Log Date: Sunday, Aug 16, 2015
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Red Sea Aggressor
Air Temp: 30C min – 45C max
Water Temp: 26C min – 31C max
Visibility: 15 – 35 m
Weather: High temperatures, Partly cloudy/Clear skies, Calm cool winds with occasional periods of humidity & dry air
Itinerary: Brothers, Deadalus, Rocky, Zabargad, Elphinstone (Deep south)
1st Officer: Sayed
Instructors/Guides: Nasty & Peter & Tosson
Chef(s): Khaled & Abdo
Steward(s): Mido & Yasser
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Islam
GUESTS: Jon, Edgar, Robert, Manuel, Amir, Marina, Chris, Carlinda, Luis, Bruce, John, Augusto, Camila, Claudio, Fernanda, Paulo, & Bruna
Sunday – Marsa Shuna. Ras Trombi
Monday – Big Brother
Tuesday – Little Brother
Wednesday – Deadalus
Thursday – Deadalus
Friday – Rocky Island, Zabargad Island
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members for the next ten days. We had a nice mix of nationalities and they all just brought good vibes with them, so we were very optimistic! After a welcome drink, and being showed to their cabins & a few first minute procedures everyone gathered in the dining area for the general boat briefing introduction of the crew and guests while munching on our chefs exquisite mini pizzas. After setting up equipment, finishing some paperwork, and taking care of everyone and getting him or her settled they were free to explore the very mystical Port Ghaleb at sunset hours. After our steak dinner it was time for a beer or a glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday August 16th (Day 1)
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. As we got clearance from the coast guard to untie our lines and head out of the harbor there was a feeling of excitement & freedom in the air. By the time we got to Marsa shuna our safety briefing was over and we jumped right into the dive briefing and split the group up into two then got started right away. The first dive (check dive) was exciting to say the least. A moray eel, countless bearded scorpion fish, crocodile fish, and octopus were all spotted during this brilliant dive. The visibility wasn’t the best, but that was expected from the type of sea conditions we had. We then travelled up north two hours for our 3rd and night dive at Ras Trombi. The reason we tack up north for a couple of hours to this dive site isn’t just for variety. It’s also because from this exact dive site the distance to the infamous Brothers Islands is a lot shorter.
Monday August 17th (Day 2)
Day two started at “Big brother”. Choppy sea conditions greeted us with the sun. After the briefing we geared up & jumped into our “pool” for the day. This was the perfect way to start the day! We spotted several Grey reef sharks throughout the whole day. No matter what profile we did the grey reefs were there to keep us company.
Tuesday August 18th (Day 3)
Day three the excitement began as we started our day nice and early at Little Brother. The whole day was just incredible. Super chill and relaxed but at the same time filled with adrenaline & action! We had beautiful reef dives, blue dives where we spent over half the dive with grey reef sharks, and of course our two resident Thresher sharks. Little brother never fails to push, please, and teach. Always a pleasure to share this places beauty with our guests.
Wednesday July 19th (Day 4)
Day five we were once again at in our opinion the best dive site on our side of the Red Sea, Deadalus reef. All the dives made were very pretty and exciting; all of our guests did see a school of hammerheads & a couple of grey reef sharks & there was a juvenile Tiger Shark around in the area that only three or four of us got a glimpse of. Other than that it was all pretty chill drift diving action checking out what Deadalus had to offer along its main reef walls.
Thursday August 20th (day 5)
Our second day at Deadalus the current really picked up and it brought along with it the “big guys” that decided to come by to remind us that Deadalus is not to be taken lightly. It was great! Schools of Tuna, Jacks, Sardines, & a few Hammerheads here and there.
While safety stop two sail fishes came by..
Friday August 21st (day 6)
Amazing two dive at Rocky island after long saying over night we arrived to Rocky island were dived two time on boat sides.
after saying to north west we arrived to Zabarged island were third,fourth and night dive were done.
Amazing coral garden with so many reef fishes.
August 22nd (day 7)
Our day started at Gota Soraya with a zodiac dive in the east. The current nudged us along in a gentle drift dive meaning we were able to see almost all of this glorious reef. Schools of Black Snapper and Ehrenbergs Snapper moved round us as we swam next to the reef scanning the wall for macro life, of which there was plenty. We encountered a relaxed Hawksbill Turtle on the wall which swam close enough to touch. Soft corals of all different colours hang down from overhangs and are perfect to photograph. The second dive was also at Gota Soraya .
The third dive took place at St Johns Caves, along the outside of the caves. Everyone was very happy to meet our friend Napoleon fish
Sunday August 23rd (day 8)
Captain took us to dive site Shaab Claude and its awesome caverns! Finning through the entrance and into the main chamber, divers clicked away on the their cameras making the most of the sunlight penetrating through the cracks in the top of the reef. Once having visited each corner of the caverns, divers popped out of one of the exits and enjoyed the gorgeous hard coral garden for the remainder of the dive before the short swim back to the boat where they were met by a Napoleon wrasse.
Late morning we enjoyed nice long swim with many dolphins
was great experience to our clients.
Monday August 24th (Day 9)
Our last diving day started out in Elphinstone or as it’s known by it’s local name “Shaab Shagra”. First dive was made down over the second plateau on the north end of this gorgeous reef where we spotted a many reef fishes and of course as usual the magic that the plateau had to offer us with all the antheas, jacks, tuna, fusiliers, snappers, soft coral, and a great barracuda that got a little too close for comfort were all doing their thing as we glided through the clear blue water. was great trip guys! Thank you for another amazing journey from north to south.
Iron Divers (5):Robert, Bruce, Amir, Caludio, Manual.