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Red Sea Aggressor II
Charter Date – 20th July 2019
Guests; Andie, Leslie, Madison, Nick, Kelli S, Gabby, Eric, Dylan, Alex (Karl), Rian, Thea, Roman, Kelley, Steve, Steven, Andy, Katy, Matthew, Megan, Kenneth, Connie
Crew; Captain - Bakry - Cruise Director –Adel – Chef – Hussein, Chef Assistant Abdullah – Engineer – Chiko - Seamen – Amir, Manga, Mahmoud, Abio - Saloon – Mido, Mito
Dive Professionals; Adel, Zoe, Wahid
General Conditions; Air temperature around 37+degrees. Water temperature is around 26/27degrees /79-82f. (recommended 3mm suit.)
Arrival Day – Saturday 20th July
Guests started to arrive and were welcomed with a cold drink. After check in guests looked around the boat and relaxed enjoying the pizza made by our chefs. The boat briefing took place and then dinner was served. After dinner, all equipment was set up and guests went to bed ready for a great week of diving to start!
Day 1 – Sunday 21st July
Guests were woken a little later today at 7am while we awaited to gain our boat permission from the coast guard. Permissions received the captain fired the engines and got ready to move to our first dive site. Guests enjoyed a hot breakfast and the general dive briefing. Dive 1 Poseidon Reef in Hurghada. A very easy shallow check dive to allow the guests to check all their equipment, check weights and enjoy an easy first dive of the week. Guests jumped from the back of the boat, checked weights and descended on to the reef keeping the reef right and then turned back to the boat. All guests practiced sending their safety sausage / smb at the end of the dive. Guests saw broom tail wrasse, blue sotted sting ray, clown fish, angle and banner fish and much more. After the dive the captain moved the boat to Gubal Island ready for dive 2. Lunch was served and guests relaxed before dive 2. Dive 2 The Barge at Gubal Island famous for its marine life. A nice easy mooring dive from the back of the boat. Guests kitted up and descended on top of the Barge. Guests explored the Barge and surrounding areas. Guests saw large moray eels, Octopus, scorpion fish, crocodile fish, clown fish, very large cornet fish, white peppered morays. After the dive snacks were served and guests relaxed before the night dive. Night dive was also the barge a fantastic night dive for marine life. Guests jumped from the back of the boat and explored the barge and surrounding areas. Guests saw lots of lion fish, moray eels, jacks hunting, crabs, shrimps and much more. Dinner was served and guests relaxed before going to bed.
Day 2 – Monday 23rd July
Guests were woken at 6.30am and enjoyed a light continental breakfast before dive 1. Dive 1 was Ulysses wreck at the back side of Gubal Island one of the oldest wrecks in the north Red Sea.. Guests boarded the tenders for a 15minute ride around the reef and descended on top of the wreck explored the outside seeing the propeller covered in soft coral and seeing the rare nudi decorated flabellina before going inside the open wreck which is completely covered in soft coral. Over to the mast and then to the reef and drifted around the reef, SMB finish. Guests saw octopus, moray, nudis, blue spotted rays, tuna and 1000s fish! After the dive breakfast was served and guests relaxed before dive 2. Dive 2 was Bluff Point. With the current running it made it a nice easy dive from the back of the boat. Guests jumped from the boat and followed the reef on the left all the way around the corner of the island to Bluff point where the topography of the reef changes to a sharp wall. Another beautiful dive with so much colour. Guests saw octopus, mass of glass fish, anemone fish, puffer fish, moray eel and much more. Lunch was served and the captain moved the boat across the shipping lane to Beacon Rock at Sha’ab Mahmoud ready for dive 3. Dive 3 was Dunraven another one of the oldest wrecks in the north side of the Red Sea. A very short tender ride away guests descended on top of the wreck explored the outside of the wreck seeing the propeller before entering the wreck which sits upside down seeing the propeller shaft and the large 2 boilers and out with 100s of glass fish. In the bow section the over to the reef keeping the reef left back to the boat. Guests saw baby scorpion fish, moray eels, blue spotted ray and much more. After the dive snacks were served and guests relaxed before the night dive. Night dive was the reef of Beacon Rock right next to our boat. Guests descended and explored the reef a very beautiful night dive with a lot of life in such a small area. Guests saw lots of shrimps, crabs, lion fish, large jacks and tuna. After the dive dinner was served and guests enjoyed their evening.
