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17th – 24th December 2016
The Southern Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, Sataya reef & Elphinstone
Highlights : Hammerhead sharks, Manta Ray, White tip oceanic shark, Frog fish, Napoleon Wrasses, Turtle, Spanish Dancer, Giant Murein.
GUESTS: Nadjia, Arvil, Debra, Maurice, Florian, Lan, Norman, Neal, Claus, John, Sake, Marie, Douglas, Huseyin, Sibylle, Marc, Brian, Alaina
Air Temp: 18c- 23c / 62 f- 73 f
Water Temp: 23c - 24c / 72 f - 75f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Clear skies, intense winds
Wet Suit : 7 mm
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Roberto & Katerina
Chef : Husein & Sherif
Steward(s): Mohamed Hagazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Islam
Sunday – Marsa Shoona
Monday – Sataya, Dolphin House, Shaab Claudia
Tuesday – Abu Bassala
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Elphinstone
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, Germany, Holland, Turkey. A total of 17 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 18th of December
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona. Ring bells at 7 am. It is time for the first breakfast on board. At 9 am we are set to sail and start The Northern Itinerary Trip. Marsa Shoona, the first dive site of the itinerary, only 30 min away from Port Ghalib. Wind blows intensively today and we plan to spend the entire day here. It is literally the perfect place for the check dive and the reef is extremely abundant of marine life and colourful corals. Marsa Shoona offers pinnacles of corals filled with glass fishes and cleaner shrimps , Giant platax fishes ( Bat Fish ), gardens of fire corals, butterly, angel, lion and goat fish and most of all, Shoony the Frog fish which literally became an Icon of the dive site. We scored 4 Dives today including a night dive and a Spanish Dancer.
Monday 19th of December
Day 2 Day 4 started in Sataya Reef and continued in Shaab Claudia. We sail 5 hours at night to reach the offshore reef of Sataya also called the Dolphine House. It is one of the largest reef of the Red Sea and it host a large pod of white stripes dolphins.The early morning dive is located at the south end of the reef. We visit the drop off wall and then abscent into a beautiful coral carden. time for a hot breakfast and we entered the tinder with mask and snorkel and we spent a memorable hour swimming with the dolphins. The 2nd dive of the day is located in Shaab Claudia also called “The cathedral of light”. School of burgundy soldier fishes, golden glass fishes, blue spotted stingrays and the incredible scenario of cave diving and the beams of light.We also encounter the local Napoleon wrasse which offers to our underwater photographer great close up shots... We score 4 dives today including a late afternoon and night dive in Sataya Reef.
Tuesday 20th of December
Day 3 started in Abu Bassala. Wind blows intensively at 18 nods. We spent the entire day in the Abu Bassala Reef which offer a good shelter for the boat and great diving. We visit a wreck early in the morning and and then we dive a coral garden and swim through pinnacle of corals. Later in the early afternoon we moved to Sataya reef. We scored 5 dives today including a night dive.
Wednesday 21st of December
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. We sail all night to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus reef 90 miles away from the coastline of Marsa alam. Sky is crystal clear, wind blows at approximately 15 nods. The early morning and late morning dive are located at the North Plateau. Zodiac to zodiac dive. We descent along the wall and dive with 2 hammerhead sharks and a manta ray. They swim wildly below and above us. We then reach the colorful wall and dive with black snapper and red sea groupers. At 1pm we splash the water again. 2 White tips oceanic sharks swim just below our yacht. The late afternoon dive is located at the south plateau. We scored 4 dives today including a late afternoon dive at the south plateau.
Thursday 22nd of December
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef. Wind blows intensively. The first dive of the day is on The North Plateau. A huge Napoleon wrasse, barracudas in cleaning station and a torpedo ray are the main spot of the dive. The early and late afternoon dives are dedicated to dive the western wall of the island. We visit again the anemone garden and while drifting a Manta rays appears in the blue waters. We score 4 dives today.
Friday 23rd of December
Day 6 started in Elphinstone reef. The early morning dive is dedicated to dive the east wall and south plateau of the reef with large gorgonian, colorful soft corals and the white tip oceanic shark. The last dive of the trip is located in Shaab Abu Dabab, We visit the beautiful and large coral garden and dive a couple of swim throughs. Time for lunch and sail back to Port Ghalib. At 2 pm we arrive at the Marina. At 5 pm it is time for our Cocktail Party and celebrate our Diving Trip, the Iron and milestone Divers.
Iron Divers: Sake, Brian
Nitrox Divers : Alaina, Marc
Open Water Diver : Debra
Milestone Diver : Huseyin 800 Dives
22# dives done this trip
Red Sea Aggressor