Log Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp: 25-30c / 77-82F
Water Temp: 24-26c / 75-79F
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear, moderate winds
Itinerary: Brothers Island , Daedalus , Elphinstone .
Highlights: Thresher Shark, Reef Sharks
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katia & Shaker
Chef(s): Hussein & Sherif
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Hossam
GUESTS: Christian, Dominic and Christine, Yang, Jialin, Nick, Aubrey and Morgan, Steve & Mary, Victor and Stephanie
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Marsa Mobarak
Monday – Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday - Shaab Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, Switzerland, China, United Kingdom and Ukraine. 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, they were free to visit the very mystical Port Ghalib at sunset hours. After our delicious dinner it was time for a beer and a glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday May 28th
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued in Marsa Shoona and Marsa Mobarak. 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 9.30 am we reached the bay of Marsa Shoona, our dedicated place for our check dive. The first and the second dives are the boat-to-boat dives descending along the white sandy bottom of the bay; we reach his colorful wall covered in pink and fire corals. Visibility is crystal clear and we enjoyed such a colorful dive with red sea groupers and butterfly fish, pipefish and lionfish, giant puffer fish and blue spotted stingrays. Early in the afternoon we sail northern to Marsa Mobarak where we planned to spend our afternoon and night dives. The dive started visiting a pinnacle of coral covered in purple soft corals and surrounded by glass fishes, anthias, and damsel fishes. We continued the dive along and above a beautiful lagoon and coral garden with large school of goat and butterfly fishes, puffer fish and snappers. 1,5 hours surface time and it is night dive time. Beautiful Feather stars and basket stars, four Scorpion fish, a Huge Puffer fish, Banded sole, four Grand pleurobranches, Forskal’s pleurobranch, two Sole fish and the Queen of night dive a Spanish dancer. What a dive! Dinner time and we leave the coast line of El Quseir direction Brother’s Island.
Monday May 29th
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island. We sail all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands, forty miles away from the coast line of El Quseir. 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 7.00 am we are already in the water. A boat-to-boat dive descending into the south plateau and diving along the east wall of the island. 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. We spotted Grey reef shark near the Gorgonian garden and two thresher sharks just under our yacht. A scenario filled with cornet, lion and butterfly fishes. The second dive is planned boat-to-boat dive once again. We enjoyed the dive visiting the south plateau and west side of the reef with outstanding black, purple, yellow soft corals. We saw two Napoleon Wrasse and White tip reef shark. It is time forlunch. Sun is higher in the sky and the early and late afternoon dives are dedicated to explore the depths of the North Plateau. Zodiac to zodiac dives. A mild current is present, we descent and two thresher sharks 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 largelycovered by leather coral and visiting couple of overhangs where black corals and colorful sponges stand out. At night we left Little Brother Island and moored in Big Brother, just a mile away.
Tuesday May 30th
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island . Wake up at 6 am and we feel rested and relaxed after a night sleep with our boat safely and firmly moored in the South Plateau of Big Brother Island. Weather feels like a summer day with warm wind. Our morning dives are set in the south plateau of the island. We continued the dive along the wall and visiting a couple of overhangs. We admired broccoli leather and black corals, school of fusiliers fishes, trevallies and tunas in the blue,school of black snappers, butterfly fish and cornet fish and a beautiful Stone 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 cabins of thewreck. The last dive was dedicated to Aida wreck. We enjoyed the view from he top of the wreck and continued our final dive of the day heading south. And we spotted a thresher shark in the deep blue making it’s such a beautiful passage with long tail. An exciting day in Big Brother Island. At 6 pm it is time for dinner and for leaving the islands and reach the southern offshore reef of Daedalus.
Wednesday May 31st
Day 4 started in Daedalus reef. We sailed southern all night to reach early in themorning the offshore reef of Daedalus. Wind blows intensively but diving conditions are still excellent in the east and south plateau, no current and crystal clear visibility. The early morning dive is a drift dive along the east wall where fan corals and black corals offer to our divers a beautiful drop off wall dive.
Late in the morning dive was a drift dive along the south plateau gave us the chance to spot a hammerhead shark. Time for lunch and the early morning dive is in the Anemone garden. We descent along the reef and the nemo city, with their countless anemones start coloring the wall from a depth of 5mt/15ft until 20mt/66feet. Flashes and happy faces while we continue the dive along the wall. And we continued our dive along the west wall admiring a group of Dogtooth Tuna, which came back to us several times. We saw a school of Barracuda passing by in the blue. We finished our dive next to impressive Elephant ear coral. The wind calmed down and wewent to the north expecting to see the highlight of the Daedalus Reef – Hammerheads. We descended and waited them in the deep blue. And here they are! Two hammerheads swam around us, between us, going away and coming back again and again. A school of Hammerhead passed us by and we took many great photos and video. And we encountered a Manta ray. Priceless!
We said goodbye to the sun, watching sunset from the top of the Lighthouse. It is time for dinner and for the rest.
Thursday June 1st
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef. Bell rings at 6 am and at 7 am we are already in the water. We began our dive at the south, heading east. At the end of the plateau we spotted one and then three hammerheads. In the end of dive we met Oceanic White Tip shark just below the boat. Good start. The second dive we explored the south plateau where we encountered two Napoleon Wrasse, a Barracuda, a couple of Scorpion Fish and A School of Dogtooth tuna.
After the lunch we visitedAnemone City again and the forth dive we went to the north of the reef.
Wind blows at 8 nods, sea conditions are pretty calm. The drop off walls of the north side offered us a chool of Tuna, large school of Barracuda hovering in the blue, hundreds of Unicorn fish and a Hammerhead.
Time to leave the offshoreDaedalus Reef.
Friday June 2nd
Day 6 started in Abu Dabab Reef, where we planned to make the last day of diving. A boat-to-boat dives and perfect underwatercondition. It is time to relax. We visited a large coral garden of dome andmountain corals flying above those huge blocks of coral and explored swim through and we spotted very curious and friendly turtle. It is time for lunch and sail back to Port Ghalib. At 5 pm our cocktail party starts. We celebrate our diving trip and iron divers of the week.
Steve – 200 dives
Mary – 200 dives
Nick – 100 dives
Dominic , Steve , Christian , Victor
22# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor