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6th - 12th August - RSA Captains Log
The Northern Itinerary: Brothers Island, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone
Air Temp: 30 – 35 c / 86 f – 92 f
Water Temp: 29 -30 / 84 – 86 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Highlights: School of Hammerhead shark, Manta Ray, Grey Reef shark, White tip oceanic shark, Napoleon Wrasse
GUESTS: Wayne, Daniel, Frank, David, Jim, Bill, Thomas, Bill, Francis, Rados, Lapo, Debbie, Andrei
CREW: Captain: Abdullah
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Angela
Chef(s): Abdu & Abdallah
Steward(s): Hegaze & Nubi
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Islam
Sunday – Marsa Shoona & Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Daedalus Reef
Wednesday – Little Brother
Thursday – Big Brother
Friday – Elphinstone
Welcome Aboard! This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, Italy and Russia. A total of 13 guests on board, including the CEO of Aggressor Fleet, Wayne B. Brown. 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 7th of August - Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona. Ring bells at 7 am. It is time for breakfast. At 9 am we are ready to sail to Marsa Shoona at only 30 min sailing of Port Ghalib. Dive briefing starts at 10 am and it is time to check diving equipment and buoyancy. A pinnacle of corals filled with glassfishes, Giant platax fishes, a garden of fire corals, butterfly, angel, lion and goatfish. Time for lunch. The second dive is a boat-to-boat dive. Time for snack and we sail to Shaab Abu Dabab. At 4:30 pm we splash the water and we visit a large coral garden of mountain and dome corals and a spectacular swim through with a magic play of light. We score 4 dives today including a night dive.
Monday 8th of August - Day 2 started in Daedalus Reef. We sailed southern all night to reach the Daedalus Reef with his large rounded shape, lighthouse and school of hammerhead sharks. The early and late morning dives are dedicated to dive the North Walls of the island. We descend along the wall; reach the blue water and a school of 14 hammerhead wildly swim below us. A manta ray also appears in the blue and delights us with a spectacular flip. We spend at least 10 min with the hammerhead sharks. Such an exciting dive for all of us. The early afternoon dive is located in the northwest wall. We visit the anemone garden. We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive along the south plateau.
Tuesday 9th of August - Day 3 started in Daedalus Reef. Ring bells at 6 am. The early and late morning dives are located in the north side of the island. We spot again the school of hammerhead and the Manta Ray in the deep blue water, a large school of barracudas and we dove along a stunning vertical wall with overhangs, giant fan corals and black corals. The late afternoon dive is located at the anemone garden. We continue the dive along the colorful wall and reach the monumental elephant ear coral. We score 4 dives including a late afternoon dive in the south plateau. We spent a lovely evening, dining out at sunset hours with the amazing background of the Lighthouse of Daedalus reef.
Wednesday 10th of August - Day 4 started in Little Brother Island. We sailed all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reefs of Little Brother Island. Ring bells at 6 am. Dive briefing starts at 6:30 am. At 7 am we splash the water. We dive the beautiful gorgonia garden while we continue the dive along the drop off wall with beautiful overhangs and colorful soft corals. It is time for a hot breakfast. The late morning and early afternoon dive are located in the North Plateau of the island. The North Plateau is one of the most exciting dive sites of the entire itinerary with an extremely rich marine life, stunning corals and sharks. We spot a white tip oceanic shark, and hammerhead shark. We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive in the south plateau and west wall of the island. We spent a lovely evening dining out at sunset hours.
Thursday 11th of August - Day 5 started in Big Brother Island The island stands out for his rocky profile and light house. It is located at only 1 mile from his Gemini Island, the Little Brother. It is worldwide known for his drop off walls, wrecks and sharks. At 7 am we splash the water. A boat to zodiac dive along the south plateau and east wall. . Breakfast and the 2nd dive is a boat-to-boat dive along the south plateau and west wall. A white Tip oceanic shark is the main attraction of the dive. After lunch it is time to dive the Numidia Wreck located at the North side of the Island. A zodiac-to-zodiac dive. We descend along the wall and reach the wreck. We enter the engine room and then exit into the blue. 2 Napoleon wrasses wander the area just outside the wreck. Giant Barracudas in cleaning station. We continue the dive along the North – west wall with large clouds of anthias all around the colorful and healthy corals formations, school of cornet, butterfly and black snapper. The late afternoon dive is located North- West. We dive the wreck of Aida. We score 4 dives
Friday 12th of August - Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef. We sail all night to reach the offshore reef of Elphinstone, 5 miles away from the coastline of Marsa Alam. Elphinstone reef is well known worldwide for his stunning North & South plateaus and colorful walls. Sea conditions are excellent for our last day of diving. 3 white tip oceanic sharks wander the South Plateau. We have no choice: We dive the South Plateau and wait for the sharks to come. The early and late are boat-to-boat dive. The longimanus sharks, which wildly swim below our yacht, become the main attraction of the dive. Great close up and a thrilling feeling. We also find time to visit the colorful east and wall dive of the reef. Time for lunch and we sailed back to Port Ghalib. At 6 pm we celebrate our Iron and Milestone divers.
Iron Divers - Lapo, Frank, Daniel, Jim, Bill, Francis, Debbie
7th Sea Debbie & Bill
22# dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor