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Air Temp: 20c – 25c /
Water Temp: 23c / 73-75 F
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Moderate temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, Calm sea
Itinerary: Daedalus, Brothers Island, Elphinstone .
Highlights : Hammerhead sharks, Manta Ray, White tip oceanic shark
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katia & Rashad
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Hossam
GUESTS: Tom and Cat, Alex, Cathy, Mary, Pam, Michal, Wojciech, Piotr, Mateusz, Dennis, Brian & Stacey, Danilo & Patricia
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Abu Dabab I
Monday –Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Little Brother Island
Wednesday – Big Brother Island
Thursday – Elphinstone , Abu Dabab II
Friday – Shaab Abu Dabab III, El Shouna
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new guests from USA, Canada and Poland 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 pizzas and assortment of seasonal fruit. After setting up equipment and finishing some paperwork its time for welcome briefing. After our steak dinner it was time for a beer and a glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday April 30th
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Abu Dabbab I. A Continental breakfast at 7 am and we are set and ready to leave the harbor of Port Ghalib and starting our Northern Itinerary diving the offshore reefs of Brothers Islands, Daedalus and Elphinstone. At 9 am we reached the bay of Marsa Shoona, our dedicated place for our check dive. The first dive is a boat to boat dive descending along the white sandy bottom of the bay; we reach his colourful wall covered in pink and fire corals. We enjoyed such a colorful dive with red sea groupers and butterfly fishes, pipefishes and lion fishes, giant puffer fishes and blue spotted stingrays. Early in the afternoon we sail southern to Abu Dabbab I where we planned to spend our afternoon and night dive. Early afternoon dive we visited the stunning swimthrough and met a Turtle waiting us at the entrance of the swimthrough.
For the third dive we used a zodiac and dive started visiting a coral garden surrounded by glass fishes , anthias, and damsel fishes . We continued the dive along and above a beautiful coral garden with large school of goat and butterfly fishes, puffer fishes and a Spanish Dancer. 1 hour surface time and it is night dive time beautiful Feather corals and a surprising tiny coral spider crab on the top of a broccoli coral. And Dinnertime and we leave the coastline direction Daedalus Reef.
Monday May 1st
Day 2 started in Daedalus reef. We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. No wind and calm sea and diving conditions are excellent. The early morning dive at the north point there are Hammerhead sharks, Manta and a School of Barracuda. So beautiful dive and we came back there for the second dive to see these magic creatures again. Lunchtime and we continued at the south of the Daedalus. We drifted along the southern plateau where we encountered 6 moray eels, three scorpion fishes and A Napoleon Wrasse. After this dive we went to the Lighthouse and enjoyed the view from the top. Late afternoon dive gave us the chance to spot a Hammerhead shark again at the Anemone city.
Tuesday May 2nd
Day 3 started in Little Brother Island . We sail northern all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands. Sun is shining, sky is crystal clear , sea and wind conditions are calm and it feels like a perfect day for diving. A continental breakfast, dive briefing and at 7 am we are already in the water. A drift dive descending at the east wall of the island and diving with a mild current. We continued our dive along the east wall reaching the large gorgonian garden where plenty of beautiful fan corals create a magical atmosphere with clouds of anthias, large school of butterfly fishes, cornet fishes and snappers. Such a beautiful dive. The second dive is planned at the south plateau. We enjoyed the Fan coral garden one more time and it is time for lunch. Sun is higher in the sky and the early and late afternoon dive are dedicated to explore the depths of the North Plateau. Zodiac to zodiac dives. A current is present, we descent and a grey reef shark swim in a circle just above the head of the plateau. Exciting. Purple and gold soft corals coloring the head of the plateau with a large school of banner butterfly fishes, cornet fishes following the bubbles of our guests, and clouds of anthias filling all the diving scenario. A great diversity of marine life and we continued the dive along the drop off wall reaching a section of it largely covered by leather coral and visiting couple of overhangs where black corals and colorful sponges stand out. Late in the afternoon we left Little Brother island and moored in Big Brother, just a mile away.
Wednesday May 3d
Day 4 started in Big Brother Island. Wake up at 6 am and we feel rested and relaxed after nights sleep with our boat safely moored. Weather feels like a summer day with no wind and a flat sea. Our morning dives are set at the east wall. We swam along the wall and visiting a couple of richfull overhangs.
The second dive we admired broccoli leather and black corals, in the south plateau of the island. We school of fusiliers fishes, trevallies and tunas in the blue , school of black snappers , butterfly fishes and cornet fished and a beautiful scorpion fish quietly resting on the edge of the wall. Early in the afternoon it is finally time to visit the wrecks of Numidia and Aida sitting on the North edge of the Island. Zodiac to zodiac dives and we descent along the reef where the Numidia wreck sits at a depth of 10mt/33ft until 70mt/240ft. The wreck sits in a vertical position facing the depth of the blue water. We continued the dive with a couple of safe penetrations inside the engine room and cabines of the wreck. Such an exciting day in Big Brother Island. At 6 pm it is time for dinner and for leaving the islands and reach the Elphinstone Reef.
Thursday May 4th
Day 5 started in Elphinstone Reef . Bell rings at 6 amand at 7 am we are already in our zodiacs ready to dive the North Plateau. Wind blows at 8 nods, sea conditions are pretty calm. The mild current allowed us to explore the plateau deeply and drop off walls of the north side offered us Schools of black Snappers, Fusilier fish, Anthias fish, Damsel fish, Napoleon Wrasse. After breakfast we dived at the east wall again and then reached the richful south plateau where a school of fusiliers and sardines attracts a couple of jack and tunas over a garden of broccoli soft corals and clouds of anthias. Oceanic White Tip Shark was waiting for us below the boat in the end of the dive. The afternoon dive we drifted along the west wall with a current, enjoying the colorful wall and finished the dive with the Oceanic White tip Shark, so close! Great final of the dive. We moved the short distance to Abu Dabbab II for the forth and night dives. The many coral heads dotted about over the sandy bottom are home to a plethora of small fish. We explored of the plateau and came across Giant Murray Eel and huge Napoleon Wrasse! On our night dive we found a sleeping turtle and many different night creatures, like shrimps, tiny crabs and feather stars.
Friday May 5th
Day 6 started in Abu Dabbab III. Where we planned to make our first dive. We visit his large coral garden of dome and mountain corals flying above those huge blocks of coral and finally entering the local cave which turn into a cathedral of light. It is time for lunch and sail to El Shouna for the second dive. An octopus was founded as well as a moray eel and a scorpion fish. Lunch and it is time to go back to Port Ghalib. At 5 pm our cocktail party started. We celebrated our diving trip and iron divers of the week.
Michal, Wojciech and Piotr
23# Of dives done this trip