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Log Date: Saturday, Mar 23, 2019
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew







 



 

Capitan log 23th-30th of March 2019

Air Temp: 25C/77f

Water Temp: 23C/73f

Visibility: 20 – 35 m / 70 – 149 feet

Weather: Comfortable temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, calm sea

Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, St. John’s, Elphinstone

 

Highlights: Silky shark, Eagle ray, Napoleon Wrasse

 

CREW:

Captain: Sayed

Cruise Director: Mahmoud

Instructors/Guides: Rashad & Roberto

Chef(s):  Sherif & Hussein

Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali

Seamen: Emad & Amir & Abdou & Hossam

 

GUESTS: Emel & katia & Otto & Ray & Neal & & Larry & Bob& Julia& Mark & Karen & Alex & Patricia & Bob & Jean & Guillermo & Silvana

 

DIVE SITES:

Sunday – Marsa Shoona, Abu Dabab 1

Monday – Daedalus

Tuesday – St. John’s Paradise reef, Caves, Abu deab

Wednesday –  Sataya, Dolphin House, Gota Sataya

Thursday – Elphinstone, Abu Dabab 6 and 11

Friday –  Abu Dabab 2 and I

     

                            Welcome Aboard!

 

This week we happily & eagerly greeted our new family members from USA, a total of 16 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 steak dinner it was time for a glass of local wine & off to bed.

 

 

Sunday

Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona, and Abu Dabab 1. 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, giant moray eels, free or four Scorpion fish and blue spotted stingrays. In the afternoon we sailed northern to Abu Dabab 1 where we planned to do night dive. The dive started with tiny blue spotted shield slug and beautiful Feather stars and then we saw a grand pleurobranch. We also saw a Cuttle fish and Bascet stars. Dinner time and we left the coast line to direction of Daedalus reef.

 

 

Monday

Day 2 started in Daedalus.

We sailed southern all night to reach early in the morning the offshore reef of Daedalus. Diving conditions are still excellent in the east and south plateau and clear visibility. The early morning dive was at the east part of the reef. This dive we saw four napoleon wrasses, one of them was very close to our cameras.

We also saw schooling Barracudas, Napoleon Wrasse, Moray eel and a plenty of reef fish.

The second dive we went up to the north and we encountered a Napoleon Wrasse and Oceanic White tip shark in the end of the dive.

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 suddenly 8 Hammerhead shark appeared from the deep. We were able to take pictures and film these amazing creatures. They then disappeared in the blue again and we continued the dive, cruising with current.

We saw huge Napoleon Wrasse and found a Green Turtle lying incognito on the wall and two Moray eels.

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.

 

 

Tuesday

Day 3 started in St. John’s Paradise reef

Everyone had a wonderful dive on this site, napoleon wrasse, morays, blue spotted stingrays, anemones and wart slugs. After this we moved to the most popular dive site at that area. Second dive was exciting one! We jumped into dive St. John’s caves, one of our dive masters most loved spot, as we explored out local chain of swim through and we were joined by resident napoleon wrasse. We then made our way back to Abu Deab reef, we moored at south side where we completed the day. We saw juvenile pajama chromodorid, popcorn shrims, giant moray eel, napoleon wrasse and much more. we explored the swim through as well. Night dive also was excellent as we found, shrimps, cuttle fish, feather stars and more. After night dive it was time for hot chocolate and towels before dinner and then hitting the hay.

 

 

Wednesday

Day 4 started in Abu Deab, wehere we spent the night. Feeling rested divers jumped of the platform and then cruised with the current to the other side of the beautiful reef. Another swimthrough, coral garden, lots of reef fish made our dive wonderful.

Second dive was also excited one. We jumped into dive at Sataya south and everyone was very impressed with the topography and marine life here and enjoyed swimming and watching spinner dolphins, as we went snorkeling with them after hot breakfast. Last two dives were dedicated to famous Shaab Claudia with its swimthroughs, healthy mountain corals and marine life. At night divers got to see huge free swimming moray eel, boxer shrimps, porcelain and spider crabs, an octopus, sea stars, tiny nudibranchs, basket and feather stars. Time to eat and sleep.

 

Thursday

Day 5 started in Elphinstone. A blustery day greeted us on Thursday morning but we geared up eager to jump in from the boat at the south of the reef after our morning coffee! We explored the North 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 6 for the rest of the day dive .

We explored the shallow lagoon, local swim through and hidden lagoon. We spotted a Crocodile fish, a Scorpion fish and yellow snappers with banner fishes. Divers got to see anemone

At night dive we moved to abudabab 2 we did the night dive we  saw 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 the bottom. And Spanish Dancers was founded as a bonus.

 

 

Friday

Day 6 started at Abu Dabbab 2  at the south side

Here we saw Blackfin Tuna cruising close by our divers, a school of fusilier fish, a few Pipe Fish and Basket stars.

Then we explored Abu Dabab I from the north side. There is outstanding coral garden and a swimthrough and we could not miss it. This ended the trip wonderfully. 

We unmoored and continued our journey to Port Ghalib reef.

We enjoyed a cocktail party on the sundeck, enjoying a sunset. 

 

 

Iron Divers 

Otto & Ray & Neal & Larry & Mark & Karen & Bob

 

 

 

Thanks and kind regards

Red Sea Aggressor crew