Blue Voyager this week with Jose and Tarek for Best of Wrecks itinerary. Following a long bus journey down to Port Ghalib and a wait for our Swedish guests to arrive the following morning we headed out to take the check dive before heading overnight to Big Brother. We dived Big Brother Reef, The wreck of Aida but it was to rough for Numidia so we dived Small Brother instead. The next day we dived Salem Express twice and a reef before heading further north that night. Some rough overnight travelling conditions due to wind and a 1 degree drop in water temperature since last week at Brothers suggests that winter is coming. Then we spent a day on The Thistlegorm with 3 dives and a night dive at Shaab Abu Nuhas before diving Giannis D, Carnatic and Chrisoula K the following day. The final day was El Minya and a local reef to Hurgarda. The shorty wetsuit is well and truely packed away and the 4mm suit is out
Blue Fin working with Elke and Luke on the Project Shark, Best of Brothers itinerary. As its name suggests, we went looking for sharks at Big and Little Brother. We dived at Ras Disha and Tobia Arbaa (no sharks) on the way to The Brothers and then we saw loads over the 4 days that we were there. Every dive had sharks on it somewhere. In one dive at Small Brother I saw Threshers, Grey Reefs and Oceanic White Tips. Around 15 - 20 different Oceanics were seen over the week. Unfortunately there were at least 3 with hooks and lines in their mouths, two with damaged dorsal fins (possibly from propellers or lines) and a number with bite marks and bits of fin missing from other sharks. Copies of my video and photos have been supplied to Red Sea Sharks and once all these sharks have been identified they can be found on the website and we will know how many there were.
There were 17 dives on offer this week to the guests and I did 13 of them. Some I was guiding and some just for fun.
This week I have been working on Blue Melody alongside Tifa and Line on the Northern Wrecks and Reefs itinerary where we dived wrecks such as the Carnatic, Chrisoula K, Dunraven, The Barge, Giannis D and of course the Thistlegorm plus reefs at Ras Mohammed and elsewhere. Over the week we offered 19 dives to our clients but unfortunately I was unable to dive for two days due to blocked sinuses but that didn't stop me doing the boat based jobs. We saw Dolphins early on in the week which made for a great start. The water has been a constant 26 degrees and I have been in a shorty all week.