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Air Temp: 20c – 25c / 68f – 77f
Water Temp: 23c / 73f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Brothers Island , Daedalus , Elphinstone .
Highlights : White tip oceanic sharks , Silky sharks , Napoleon wrasses, coral spider Crab
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Amre & Abdallah
Steward(s): Mido & Mohamed
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said
GUESTS: Hok , Sam , Wai , Sok , Richard , Max , Johanna , Erin , Vince , Weston , Tilly , Sandy , Mike , John , Michael , Ehren , Deborah , Stick , Timm
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Marsa Trombi
Monday – Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Elphinstone
Friday – Shaab Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA. 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 Ghalib at sunset hours. After our steak dinner it was time for a beer and a glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday December 27th
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Ras Trombi . A Continental breakfast at 7 am and we are set and ready to leave the harbor of Port Ghalib and starting our Northern Itinerary diving the offshore reefs of Brothers Islands , Daedalus and Elphinstone. At 9 am we reached the bay of Marsa Shoona , our dedicated place for our check dive . The first dive is a boat to boat dive descending along the white sandy bottom of the bay; we reach his colourful wall covered in pink and fire corals . Visibility is crystal clear and we enjoyed such a colorful dive with red sea groupers and butterly fishes , pipefishes and lion fishes , giant puffer fishes and blue spotted stingrays . Early in the afternoon we sail northern to Marsa Trombi where we planned to spend our afternoon and night dive . The dive started visiting a pinnacle of coral covered in purple soft corals and surrounded by glass fishes , anthias , and damsel fishes . We continued the dive along and above a beautiful lagoon and coral garden fwith large school of goat and butterfly fishes , puffer fishes and snappers . 1 hour surface time and it is night dive time beautiful Feather corals and a surprising tiny coral spider crab on the top of a broccoli coral. Dinner time and we leave the coast line of El Quseir direction Brother’s Island.
Monday December 28th
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island . We sail all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands , forty miles away from the coast line of El Quseir . Sun is shining , sky is crystal clear , sea and wind conditions are calm and it feels like a perfect day for diving . A continental breakfast , dive briefing and at 7 am we are already in the water . A boat to boat dive descending into the south plateau and diving along the east wall of the island . Just before the dive our crew spotted a couple of white tip oceanic sharks just under the yacht , and in fact just at our first splash here they come , with their wild and elegant moves , swimming in circle below and around our guests. We continued the dive along the east wall reaching the large gorgonia garden . Clouds of anthias , large school of butterfly fishes , cornet fishes and snappers , lion and butterlfly fishes. The second dive is planned just under the yacht as the Longimanus sharks are still around . We enjoyed a dive admiring those wild creatures moves and approaches while their followed by pilot fishes all around. It is time for lunch . Sun is higher in the sky and the early and late afternoon dive are dedicated to explore the depths of the North Plateau . Zodiac to zodiac dives . A mild current is present , we descent and a large school of barracudas is hovering in the blue , a grey reef shark swim in a circle just above the head of the plateau; Purple and gold soft corals are all around the head of the plateau , a large school of banner butterfly fishes , cornet fishes, and large clouds of anthias. A great diversity of marine life and we continued the dive along the drop off wall reaching a section of the wall covered by leather coral and then hoverhangs where black corals and colorful sponges stand out. Late in the afternoon we left Little Brother island and moored in Big Brother, just a mile away from the his Gemini island.
Tuesday December 29th
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island . Wake up at 6 am and we feel rested and relaxed after a night sleep with our boat safely and firmly moored in the South Plateau of Big Brother Island. Weather feels like a summer day with no wind and a flat sea . Our morning dives are set in the south plateau of the island. A splash in the water and we counted 4 white tip oceanic sharks . We continued the dive along the wall and we visiting a couple of overhangs. We admired broccoli , leather and black corals , school of fusiliers fishes , trevallies and tunas in the blue , school of black snappers , butterfly fishes and a beautiful scorpion fish quietly resting on the edge of the wall . Early in the afternoon it is finally time to visit the wrecks of Numidia and Aida sitting on the North edge of the Island . Zodiac to zodiac dives and we descent along the reef where the Numidia wreck sits at a depth of 10mt/33ft until 70mt/240ft . The wreck lies in a vertical position facing the depth of the blue water . A grey reef shark appears swimming in circle around our guest . We continued the dive with a couple of safe penetrations inside the engine room and cabines . At 6 pm it is time for dinner and for leaving the islands and reach the southern offshore reef of Daedalus.
Wednesday December 30th
Day 4 started in Daedalus reef . We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus . Wind blows intensively but diving conditions are still excellent in the east and south plateau , with a mild current and crystal clear visibility . The early morning dive is a drift dive along the east wall where fan corals and black corals offer to our divers a beautiful drop off wall dive. Late in the morning our boat to boat dive give us the chance to spot a couple of silky grey sharks . In fact just at our first splash they already below us swimming in large circles around our boat . We spent most of the dive admiring those wild creatures moves and approaches while a giant barracuda is wondering below our yacht. Time for lunch and the early afternoon dive is in the Anemone garden. We descent along the reef and the nemo city , with their countless anemones and anemones fishes lies at a depth of 5mt/15ft until 20mt/66feet. Flashes and happy faces while we continue the dive along the wall . The last dive of the day is dedicated to the silky sharks as they are still loitering under the boat.
Thursday December 31th
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef . Bell rings at 6 am , sun rise at 6:20 and at 7 am we are already in our zodiacs ready to dive the North Plateau . Wind blows at 8 nods , sea conditions are pretty calm. The drop off walls of the north side offered a beautiful and colourful dive . A napoleon wrasse is the highlight of the dive. But it is the afternoon dive that made our dive . Just under the boat 5 silky sharks are swimming in large circles . We spent most of dive hovering in the blue . Beautiful captures and videos of the sharks . Music is on and the new year’s eve party starts at 7 pm . It’s time to celebrate .
Friday January 1th
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef . A new year started today and we feel so blessed to be in the open water and have the chance to dive the Elphinstone reef . A boat to boat dive and our first splash attracts a white tip oceanic shark which is swimming below and around us . We then reached the south plateau where a school of fusiliers and sardines attract a couple of jack and tunas over a garden of broccoli soft corals and clouds of anthias ; we continued the dive along the east wall reaching a large fan coral contoured by a couple of lion fishes and orange soft corals . This wall is simply beautiful and the rest of the dive is at slow pace admiring the orange , golden and violet colours of the corals enlightened by the soft morning rays . Breakfast and we sail to Shaab abu Dabab where we planned to spend our last dive . We visit his large coral garden of dome and mountain corals flying above those huge blocks of coral and explore a couple swim throughs and finally entering the local cave which turn into a cathedral of light . It is time for lunch and sail back to Port Ghalib. At 6 pm our cocktail party starts . We celebrate our diving trip and iron divers of the week.
Hok , Sam , Wai , Sok , Max , Mike , Michael
21# Of dives done this trip
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