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The Southern Itinerary Captains Log
31th-5th August 2016
Highlights: Hammerhead sharks, Grey Reef shark, Napoleon wrasses, Giant trevallies.
GUESTS: Jeff, Nadia, Carrie, Nancy, Karmele, Liudmyla, Vitalii, Anastaciia, Iliia.
Air Temp: 30 c – 35 c/ 86 f – 95 f
Water Temp: 30 c / 86 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, St.Johns & reef, Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Roberto
Chef(s): Hussein & Abdallah
Steward(s): Mohamed Hagazy
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Small Gota, St. Johns Caves, Paradise Reef
Wednesday – Shaab Maksur, Shaab Claudia, Malahi
Thursday – Shaab Sharm, Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone Reef, Marsa Mubarak
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, Ukraine and Spain, a total of 9 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 31th of July
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona and Shaab Abu Dabab. Ring bells at 7 am. Sun shines in Port Ghalib. At 9 am we leave the harbor for our Southern itinerary diving trip.
Marsa shoona is the first destination of our diving trip. We plan to spend 2 dives there. Visibility is outstanding. Boat to boat dive to check buoyancy and diving equipment. We enjoy a large garden of fire corals, lion and pipefishes, glassfish and goatfishes, masked butterfly fishes, blue spotted stingrays and puffer fishes. After the dive we sail to Shaab Abu Dabab. A Beautiful coral garden composed by mountain, dome and mushroom corals. The night dive offers us the chance to spot different kinds of shrimps and crabs and an octopus. Time for dinner and at night we sail southern and reach the remote and pristine reefs of Daedalus reef. We score 4 dives.
Monday 1st of August
Day 2 started in Daedalus Reef. We sail all night to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus, 50 miles away from the coastline of El Quseir. Sky is crystal clear, wind blows at 12 nods. The early morning and late morning dive are located in the North Plateau. Zodiac to zodiac dive. We decent along the wall and dive with 2 hammerhead sharks. They swim wildly below and above us. We then reach the colorful wall and dive with a giant barracuda, a school of black snapper and red sea groupers. The early afternoon dive is located at the anemone city where a large colony of clown fish guards their anemones. The fourth dive is located south along the South Plateau of Daedalus reef. We score 4 dives today.
Tuesday 2nd of August
Day 3 started in Gota Soraya and continued in St. Johns Cave and Paradise Reef. We sail all night to reach the offshore reefs of St. Johns. The first diving location of the day is Small gota. The early and late morning dive are located in the North Side of Small Gota. A hammerhead shark swim along the wall. We visit a gorgonian garden and explore a couple of colorful overhangs. Black corals and soft corals are outstanding. Time for breakfast and we reach the reefs of St. Johns Cave. We dive around the colorful swim-through filled with fan and orange soft corals. The local Napoleon wrasse was excited to meet us just below the yacht. An amazing encounter with plenty of close ups. Time for lunch and we sail to Paradise reef. We score 4 dives including a night dive. We visit the tall pinnacles below the yacht and explore a large swim-trough. We spot a couple of sea slugs blue spotted stingrays and a Spanish dancer.
Wednesday 3rd of August
Day 4 started in Shaab Maksur and continued in Shaab Claudia and Sataya reef. We sail 5 hours at night to sail early in the morning the offshore reef of Shaab Maksur. The early morning dive is zodiac-to-zodiac dive. We descend into the North plateau; we explore the entire length and width of the plateau, reach the edge and face the blue. Marine life is extremely rich in this diving location due to a permanent stream of current. Large school of black snappers and surgeonfishes, healthy and colorful soft corals, giant fan corals and clouds of anthias fish literally everywhere. Time for a hot breakfast and we anchor in Shaab Claudia. We visit the outstanding swim-throughs. The cathedral of lights, which make Shaab Claudia famous worldwide. (Please watch the related video on the Red Sea Aggressor fb page). Crystal clear visibility, bright beams of lights penetrate from the cracks of the reef. A magic play of light. School of burgundy soldier fishes, golden glassfishes and blue spotted stingrays. It is time for lunch and reach the reef of Sataya. Time for lunch and visit the Dolphin House. During the sailing we meet a pod of dolphins but unfortunate we couldnt swim with them. The 3rd and 4th dive are located in Malahi The Playground Swim throughs with colorful soft and fan corals and sea slugs. We score 4 dives today.
Thursday 4th of August
Day 5 started in Shaab Sharm.
Ring bells at 6 am and we anchor in the large and outstanding offshore reef of Shaab Sharm, 10 miles away from the city of Marsa Alam. The first dive is a zodiac to boat dive along the east wall and south plateau of the reef. We descent along the wall and gently drift along his sides. We contemplate giant fan corals and purple and lavender soft corals. We finally land in the south plateau where a white tip reef shark rest under a large table coral. The second dive is a boat to zodiac dive along the east wall. We slowly descend just below the boat and reach the drop off wall. The wall hosts a large variety of hard corals, schools of banner red sea and black snappers, red sea groupers, murein eels and a couple of sea slugs. Time for lunch and we sail to Gota Marsa Alam. The afternoon and night dive are located in the south side of Gota Marsa alam with colorful pinnacles of corals standing from a white sandy bottom. We score 4 dives today including a night dive.
Friday 5th of August
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef. Early in the morning we reach the offshore reef of Elphinstone, 5 miles away from the coastline of Marsa Alam. Wind blows at 10 nods and sun rises at 6 am. We plan the early morning dive on the North Plateau. Visibility is crystal clear. We descent along the plateau and explore the entire length and width of it. Beautiful scenery with colorful soft and hard corals, clouds of anthers, school of sardines. A grey reef shark and a hammerhead shark swim wildly below us. A curious and friendly napoleon meets us. Time for a hot breakfast and it is time for our last dive located in the south plateau of Elphinstone. Such a relaxing and colorful dive with outstanding coral formations. At 4 pm we are back at the marina of Port Ghalib. At 6pm the cocktail party starts. It is time to celebrate our Diving Trip and Iron Divers.
Jeff, Carrie, Anastasiia
23# of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor