Log Date: Saturday, Jun 17, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp: 28c -30c / 82f – 86f
Water Temp: 27c - 28c / 78 - 82 f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: High temperatures, Clear skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Daedalus, Sataya Reef
Highlights: Hammerhead shark, White tip reef shark, Yellow fin tuna, Barracudas, Trevallies, Turtles
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katya & Shaker
Chef(s): Hussein& Sherif
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Said & Hussam
GUESTS: Jessica, Pamela, Doug, Jared,Dale, Daniel, Nick, Lisa, Nick, Marianne, Jean, Renee, Jay, Tom, John, Jeanne, Elizabeth, Michael
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Abu Dabbab
Monday – Shaab Marsa alam, Habili Marsa Alam, Gota Marsa Alam
Tuesday – Daedalus Reef
Wednesday –Sataya Reef, Shaab Claudia
Thursday – Shaab Sharm, El Ghadir, Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday –Abu Dabab
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA. 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 Ghaleb at sunset hours.
Sunday June 18th
Day 1 started in Port Ghaleb and continued on Marsa Shoona and Abu Dabab 1. Wake up at 7 am. Breakfast and we are set to leave the Harbour and start our diving trip reaching Daedalus Reef, St John’s and Sataya reefs. At 9.30 am we moored in Marsa Shoona, our dedicated bay for the check dive . Blue spotted stingrays and lion fishes, an Octopus, a Scorpion Fish, goat and surgeon fishes and we enjoyed a colorful and easy dive and make our guest at their ease for the next days coming. Early in the afternoon we sailed to Abu Dabab 1 and dive the local coral garden rich in mountain and dome corals. We scored 4 dives today including a night dive.
Monday June 19th
Day 2 started in Shaab Marsa Alam. This wonderful dive site is always a hit with our divers. The sheer volume of fish life and healthy corals will entice you back for more dives at this wondrous locale. Divers reported seeing Crocodile fish, huge Barracuda and a plethora of Moray Eels. Here at Shaab Marsa Alam there are many sites very close to each other. The second dive we completed on Habili Marsa Alam. Zodiac to zodiac dive. We drifted with a mild current admiring beautiful corals full of fish. After lunch we continued on the Shaab Marsa Alam North and later afternoon we moved to the Gota Marsa Alam where completed the last daily dive and the night dive. We visited a local swimthrough and the local wreck where a Crocodile fish was spotted. Lionfish, a moray eel, a filefish, a group of Batfish and Barracuda were founded. At night we saw the Crown of Thorn, the Crocodile fish again, a large Pleurobranch and a flatworm.
Tuesday June 20th
Day 3 started in Daedalus reef. We sailed all night to reach the famous reef of Daedaluswith his large rounded shape and stunning lighthouse. The firs dive from boat and we drifted with a slightly current to the east. Barracudas, Tunas, a Napoleon Wrasse and a Scalloped Hammerhead were the highlights of this dive. The second dive we went to the Anemone City. Such a beautiful time we spentthere admiring anemones with Nemo fishes and damselfishes.
Early afternoon we explored the south plateau.
This time, we saw Tuna and Giant Tevally. Finning extra slowly along the wall at the south of Daedalusalways pays off as many smaller creatures can be seen here. Wart Slugs, Nudibranchs, Pipe Fish, and Yellowspotted Scorpion Fish make their homes here.
The last dive of the day was dedicated to the north point of the reef. A hammerhead shark, a School of Barracuda and Giant trevally were also added to divers logbooks afterwards. We scored 4 dives. We left Daedalus Reef and cruised overnight to our next anchorage Sataya Reef
Wednesday June 21st
Day 4 started in Sataya Reef and continued in Shaab Claudia. Wake up at 6 am and we are set to dive the beautiful and colorful reef of Sataya Reef. We spent 2 dives here, explored local pinnacles, a plateau with coral formations and a colourful coral garden. Simply beautiful and magical atmosphere all around us. A couple of giant moray eels, Red Sea cucumber, school of black snappers and fusiliers in the crystal blue water. Such a beautiful and peaceful dives.
Later in the afternoon Shaab Claudia reef and dive trough its system of caves and breakthroughs, which turns cathedral of lights. Simply beautiful. The dusk dive we jumped in the water and the local Napoleon Wrasse was met just below the boat. It made it’s appearance with elegant moves and close approaches. Then we visited the eastern part of the reef, slowly swimming around abundant pinnacles.
An octopus was founded at the night dive as well as basket stars and feather stars.
We scored 5 dives including a night dive.
Thursday June 22d
Day 5 started on Shaab Sharm and continued on El Ghadir and Shaab Marsa Alam. The ring bells at 6 am. Continental breakfast and dive briefing and we are set to visit the drop off wall and coral garden of the Shaab Sharm. What a beautiful drift dive exploring the depth of the south plateau and dropping wall with gorgonian corals. The second dive is a boat to boat dive with an easy descent along the wall. Clear visibility and the soft light of the morning rays and we enjoyed school of goat fishes and snappers hovering around the healthy coral formations and butterfly fishes and puffer fishes. In the early afternoon we reached El Ghadir where we found White tip reef shark and two turtles. Then we motored north to the Shaab Marsa Alam for the night dive. A moray eel, a Splendid crab, a large pleurobranch, Batfishes and boxer shrimps were founded at night. We scored 4 dives including a night dive.
Friday June 23d
Day 6 We woke up this morning in the Abu Dabab 3 and we are excited to dive his coral garden with sunlight. The early morning dive is a boat-to-boat dive.The last dive we made in the west of Abu Dabbab 3. Nice and easy dive with a turtle, moray eels and beautiful corals. Such a great way to end our diving trip. At 3 pm we are back in Port Ghalib and at 6 pm we celebrated our Iron and Milestone divers.
600 dives Jared Machgan
Jeanne De Lario
John De Lario
Waves, tides & current:
24# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor