Log Date: Saturday, Sep 30, 2017
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Air Temp: 25c – 32c max / 77f – 84f
Water Temp: 25c – 28c / 77f – 7f
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Comfortable temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, moderate winds
Itinerary: Brothers Islands , Daedalus Reef , Elphinstone
Highlights: Hammerhead shark, Thresher Shark , White Tip oceanic Shark
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katya & Rashad
Chef(s): Sherif & Hussein
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Ayoub & Hossam & Ali
GUESTS: Hyungsook, Hyungsoo, David, Woong, Woo-Yong, Dukkun, Dukyup, Yun-Hee, Soonnan, Rachel and Deborah, Hakjoo, Changick, Nahyun, Paul and Kara, Dhalia and Jean
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Marsa Mobarak
Monday – Big Brother Island
Tuesday – Big Rother and Little Brother Islands
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Abu Dabab III, Abu Dabab I
Friday – Abu Dabab II-III, Elphinstone
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, Belgium and South Korea and a total of 18 guests. 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. After setting up equipment and finishing some paperwork, they were free to visit Port Ghalib. After our salmon steak dinner it was time for a glass of local wine& off to bed.
Sunday 1stof October
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona , and Marsa Mobarak. The smell of freshly brewed coffee crept through our boat and on to the marina the first morning as our guests woke up to a beautiful early morning sky over the Red Sea. Tantalizing smells and sizzling sounds greeted everyone as they walked into the dining area to have breakfast. We got clearance from the coast guard right away and off we were to start our one-week journey. At 10 am we reached the bay of Marsa Shoona, our dedicated place for our check dive. The first dive and the second dives are boat to boat dive descending along the white sandy bottom of the bay; we reach it’s colourful wall covered by soft and fire corals. Visibility is clear and we enjoyed such a colorful dive with red sea groupers and butterly fishes, pipefishes and lionfish, a school of Indian Mackerel, free or four Scorpion fish and blue spotted stingrays. In the afternoon we sailed northern to Marsa Mobarak where we planned to spend our afternoon and nightdive. The dive started visiting a pinnacle of coral covered in purple soft corals and surrounded by glass fishes, antheas, and damsel fishes. We continued the dive along with large school of goat and butterfly fishes, puffer fishes and snappers. We also found an Octopus. 1 hour surface time and it is nightdive time beautiful Feather corals and a surprising Spanish Dancer. We also saw a File Fish sleeping in very funny position. Dinner time and we left the coast line of El Quseir direction Brother’s Island.
Monday 2d of October
Day 2 started in Big Brother Island.
We sailed all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands, sixty 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 am we are already in the water. We dived the east part of the island and our first group was lucky to see a Hammerhead shark at the 90 feet. We cruised with a current along the colorful wall and we met many Barracudas in the blue and at the cleaning stations. We also spotted a few Moray eels and a Juvenile Napoleon Wrasse. We finished the dive on the south plateau and some of our divers spotted Oceanic White Tip shark. After a breakfast we checked the current and it stopped completely, so we jumped off the boat expecting to see the shark. A splash in the water attracted white tip oceanic sharks. We continued the dive along the wall and visiting a couple of richful overhangs. We admired broccoli leather and black corals, school of fusiliers fishes, trevallies and tunas in the blue, school of black snappers, butterfly fishes and cornet fished and a Napoleon Wrasse. Early in the afternoon it is finally time to visit the wrecks of Numidia and Aidasitting 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 cabines of the wreck. The second wreck starts from 28m/100f and goes down to 60m/190f. We had a look from the top and continued the dive heading south. We saw a school of Barracuda, Giant Trevallies and Jack Fishchasing a school of fusiliers. A Moray eel was founded on the wall. At sunset time we came back to the boat.
Tuesday 3d of October
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 at Big Brother Island. First dive we drifted along the west wall to the south plateau and we encountered a Thresher shark and an Oceanic White tip shark. We started the second dive from the boat and we met two Oceanic White Tip sharks right under the boat. They checked us out and we descended to the plateau where we encountered the Thresher shark again. We were able take great photos and filmed this amazing creature. On the way back Oceanic came close us again, swimming around divers and posing for cameras.After lunch we moved to Little Brother Island.
Zodiac to zodiac dive. A current was presented, we descended purple and gold soft corals coloring the head of the plateau with a large school of banner butterfly fishes , cornetfishes 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 largely covered by leathercoral and visiting couple of hoverhangs where black corals and colorful sponges stand out. The highlights of the dive were two Thresher sharks circling in the deep blue. What a great day of diving.
At 6 pm it is time for dinner and for leaving the islands and reach the southern offshore reef of Daedalus.
Wednesday 4th of October
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef
We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. Wind blows intensively but diving conditions are still excellent in the east and southplateau and crystal clear visibility. Dolphins passed our boat saying good morning. The early morning dive is a boat o boat dive on the south plateau. We encountered a hundred of barracudas different sizes, in groups and lonely, very close and on the distance. We saw huge Napoleon Wrasse and found a scorpion fish lying incognito on the wall.
The second dive is a driftdive at the east part of the reef. This dive we were blessed to see four Hammerhead sharks. We went toward to them in the blue and they swam around us again and again. We also saw Barracudas, Napoleon Wrasse, Moray eel and a plenty of reef fish.
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 of5mt/15ft until 20mt/66feet. Flashes and happy faces while we continue the dive along the wall. The last dive of the day was dedicated to the southern plateau. We encountered Oceanic White Tip shark between our boat and the reef, then we went deeper and our old friend Napoleon Wrasse met us over the plateau. We continued the dive heading west, admiring Barracudas, Trevallies, a school of Unicornfish and Filefish. Torpedo ray was also spotted, hurrying somewhere.
Thursday 5th of Oct
Day 5 started in Abu Dabbab III. We jumped off the boat and explored the western side around two colorful and rich pinnacles, then we continued swimming along west wall over the coral garden.
Then we moved to Abu Dabab I. Hard corals of all different species cascade from the top of the reef which sits a few metres beneath the surface right the way down to the bottom where it meets the sand. No sooner had we descended than we saw a Bluspotted stingray sitting on the sand. Turning the corner, we found a Bluespotted Ray excavating its meal from the sand with escort of different kind of fish.
The third dive was also on Abu Dabab I along the east side of this reef.
Our divers saw three Moray eel, Wart slug! To end the dive, guests were lead through cave.
After snacks we moved the boat the short distance to Abu Dabab III,where we spent remainder of the day. Here divers saw Giant Moray Eel, Lion Fish the big mounds of hard coral in shallows were pretty to swim over in the fading light. Then divers jumped in for the night dive.
Hundreds of shrimps, basket stars and feather stars, unicorn fish, sleeping parrotfish and nudibranch were spotted this dive. Schools of Goat Fish caught the light of divers torches, and Bluespotted Rays skimmed across thebottom.
Friday 6th of Oct
Day 6 started in Abu Dabab II. A blustery day greeted us on Friday morning but we geared up eager to jump in from the zodiac at the north Abu Dabbab 2 after our morning coffee!
We unmoored and continued our journey to Elphinstone reef. Here we saw Blackfin Tuna cruising close by our divers, a school of fusilier fish, a few Pipe Fish and Basket stars.
This ended the trip wonderfully.
We then motored back into port. We enjoyed a cocktail party on the sundeck, enjoying a sunset.
Jean 1300 dives
Woo–Yong 500 dives
# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor crew