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Air Temp: 25c – 30c max / 77f – 80f
Water Temp: 28C/79 F
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet
Weather: Comfortable temperatures, clear and occasionally cloudy skies, windy
Itinerary: Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef, Elphinstone
Highlights: Hammerhead sharks, Thresher Shark, White Tip oceanic Sharks, Grey Reef sharks
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Ekaterina & Ahmed
Chef(s): Sherif & Hussein
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Amir & Mostafa & Hossam
GUESTS: Fabio, Pascale, Julien, Daniel, Thierry, Dan, Tammy, Yousuf, Ashar, David & Catherine, Peter, Ed, Michael, Todd & Kate, Donna & Bobby
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Abu Dabab 2
Monday – Abu Dabab 2,3, Abu Wasl, Marsa Torombi
Tuesday – Big Brother Island
Wednesday – Little Brother
Thursday – Daedalus
Friday – Elphinstone, Abu Dabab 3
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, Australia, UK, Switzerland, Canada and France and a total of 18 guests. After a welcome drink and being showed to their cabins everyone set up equipment and finished some paperwork. We then had steak dinner and a briefing. Later guests were free to visit Port Ghalib.
Sunday 16th of September
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona, and Abu Dabab 2. 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 10.30 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 reached its colorful wall covered by soft and fire corals. Visibility is clear and we enjoyed such a colorful dive with red sea groupers and butterfly fishes, pipefishes and lionfish, a school of Indian Mackerel, free or four Scorpion fish and blue spotted stingrays. In the afternoon we sailed to Abu Dabab 2 where we planned to spend night dive. The dive started with hermit crabs and beautiful Feather stars and then we saw sleeping parrot fish and boxer shrimps. We also saw a Cuttle fish and Basket stars.
Monday 17th of September
Day 2 started at Abu Dabbab II and III
Here we saw Blackfin Tuna cruising close by our divers, a school of fusilier fish and our lovely juvenile eagle ray. We should give him a name... There is unique swim through and we could not miss it. We also swam over the local wreck, which hosts lots of reef fish.
The second dive was at Abu Wasl. Gorgeous coral garden, trevallies, a couple of squids and a scorpion fish we saw at this place.
We then sailed northern to Marsa Torombi, where we planned to spend the remainder of the day. This dive site offered us lots of fish, Michael called it an aquarium. We saw turtles, trunk fish, scorpion fish and moray eels.
At night we found four! Spanish Dancers here. We also saw crabs, basket stars and shrimps.
Dinnertime and we left the coast line of El Quseir direction Brother’s Island.
Tuesday 18th of September
Day 3 started in Big Brother Island.
We sailed all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands, sixty miles away from the coastline of El Quseir. A continental breakfast, dive briefing and at 7 am we are already in the water. First of all, we explored the south plateau looking for a thresher shark. But we spotted an oceanic white tip shark. Good start.
We dived the east wall and south plateau of the island and were lucky to see a Thresher shark, a Grey reef shark and an Oceanic White tip shark. We cruised with a mild 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. Breakfast, short surface interval and we are wet again. We spotted a Thresher shark at 15 m depth! We also saw an Oceanic White tip shark Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Moray eel, a Stone fish, blue cloud of fusilier fish and we were followed by trumpet fish as always.
It is finally time to visit the wrecks of Numidia and Aida sitting 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 cabins 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 Hammerhead shark, a Thresher shark, Giant Trevallies and Jack Fish was chasing a school of fusiliers. A Moray eel was founded on the wall.
For the last dive we used the zodiac again. 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. Before sunset we came back to the boat. We then moved the boat one mile to the south and anchored at Little Brother Island.
Wednesday 19th of September
Day 4 started in Little 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 Little Brother Island. We started the first dive from boat and we descended to 100ft/30m at the south side of the island where we encountered Grey reef shark. We enjoyed the view of golden sea fans, purple and gold soft corals coloring the head of the plateau with a large school of banner butterfly fishes, cornet fishes following the bubbles of our guests, and clouds of anthias filling all the diving scenario. We finished the dive with three Oceanic white tip sharks waiting us under the yacht.
The second and the third dive we jumped off the tender visiting the north plateau and east wall. We saw a hammerhead shark, grey reef shark, a thresher shark and Oceanic white tip shark.
The last dive was off the boat. We spent time with a couple Oceanic White tip sharks below theboat and we continued the dive along the drop off wall and we encountered two thresher sharks! On the way back we counted four Oceanic White tip sharks near the boat and large barracuda hided in the shadow of the yacht. 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.
Thursday 20th of September
Day 5 started in Daedalus Reef
We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. Wind blows but diving conditions are still excellent in the east and south plateau and clear visibility. The early morning dive is a drift dive at the east part of the reef. This dive we saw schooling Barracudas, Napoleon Wrasse, Moray eel and a plenty of reef fish.
The second dive we explored the southern plateau. We saw a few Napoleon Wrasses, plenty of trumpet fish, moray eels, a scorpion 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 of 5mt/15ft until 20mt/66feet. Flashes and happy faces while we continue the dive along the wall. We spent 10 minuets there and then we continued the dive along the wall.
The last dive of the day was dedicated to the southern plateau. We encountered Barracudas, 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 Unicorn fish and Filefish. Two Oceanic White tip shark were spotted in the end of the dive near the boat.
Time to eat, drink wine and enjoy the weekly video of RSA 1.
Friday 21st of September
Day 6 started in Elphinstone. A blustery day greeted us on Thursday morning but we geared up eager to jump off the platform after our morning coffee! We explored the south plateau in the beginning and continued along the east wall. We spotted flatworm, a few Pipefish, a Hawksbill turtle, which was having her breakfast.
We then moved to Abu Dabab III for the last dive of the trip.
We spotted a Scorpion fish, two flatworms and yellow snappers with banner fishes.
We then unmoored and continued our journey to Port Ghalib. In the port we celebrated
Catherine 100 dives
Fabio 200 dives
Daniel 300 dives
Ed 400 dives
Julien 400 dives
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor 1 crew