Day 3 – Tuesday 22nd July
Guests were woken at 6.00am and enjoyed a light continental breakfast before dive 1. Dive 1 Shark & Yolanda reef one of the top 10 reef dives in the world. Part of Ras Mohmed national park the quality of the reefs are second to none. A short tender ride to Shark reef guests descended down to the perfect conditions no current which allowed the divers to enjoy and take in the reef. Big schools of snappers and batfish and a very pretty reef completely covered in soft and hard coral. Over to Yolanda reef where the reef quality is incredible with 1000s of different fish. Also home to the cargo of the old Yolanda wreck which includes old bathtubs and toilets and the captains old BMW car. Over to satellite reef which has a very large salad coral. Fantastic dive. Breakfast was served and the captain moved the boat to Tiran Island ready for dive 2. Dive 2 was Thomas Reef at a short tender ride away guests descended on to the reef and went down to 30m/90ft to see the canyon in the reef before heading back to the reef and gently drifting along. A sea bed full of large fan gorgonians, snappers, jacks, 100s anthias and much more was seen. After the dive lunch was served and guests relaxed before dive 3. Dive 3 was Gordon Reef a mooring dive from the back of the boat. Guests descended down and kept the reef to the left and headed to the drop of at 60ft and back to the boat. Guests saw large napoleon wrasse, eagle ray, blue spotted ray, barracuda and much more! Snacks were served and guests relaxed before the night dive. Night dive also Gordon Reef this time on the main reef and the shallow sandy area under the boat. Guests descended and explored the reef. Nice relaxing night dive guests saw; coral crabs, mosses sole, boxer shrimp, blue spotted sting ray and more. Dinner was served and we celebrated Steve’s birthday.
Day 4 – Wednesday 24th July
Guests were woken at 6.00am and enjoyed a light continental breakfast before dive 1. Dive 1 was Jackson Reef always described as the aquarium dive. Guests jumped from the back of the boat and descended to the reef which is completely covered in many types of soft and hard coral. Following the reef right before turning over the coral garden and back to the boat. Stunning reef dive! Guests saw 10000s anthias, large napoleon wrasse, snappers, ray, trigger fish, parrot fish and 1000s of other fish!! After the dive breakfast was served and guests relaxed while the captain moved the boat back to Ras Mohamed ready for dive 2. Dive 2 was Ras Ghozlani in Ras Mohamed a drift dive from the big boat. All guests kitted up and jumped in the water and descended down the reef. Nice easy dive guests saw lots of clown fish, moray eels, trevallies, snappers, trigger fish and much more. After the dive lunch was served and we briefed the history of the Thistlegorm. Dive 3 was an outside tour of the Thistlegorm. Guests descended down our shot line to the wreck and explored the outside seeing the locomotive, the stern with 2 large guns, over the blast area to see all the ammunition and tanks then over to the bow. Over the holds and into the bow storage area seeing the resident turtle. Back to the line. After the dive we took the zodiacs to try and find the dolphins to snorkel with at a nearby reef. Well we saw lots of dolphins and they were very playful interacting with all our guests!! Once back the snacks were served and guests relaxed before the night dive. Night dive was the Thistlegorm. We explored the outside and bow area of the wreck and dropped into the holds to see a little of the cargo ready for the morning. Guests saw the turtle sleeping, lots of batfish, nudis and much more. Dinner was served.
Day 5 – Thursday 25th July
Guests were woken at 6.30am and enjoyed a light continental breakfast before dive 1 was a full guided tour of the inside of the Thistlegorm. We split the groups into two and guided the guests inside the lower hold seeing all the trucks, rifle guns and bikes before going to the upper level and seeing a lot more military vehicles. Swimming through the wreck is like being inside a military museum. An incredible so real dive which is always classed as the guests favorite dive. Breakfast was served and guests relaxed before dive 2. Dive 2 also Thistlegorm this time guests chose what areas they wanted to see and spend time there. One group opted for another guided inside tour were they all saw the cargo, captains bridge and lots of marine life. Guests saw the large rare nudis, crocodile fish, 100s glass fish, snappers and much more. After the dive the captain crossed the shipping lane to Abu Nuhas ready for dive 3. Dive 3 was the Tile wreck at Abu Nuhas. A short tender ride away guests descended down on to the wreck and explored the outside, seeing the funnel and the eel garden before entering into the wreck and seeing all the cargo Italian floor times. Excited the hold before entering the 2nd bow hold and exploring around the bow. Guests saw Surgeon fish, eel, butterfly fish, anthias and much more. After the dive snacks were served and guests relaxed before the night dive. Night dive was Abu Nuhas reef a nice easy mooring dive. Guests jumped from the boat and followed the line to the reef before descended. Followed the reef left for half tank / 30mins then back to the line. Guests saw crabs, shrimps, lion fish, sea cucumbers and much more. After the dive our celebratory dinner was served and we celebrated Thea and Kelleys birthdays.
Day 6 – Friday 26th July
Guests were woken at 5am and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive 1. Dive 1 was Giannis D. A short tender ride away from the boat. One group opted for a tour inside the engine room which is an impressive engine and the other decided for a tour of the outside which is just as impressive. Around the wreck was a lot of marine life including glass fish, large groupers, clown fish, large eel, blue spotted ray and much more. Breakfast was served after the dive and the captain moved the boat back towards Hurghada for the last dive of the trip. Dive 2 Sha’ab El Erg also known as dolphin house. Guests jumped from the back of the boat and descended to the reef following the reef and making it around back to the boat. No dolphins ;-( however guests saw clown fish, scorpion fish, flat worms and much more. Lunch was served and the crew washed all the guests kit. Payments taken and we celebrated the week with our cocktail party
Steve for completing his 300th Dive this trip.
Iron Divers; Leslie, Gabby, Dylan, Kelli, Rian, Eric, Steve F, Steve M, Thea, Kelley, Connie, Kenneth