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Air Temp: 25c / 80f
Water Temp: 22c-23c / 72f -75f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, intense wind .
Itinerary: Brothers Islands , Daedalus Reef , Elphinstone
Highlights : Thresher shark , Hammerhead shark , Grey Reef Shark , Manta Ray , Napoleon Wrasse , Giant tuna .
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides:Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Amre & Abdallah
Steward(s): Mohamed Hagazy
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said
GUESTS: Maksim , Andrei , Richard , Winfreid , Noah , Just , Windy , Daniel , Susanne , Caitlin , Natalia , Pia , Martin , Robert , Sheila , Ekaterina
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Marsa Trombi
Monday – Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Elphinstone Reef
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from California , South Africa , Germany , Russia , a total of 16 guests on board . 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 glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday 20th of March
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona and Marsa Trombi . Sun shines in Port Ghalib . Ring bells at 7 am and it is time for a hot breakfast .At 9 am we leave the harbor and start our northern itinerary trip. We will dive the legendary offshore reefs of Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone reef . The first diving location of the trip is Marsa Shoona. An easy and shallow dive to check buoyancy and diving equipment. Pinnacles of hard corals , G
gardens of fire corals , yellow soft corals . School of goat fishes and unicorn fishes, masked and banner red sea butterfly fishes , blue spotted stingrays and puffer fishes , lion fishes and pipe fishes . After the first dive we head northern Location Marsa Trombi . A beautiful coral garden and a colorful underwater lagoon; large school of butterfly fishes and black snappers , burgundy soldier fishes and unicorn fishes . We scored 3 dives today including a night dive. A turtle and a Spanish dancer are the main spot of the dive.
Monday 21st of March
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island and it was the Thresher shark day. We sail all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reefs of Brothers Islands. We anchor in Little Brother Island. We are the only living aboard yacht in the entire area. Winds blows at 20 nods but diving conditions are still ok in the south plateau. The early morning dive is a boat to boat dive in the south-east, an immense garden of giant fan coral lie in the south east corner. Three thresher sharks, a giant tuna and two giant murrains’ are the main spot of the dive. We continue the dive along the wall where a couple of orange, purple and yellow soft corals shine with the soft light of the morning rays. Finally in the late afternoon wind cools down and sea conditions are good to dive the North plateau of the reef, a zodiac to zodiac dive, deep into the head of the plateau. A large school of barracudas and giant tunas wander the deep blue. School of anthias, black snapper and groupers populate the rich plateau. There was high diversity of colorful soft corals and a beautiful overhang and swim-through.
Tuesday 22th of March
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island and it was the Tresher Shark day. The Big Brother Island is just one mile away from The Little one. The early morning dive is a boat to boat dive, location is the large and deep south plateau. 3 tresher sharks appeared in deep water with his wild tail moves. A grey reef shark and a napoleon wrasse are also spotted. The thresher shark appeared again at a depth of 100 feet. We continue the dive drifting along the wall. Overhangs are rich in branching black corals, soft corals and giant fan corals. The Numidia wreck will be the main focus of the dive. Location: North Plateau. The wreck sits vertically along the wall. We reach and explore the engine room. A giant Barracuda hovers wildly above the wreck, facing the blue. Two giant tuna appear at the same time. We continue the dive along the rich coral garden of the north plateau and then drift along the east wall with a couple of swim-through and rich overhangs. We score 4 dives today.
Wednesday 23th of March
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. We sail 100 miles south to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus. The sun is shining , air and water temperatures are higher. Winds blow softly and sea conditions are great. The early morning dive is located in the north plateau of the reef where a giant Napoleon wrasse approached our group of divers. A large school of barracudas hovers in the blue. We continued the dive along the pristine walls of the reef. An abundance of healthy and huge mushroom, mountain and elephant corals are enriched with clouds of anthias, red sea groupers, black snappers and butterfly fishes. Time for a hot breakfast and at 10 am the ring bells for the second dive. A Zodiac to zodiac dive to explore the North - West wall. There is a beautiful drop off wall with overhangs and swim thru, branching black corals and giant fan corals. Schools of sardines are haunted by an aggressive squad of giant trevallies. Time for lunch and at 1:30 the dive briefing starts. The anemone garden, located in the west wall is the main attraction of the dive. Plenty of colorful clown fishes with their juniors. We score 4 dives with our last dive located in the south plateau just below our diving yacht.
Thursday 24th of March
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef and it was the Manta Ray day. Last night we spent a relaxing and peaceful night in Daedaus reef. The bell rings at 6 am today. The early morning dive is a zodiac to zodiac dive. Current is pretty strong. We drift the North – east wall. The residential school of barracudas is present with a large school of black snappers. Giant trevallies and tunas wander the area. They haunt a school of sardines just beside the wall. A single hammerhead appears in the blue. The fourth dive is located in the south plateau with his wall beautifully covered with yellow soft corals and gems of hard corals . A napoleon wrasse is spotted just outside a swim-through. Tonight the dinner is served at the sundeck where we enjoy the sunset , a glass of red wine and the chilling atmosphere of the Daedalus Reef .
Friday 25th of March
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef . At night we sailed northern to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Elphinstone Reef just few miles away from the coast line of Marsa Alam and 20 miles away from the marina of Port Ghalib. Sea is perfectly flat but a strong current is present. The first dive is located in the North plateau. We enter the water and it is an explosion of marine life. School of sardines and fusiliers filled the entire water space. We descend deeply along following the wild shape of the plateau,reaching the head and the big blue.
Our cocktail party starts at 6 pm for the Iron divers, Milestone Diver and Nitrox awards.
It has been a fantastic week. We hope to see you soon on board of the Red Sea Aggressor.
Noah 600 dives
Caitlin 250 dives
Noah , Caitlin , Just , Windy, Bob , Richard
Nitrox Diver Certification
21# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor