Log Date: Saturday, Charter Feb 25 - 04 Mar, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Water Temp: 70 – 73F / 21– 22C; Exposure suit – 5-7MM full Length
Crew – Captain Abdallah, Cruise Director Mahmoud, Dive Instructors Katia & Sam, Seamen Ayob, Emad, Sayed & Hossam, Chefs Hussein & Sherif, Engineers Ahmed, Stewards Hegazy & Ali.
Guests: Allan, Len, George, Sherman, Dane, Lane, Cecile, Mark, Neil, Linda, Frank, Bill, Robert, Terry, Debbie, Kevin,Janie, Reid and Melanie.
The Red Sea Aggressor crew was so exited to welcome our divers aboard for the first week of diving season 2017! We departed the dock early on Sunday morning and stopped at our first dive site of the week, Marsa Shouna. Here at Marsa Shouna we saw different kind of Pipe Fishes, Scorpion Fishes and a whole host of other reef critters. These dives were so full of marine life, so we decided to stay here for a night dive. And we havent regretted. After completing our dives we motored south towards the Daedalus Reef.
Early morning we safely moored at the Daedalus Reef. With a perfect weather condition we completed our first dive at the north point and then continued the second and third dives exploring the eastern and western walls. Here at Daedalus reef we saw a Manta ray, a Turtle, Napoleon wrasse and huge barracudas. An Anemone City was beautiful as always with a big number of cute clown fishes. The last dive at the south plateau surprised us amazing encounters. We saw not only Scorpion Fishes, A File fish, a Napoleon wrasse, a Moray eel, but more than 6 torpedo rays and a Thresher Shark. After that we motored south toward Sataya.
Shaab Maksour was our first dive site of the third day. We completed one dive here at this beautiful wall diving site where we saw many colourful reef fish such as the Arabian Picasso Fish, Spadefish and huge grouper. We then traveled to Sataya reef with its colorful coral garden, a school of goatfish and a very friendly octopus.
For the third and night dives we chose Gota Sataya. At this place we met a big Sea Ray lying on the sand and at night we saw three! Spanish Dancers, a swimming Moray eel and a Spider crab.
Early morning Captain Abdallah moved the Yacht to Malahi. We completed a single dive here where we got to see the majestic corals and swim throughs on offer. An abundant marine life consisting of Red Sea Anemone fish, Masked Puffer fish, Burr fish and a Turtle made this a very enjoyable diveindeed.
Shaab Claudia is a wonderful place to dive. Here we got to swim through the caves. The light penetrating from above makes this one of the most sought after dives for the photographers and video lovers in our group. We completed the second dive of the day here where we got to see the resident Napoleon Wrasse and a gorgeous family of Clownfish.
After lunch we entered the tinder with mask and snorkel and we spent a memorable hour swimming with the dolphins.
Then we moved to El Torfa for the third and the night dives. We saw a plethora of reef fish that had our divers strobes popping at regular intervals trying to photograph these timid reef dwellers. After the night dive we ventured north toward Shaab Sharm.
Early morning drift dives are often the best as many fish are still in hunting mode while the sun is low in the sky. We saw Napoleon Wrasse, Turtle was eating the broccoli soft coral, Bluespotted Rays, Giant Trevally, and schools of Fusiliers trying to escape the latter.
For the second dive at Shaab Sharm we set off down this pretty reef wall. Along the way, we encountered schools of Ehrenbergs Snapper, Blackspotted Sweetlips, Lion Fish, Big Eye, Puffer Fishes, Parrot Fish, and a Giant Moray Eel.
After a tasty lunch we headed north to Gota Marsa Alam. We scored here 2 dives, including a night dive. Here divers saw Parrot Fish, Picasso Fish, Crocodile Fish, Murray Eelswimming away, Lion Fish, Sea Stars and Cuttle Fish, and the wreck of an old safari boat surrounded by schools of Goat Fish. Early morning we moved to Elphinstone.
Our experienced Captain Abdallah took us safely to ouranchorage here on the South side of this world famous dive site. Here on Elphinstone we saw the plethora of Orange Antheas, a free swimming Moray eel, a Scorpion fish and very beautiful walls, which are covered by wealthy corals. After a wonderful dive at Elphinstone we trekked West to our final dive site of the charter – Abu Dabbab 3. Divers reported seeing Crocodile fish, huge Barracuda and a plethora of Moray Eels. Divers boarded the Red Sea Aggressor after wonderful dive with broad smiles upon their faces.
Alas it was time to wash off the trusted dive equipment and hang it up to dry. We cruised back into the port enjoying an Egyptian Lunchalong the way. Thank you to you all for joining us this week aboard The Red Sea Aggressor. We hope to see you all back again soon.
OPEN WATER DIVER: Dane
ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER: Janie and Mark
IRON DIVERS: Cecile and Neil
Until then……Safe diving always. The Red Sea Aggressor Crew!
- Your Red Sea Aggressor Crew