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Log Date: Saturday, Dec 22, 2018
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor II Crew









 



CAPTAINS LOG

Red Sea Aggressor II

 

Charter Date – Sat 22nd December

Guests; Juliana, Brent, Mike, Paul, Margo, Sam, Paul, Luke, Tony, Taras, Emily, Katy, Alex, Gabriel, Raquel, Michael, Ted, Andie, Andrian, Anna-Lee

Crew; Captain - Ahmed - Cruise Director –Adel – Chef – Hussein, Chef Assistant Abdulah – Engineer – chiko, Seamen – Basem, Ahmed, Alaa, Mostafa, Stewards – Walid, Mostafa

Dive Professionals; Adel, Ahmed & Wahid

General Conditions; Warm temperatures around 26 air. Water temperature is cooling at 24/25degrees. (recommended 5mm suit.) Windy at around 15 knots most of the week.

Arrival Day – Saturday 23rd December

Guests started to arrive and were welcomed with a cold drink. After check in guests looked around the boat and relaxed enjoying the pizza made by our chefs. The boat briefing took place and then dinner was served. After dinner all equipment was set up and guests went to bed ready for a great weeks diving to start!

Day 1 – Sunday 24th December

Guests were woken a little later today at 8am while we awaited boat permission from the coast guard. Permissions received the captain fired the engines and got ready to move to our first dive site. Guests enjoyed a hot breakfast and the general dive briefing. Dive 1 was Poseidon Reef a nice easy check dive. Guests jumped from the back of the boat and checked all equipment and weights. Once settled we descended down. The reef right and off we went. 100s of fish including snappers, butterfly, banner, angel fish, masket puffer and 2 large napoleon wrasse’s. At the end of the dive guests set their SMB’s off for practice and ended the dive. Guests enjoyed lunch and relax while the captain moved the boat to Abu Nuhas for dive 2. Dive 2 was the Carnatic wreck, one of the oldest wrecks in the north side of the red sea. Short tender ride away guests descended on top of the wreck and did a circuit of the outside of the wreck seeing the propeller, stern, collapsed area the boiler and back to the bow. As we went around we saw crocodile fish, scorpion fish, nudi branc and much more. Penetrated the stern nice and open inside and back to the bow. We entered into the bow to the top level to see the glass fish down over the port bottles and then 2 large napoleon wrasse joined the divers. After the dive guests enjoyed their snacks and relax before the night dive. The night dive was at Abu Nuhas reef, guests jumped from the back of the boat and enjoyed the night dive with 2 Spanish dancers! Moray eels, lion fish, Octopus, shrimps and much more. After the dive guests enjoyed a hot chocolate and relax before dinner was served. Great first day!

Day 2 – Monday 25th December

Guests were woken with their beverage choice and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive 1. Dive 1 was the Giannis D. Short tender ride away guests descended on top of the wreck. The stern sat at 45-degree angle half the group opted to penetrate the wreck for a full tour of inside the engine and accommodation area and the other half stayed for a tour of the outside looking for marine life. Dive 2 was Ras Ghozlani guests enjoyed a drift around the reef seeing clown fish a rare red sea anemone, spotted ray, trigger fish, grouper and much more. Dive 3 was Temple great dive with Napolean wrasse, surgeonfish, batfish, jacks and much more. After the dive guests enjoyed snacks prepared by the chef and relax before the night dive. Night dive was at Temple! Guests saw octopus, squid, lion fish, crabs and much more. After the dive guests enjoyed their dinner and relaxed before bed.

Day 3 – Tuesday 26th December

Guests were woken with their beverage choice and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive 1. Dive 1 was Shark & Yolanda a drift from the big boat. Guests jumped together and descended on to the reef which is covered is colorful soft and hard corals and 1000s fish. Schools of snappers, batfish and jacks amongst anthias, parrot, clown fish, eels and much more. The remains of the Yolanda wreck with 100s toilets and bathtubs which are now an artificial reef covered in corals.

Dive 2 was Shark & Yolanda again as the guests loved it and wanted to dive it again.. They saw 2 turtles J . Guests enjoyed lunch before dive No.3

Dive 3 was Shark Observatory .Guests all jumped as a drift from the big boat and descended on to the reef. First we saw 100s anthias, large fan corals and feather stars ,napoleon wrasse .Fantastic dive with a lot of soft and hard corals nice drift around the steep wall including a small cave. Guests enjoyed snacks while the captain moved the boat to Sha’ab Mahmoud for the night dive. The night dive was Beacon Rock but guests spent most of the time under the boat looking at the pinnicles with shrimps, sleeping fish, cuttlefish and much more. Dinner was served and guests enjoyed relaxing before bed.

Day 4 – Wednesday 27thDecember

Guests were woken with their beverage choice and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive 1. Dive 1 was the Dunraven wreck. Short tender ride away guests descended onto the wreck. Current was medium so we entered the wreck swam over the boilers and inside the wreck then excited and drifted to the bow of the wreck and entered with the goat fish. 2 napoleon wrasse were around the wreck and we drifted around the reef. Guests saw eels, unicorn fish, large snappers, cornet fish, clown fish and much more. Breakfast was served and guests relaxed while the captain moved the boat to Sha’ab Ali ready for dive 2. Dive 2 the worlds famous Thistlegorm. Guests jumped from the back of the boat and descended onto the giant wreck. A tour from the outside took us to the locomotive over the blast area to the stern to see the 2 large guns and the impressive propeller. Back over the blast area to the bow to see the winches, and tanks and in to the bow where the ropes were stored. So much marine life on the wreck including large napoleon wrasse, barracuda, batfish, scorpion fish and much more. Guests enjoyed lunch before dive 3. Dive 3 was a guided tour inside the Thistlegorm. The underwater museum with 100s Raf vehicles including BSA motorcycles, trucks, re-fuler and much more. Inside the captains bridge to see his accommodation and rest room. A breathtaking dive! Snacks were served before the night dive. Night dive was the Thistlegorm. Some guests opted for the inside tour and some opted to spot the marine life on top of the decks. Batfish, crocodile, turtle and much more was seen. The dive was described as the best night dive by the guests!! Dinner was served and guests relaxed and watched movies.

Day 5 – Thursday 28th December

Guests were woken with their beverage choice and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive 1. Dive 1 was the Thistlegorm, guests took this chance to go back to their favorite spot to take pictures and explore more. Breakfast was served and guests relaxed while the captain crossed the shipping lane to Gubal Island.Dive 2 was Bluff point a short tender ride away guests descended on to the reef covered in soft and hard coral with 1000s fish! Drifted around the reef to the Barge and back to the boat. Large eels, crocodile fish, peppered eels, scorpion, yellow head moray and much more was seen. Guests enjoyed lunch and relax before dive 3. Dive 3 was the barge. Located straight under our boat it was a nice easy mooring dive. Guests saw 100s different types of marine life in such a small area. Stone fish, scorpion fish, puffer, cornet, moray eel, white peppered moray, yellow headed eel, rare lemon goubies was just a small selection! Snacks were served and guest relaxed before the night dive. The night dive did not disappoint, eels, cuttlefish, Spanish dancer, squid, stone fish, scorpion fish and much more!

Day 6 – Friday 29th December

Guests were woken with their beverage choice and enjoyed a light breakfast before dive 1. Dive one was Ulysses wreck one of the oldest wrecks in the red sea. We saw lots of surgeon major, Big eye, morays, And lots of soft corals. After the dive guests enjoyed breakfast while the captain moved the boat closer to Hurghada to dive the last dive of the trip. Dive 2 was Sha’ab El Erg mooring dive, guests descended on to the reef and went into the chanel on the look for dolphins. Nice pretty dive site with flounders, anthias, cornet fish, unicorn fish, butterfly, angle and much more. After the dive guests enjoyed lunch and relaxing while the crew washed their kit. Arrival back in the harbor where we got ready for the cocktail party and celebrated the week with some nice food prepared from the chefs. A great week with great people and great marine life and wrecks.

Special Mentions

Ted, Luke, Paul and Monty finished their Nitrox and Advanced open water courses with Instructor Adel.

Sam finished his Advanced open water diver course with Instructor Adel.

Raquel finished her Under water digital photography course with Instructor Adel.

Iron divers : Brent, Mike, Paul, Paul T and Luke

Milestone : Brent ( 600 dives as instructor ) – Raquel ( 100 Dives ) – Michael ( 200 Dives ).