Log Date: Saturday, Oct 08, 2016
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp: 28c -30c / 82f – 86f
Water Temp: 27c - 29c / 80 - 84 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Daedalus , St. John’s & Sataya Reef , Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katya & Rashad
Chef(s): Hussein& Abdallah
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Hussam
GUESTS: Anton , Art , Albert , Tom , Stephan , Roland , Scott , Jesus , John , Hiromi , Michael , Stephanie , Dan , Anita , Ken , Debbie , Dhalia , Jean , Racy , Bruce
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Umm Wasl
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Small Gota St. John’s, St. John’s Caves, Paradise Reef
Wednesday – Shaab Maksour, Shaab Claudia, Gota Sataya
Thursday – Elphinstone
Friday – Abu Dabab 3, Marsa Mubarak
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA. They arrive from different countries, such as USA,Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium. After a welcome drink and being showed to their cabins everyone gathered in the dining area for the generalboat 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 Ghaleb at sunset hours. After oursteak dinner it was time for a beer and a glass of local wine & off to bed.
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Umm Wasl. Wake up at 7 am. Breakfast and we are set to leave the Harbour and start our diving trip reaching Daedalus Reef, St John’s and Sataya reefs. At 9 am we moored in Marsa Shoona, our dedicated bay for the check dive . Blue spotted stingrays and lion fishes, Frog Fish, goat and surgeon fishes and we enjoyed a colorful and easy dive and make our guest at their ease for the next days coming. Early in the afternoon wesailed to Umm Wasl and dive the local coral garden rich in mountain and dome corals. We scored 3 dives today including a night dive.
Day 2 started in Daedalus reef. We sailed all night to reach the famous reef of Daedaluswith his large rounded shape and stunning light house. The Hammerheads dominates the deep water of the north plateau and we are here to spot them and dive his beautiful drop off walls. The first 2 dives of the day were located in the north side. Descent close to the reef and then hovering in the blue. A large school of Barracudas and Tunas make their appearance while we were reaching the reef. Black, soft and leather corals. Early in the afternoon and last dive we dove the south plateau and were surprised a white tip oceanic shark. Such a dive to remember. We scored 4 dives
Day 3 started in Gota Soraya and continued in St John’s Cave and Paradise Reef. Wake up at 6 am and we are set to dive the beautiful and colorful reef ofGota Soraya. We spent 1 dive here drifting along his walls and overhangs. Soft and black corals are brightened with the soft light of the morning rays. Simply beautiful and magical atmosphere all around us. A couple of giant moray eels, school of Dolphins, black snappers and fusiliers in the crystal blue water. Early in the afternoon we reached the St. John’s cave reef and dive through his system of breakthroughs and caves with their walls all covered in soft corals. The local napoleon wrasse makes his appearance with elegant moves and close approaches. We scored 4 dives including a night dive.
Day 4 started in Shaab Maksour and continued in Shaab Claudia, Dolphin House and Gota Sataya. The ring bells at 6 am. Continental breakfast and dive briefing and we are set to visit the drop off wall and coral garden of the Shaab Maksour. A boat to boat dive with aneasy descent exploring the depth of the south plateau and dropping wall andthen ascending into the large and richly coral garden with mountain corals.Clear visibility and the soft light of the early morning rays and we enjoyed school of goat fishes and snappers hovering around the healthy coral formations and butterfly fishes and puffer fishes. Such a beautiful and peaceful dive. Later in the morning Shaab Claudia reef and dive trough his system of caves and breakthroughs which turns cathedral of lights. Simply beautiful. In the early afternoon we reached wevisit the Dolphin house and with the support of our zodiacs we snorkel with the white stripes dolphins close to the lagoon area. We feel blessed for such aclose encounter with those beautiful creatures. Later we moved to the Gota Sataya and we made our last daily dive and night dive. We scored 4 dives including a night dive.
Day 5 We sailed all night to reach Elphinstone early morning and continued in AbuDabab 3.
We are all excited to be in Elphinstone , the legendary reef of Marsa Alam . We planned 3 dives here, all of them zodiak to boat dive . Our intention is to dive the depth of the beautiful and colourful north and south plateaus, drift his east and west wall with colorful fan and soft corals and spot the local white tip oceanic sharks that usually swim under the yachts. Well we succeed. We had 3 wonderful dives and the Longimanus impressed our guest with his close approaches and wild moves.
After we sailed to Abu Dabab 3 and dive his coral garden at night. We scored 4 dives including a night dive. A Spanish dancer makes her appeareance for the flashes of our underwater photographers.
Day 6 We woke up this morning in the Abu Dabab 3 and we are excited to dive his coral garden with sunlight. The early morning dive is a boat-to-boat dive.
The last dive we made in the Marsa Mubarak. Nice and easy dive with a turtle, moray eels and beautiful corals. Such a great way to end our diving trip. At 3 pm we are back in Port Ghaleb and at 6 pm we celebrated our Iron and Milestone divers.
Milestone Diver: 200 # Roland Obrecht
Iron Divers: Scott Knobler, Jesus Rosario, Hiromi Suzuki, John Tapper
22# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor