Air Temp: 20c – 25c max / 70f – 77f
Water Temp: 23c / 73f
Visibility: 30 m / 100 feet
Weather: Comfortable temperatures, Clear and occasionally cloudy skies, windy period
Itinerary: Daedalus Reef, Zabargad Isl, Sataya Reef
Cruise Director: Mahmoud
Instructors/Guides: Katia & Saher
Chef(s): Sherif & Hussein
Steward(s): Hegazy & Ali
Seamen: Emad & Abdu & Hossam & Sultan
GUESTS: Michele, Michael, Olly, Frank, John, Richard and Lynn, Theresa, Windy, Kat, Sarah, Dean and Susan, Jamie, Bob and Elizabeth, Just and Helle.
Sunday – Marsa Shoona, El Shabrour
Monday – Daedalus Reef
Tuesday – Rocky Island, Zabargad Island
Wednesday – Sataya Reef, Malahi, Shaab Claudia, Gota Sataya
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 25th of March
Day 1 started in Port Ghalib and continued in Marsa Shoona, and El Shabrour. 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 El Shabrour, which is located 1,5 hour to the south from Shoona. We spotted basket stars, feather stars, dancing crab and hundreds shrimps.
Monday 26th of March
Our first and the second walls 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.
Tuesday 27th of March
Moving south to the Rocky and Zabargad islands and our fist was drop off of eastern wall of Rocky Island. Then up west side of the Island to the magical wall. These two dives we spotted Giant Moray eels, Leopard blennies, Gold-margin flatworm, 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, Moray eels, anemones, sleeping groupers and huge table corals.
Wednesday 28th of March
Our first dive was on the coral garden of Sataya reef, as we started moving back to the north. We spotted about 10 blue spotted stingrays and lots of reef fish, such as slingjaw wrasse, yellow snappers and blennies. 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. Windy spotted a White tip reef shark and Michael, Olly, Kat and Jamie encountered a Hawksbill turtle.
The last dive was at Gota Sataya. That was fun drift along the wall, over coral gardens.
Thursday 29th of March
Waking up we found ourselves in the middle of sandstorm; visibility was poor on the surface but clear underwater. We did our first dive at Elphinstone reef. Being near to a coastline this site has healthy corals and plentiful fish action.
Our Capitan then moved our boat to Abu Dabab III there we spent the remainder of the day, staying safe and sound. Rich mountain corals and their colorful decoration of Sponges and schools of fish let us enjoyed every moment of dives. We also found an Octopus, a scorpion fish and we were chasing by Lionfishes.
At night we encountered two squids, which were so close to us and cameras, we also spotted a cuttle fish, shrimps and bascet stars
Friday 30th of March
Heading back to Port Ghalib we dropped on the pretty Abu Dabab II and I. A Sunset cocktail party in port was so much fun! Thanks to everyone.
Windy 600 dives
Michael 500 dives
# Of dives done this trip
Thanks and kind regards
Red Sea Aggressor crew