Log Date: Sunday, July 8, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Cruise Director: Mahmoud,
Dive Instructor: Katia
Seamen: Emad, Said & Hossam & Mahmoud
Chef: Hussein & Sherif
Stewards: Hegazy & Ali
Guest: George, Ben, Darren, Jay and Grace, Eric and Lerma
Sunday – El shona, Abu Dabab 3
Monday- Elphinstone, Abu Dabab
Tuesday – Daedalus Reef
Wednesday – Paradise reef, ST John Caves
Thursday - Shaab Maksour – Dolphin house –Shaab Claude
Friday – Shaab Marsa Alam
The Red Sea Aggressor crew welcomed our divers aboard for a week of diving our southern Itinerary. We departed the dock early on Sunday morning and stopped at our first site of the week, El Shona. This dive was to be our check dive. Dive was mainly to check out buoyancy or test out new pieces of equipment. After completing our check dive we motored south towards the next dive site of choice, Abu Dabab. Here at Abu Dabab there are many sites very close to each other. We completed the final afternoon and night dive on Abu Dabbab 3. Here at Abu Dabbab 3 we saw a plethora of Parrotfish. We also sight a Moray eel, the Yellow Bar Angel fish alongside its close relative the Regal Angelfish. These beautiful fish are always popular among the photographers in our group.
Early morning we moved to Elphinstone reef. Captain Abdallah took us to our anchorage here on the North side of this world famous dive site. Here on Elphinstone we saw the plethora of Orange Antheas, a White Tip reef shark, a Scorpion fish, a free swimming Moray eel, Tuna and a Turtle. After three wonderful dives at Elphinstone we decided to do the last daily dive and the night dive on Abu Dabbab 2.
After we completed the night dive here we motored south toward the next dive site of the charter – Daedalus Reef.
Tuesday morning arrived, and we were moored safely and ready to go at Daedalus. Up in the north, we saw Barracudas, Giant Trevallies and a Napoleon Wrasse.
We returned for dive two to the North of the reef. We saw a Hammerhead shark and White Tip Oceanic shark are gracefully making their way through the blue towards Tuna, as well as Barracuda, Giant Trevally, and us.
As all the action seemed to be happening in the north, we came back there for the third dive. This time, drifting with the current, we saw Tuna, a Barracuda, a School of Giant Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse again and Wart Slug on the wall.
The last dive is a drift dive along the west wall began at the Elephant ear coral and finished at the Anemone city. A turtle, Napoleon Wrasse and outstanding terrace full of anemones were our highlights of this dive.
When we left Daedalus reef and motored south. We sailed all night to rich our next destination of the trip.
Captain Abdallah moored the Yacht to Paradise reef, which was our first dive site at the St. Johns. We completed one dive here at this beautiful reef where we saw many colourful reef fish such as the Arabian Picasso Fish, Spadefish and huge grouper. We then traveled the relatively short distance to ST John Caves and this was our next diving spot for us here on The Red Sea Aggressor. 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 Pufferfish and Burrfish made this a very enjoyable dive indeed. Paradise North St Johns as our next dive site. It was a drift with thousands of fish, around colorful pinnacles and a beautiful swimthrough at the end.
The third and the night dives we came back to the St. Johns Caves. We saw a Napoleon Wrasse, a moray eel, couple of Nudibranch and an Eagle Ray in the blue.
We scored five dives.
Our early morning dive was at Shab Maksour and we saw huge schools of Unicorn fish. We also saw a plethora of reef fish that had our divers strobes popping at regular intervals trying to photograph these timid reef dwellers.
For the second dive, we set off to the stunning caverns of Shaab Claude. What an awesome dive we had working our way through winding passages, and taking a moment to appreciate the beauty of the dappled sunlight hitting the floor from the cracks in the ceiling above. Down one corridor we came across a school of Cave Sweepers shimmering like gold. Big Eye were lurking in the shadows, retreating shyly as we passed, and schools of Snapper hung inside the main chamber. Several Wart Slugs were found on the rubbly floor, and on the outsides of the cavern were Yellowspotted Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, Anthias, Damsel Fish and Tuna.
And then we moved the boat to dolphin reef. It wasnt far only 30 minutes, we sent the zodiac to see if they are there, the seaman came back with the smile on his face and said yes they are there ,more than 20 Dolphins. We swam with them for about one hour then we moved the boat again to another dive site.
Gota Sataya is just another 30 minuets of moving from the Dolphin House.
Here we spent the remainder of the day including the night dive.
Along the way, we encountered schools of bat fish and butter fly fish Snapper, Blackspotted Sweetlips, Lion Fish, Big Eye, Squirrel Fish, Parrot Fish, and a couple of Giant Moray Eels swimming about. Two Spanish Dancers, a couple of cuttle fish, a Sole fish and a lot of Basket stars.
Early morning our captain safely moored the Yacht at the Abu Dabab I. The first and the second dives by the zodiac.
Here divers saw Parrot Fish, Picasso Fish, Big Eye, Lion Fish, Indian Bird Wrasse, Chestnut and Leopard Blennies, Dogtooth Tuna, Bluespotted Rays and a Turtle. We visited local swimthroug. And it was time to wash off the trusted dive equipment and hang it up to dry. We cruised back into the port. Thank you to you all for joining us this week aboard The Red Sea Aggressor. We hope to see you all back again soon to dive with us soon.
Until then Safe diving always.
100 # George
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor team