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The Southern Itinerary Captains Log
24th - 30th September 2016
Highlights: Hammerhead sharks, pods of white stripes dolphin, Frog fish, Napoleon wrasses, Giant trevallies.
GUESTS: Donna, Jason, Dan, Karissa, Dennis, Linda, Jerry, Tony, Merrilee, Bailey, Mckenzie, Barbara, Mikey, Vickie, Jackie, Dewy, Gary, Beckie.
Air Temp: 30c / 86f Water Temp: 28c - 29c / 78 f - 81f Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, intense winds Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, St. Johns & Sataya reef, Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Katya
Chef(s): Hussein & Sherif
Steward(s): Mohamed Hagazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Islam
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Shaab Abu Dabab
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Paradise Reef, St. Johns Caves Wednesday - Sataya Reef, The Dolphin House & Shaab Claudia
Thursday – Shaab Sharm, Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone Reef, Shaab Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA and Canada, a total of 18 guests on board, including Donna, Dan, Dennis, Linda, Vickie, Mikey, Barbara and Dewey which attended our latest Northern itinerary trip. 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 25th of September
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 harbour for our Southern itinerary diving trip. Marsa shoona is the first destination of our diving trip. We plan to spend 2 dives here. Visibility is outstanding. Boat to boat dive to check buoyancy and diving equipment. We enjoy a large garden of fire corals, lion and pipe fishes, glassfish and goat fishes, masked butterfly fishes, blue spotted stingrays and puffer fishes but most of all the amazing spot of the Frog Fish. After the dive we sail to Shaab Abu Dabab. A Beautiful coral garden composed by mountain, dome and mushroom corals.The night dive offer us the chance to spot different kinds of shrimps, crabs and feather stars. Time for dinner and at night we sail southern and reach the remote and pristine reefs of Daedalus reef. We score 4 dives.
Monday 26th of September
Day 2 started in Daedalus Reef. We sail all night to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus. 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 descent along the wall and dive with 10 hammerhead sharks. They swim wildly below and and above us. We then reach the colorful wall and dive with a large school of barracuda, black snapper and red sea groupers. The early afternoon dive is located at the anemone city where a large colony of clown fish guard their anemones. The fourth dive is located South along the South Plateau of Daedalus reef. We score 4 dives today.
Tuesday 27th of September
Day 3 started in Paradise Reef and continued in St.Johns Cave. We sail all night to reach the offshore reefs of St. Johns. The first diving location of the day is Paradise Reef. A beautiful and colourful dive around tall pinnacles of corals, a large coral garden and a breath-taking swim trough. We also ejoy a colony of slow fish just on top of a pinnacle. Great pictures and video shots. Time to 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 photo and video close ups. Time for lunch and we dove the lagoon and pinnacles of Stjohns cave. We score 5 dives today including a zodiac to zodiac dive in Paradise reef North and a night dive.
Wednesday 28th of September
Day 4 started in Sataya Reef and continued in Shaab Claudia. We sail 5 hours at night to sail early in the morning the offshore reef of Sataya. The early and late morning dive are boat to boat dive along the large coral garden and pinnacles of Sataya Reef. School of butterfly fish, goat fish and snappers, puffer fish and blue spotted sting rays ; Time for lunch and we visit the Dolphin House and swim for one hour with a large pod of dolphins, more than 40. The afternoon dive is located in Shaab Claudia reef. The cathedral of light. School of burgundy soldier fishes, golden glass fishes and blue spotted stingrays and the incredible scenario of cave diving. We score 4 dives today including a night dive.
Thursday 29th of September
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 and continue the dive along the wall. The second dive is a boat to boat dive along the east wall. The wall hosts a large variety of hard corals, schools of banner red sea, black snappers, red sea groupers, moray eels and sea slugs. Time for lunch and we sail to Gota Marsa Alam. The afternoon and night dive are located in Gota Marsa alam with a large garden of corals and tall and colourful pinnacles. We score 4 dives today
Friday 30th of September
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 15 nods and the bell rings at 6 am. We plan the early morning dive on the South Plateau. Visibility is crystal clear. We descent along the plateau and explore his entire length and width. A beautiful scenery with colorful soft and hard corals, clouds of anthias and school of sardines. After the dive, due to strong winds we had to leave Elphinstone Reef and we dove in Shaab abu Dabab. It is the last dive of the Southern Itinerary trip. We had lunch on site and sail back to Port Ghalib. At 4 pm we are in the Marina. at 6 pm it is our Cocktail Party time for the celebration of our Diving Cruise and the titles of Iron Divers.
Donna, Dan, Jason, Mikey, Dennis, Vickie
1st Night Dive
Merrilee & Mckenzie
23# Of dives done this trip
Red Sea Aggressor