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Air Temp: 27c max / 81f
Water Temp: 25c / 79f
Visibility: 30 m / 100 feet
Weather: Calm sea, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies
Itinerary: Brothers Islands, Daedalus Reef
Highlights: Hammerhead shark, Thresher Sharks, Grey reef shark, White Tip oceanic Shark
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katia & Roberto
Chef(s): Sherif & Hussein
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Mohammed & Hossam & Amir
GUESTS: Wolfgang, Markus, Michael, Tobias, Yishin, Jacky, Kimberly and Todd, Heather and Sean, Hanna, Monica, Kirk, Ralf, Preston and Katie, Tamara and Joan, Daniel and Melissa
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Marsa Mobarak
Monday – Little Brother Island
Tuesday – Big brother Islands
Wednesday – Daedalus Reef
Thursday – Elphinstone, Abu Dabab III, Abu Dabab I
Friday – Abu Dabab II-III
This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new guests from USA, Germany, Liechtenstein and Spain and a total of 20 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 dinner it was time for a glass of local wine & off to bed.
Sunday 25th of November
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. 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 wall to the white sandy bottom of the bay. Visibility was good for this time of the year and we enjoyed such a colorful dive with red sea groupers and butterly fishes, lots of pipefish and lionfish, a school of Indian Mackerel, couple of Scorpion fish and blue spotted stingrays. In the afternoon we sailed northern to Marsa Mobarak where we planned to spend night dive. 5 p.m. was dive time. We spotted beautiful Feather and Bascet stars, a few scorpion fish, large Spanish Dancer, many spider crabs and crab decorator. We also saw a File Fish sleeping in very funny position. Dinner time and we left coastline to Brother’s Island.
Monday 26th of November
Day 2 started in Little Brother Island. We sailed all night to reach the offshore reefs of Brother’s Islands, 40 miles away from the coastline 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 we were lucky to see two thresher sharks. 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 an Oceanic White tip shark, Moray eels and a Juvenile Napoleon Wrasse. After a breakfast we boarded the zodiacs, heading the north plateau. We encountered a Grey Reef shark, cruising along the west wall. Afternoon dive we jumped off the boat, because we saw two Oceanic White tip sharks right under the yacht. We were not disappointed, the sharks came to us! We continued the dive along the wall and visiting a couple of overhangs. We saw group of Dogtooth Tuna, Barracudas. We admired broccoli leather and black corals, school of fusiliers fishes, trevallies and Unicorn fishes in the blue, school of black snappers, butterfly fishes and cornet fished and a Napoleon.
Tuesday 27th of November
Day 3 Early in the morning we moved from Little Brother to Big Brother and we did our first dive at the south - east, continuing the dive with a current, enjoying the early morning sunlight. We found Moray eels, lots of Barracudas, a Napoleon Wrasse and a Grey Reef shark. We also saw Oceanic white tip shark. After breakfast it was the time to visit the wrecks of Numidia 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 last dive we visited wreck of Aida, which has been resting at the reef since 1957. We had a look and we then explored the western part of the reef, heading south. We saw grey reef shark, a school of Barracuda, Giant Trevallies and Jack Fish chasing a school of fusiliers. A Moray eel was founded on the wall and Oceanic white tip shark came close to us at the safety stop.
Wednesday 28th of November
Day 4 started in Daedalus Reef. We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. The weather condition is perfect, diving conditions are excellent at the southeast. The early morning dive off the boat coming back by zodiac. We encountered barracudas different sizes, in groups and lonely, very close and on the distance. We saw huge Napoleon Wrasse, juvenile Napoleon wrasse and a Giant Moray eel. At the edge of the plateau we encountered a thresher shark.
The second dive is a drift dive at the north part of the reef. This dive we encountered Hammerhead shark, two Napoleon Wrasse and Barracudas. We also saw Moray eel and a plenty of reef fish.
Time for lunch and then the third dive at the west side of the reef. Jumped off the platform and we encountered two oceanic white tip sharks, we then proceeded to the plateau heading west. We descended along the reef and we passed the biggest elephant ear coral, we spotted a few transparent cleaner shrimps on the top of anemone, a moray eel, scorpion fish and much more.
Thursday 29th of November
Day 5 started in Elphinstone. Early morning dive was along the eastern wall. We saw swimming Moray eel, two Scorpion fish, Red Sea Pipefish and Network Pipefish, Longnose hawkfish and a Hawksbill Turtles.
After breakfast we jumped off the zodiacs at the north plateau and continued the dive along the north east-part of the reef. We got to see three hawksbill turtles, more pipe fish and more
The third dive was at the west side of the reef. We cruised along the wall, reaching the southern plateau and coming back to the yacht. We were surrounded by thousands anthias and schooling fusilier fish, spotted a few moray eels and triggerfish. We also encountered oceanic white tip shark, which was waiting for us near the yacht. Then the Capitan moved the yacht to Abu Daabab 3 for the night. Divers got to see two octopuses, two scorpion fish, parrot fish, pencil sea urchins and shrimps.
Friday 30th of November
Day 6 started in Abu Dabab III. A blustery day greeted us on Friday morning but we geared up eager to jump in from the Boat at the South of Abu Dabbab 3.We jumped off the boat and explored the northern side of Abu Dabab 3, around two colorful and rich pinnacles, then we continued swimming along wall over the coral garden.
We then moved to lagoon between Abu Dabab 2 and 3. Hard corals of all different species cascade from the top of the reef, which sits a few meters 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. We explored local hidden lagoon and swimthroughs, visited the wreckage of yacht, turning the corner, we found a red anemone Ray.
Once everyone came back to the boat it was time for lunch and make our way back to Port Ghalib. At sunset time we celebrated the great week of diving and Iron Divers: Wolfgang, Yihsin, Jacky, Todd, Sean, Kirk, Preston, Tamara and Joan, Daniel and Melissa
Yihsin 700 dives
Marcus 1500 dives
Heather 200 dives
Sean 200 dives
Nitrox diver: Tamara and Joan
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor 1 crew