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Log Date: Saturday, Aug 31, 2019
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor II Crew







 

Red Sea Aggressor II

 Charter Date – 31st August 2019

Guests;   Daniel, Anne, Nayoung, Kon, Eric, Sonia, David, Beverly, Sean, Amy

Crew; Captain -  Ibrahim - Cruise Director –Adel – Chef – Abdulah, Chef Assistant Mohammed – Engineer – Chiko -  Seamen – Amir, Manga, Mahmoud, Mostafa Saloon – Mostafa, Mito

Dive Professionals; Adel, Zoe

General Conditions; Air temperature around 37+degrees. Water temperature is around 28/29degrees /79-82f. (recommended 3mm suit.) 

Arrival Day – Saturday 31st August

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 1st September

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 Um Gammar 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 lion fish, blue spotted ray, crocodile fish, clown fish, pipe fish and much more. After the dive lunch was served and the captain moved the boat to Abu Nuhas ready for dive 2. Dive 2 Giannis D a short tender ride away around the reef. Guests descended on to the wreck which sits at a 45degree angle and explored the outside before entering inside the stern to see the impressive engine room. Back over the broken area to the bow which is completely covered in corals and 100s of glass fish. Back to the stern to see the funnel and the captains bridge. Guests saw free swimming moray, pipe fish, angel 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 easy mooring dive from the back of the b9oat. Guests descended to the reef keeping the reef left and then back right to the boat. Guests saw large nudi, sidegill slug, boxer shrimps, crabs, spider crabs, octopus, crocodile fish and much more. After the dive dinner was served and guests enjoyed their evening.

Day 2 – Monday 2nd September

Guests were woken at 6.30am and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive one. Dive 1 Chrisoula K (Tile Wreck) Guests boarded the tender for a short ride around the reef and descended onto the wreck. Down to the funnel to see the eel garden in front before exploring the wreck from the outside seeing the old rope which looks like a noose. Around the stern to see the propeller and entering the first hold that includes a lot of Italian granite floor tiles. Then to the workshop area to see the old tools before entering the bow hold to see more tiles. Around the bow which is shallow but beautiful covered in coral and home to the surgeonfish. Then over to the kitchen to see the intact stove before ending the dive. Very windy outside so a slow bouncy ride back. Once back to the boat breakfast was served and guests relaxed before dive 2. Dive 2 the captain decided against going around the island again due to bad windy weather so the guests got dropped in the channel where the dolphins had been playing and kept the reef left back to the boat. Guests saw moray eel, Moses sole, blue spotted rays, clown fish and much more. After the dive lunch was served and guests relaxed while the captain moved the boat to Gubal Island ready for dive 3. Dive 3 the famous Barge. Known for its marine life it did not disappoint. Guests explored the barge and around the area and under the boat guests saw large moray eels, scorpion fish, frog fish, yellow headed moray, white peppered moray and much more. After the dive snacks were served and guests relaxed before the night dive. Night dive also on the barge same dive as before but in the night with more marine life. Guests saw all the marine life as before with the additional spotted ray, large jacks, squid and more. Dinner was served and guests relaxed before bed.

Day 3 – Tuesday 3rd September

Guests were woken at 6.30am and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive one. Dive 1 Bluff Point a short zodiac ride around the island. Guests descended and kept the reef right back towards the boat. Sharp wall to start with a couple of caves before the reef changes to a small wall and long sandy slope. Guests continued around the reef seeing a lot of colourful soft coral, large beds of fire coral. Gubal Island known for its marine life it did not disappoint. Guests saw yellow mouthed moray, green moray, clown fish, nudis, blue spotted rays and much more. After the dive breakfast was served and the captain moved the boat across the shipping lane to Sha’ab Ali very windy weather. Dive 2 Kingston a short tender ride away. The Kingston is over 100 years old so like a reef covered in hard and soft corals and home to 100s of fish. Once the wreck was explored we drifted around the reef and were picked up by the tender. Marine life saw – lion fish, glass fish, trigger fish, groupers, surgeon fish, 2 x green sea turtles and much more. After the dive lunch was served and guests relaxed while the captain move the boat a short distance to the Thistlgorm. Our guides tied 3 lines ready for the highlight dive of the week. History briefing done everyone kitted up. Current running very very strong making the dive an advance dive. Guests jumped in holding the surface life and descended all the way to the wreck following our main line. Once on the wreck we hid from the current and outplored the outside. Going to the port side locomotive, over the blast area, around the stern to see the 2 large guns and the Impressive propeller before heading to the bow. Over the holds and then back to our stern line. Current strong making the visibility less than normal but guests still saw scorpion fish, nudi, batfish, turtle, anthias, clown fish and much more. After the dive we took the guests to snorkel with dolphins at a nearby reef. It did not disappoint pod of dolphins stayed around and played with our guests. Once back snacks were served and guests prepared for the night dive on SS Thistlegorm. Guests descended down the line and were taken inside to do a half tour of inside the Thistlegorm. An incredible dive full of RAF wartime material from motorcycles, trucks to guns. Guests really enjoyed the dive. Dinner was served and guests relaxed before bed.

