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Air Temp: 30C/ 84F
Water Temp: 28c / 82f
Visibility: 30 m / 100 feet
Weather: Warm, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, windy period
Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, Zabargad Isl, Sataya Reef
Highlights: Oceanic White tip sharks, Spinner dolphins, Napoleon Wrasse
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katia & Ahmed
Chef(s): Sherif & Hussein
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Abdu & Hossam & Amir
GUESTS: Saro & Michelle, Amy & Simon, Tim & Phil, Astrid, Katherine, Detlef, Tom, Gustavo, Phillip, Kevin, Cynthia & Jim, Thomas & Ruth, Victoria & Paul
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Abu Dabab 3
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Rocky Island, Zabargad Island
Wednesday – Sataya Reef, Malahi, Shaab Claudia
Thursday –Elphinstone reef, Abu Dabab III
Friday – Abu Dabab II and I
After the gang arrived, set up their dive gear and sorted their cabins we invited everyone to salon for the welcome briefing. We then had a wonderful meal from chef Sherif and went sleep afterwards.
Sunday 23d September
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona, and Abu Dabab 3. We got permission from the coast guard and headed out around the corner and anchored in Marsa Shoona.
First up was a refreshing dive inside the lagoon giving all a weight check and a cool shallow dive. The scattered and busy Coral heads festooned with schools of snapper and a bunch of reef fish were so friendly. We moved on to the pretty corals of Torfa Shoona and followed through with a pipefish, blue spotted stingrays, a few scorpion fish, batfish and porcupine fish. We did night dive on Abu Dabab 3, which is located 1,5 hours to the south from Shoona. We spotted basket stars, feather stars, dancing crab and hundreds shrimps.
Monday 24th of September
Our first and the second dives were east wall of Daedalus reef.
The spectacular drop off showed us two Napoleon wrasses, barracudas, giant moray eels and trevallies.
Next up was the exciting Anemone city. This dive was such fun as the current washes up along the west wall providing a wonderful ride.
The last dive was spent exploring the plateau at the south and we saw Oceanic White tip shark at the safety stop in very close approaching.
Tuesday 25th of September
Moving south to the Rocky and Zabargad islands and our fist was drop off of south-west wall of Rocky Island. Then up south-east side of the Island to the magical wall. These two dives we spotted Giant Moray eels, Leopard blennies, scorpion fish, Barracudas and schooling black snappers and fusilier fish and thousands of anthias fish were everywhere.
The afternoon we spent exploring coral garden and overhangs of Zabargad Island. It were two spectacular dives with two Napoleon Wrasses, many turtles, Moray eels, anemones, sleeping groupers, trunk fish and huge table corals.
Wednesday 26th of September
Our first dive was on the coral garden of Sataya reef, as we started moving back to the north. We spotted a few spotted stingrays and lots of reef fish, such as slingjaw wrasse, yellow snappers and blennies. After breakfast we swam with spinner dolphins about an hour. Moving on to Malahi and its massive coral heads create a maze with gorgeous with colorful coral garden is inside.
The third dive we explored outstanding swimthroughs of Shaab Claudia. We found a few bluespotted stingrays, Brown-edged glossodorid and a school of fusiliers fish filled all the space of the second swimfrough. The night dive was at the same dive site. Guests found an octopus, crabs, shrimps, sea stars and feather stars.
Thursday 27th of September
Waking up we found ourselves at Elphinstone reef. We did three dives at Elphinstone reef. Being near to a coastline this site has healthy corals and plentiful fish action. Walls offered us sea funs, colorful soft corals and hard corals. We saw many pipe fish, nudibranchs and flatworms, a few hawksbill turtle and octopus and we found a couple of longnose hawkfish. We also encountered three Oceanic white tip sharks, accompanied giant trevallies and pilot fish.
Our Capitan then moved our boat to Abu Dabab II there we did our night dive. We saw a cuttle fish, sleeping giant barracuda, a crown-of-thorn, hermit crabs and sleeping fish.
Friday 28th of September
In the morning we jumped off the platform at Abu Dabab 2 again. Rich mountain corals and their colorful decoration of Sponges and schools of fish let us enjoyed every moment of dives. We visited a local lagoon and swimthough and we showed our guests our lovely juvenile eagle ray.
Heading back to Port Ghalib we dropped on the pretty Abu Dabab III. A Sunset cocktail party in port was so much fun! Thanks to everyone.
Kevin 200 dives
Thomas and Ruth 300 dives
# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor 1 crew