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Air Temp: 20c – 25c / 68f – 77f
Water Temp: 24c / 75
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Brothers Island , Daedalus , Elphinstone
Highlights : Silky shark , white tip oceanic shark , Thresher shark , grey reef sharks , Gorgonia Garden , Green Turtles
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Amre & Abdallah
Steward(s): Mido & ahmed
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said
GUESTS:Raymonde , Richard , Tanja , Robin , Judith , Pierre , Penelope , Seojin , Sharon , Steven , Elisabeth , William .
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Ras Trombi
Monday – Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Elphinstone – Shaab Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA , Canada , France and South Korea.. 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 December 13th
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Ras Trombi . Wake up at 7 am , hot breakfast and we are set to leave the harbor of Port Ghalib and starting our Northern Itinerary trip , diving the offshjore reefs of Brothers Islands , Daedalus and Elphinstone. At 9 am we already reached the bay of Marsa Shoona , our dedicated place for the check dive . The first dive is a boat to boat dive descending along the white sandy bottom of the bay and reach the colourful wall covered in pink corals and fire corals . We can appreciate here the classical beauty of the Red Sea . Red sea groupers and butterly fishes , pipefishes and lion fishes , giant puffer fishes and blue spotted stingrays and Visibility is crystal clear. Spot on for our first dive. But it was the 2nd dive , a zodiac to zodiac dive which made our diving day . We counted 4 green turtles and we admired their unique and elegant way of swimming and floating and while remoras fishes constantly move around their carapax. Lunch and we sail northern to Ras Trombi where we planned a late afternoon dive and night dive . Ras Trombi offered us a scenographica underwater lagoon to dive into and a large coral garden filled with school of goat fishes and butterly fishes , giant puffer fishes and blue spotted stingrays .. Night dive , dinner and we are set to leave the Egyptian coastline and reach the offshore reefs of Brother Islands . It will be an 8 hour sail at night.
Monday December 14th
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island . In the early hours of the morning we reach the remote offshore reefs of Brothers Island, located 50 miles away from the Egyptian coastline of El Quseir . The sun hesitate to shine , sky is partially clouded , wind blows but we feel excited to start our diving day in this wild and unique island. Only 2 diving yachts in Little Brother and we plan to spend 4 dives. The first dive is a boat to boat dive visiting the south plateau and the garden of gorgonias . A beautiful scenario with countless fan corals , a grey reef shark and a napoleon wrasse. On the way back to our yacht some of our guest spotted the Longimanus shark . It is time for breakfast and for a zodiac to boat dive exploring the East wall of the reef . A thresher and white tip oceanic shark make their appereance for the surprise and contentment of our guests. In the early afternoon the wind reduced his intensity to 10 nods and sea conditions are perfect to dive the North Plateau of the island. We decent close to the reef , initially facing a mild current coming from the North and we are set to descent over the head of the reef overlooking the deeper plateau and his intense blue . Violet and orange soft corals , clouds of anthias and we dive into an extremely rich marine life . Curious cornet fishes facing and following our guests , trevallies haunting fusiliers fishes , black corals and a couple of hoverhangs and breakthroughs.
Tuesday December 15th
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island . Wake up at 6 am after a comfortable night sleep with our boat safely and firmly moored in the South Plateau of the Island. Wind still blows , sky is partially cloudy but the sun rise painting the atmosphere with orange , pink and yellow colors. Big Brother island will offer us excting dives and we planned to dive his 4 major diving spots : the East wall , the South Plateau , The Numidia and Aida Wreck.
Our first dive is a drift dive on the east wall . A drop off wall covered in soft and fan corals .We dive into clouds of anthias and gently land above the south plateau diving through a couple of overhangs not too far from our moored yacht . A grey reef shark wildly swimming below our guest and a couple of White tip oceaninc sharks followed by pilot fishes all . In early afternoon it is time to explore the north side of the island diving the Numidia and Aida Wrecks.
Wednesday December 16th
Day 4 started in Daedalus reef . We sailed southern all night to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus . Ring bells at 6 am for a continental breakfast , sun is shining and it is a beautiful day . We are the only boat present in the entire reef . We plan 4 dives today. The first 2 dives are dedicated to dive a specific section of the North Plateau where a school of approximately 30 hammerhead is often spotted. At 7 am we are already in the water diving the north plateau . Descent close to the reef and then we head into the blue and hover patiently at a depth of 60-80 feet waiting for the hammerhead to show up . We continue to dive along the walls with a crystal clear visibility and an extremely rich marine life . In the early afternoon we dove the anemone city in the west wall of the reef . We enjoyed a peaceful diving drifting along the wall with school of black snappers and jacks and tunas passing by in the blue. The late afternoon dive is a boat to to boat dive with barracudas in cleaining station , a napoleon wrasse and a couple of silky sharks swimming just under our yacht.
Thursday December 17th
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef and it was the silky shark Day. Ring bells at 6 am and it is another beautiful and sunny Early in the morinng we dove the north plateau of the reef . our guest enjoyed a colorful dive along the wall covered in healthy hard and soft corals . Late in the morning a zodiac to zodiac dive to explore the East wall of the reef . A beautiful drop off wall with purple soft corals and fan and black corals . A thresher shark passing by in the blue. In the early afternoon we dove along the west and it was an exciting and memorable dive with a couple of silky shark getting curious and approachable. Dinner and we are set to sail back to Marsa alam and dive the walls of Elphinstone Reef.
Friday December 18th
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef . In the early hours of the morning we moored in Elphinstone Reef . Sunrise , a continental breakfast and we are set to dive the South Plateau and east wall of the reef . We are the only boat in the entire reef and feel the exclusivity of the place . We gently descent into the south plateau and dive his depth and garden of soft corals . A napoleon wrasse approach our divers while a huge jack and a tuna make their appereance . We continue the dive along the east wall reaching the beautiful and huge fan coral while we spot a couple of colourful and scenographic hawkfishes and lion fishes . The late morning dive is located in Shaab abu Dabab . After plenty of dropoff walls it is time to feel the bottom close and dive the beautiful coral garden , underwater lagoons and cave of Shaab Abu Dabab. Such a beautiful dive to end our diving trip. At 3 pm we are back in Port Ghaleb and at 6 pm our cocktail party started to celebrate the completion of a nitrox course , milestones divers and awesome couples certifications.
Richard & Raymonde
William & Elizabeth
Steven & Sharon
Penelope & Pierre
22# Of dives done this trip
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