Day 4 – Wednesday 4th September

Guests were woken at 6.30am and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive one. Dive 1 a full tour of inside the Thistlegorm. This dive was is what the Thistlegorm is all about entering the holds completely full of WWII materials. Lower & upper level full of guns, motorcycles, trucks, plane spare wings, batteries, boots and much more. Up to the captains bridge to see the bathroom before ending the dive. Fantastic dive which is like a museum. After the dive breakfast was served and the captain moved the boat to Ras Mohamed ready for dive 2. Dive 2 Shark & Yolanda. Guests descended straight on to a very large school of snappers before seeing many batfish, unicorn fish, barracuda, moray eels, clown fish, lion fish and lots of beautiful hard and soft coral including salad garden coral. The cargo of the wreck of the Yolanda lots of toilets and bathtubs made great pictures. Guests enjoyed lunch before dive 3 at Thomas Reef a short zodiac ride away. Guests descended down to see the big bed of fan corals before seeing the famous canyon which sits at 30m and goes down to more than 100m we stayed above to look before heading back to the reef. Fantastic quality of reef with 1000s of fish. After the dive lunch was served and guests relaxed before the night dive. Night dive Gordon Reef straight of the back of the boat. A very easy dive following the reef left and back to the boat. Maximum depth just 10m under our boat allowed guest to explore the reef and sandy area with the pinnacles. Guests saw blue spotted rays, octopus, nudi, slug, anthias and much more. After the dive dinner was served and guests relaxed before bed.

Day 5 – Thursday 5th September

Guests were woken at 5.30am and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive one. Dive 1 Jackson Reef. One of the top 10 reef dives in the world. Guests jumped from the back of the boat and descended into what looks like an aquarium and a photographers dream. 1000s fish everywhere and beautiful soft and hard corals with beds of salad coral. Amongst all the coral and 1000s of fish 2 turtles joined the divers. Incredible dive with shallow depths! After the dive breakfast was served and guests relaxed while the captain moved the boat to Ras Mohamed ready for dive 2. Dive 2 Ras Za’atar a drift from the big boat in Ras Mohamed. The captain reversed the boat to the reef and everyone jumped and descended down keeping the reef left. Gentle drift around the steep wall seeing schools of trevallies, clown fish,  box fish, 100s anthias, sea cucumber and much more. The current changed at the end of the dive making us turn and drift. Zodiac pick up. After the dive lunch was served and the captain moved the boat back to Sha’ab Mahmoud ready for dive 3. Dive 3 Dunraven wreck, a ship sitting completely upside down. Guests jumped from the boat and explored the outside seeing the propeller before entering the wreck to the easy open wreck following it to the big boilers. Out of the wreck over the boilers over to 100s of glass fish. Back into the bow which is empty but home to a lot of goat fish. Then around the ship looking for marine life before ending the dive. After the dive snacks were served and the captain moved the boat across the shipping lane to Sha’ab El Erg ready for the night dive. Night dive nice and easy from the back of the boat to the more reef. Keeping the reef left then right back to the boat Guests saw crabs, cuttlefish, bannerfish, parrot fish, spotted ray and much more. After the dive our celebratory dinner was served and we watched the video of the week.

Day 6 – Friday 6th September

Guests were woken at 6.00am and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive 1. Dive 1 Sha’ab El Erg also known as dolphin house guests followed the reef looking for dolphins, unfortunately no dolphins but a very pretty reef. After the dive breakfast was served and guests got ready for dive 2 last dive of the week. Guests kitted up for the last time and jumped from the back of the boat and descended around the reef. Into the Channel where sometimes dolphins come to play.  A very pretty reef and a great nice end to a fantastic weeks diving when the dolphins came to join the divers at the end of the dive. After the dive the crew washed all the guests kit while the guests enjoyed lunch. Once back to the marina payments were taken and we celebrated the week with our cocktail party.

Special Mentions

Kon for achieving 100 dives.

Eric & Sonia for completing wreck specialty.

Iron Divers; Daniel, Anne, Nayoung, Kon, Eric, Sonia, Sean & Amy