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The Southern Itinerary Captains Log
23 of February – 2 of March 2019
Highlights: Napoleon wrasses, Giant Barracudas, White tip reef shark, Dolphins
Alyssa, Ahmed, Chris, John, Fredrik, Mark, Christopher, Bird, Christian, Paul, Hesper, Bongje, Yunsung, Hatty, Johanna, Lucky, Hordur
Air Temp: 25c /77 f
Water Temp: 22f / 73c
Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 100 feet
Weather: Calm sea, clouds, windy period
Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, St.John’s Reefs, Elphinstone
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katia & Rashad
Chef(s): Sherif & Hussein
Steward(s): Ali & Hegazy
Seamen: Emad & Hossam & Amir & Abdou
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Shaab Abu Dabab III
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – St.John’s Paradise reef and Caves
Wednesday – Gota Sataya, Shaab Claudia, Seyal Island
Thursday – Shaab Sharm, Shaab Marsa Alam
Friday – Elphinstone Reef
This evening we welcomed our first charter in 6 weeks finishing up a dry dock that happens every year. We are enthusiastic to finally be back in the water. It has felt to long without our underwater therapy, so we are ready to get wet again. Our 17 guests come from different countries, such as USA, Canada, France, Sweden, Indonesia and Egypt.
After welcomed briefing chef Sherif prepared a lovely dinner starting with almond soup. After our first course and then greek salad, our guests were served a beefsteak with a side of mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables. No dinner will be complete without a strawberry cheesecake.
started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona and Shaab Abu Dabab. Ring bells at 7 am. Sun shines in Port Ghalib. We had a breakfast, while our captain was finishing our permission at the coastguard. At 9 am we left the harbor for our Southern itinerary diving trip.
It’s a beautiful first dive at Marsa shoona today. Visibility is very good and the conditions are calm. Over the course of two dives here, we were able to show some of our guests a couple of endemic species they have yet to see. We also enjoyed a guest appearance by a day scorpion fish, crocodile fish, pipe fish, Moray eel, Bat fish and bluespotted stingrays during the dive. We had a beautiful night dive at Abu Dabab III with different kinds of shrimps, Scorpion fish, Basket stars and a cuttle fish. Time for dinner from chef Sherif. He offered us grilled Jack fish with basmati rice and green salad, continued with chocolate marquise and at night we sail southern and reach the remote and pristine reefs of Daedalus reef.
started in Daedalus Reef. We sailed all night to reach the offshore reef of Daedalus, 60 miles away from the coastline of El Marsa Alam. Sky is crystal clear; wind blows 3 knots.
We showed our guests the reef from south, then east and finally we dived at Anemone City. Beautiful walls are covered by hard corals, soft corals, sponges and clams. The reef offered our guests Moray eels, Scorpion fish, Napoleon Wrasses, Barracudas and nudies. We scored 3 dives and after dinner with chicken sheesh tawook and finishing with Florentine tart we motored south toward St.John’s Paradise.
The weather is absolutely gorgeous down south at St,John’s Paradise. The visibility is excellent and mild current is present. We had a lot of fun exploring the wall and the swimthrough spotting nudibranchs, black snappers, goat fish, moray eels, sea star and puffer fish.
Afterward, we made our way to St.John’s Caves, the famous underwater labyrinth. We done two dives at this dive site, exploring it from inside and outside. We got to see nudibranchs, white tip reef shark and our friendly Napoleon wrasse.
At night everyone was happy to spot two Spanish Dancers, the largest nudibranch in Red Sea.
Chef Sherif then made a beetroot salad and beef picatta, white sauce and artichoke surprise for dinner.
It’s another perfect day started at Sataya.
We visited the coral garden admiring schools of banner red sea fish and black snappers, red sea groupers, moray eel and scorpion fish.
It couldn’t be more beautiful at noon with crisp blue skies casting over the flat, nearly glassy water at Dolphins House. We snorkeled with more than 60 dolphins.. coming back to the boat everybody had a big smile on the face.
Then we began making our way back north and stopped at Gota Sataya and then Shaab Claudia. Guests checked out the swim throughs as well as enjoying the beautiful mountain corals, anemones and different kind of reef fish. The wind picked up making the rest of afternoon a bit choppy from the surface. Once we reached the underwater world was mellow for the most part.
At night we saw an two Spanish Dancers, tiny Nudibranchs, spider crabs, shrimps and much more.
Then we set off for long journey, heading north toward Elphinstone reef.
Early in the morning we reached Elphinstone reef, one of the best dive site in Red Sea. We admired pristine corals and thousands of anthias fish. We got to see turtles, dolphins, barracudas, pipe fish, flatworms and nudies. We completed three dives at that gorgeous reef, with colorful walls and Capitan moved us to Abu Dabab 2 for the night dive. At night we have found lots of creatures and the biggest were two white tip reef sharks. Divers spotted slugs, sea cucumber and urchins, shrimps and sleeping Napoleon wrasse.
Chef Sherif prepared a traditional dinner for the last dinner in the sea. Roasted turkey, red wine sauce, baked potatoes with sour cream sauce and homemade cake.
We woke up rested and relaxed as we slept all night at Abu Dabab. Wind was about 20 knots, but diving condition is still perfect and we explored the lagoon between Abu Dabab 2 and 3. Divers visited the local lagoon and swimthrough, wreckage of the yacht, enjoyed the coral garden and met our young friend eagle ray.
Time for a lunch and it is time to come back to Port Ghalib. At 3 pm we are back at the marina of Port Ghalib. At 6 pm the cocktail party starts. It is time to celebrate our Diving Trip and Iron Divers.
It was very good start of the season!
Iron diver – Bongje , Yunsung, Ahmed and Alyssa
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor