Log Date: Saturday, Dec 22, 2018
Entry By: Red Sea Aggressor Crew
Red Sea Aggressor 1
December 22nd to 29th 2018
Guests Marielle, Adam, Leo, Christina, Amanda, Dan, Connie, Edie, Dave, Phil, Veronique, Lynda, Francesco, Gloria, Fred, Elsie, Cindy, Greg, Michael, Sara
Cruise Director Mahmoud
Dive guide Ekaterina
Chef Sherif & Hussein
Deckhands Emad, Amir, Abdou , Hossam
Water temp 25C - 77F; Air temp 24C - 75F
Exposure protection: 5mm wetsuit
Saturday Once again the Red Sea Aggressor 1 was all shined up and ready to meet her 20 new guests for the Christmas week. With introductions and briefings done, the guests settled in, and had for the delicious dinner from chef Sherif. After one or two glasses of wine everyone went to the cabin to gain forces for the week of diving.
Sunday We started out our week of diving with a check-out dive at Marsa Shouna. Everyone was eager to get into the water, and it was the perfect dive to start the week with a variation of marine life to be seen, including sting rays, pipe fish, scorpion fishes, moray and plenty more.
Monday engines woke up early as we planned to dive at Elphinstone reef. We arrived and moored on Elphinstone in 1,5 hours. By 7am everyone had jumped into the water for the first dive of the day on north plateau of the reef. We descended right on the hawksbill turtle, which was having her breakfast and did not care about divers around. The beautiful wall has a large range of marine life living. Large barracuda, schools of tuna and fusilier fish, yellow snappers, pipe fish, napoleon wrasses, scorpion fish are just to name some. After this we jumped off the boat in the south, descending to another plateau. We encountered two turtles, different nudibranchs and free swimming moray eels.
We then set sail to El Naba for the remainder of the day. With the day light we found large school of squids, a moray eel, carpet anemone with two popcorn shrimps, a few scorpion fish were spotted on the sand and much more. At night free! Spanish dancers were founded as well as a couple of squids and scorpion fish. Once all the divers were up from the dive, it was time to serve Christmas dinner and start making our way to Daedalus reef.
Tuesday We arrived in Daedalus reef early Monday morning and moored to the south plateau. Our guests were very happy as on the first dive at the south - east they saw a large range of marine life and very healthy corals, we encountered barracudas and Napoleon wrasse. Next up was off the boat at the south plateau, when diving the guests were greeted by a barracudas and when on the wall three Napoleon Wrasses cruised by. We jumped off the zodiacs one more time, at Anemone city. We also saw trevallies, large school of barracudas and lots of different reef fish. When we came back to the mooring position we encountered oceanic white tip shark swimming around the yacht. Everyone got very close encounter of the shark. That increased our adrenaline, so all divers were very excited and came back to the boat with lots of impressions. We claimed up to the top of Lighthouse before moving to a beautiful island called Rocky.
Wednesday We started the day at Rocky Island. We swam along gorgeous wall, enjoyed local swim through and pristine corals. Divers got to see lots of different marine life, morays, blennies, juvenile napoleon wrasse and schooling bump head parrot fish. We then headed to the next dive site Zabargad Island. This was a very popular dive with lots of reef fish and corals. On the next dive we saw a few nudibranchs and slugs, schooling black snappers over beautiful dome corals, free swimming moray eel and even found transparent cleaner shrimps hidden on the anemone. In the end of the dive we saw oceanic white tip shark and Napoleon wrasse. Once dinner was served, we started to make our way to Shaab Sharm, about 100 miles to north.
Thursday The sun was shining in Shaab Sharm as we woke up for our first dive of the day. On the dive the customers saw schooling snappers, napoleon wrasse, moray eels and a turtle. After breakfast we made our second dive along the reef to north plateau, looking for babies white tip reef sharks and we found them on the same place. They use a huge table coral as a shelter, feeling safe and sound. We then moved 2,5 hours to Shaab Marsa Alam. Divers enjoyed the beautiful reef, a wreck and the coral garden. We got to see morays, Picasso fish, Arabian angel fish, masked puffer fish and more. The night dive was also done on this dive site, was sighting of scorpion fish, shrimps, hunting lion fish, a few sea stars, hermit crabs, rainbow swimming crabs and a school of giant trevallies.
Friday For first dive of the last day in the sea we set off to the stunning Elphinstone reef. Georgeous reef mixed with schools of Blue-Striped and Black Snapper, Barracuda, a Napoleon Wrasse and the hundreds of other species of fish found here in the Red Sea. We turned the corner and saw some splendid Gorgonian Fans adorned the wall. On the way back, the hard coral in the shallows looked bright in the morning light with Unicorn Fish all around. We also encountered white tip oceanic shark and a couple of dolphins, which increased adrenaline in our blood. For the last dive of the week we chose Marsa Mobarak. This dive site is a real pleasure to dive as the topography is so varied and the marine life in such abundance. Many Bluespotted Rays swam over the sandy bottom before disappearing up and over the hard coral garden. Once at the drop off, we encountered schools of Red Sea Banner Fish, Rabbit Fish and hawksbill turtle. A Giant Moray Eel with a pretty mottled body had wound itself into the hard coral and after seeing us, uncoiled itself and swam away. Once everyone was on the boat it was time to come back to harbor and celebrate great week of diving.
Iron Divers: Connie, Edie, Phil, Francesco.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hope to see you in our beautiful Red Sea next year!
Your Red Sea Aggressor 1 Captain & Crew