Air Temp: 22 C – 25 C / 72 F – 75 F
Water Temp: 25 C / 75 F
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, strong and moderate winds
Itinerary: Daedalus , St. John’s & Sataya Reef , Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Amre & Abdallah
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said
GUESTS: Ken , Laurie , Shirley , Marylin , Dianne , Sophie , Robert, Laura, Sharol , Glen , George , Tamar , Don , Melinda , Mark , Dave , Michael , Eric .
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Shaab Maksour , Shaab Claudia , Dolphin House , Sataya Arouk
Wednesday – Abu Galawa , Abu Galawa Soraya , Sial Island
Thursday – Shaab Sharm , Gota Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA. They arrive from different states such as California , New York , Alabama. 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 November 6th
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Shaab Abu Dabab. The day started at 7am with a continental breakfast . At 8 am we are set to start our diving trip sailing the southern offshore reef of Fury Shoals and St. John’s . At 9:30 we are in the water for our check dive in the bay of Marsa Shoona . A boat to boat dive , easy diving profile in order to check diving equipment and buoyancy . Marsa Shoona offered us 2 beautiful dives visiting his walls with an abundance of fire and broccoli corals , schools of butterly and angel fishes , pipe and cornet fishes . In the early afternoon we sailed southern and reach the offshore reefs of Abu Dabab where we spent a night dive and then dinner . We are ready to start our diving trip to Daedalus Reef . It will be a long long sail .
Monday November 7th
Day 2 started in Daedalus reef and it was the Hammerhead shark Day .We sailed all night to reach the reef of Daedalus with his large rounded shape and stunning light house. A school of hammerhead dominates the deep water of the north plateau and we are here to spot them and then dive his stunning drop off walls. The first 2 dives of the day were located North. Zodiac to zodiac dives . We descent close to the reef and then we patiently ahover in the blue . A school of 15 hammerheads makes his appearance and we are literally surrounded below and beside by those wild creatures. Such an exciting dive. The boat is on fire for the enthusiasm of our guests . We spent the afternoon dives chilling out in the South Plateau of the reef with barracudas in cleaning station , moray eels and scorpion fishes .
Tuesday November 8th
Day 3 started in Shaab Maksour and continued in Shaab Claudia , Dolphin House and Sataya Arouk . Early in the morning we reach the outstanding offshore reef of Shaab Maksour. We are the only yacht in the area . We spent here a beautiful dive above mountain and dome corals . We visit his lagoon with white sandy bottom and bunch of colorful corals and anemones . Breakfast and we sail to Shaab Claudia . Such a beautiful dive through coral breakthroughs , caves and cathedrals of light and a beautiful coral garden . The local Napoleon wrasses entertain our guests with their poses and close approaches. Lunch and we sailed to Sataya Reef , the Dolphin House . We spot a pod of white stripes dolphins in the bay and with our zodiacs we had the chance to swim just beside them. Such an excting and unique feeling and we admire their elegant swimming styles and jumps . In the late afternoon we reach the offshore reef of Sataya Arouk . A boat to boat dive to visit his majestic pinnacles covered in colorful sponges and broccoli corals and a coral garden , which is the closest thing to an Eden Garden . School of butterfly and angel fishes , goat and cornet fishes .We spent a night dive admiring feather stars all above those pinnacles of coral.
Wednesday November 9th
Day 4 started Abu Galawa and continued in Abu Galawa Soraya , and Sial Island . Wake up at 6 am , a light breakfast , a dive briefing and at 7 am we are in the water diving the offshore reef of Abu Galawa . We dive around a large pinnacle of coral and then above a coral garden and a couple of underwater lagoons with their fine sandy bottom and crystal water . Such a beautiful and relaxing dive . The late morning dive is in Abu Galawa Soraya . We circumnavigate the entire reef entering an underwater channel , filled with colourful pinnacles of coral and a large quantity of colorful soft corals . Lunch and we sail to the Sial Island which offer us a beautiful landscape scenery at sunset hours . A tongue of white sandy beach , gardens of mangroves and an orange sky . We spent here the late afternoon and night dive visiting his drop off walls and overhangs .
Thursday November 10th
Day 5 started in Shaab Sharm and continued in Gota Marsa Alam .
We spend the early and late morning dives in the large and rounded reef of Shaab sharm in the proximity of Marsa Alam . Boat to boat dives and we visit his richful plateau and his beautiful gorgonian garden . The light is just perfect and we admire his walls covered in colorful corals and surrounded by anthias , butterly and angel fishes , groupers and snappers . Lunch and we sail to Gota Marsa Alam . We spend here the late afternoon and night dive visiting his coral garden just below our yacht . Colourful sponges and healthy hard corals . The night dive was surprising with the spot of 5 spanish dancer . Simply beautiful with their intense and vivid red colour and graceful moves .
Friday November 11th
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef . A sunrise , an orange sky and we are set to dive the amazing reef of Elphinstone . Only 2 boats are moored in the reef and we feel the exclusivity of the place . We are aware of the presence of White tip oceanic sharks around the south plateau and we plan the dive with the intention of spot those beautiful creatures . We descent just below the plateau , again the closest to an Eden Garden , and then visit the drop off wall reach a huge and majestic fan coral. It is time for a safety stop and we know chances are a white tip oceanic shark will approach us. We do not have to wait long and he appears with his beautiful silver body and elegant moves . Our 2th dive is all about him . We spent most of the dives flashing , recording and watching his wild moves and close approaches for the excitement of our guests. The boat is on fire and we feel it is a perfect way to end our diving trip . Lunch and we are set to sail back to Port Ghaleb . A cocktail party to celebrate the diving trip with an awesome group , Awesome couple and Iron Divers certifications. Thank all of you for being such wonderful guests. We are going to miss you all .
Robert & Laura
Don & Melinda
Sharol & Michael
Robert & Laura
21# Of dives done this trip
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