of Daedalus.  

 

 

 

Wednesday 15th of November

Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef

We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. Wind blows butdiving conditions are still excellent in the east and south plateau and clear visibility. The early morning dive is a drift dive at the east part of the reef. This dive we saw Barracudas, Napoleon Wrasse, Moray eel and a plenty of reef fish. In the end of the dive we encountered a White Tip Oceanic shark circling around us at the safety stop.

The second dive we went up to the north and we encountered big school of Barracudas, a Napoleon Wrasse and Oceanic White tip shark.

Time for lunch and the early morning dive is in the Anemone garden. We descent along the reef and the nemo city, with their countless anemones start coloring the wall from a depth of5mt/15ft until 20mt/66feet. Flashes and happy faces while we continue the dive along the wall. We saw huge Napoleon Wrasse and found a scorpion fish lyingincognito on the wall and two Moray eels. An Oceanic White tip shark was also met at the sallow.

The last dive of the day was dedicated to the southern plateau. We encountered two Oceanic White Tip sharks, then we went deeper and our old friend Napoleon Wrasse met us over the plateau. We continued the dive heading west, admiring Barracudas, Trevallies, a school of Unicorn fish and Filefish.

 

 

Thursday 5th of May

Day 5 started in Abu Dabbab III. We jumped off the boat and explored the western side around two colorful and rich pinnacles, then we continued swimming along west wall over the coral garden. We spotted a Crocodile fish, a Scorpion fish and yellow snappers with banner fishes.

Then we moved to Abu Dabab I. Hard corals of all different species cascade from the top of the reef which sits a few metres beneath the surface right the way down to the bottom where it meets the sand. No sooner had we descended than we saw a Bluspotted stingray sitting on the sand. Turning the corner, we found a Bluespotted Ray excavating its meal from the sand with escort of different kind of fish.

The third dive was also on Abu Dabab II over the coral garden, along the south side of this reef.

Our divers saw three Moray eel, Wart slug! To end the dive, guests were lead through cave.

At night divers saw

Hundreds of shrimps, basket stars and feather stars, unicorn fish, sleeping parrotfish and nudibranch were spotted this dive. Schools of Goat Fish caught the light of divers torches, and Bluespotted Rays skimmed across thebottom. And two! Spanish Dancers as a bonus.

 

 

Friday 6th of May

Day 6 started in Elphinstone. A blustery day greeted us on Friday morning but we geared up eager to jump in from the zodiac at the north of the reef after our morning coffee!

Here we saw Blackfin Tuna cruising close by our divers, a school offusilier fish, a few Pipe Fish and Basket stars. This ended the trip wonderfully. 

We unmoored and continued our journey to Port Ghalib reef.

We enjoyed a cocktail party on the sundeck, enjoying a sunset. 

 

Milestones/Award

 

Simon 400 dives

Gabriele 200 dives

 

Iron Divers

Derek

Michael

Simon

Philipp-Christophe

Gabriele

Andreas

 

 

 

 

Thanks and kind regards

Red Sea Aggressor crew