RSA Captains Log
The 10 days Itinerary : Brothers Island, Daedalus Reef, Rocky and Zabargad, St. Johns and Sataya Reef, Elphinstone
Highlights: Hammerhead shark, Grey Reef shark, White tip oceanic shark, Napoleon Wrasse
GUESTS: Jon & Eva, Tim & Sandra, James & Julie, Cecil & Laurel, Jarvis & Breth, Randall, Kim, Curt, Dale, Andreii, Izhak, Robert, Vinnie, Ruth.
Air Temp: 30 c / 86 f
Water Temp: 29 -30 / 84 – 86 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Katya
Chef(s): Husein & Sherif
Steward(s): Hegaze & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Islam
Thursday – Marsa Moubarak & Marsa Shoona
Friday – Little Brother
Saturday – Big Brother
Sunday – Daedalus
Monday – Rocky and Zabargad
Tuesday – Paradise & St. Johns Caves
Wednesday – Sataya reef & Shaab Claudia
Thursday – Shaab Sharm & Gota Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, Canada, Russia and South Korea. A total of 19 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 4th of September
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 from Port Ghalib. Dive briefing starts at 10 am and it is time to check diving equipment and buoyancy. A pinnacle of corals filled with glassfish’s, Giant Bat fish, gardens 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 Marsa Moubarak. At 4:30 pm we splash the water for our 3rd dive. We dive around a couple of pinnacles and swim-throughs. Blue spotted stingrays and scorpion fishes. We score 4 dives today including a night dive.
Monday 5th of September
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island. We sailed all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reefs Brothers Island. 8 hours of sailing covering approximately 70 miles. Ring bells at 6 am. Dive briefing starts at 6:30 am. At 7 am we splash the water. We dive the beautiful "gorgonian 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 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.
Tuesday 6th of September
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island the island stands out for his rocky profile and lighthouse. It is located at only 1 mile from Little Brother. It is worldwide known for his drop off walls, wrecks and sharks. At 8am we splash the water. A boat-to-boat dive along the south plateau and east wall. A couple of white tip oceanic shark wander the underwater just below our yacht. Breakfast and the 2nd dive is a boat-to-boat dive along the south plateau and west wall. The 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. 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
Wednesday 7th of September
Day 4 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. Wind blows intensively and the early morning dives is dedicated to dive the South plateau of the island. A school of jack fish and a napoleon wrasse. At 10 am we are ready to dive the North plateau of Daedalus. 2-hammerhead sharks swim below us. The early afternoon dive is dedicated to the anemone garden while drifting along the south- west wall. A shallow and relaxing dive along colorful and healthy soft and hard corals. We score 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive below the yacht.
Thursday 8th of August
Day 5 started in Rocky Island and continued in Zabargad Island. Today we reached the southern destination of our 10 days itinerary. Ring bells at 6:00 am. Dive briefing starts at 7:30. The early and late morning dive are dedicated to dive the walls of Rocky island with his stunning overhangs filled with colorful and healthy soft corals and large black corals. The early and late afternoon dive is located in Zabargad Island. We dive the colorful and large coral garden. Visibility is outstanding and we enjoy a relaxing and scenographic dive with pinnacles of corals, clouds of anthias fishes and 2 turtles. We score 4 dives today including a night dive.
Friday 9th August
Day 6 started in Paradise Reef and continued in St.Johns Cave. Dive briefing starts at 7 am today. The first diving location of the day is Paradise Reef. We explore the tall pinnacles just below our yacht; we visit a beautiful coral garden with white sandy bottom. An anemone garden stands at the top of a pinnacle. We continue the dive exploring a large swim-through. Time for breakfast and we reach the reefs of St. Johns Cave. We dive around the 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 shoots. We score 5 dives including a night dive.
Saturday 10th of August
Day 7 started in Sataya reef and continued in Shaab Claudia and Gota Sataya. We sail 5 hours at night to sail early in the morning the offshore reef of Sataya. The early morning dive is dedicated to dive the local coral garden, which offers a high diversity of marine life. Large school of goat and snapper fish, red sea grouper and butterfly fishes. 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. 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 and we had the chance to swim with a pod of dolphins. We score 4 dies today including a night dive.
Sunday 11th of September
Day 8 started in Shaab Sharm. Ring bells at 6am 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-boat 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, moray 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 Gota Marsa alam with colorful pinnacles of corals standing from a white sandy bottom. We score 4 dives today including a night dive.
Monday 12 of September
Day 9 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 anthias, school of sardines. 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 Reef. The white tip oceanic shark will be the main attraction of the dive while we explore the beautiful south plateau and west wall with stunning soft corals and marine life.
Jon, James & Julie, Tim, Izhak, Kim, Ruth, Curt, Randall, Laurel
200 dives Ruth
35# dives done this trip
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