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Air Temp: 25c – 33c / 77 – 88 F
Water Temp: 26-27c / 79-82 F
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Brothers Islands, Daedalus, Elphinstone.
Highlights: White tip oceanic shark, Tresher shark, Hammerhead sharks, Silky shark, Yellow Fin Tuna
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katia & Rashad
Chef(s): Hussein& Sherif
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Hossam
GUESTS: Richard, Martin, Patrick, Veronica, Jeanette, Anna, Jennifer, Eric, Michelle, Terry, Choi, Buniy, Yong, Moon, Seungchul, Damon, Chun Eup, Misoon, Meehyun, Jinyup
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Marsa Mobarak
Monday – Big Brother Island
Tuesday – Little Brother Island
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Daedalus Reef
Friday – Elphinstone, Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA and South Korea. 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 June 11th
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 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 colourful wall covered in pink and fire corals. Visibility is clear and we enjoyed such a colorful dive with red sea groupers and butterly fishes, an octopus, pipefishes and lion fishes, giant puffer fishes and blue spotted stingrays. Late in the afternoon we sail northern to Marsa Mobarak where we planned to spend our afternoon and night dive . 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 fishes and snappers. 1 hour surface time and it is night dive time beautiful Feather corals and surprising Spanish dancers, not one but two.. Dinner time and we leave the coast line of El Quseir direction Brother’s Island.
Tuesday June 12th
Day 2 started in Big Brother Island. We sail all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands, forty miles away from the coastline of El Quseir. Wind blows intensively but diving conditions are still excellent in the east and south plateau, a mild current and crystal clear visibility . Our morning dives are set in the south plateau of the island. We admired broccoli leather and black corals, school of fusiliers fishes , trevallies and yellow fin 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. We continued the dive along the wall and visiting a couple of overhangs. 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. Late in the afternoon we left Little Brother island and moored in Little Brother, just a mile away.
Monday June 13th
Day 3 started in Little 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 Little Brother Island. 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 moray eel, a turtle and grey reef shark that is a good start. We continued the second dive along the westwall reaching the south plateau with large school of butterfly fishes, cornet fishes and snappers. A scenario filled with cornet fish, lion and butterlfly fishes. Such a beautiful dive. In the end of the dive we enjoyed admiring an oceanic white tip moves and approaches while it is followed by pilot fish all around. It is time for lunch. Sun is higher in the sky and late afternoon dive just under the yacht with white tip oceanic shark. The last boat to boat dive descending at the west wall and diving along. The yellow fin tunas, barracudas and silky shark. Exciting. 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 hoverhangs where black corals and colorful sponges stand out. At 7 pm it is time for dinner and for leaving the islands and reach the southern offshore reef of Daedalus.
Wednesday June 14th
Day 4 started in Daedalus reef. We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. Up in the north and a Thresher shark, a School of barracuda were spotted. The late 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. Time for lunch and we went to the north of Daedalus reef again. Dive with a Hammerhead shark. The late afternoon 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. A Hammerhead shark swam away below us.
Thursday June 15th
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef . Bell rings at 5 am , sun rise at 4:50 and at 6:45 am we are already in our zodiacs ready to dive the North Plateau. Sea conditions are calm. The drop off walls of the north side offered us a couple of Hammerhead shark. The second dive we started from the boat, drifting over the south plateau. We saw a couple of Napoleon Wrasse, plenty of Barracuda, a Turtle and a Scorpion fish.
The third dive and the last dive we began from the Anemone city coming back to the boat. We finally found a school of Hammerhead shark in the blue. Priceless .
Friday June 16th
Day 6 started in Elphinstone Reef. A drift dive along the east wall, reaching a large fan coral contoured by a couple of lion fishes and orange soft corals . This wall is simply beautiful and the rest of the dive is at slow pace admiring the orange, golden and violet colors of the soft corals enlightened by the soft morning rays. We then reached the 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. Breakfast and we sail to Shaab abu Dabab III where we planned to spend our last dive . We visit his large coral garden of dome and mountain corals flying above those huge blocks of coral and explore swim throughs and finally entering the local cave which turn into a cathedral of light . It is time for lunch and sail back to Port Ghalib. At 6 pm our cocktail party starts. We celebrate our diving trip and iron divers of the week.
Richard, Eric, Patrick, Choi, Misoon, Bunyi, Chun Eap, Yong, Seungchul, Damon
22# Of dives done this trip
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