Log Date: Saturday, Sep 23, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp: 29C/84F min – 37C/99F max
Water Temp: 29C/84F – 30C/86F
Visibility: 25 to 40m - 75 to 130 feet
Weather: Clear skies, windy period
Itinerary: Daedalus – Sataya Reef - Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Shaker
Chef: Sherif & Mohammed
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad, Ayoub, Hossam and Ali
GUESTS: David, Jacques, Gary, Flore, Jim and Elaine, Carla and Danny
Sunday – Marsa Shoona , Shaab Abu Dabab 3
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Shaab Maksour, Malahi, Dolphin House, Gota Sataya
Wednesday – Sataya Reef, Shaab Claudia
Thursday – Shaab Sharm , Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday – Abu Dabab 2 and 3
Having arrived nice and early on the Saturday afternoon, our guests had plenty of time to relax before dinner. They set their equipment up and unpacked before taking a seat in the comfortable salon for introductions and the Welcome Briefing. After dinner some guests cracked open a cold beer and others enjoyed a nice glass of wine before chilling out upstairs on the sundeck as the stars began to shine down on Port Ghalib Marina.
Our permissions were sanctioned early the next morning so we unmoored and left Ghalib, on our way to Marsa Shouna. We all had a fantastic first dive spotting a few Scorpion Fish, Cornet Fish, Bluespotted Rays, Pipe Fish, and Lion Fish.
The sandy bottom gave divers a good opportunity to refine their buoyancy, and the rest of the dive site with its sloping coral reef was the ideal place to get up close and look for smaller marine life. The second dive we spotted many Scorpion Fish again, different colors and different sizes. A Moray eel was found as well as Stone Fish, two Wart slugs and huge Moray eel..
South we went to Abu Dabbab 3. Pretty hard coral gardens awaited us as well as Anemonies, Butterfly Fish, Parrot Fish, and Giant Moray Eels that are found there.
For the first night dive of the week we stayed put at Abu Dabbab 3. Spreading out across the sandy bottom and finning over and around coral bommies we saw sleeping Parrot Fish, Shrimps shyly backed into crevices in the rocks and Basket stars and Feather stars were founded on the top of the coral.
After dinner, we unmoored and headed south overnight to Daedalus reef.
There are so many dive sites at Daedalus reef and we began from the east part. We dived there early morning dive and we saw a few giant Trevallies, a plenty of Barracudas was hovering in the blue and at the cleaning stations, a Moray eel and a Napoleon Wrasse. The second dive we jumped off the boat on the south plateau. We saw a Napoleon Wrasse and scorpion fish, Arabian Angel fish and a Picasso fish. We came back to the boat where our lunch was waiting for us.
After lunch we visited our pretty Anemone City, which always very attractive for divers, especially for photographers and videographers.
Flashes of cameras surrounded the anemones and we continued our dive, slowly finning along the beautiful wall. Such a relaxing dive.
Dive four we dedicated to the south plateau. Giant Moray eel was spotted as well as Scorpion Fish and four Napoleon Wrasses.
Shaab Maksour was how we started our day.
This is a long reef that has a long, wide plateau in the south. Hard and soft corals are all over it, and two huge pinnacles can be found closer to the main reef. Twinspot Snapper moved in schools and a Giant Moray Eel suddenly appeared moving in its sinuous form across the bottom. Rainbow Wrasse, Red Sea Coral Grouper, Tuna were also sighted by our divers. Then our captain moved the yacht to Shaab Malahi. There are many pinnacles grow close to each other, creating a maze and a coral garden outside of the reef just outstanding.
Later we visit the Dolphin house and with the support of our zodiacs we snorkel with the white stripes dolphins close to the lagoon area. We feel blessed for such a close encounter with those beautiful creatures.
With smiling faces we came back to the boat and we moved to Gota Sataya, there we spent remainder of the day.
The last day dive we swam around colorful pinnacles where so many Anthias fish, butterfly fish and Masked Puffer fish. Big Bluespotted Rays were already tucking into its meal on the sand.
At night plenty of basket stars, feather stars, a hermit crab, rainbow swimming crab and lots of masked Puffer Fish were also found. On the way back we found Red Sea Anemony hermit crab, which was trying to hide from the light and Carla found a Star Fish. When we moved to Sataya Reef where we stayed for the night.
started on Sataya reef, where we decided to do two morning dives. This reef offers a bit for everyone in terms of topography! What a lot of life we saw on these dives...! Ehrenbergs Snapper, Titan Trigger Fish, Butterfly Fish, schools of Goat Fish and Pilot Fish, Red Sea Banner Fish, and a Bluespotted Ray on the sand. Moray eel on the wall, Anemonies and few Black mouth sea cucumbers.
Next up was a very special dive site called Shaab Claude. This place is incredibly atmospheric with its huge coral and rock structures, winding paths, and swim-through tunnels. There is an amazing variety of hard coral, and round almost every corner schools of Goat Fish and Ehrenbergs Snapper. Bluespotted Rays can be found resting on sandy patches, and Sulphur Damsel Fish hide beneath the Acropora (Table Corals) as divers swim overhead. Big Eye loom in the shadows of overhangs and our old friend, huge Napoleon Wrasse waited us below the boat. We completed two daily dives there
At night, also at the south of Shaab Claudia, we spotted a Crown-of-Thorns in a crack in the rock, Crabs, an Octopus and in shallower water plenty of Basket stars and Feather stars.
Overnight we began travelling north to the area of Wadi Gemal. For the first dive of the day we jumped in at Shaab Sharm. The reef wall offered many sightings of Giant Moray Eels, Cornet Fish, a wart slug and Blennies in the shallows. The second dive here we saw Butterfly Fish, a school of Fusilier fish, Wrasses, Moray eels and Bluefin Trevallies were all spotted as we cruised along the reef wall that disappeared into the blue. We had a great dive at Shaab Marsa Alam for the third dive of the day. Following the reef round we saw Flagtail Blanquillo hovering above the sand, and a cute little juvenile Lion Fish. The night dive, at Gota Marsa Alam got us sightings of three precious anemones, a reef hermit crab and many lionfishes.
Our last day and a refreshing start to the morning at Abu Dabab 2 and 3 and dive the local coral garden rich in mountain and dome corals. We spotted a Masked Puffer Fish, Box Fish, Parrot Fish, Red Anemone and a Crocodile fish. For the second dive we jumped off the platform on Abu Dabab 2 and visited an amazing lagoon.
After the dive our staff was ready to rinse off all gear and tuck into a delicious Egyptian lunch.
#100 dives: Flore
# Iron divers: Flore, Carla
Thank you to all of our lovely guests for a wonderful week.
Safe diving always, and see you again soon.
Your Red Sea Aggressor Crew