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.
Our permissions were sanctioned the next morning so we unmoored and left Ghalib, on our way to Marsa Shouna. We all had a fantastic first dive spotting a few Scorpion Fish, Cornet Fish, Bluespotted Rays, Pipe Fish, Lion Fish and an Octopus.
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. And a Turtle having it’s lunch.
For the first night dive of the week we stayed put at Abu Dabbab 3. Spreading out across the sandy bottom and finning over and around coral bommies we saw sleeping Parrot Fish, Shrimps shyly backed into crevices in the rocks and Basket stars and Feather stars were founded on the top of the coral.
After dinner, we unmoored and headed south overnight to Daedalus reef.
There are so many dive sites at Daedalus reef and we began from the east part. We dived there early morning dive and we saw a few giant Trevallies, a schooling Barracudas was hovering in the blue, a Moray eel and a Napoleon Wrasse. The second dive we jumped off the tender on the north point of the reef. We saw a Napoleon Wrasse and scorpion fish, White tip reef shark ant a Turtle, Arabian Angel fish and a Picasso fish. We came back to the boat where our lunch was waiting for us.
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, cruising with a current along the beautiful wall.
Dive four we dedicated to the south plateau where Tanya spotted a Tresher shark. A Giant Moray eel was spotted as well as Scorpion Fish and two Napoleon Wrasses. And we saw an Oceanic White tip shark at the shallow.
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 were also sighted by our divers. Next up was a very special dive site called 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 dive there and after lunch we moved to the next destination. Down in the south to Sataya reef. This week we were lucky once again as visibility was fantastic and the Dolphins were very relaxed around us with their young. They also seemed very playful gathering speed as they swam before launching themselves out of the water, turning a half twist and splashing back in! With smiling faces we came back to the boat.
Then our Capitan moved the yacht to the east part of the reef. There is a dive site that offers a bit for everyone in terms of topography! What a lot of life we saw on this dive...! Ehrenbergs Snapper, Titan Trigger Fish, Butterfly Fish, schools of Goat Fish and Pilot Fish, Red Sea Banner Fish, and a Bluespotted Ray on the sand.
The night dive was in the same spot. Plenty of basket stars, feather stars, Grouper and lots of sleeping Parrot Fish in their mucousy cocoons were also found. Katherine and Jonathan found an Octopus.
Overnight we began travelling north to the area of Wadi Gemal. For the first and the second dives of the day we jumped in at Shaab Sharm. The first one by the zodiac on the east side of the reef. The reef wall offered many sightings of Giant Moray Eels, a Napoleon Wrasse, Cornet Fish, Scorpion Fish and Blennies in the shallows. The second dive we the second from the boat along the west wall toward to the northern plateau. There were found the largest table coral and a Hawksbill Turtle having its breakfast or lunch. On the wall we found a Scorpion Fish, four flat worms, tiny wart slug and two giant Moray eels.
We had a great dive at Shaab Marsa Alam for the third dive of the day. Following the reef round we saw Flagtail Blanquillo hovering above the sand, and a cute little juvenile Lion Fish. At the wreck we found a local resident Crocodile fish. The night dive, at got us sightings of three precious anemones, a reef hermit crab and many lionfishes and two Spanish Dancers.
Started at Abu Dabab III. We jumped off the boat and explored the eastern part of the reef and the coral garden. There we saw a few Picasso fish, Anemones, schooling goat fish ant a rainbow Wrasse and Bird Wrasse.
The second dive we explored western side around two colorful and rich pinnacles, then we continued swimming along west wall over the coral garden. Swimming over the coral garden our divers saw Giant Moray Eels, Scorpion Fish, A Blackmouthed Sea Cucumber moved across the rubble in its undulating motion, looking for something to eat, and a big Bluespotted Ray was already tucking into its meal on the sand.
Then we moved to Abu Dabab I. Hard corals of all different species cascade from the top of the reef, which sits a few meters beneath the surface right the way down to the bottom where it meets the sand. Blue spotted stingrays, a Moray eel and lots of reef fish we saw that dive.
On the night dive, also at the west of Abu Dabab III, we saw Crabs, plenty of shrimps, two Sole fish, a Cuttle fish and in shallower water lots of Basket stars and Feather stars.
Our last day and a refreshing start to the morning at Abu Dabab II. Here our guests were able to get a good look at the wreck, coral garden, visit a beautiful lagoon and. And we met a White tip reef shark shark there! We spotted a Masked Puffer Fish, Box Fish, Parrot Fish, Red Anemone and Butterfly Fish make this site their home.
After the dives our staff was ready to rinse off all gear and tuck into a delicious Egyptian lunch.
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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