Shark Project - Simply The Best, Red Sea

Fri 11th October 2013 - Fri 18th October 2013

Trip Report

Here’s to the sunshine and Blue o two Voyager, the sea, the sharks and the trip that’s just over.
Simply the Best and Project Shark has once again proved to be an excellent way to spend a week’s holiday. We enjoyed all the usual great service from Blue o two with super food, helpful crew and Elke providing informative and updated information about her work. The shark sightings included hammerheads and reef shark in both deep and shallow water with a great view of a hammerhead patrolling below us, as we hung around at 5 meters. In addition to this we had a sighting of one thresher, in good view, at the beginning of the week.
Some enjoyed a manta encounter; others caught sight of spotted rays, along with all the regular suspects, from crocodile fish to octopus, a cluster of tiny nudibranchs and a particularly nice view of puffer fish at night, curled up in a ball with its tail wrapped round over its face, just like our four legged friends back home.
Well done to those who passed a course while on our travels and especially well done to jack for doing so much without his buddy. The weather was generally good albeit that some travel between sights a bit bumpy, good sea legs an advantage!
The last night back in the marina proved an enjoyable night, relaxing with a nice G &T or glass of wine for some, others out to the early hours and upon their return, attempting to walk the plank!! Slight injury sustained ... Well, boys will be boys!!! We had one or two other bumps and bruises all, I am glad to say, ok now ... but don’t mention the ears!
Many thanks to Ken for organising this trip and looking after us throughout the week, to all for the great company and the many new buddies I found along the way. Looking forward to next year’s trips and beyond can’t wait to start packing.
Sue

Trip Details

Somerset Divers has again lined up a superb trip with Blue O2, you will be able to dive in some of the best dive sites in the Red Sea where the focus of the week will be to dive with the many sharks in the area under the expert guidance of Dr Elke Bojanowski.


THE VESSEL


Built in 2006, the Red Sea vessel M/Y blue Voyager is the most recent addition to blue o two and underwent a 10 week refurbishment to ensure that she was sparkling in time for her first sailing at the beginning of April 2011. She is a 37 metre, steel hulled vessel with the capacity to sleep 24 divers in spacious twin and double cabins. She features a separate dining area and sky lounge, much like M/Y blue Horizon and a large dive deck. M/Y blue Voyager is equipped with a nitrox membrane, booster pump and can also cater for rebreather divers.


THE ITINERARY


The aim of 'Project Shark' is to highlight the global issues facing sharks, with a Red Sea focus, as well as enjoying some of the most spectacular reefs that the Red Sea has to offer. Founded by our expert dive guide and marine biologist, Elke Bojanowski Ph.D, in her quest to track and collect basic population data on oceanic whitetip sharks (Carcharhinus Longimanus), in the Egyptian Red Sea.


SAMPLE ITINERARY


**PLEASE NOTE** the itinerary below is just an example of the route taken and the order and dive sites are not guaranteed. All dives sites are subject to weather conditions and the final route taken is at the absolute discretion of the captain and dive guides.
This sample route is based on the vessel departing from and arriving back to HURGHADA however this itinerary can also be run from and to Port Ghalib and so therefore the order of sites can vary.


- Day 1 - Gota Abu Ramada x 3
- Day 2 - Big Brother
- Day 3 - Little Brother
- Day 4 - Daedalus
- Day 5 - Elphinstone
- Day 6 - Salem Express/Panorama/Abu Kaffan, Abu Hashish
Itinerary Highlights:
Big Brother
A 400 metre long island offering fabulous wreck diving and wall diving. The wreck of the Numidia lies on the northern tip between 10 and 80 metres. The north-west side of the island houses the wreck of the Aida. On every section of this reef the wall is covered with corals and life.
Little Brother
Boasts a very high concentration of life within a very small area. Fan coral forests, overhangs, hard and soft corals in a variety of astonishing colours and of course there are plenty of fish! With regular sightings of hammerheads, thresher sharks, grey sharks and white tip reef sharks, at the right time of year.
Daedalus Reef
This huge reef rises from the sea bed in the middle of the Red Sea. Easily recognized by its zebra-striped lighthouse, this massive reef offers some of the most amazing dives in the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in over-grown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by, but make sure you keep your eyes open on the blue! Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen... oceanic white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, a lonesome hammerhead shark or schools of them. The excitement and the sheer size of this reef means that you can do several dives and not get bored!
Elphinstone Reef
A Red Sea legend. One of the most beautiful reefs, with north and south plateau's covered in hard and soft corals. This is a truly awesome reef.


All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.


£1199 per person


Includes: Return flights LGW-HRG, visa, transfers from/to airport in Hurghada, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water/soft drinks, snacks, 6 days diving, 12lt cylinder and weights.

Last Modified: 27-10-2013 17:47:27
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