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Log Date: Saturday, Oct 24, 2015
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew

 



Air Temp: 32c -35c / 89f – 97f
Water Temp: 29c / 84 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, Calm cool winds with occasional periods of humidity
Itinerary: Fury Shoals & St. John’s Reef
 
 
CREW:
 
Captain: Abdullah     
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Angela & Roberto
Chef(s):  Amre              
Steward(s): Mido & Moustafa
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Islam&Said
 
GUESTS: Julian , Jesse , George , Diane , Ronald , Jack , Gordon , Dennis , Richard , Joy , David , Melissa , Francis , Don , Janet , Carl , Jeanette , Gregory
DIVE SITES:
 
Sunday – Marsa Shoona
Monday – Elphinstone , Shaab Abu Dabab
Tuesday – Shaab Maksur , Dolphin house & Sataya Reef  
Wednesday – Small Gota , St. John’s Cave , Paradise reef
Thursday – Shaab Sharm , Habili Radir
Friday – Elphinstone
     
                            Welcome Aboard!
 
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA . They arrive from different countries , Pennsylvania , Texas and California . After a welcome drink and being showed to their cabins everyone gathered in the dining area for the general boat briefing and introduction of the crew , while munching on our chefs exquisite mini pizzas and assortment of seasonal fruit . After setting up equipment and finishing some paperwork, they were free to visit the very mystical Port Ghaleb at sunset hours. After our steak dinner it was time for a beer and a glass of local wine & off to bed.
 
Sunday October 25th
 
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona. The bell ring at 7 am time for breakfast and we are ready to leave the harbour and sail to Marsa Shoona , our dedicated bay for the check dive . School of butterfly and goat fishes , blue spotted stingrays and scorpion fishes , lion fishes around pinnacles of corals . Such a colorful and relaxing dive . Our second dive is in the south corner of the bay where we explored his large plateau filled with junior triggerfishes and anthias ; platax fishes hovering and posing for our underwater photographers. The local green turtle also appear for the joy of our divers . Late in the afternoon a storm which hit the entire country of Egypt . it was a biblic atmosphere as one of our guest said . We are back in Port Ghaleb for safety concerns and tomorrow we will continue the diving trip.
 
Monday October 26h
Day 2 started in Elphinstone. We sailed early in the morning to reach the reef of Elphinstone which is situaded 5 miles off the coast of Marsa Alam . The reef is well known for his outstanding plateaus , drop off walls and for the presence of white tip oceanic sharks . Our first dive is dedicated to drift the east wall through overhangs and gorgonias , mountain and mushroom corals and purple , orange soft coarals  .White tip oceanic sharks are already under our boat and the 2th dive is a boat to boat dive in the south plateau dedicated to spot the Longimanus White tip shark . Well 3 of them are curiously swimming for the thrilling and excitement of our guests. After lunch we moored in Shaab Abu Dabab for a late and night dive.
 
Tuesday October 27th
Day 3 started in Shaab Maksur and continued in Malahi and Sataya Reef. We sailed all night to reach the offshore reef area of Fury Sholas. The bell rang at 6 am and our early morning dive is in the south plateau of Shaab Maksur exploring the beauty of two large and colorful pinnacles just under our boat. Extremely rich in marine life those two pinnacles host cracks filled with fan and soft corals with clouds of anthias and damsel fishes literally everywhere . A true paradise for divers. For our second dive we moored in the Malahi Reef ; Cracks , tunnels , caves and we enoyed the vision of a turtle and a napoleon wrasse. At lunch time we are already  in Sataya reef , Dolphin House . With the support of our zodiacs we sailed the lagoon looking for the school of local spinner dolphins and we succeed .. We scored 5 dives today including a night dive.

Wednesday October 28th
Day 4 started in Small Gota and continued in St john’s cave and Paradise . We sailed at night to reach the St John’s Reef . We are excited to be in Small Gota  and visit his breathtaking drop off walls and overhangs filled with fan,  black,  white and orange soft corals . A Large school of black snappers , fusiliers and triggerfishes created a magical atmosphere into the blue. Early in the afternoon we reached the St’ John’s Cave Reef which offered us another magical dive exploring his system of tunnels , cave and passages filled with purple fan corals and orange soft corals , and his lagoon and huge pinnacles . A Napoleon wrasse posed for our underwater photographers and played around our divers . We all feel blessed . We scored again 5 dives.
 
Thursday October 29h
Day 5 started in Shaab Sharm and continued in Habili Radir and Gota Marsa alam . The early and late morning dive were dedicated to visit the drop off walls of Shaab Sharm . A white tip oceanic shark make his appeareance at the end of the dive for the surprise of our guests . The early afternoon dive was in Habili Radir , an extremely richful reef . We enjoyed a colorful and adventurous dive around pinnacles all covered in anthias and soft corals. Simply beautiful. We scored 4 dives.
 
Friday October 30th
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef and continued in Shaab Abu Dabab. Waking up at 6 am , a light breakfast and we are set for our  early morning dive which is dedicated to visit the drop off wall and south plateau of the Elphinstone Reef . Such a beautiful wall dive with a mild current coming from the north and we peacefully drifted along gorgonias , black , soft and wirecorals. We planned to end the dive on the South plateau. We heard rumours a couple of whitetip oceanic sharks are wondering at a depth of 5 mt under the moored liveaboard yachts . We safely hovered in the blue and finally they appeared , beautifully swimming around our group of divers and posing for our underwater photographers . The boat is on flame for the excitement of the crew and guest . Time for a hot breakfast and we headed to Shaab Abu Dabab for our last dive . We enjoyed there a coral garden and a swim through a cave which offered to our divers cathedrals of light . Simply beautiful. At 3 pm we are back in Porth Ghaleb . A cocktail party to celebrate our dving trip , milestones Awards and Iron Divers.
 
 
 
Milestones/Awards
 
Milestone Diver: 900 # Dives   Carl
 
Iron Divers: Carl , George , Diane , Jack , Frank
                   
22 # Of dives done this trip
 

 
Thanks and kind regards
Roberto D’Ugo
Red Sea Aggressor