The Southern Itinerary Captains Log
16th – 23d of December 2017
Highlights: Napoleon wrasses, Oceanic White Tip Sharks, Giant Barracudas, White Tip Reef shark, Dolphins
Victoria, Lauren, Sean, Jeff, Eric & Erica
Air Temp: 25c 77 f
Water Temp: 24 f / 75c
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Calm sea, clouds
Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, St.Johns reef, Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Chef(s): Sherif & Hussein
Seamen: Emad & Hossam & Soltan & Mohammed
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Shaab Abu Dabab III
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Paradise reef, St.Johns caves
Wednesday – Sataya reef, Shaab Claudia
Thursday – Shaab Sharm, Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone Reef, Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA and Australia, a total of 6 guests on board. 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 for the general boat briefing and introduction of the crew.
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 left the harbour for our Southern itinerary diving trip.
Marsa shoona is the first destination of our diving trip. We planed to spend there 2 dives. Visibility is outstanding. Boat to boat dive to check buoyancy and diving equipment. We enjoyed 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 second dive we sailed to Shaab Abu Dabab III. The night dive offered us the chance to spot different kinds of shrimps, Scorpion fish, Basket stars and a cuttle fish. Time for dinner and at night we sail southern and reach the remote and pristine reefs of Daedalus reef. We scored 3 dives.
started in Daedalus Reef. We sailed all night to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus, 60 miles away from the coastline of El Marsa Alam. Sky is crystal clear, wind blows at 3 knots. The early morning dive was located at the south side of the reef. We encountered two Oceanic White tip sharks, Napoleon wrasses and Moray eel. Late morning we dived at the North plateau. We drifted with a current above the plateau watching big Barracuda, Trevallies, Moray Eel.
The early afternoon dive was located at the anemone city where a large colony of clown fish guards theiranemones. We took a hundred photos and video of anemones and we continued our dive cruising along the west wall where we encountered a Moray eel, Giant Trevally and schooling Mackerel. The last dive we did it of the boat on thesouth plateau with Napoleon Wrasse and the Oceanic White tip shark.
We sail all night to reach St. Johns area. The first dive was on Paradise reef, around pinnacles, visiting local caves and we found Anemones, two wart slugs, blue spotted stingrays and Napoleon Wrasse. We then moved to St. Johns caves. This dive site is always great. We spent almost whole dive inside swim troughs. We spot a couple of sea slugs, blue spottedstingrays and a moray eel. A Napoleon Wrasse waited us outside of the caves.
Time for lunch and we dived the third dive on the Paradise reef, west side. We found two golden dotted flatworm, a Tritonhorn, moray eel, White tip reef shark and Napoleon Wrasse.
The night dive offered us hunting moray eel, a sea star, a sole fish and plenty of sea urchins.
started at Sataya reef. Ring bells at 6 am and we anchor in the large and outstanding offshore reef of Shaab Sataya.
We visited the coral garden admiring schools of banner red sea fish and black snappers, red sea groupers, moray eel and scorpion fish.
After breakfast we boarded the zodiac and we were blessed to found Dolphins. There were more than 50 dolphins. We swam with them for about one hour then moved to do the third and the night dive in to Shaab Claude. Guests checked out the swim throughs as well as enjoying the beautiful
mountain corals, anemones anddifferent kind of reef fish.
The afternoon and night dive are located in the east side of Shaab Claudia with colorful pinnacles of coralsstanding from a white sandy bottom. At night we saw an Octopus, two sea stars, two Scorpion fish, a decorator crab and a Lobster.
The Captain take us to Elphinstone 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 yellow fin Tuna and Moray eel.
The second dive was from north to the south along the east wall. We encountered a Hawksbill turtle, two scorpion fish, trevallies, schooling snappers and fusilier fish. Then we left Elphinstone reef to Shaab Abo Dabab 2. We penetrated into the beautiful lagoon; we encountered White tip reef shark and Green Turtle. At night we saw pencil sea urchins, Feather stars and basket stars and shrimps.
Day 6 we spent on Abu Dabab II and Abu dabab I. Visibility is crystal clear and calm sea, perfect day for diving. Beautiful scenery with colorful hard corals, clouds of anthias, school of sardines, Green Turtle, anemones and batfish, White tip reef shark and Moray eel. It were 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 diver - Lauren, Sean, Jeff, Eric and Erica
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor