Report by Sonia Goggel
Thank you to Svein, Jonas, and Dave and Caz for these wonderful photos.
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One of the big bonuses of working as a dive guide is not only diving lots, but also meeting longtime friends again and making new ones. Seeing Matt, Sean and the two Steves again after two years was wonderful. Also meeting their kids and seeing Steve all grown up was equally fantastic, especially as I also learnt to dive with my Dad, and know how awesome it is to share the magic of the underwater world with family. With them came a large group of friends, all from Britain. Also on board Superior were two Swedes, two Russians, a famous Polish videographer and my friend Svein from Norway, who will stay with us for three weeks.
To dive as many wrecks as we could manage was our honorable quest, and lucky we were, as we had glorious weather to do so, at least for the first half of the trip. As Martyn kept telling me, “It is all about PMA, Positive Mental Attitude,” and there was lots of that all week, all around, on Superior.
We ticked off the weather dependent wrecks early in the week, taking advantage of flat seas. After a great visibility check dive on Poseidon Reef, Carnatic was our first heavy metal immersion. For “Spanner” Sam, Poseidon Reef was his first dive with more than half a metre visibility, and his eyes were as large as dinner plates. He found it “almost unreal” … oops, guess Matt will have a hard time dragging him back into a quarry dry suit dive ;-) He is a definite Red Sea convert now.
Chrisoula was next and then we moored onto the Giannis D directly, as the weather was so flat, and enjoyed both wrecks almost on our own, which was a great bonus. The engine room of the Giannis D is again filled with glassfish of all sizes and copper sweepers, and the light was ever so beautiful mid-morning. We even had a pod of bottlenose dolphins playing around the boat after breakfast, so, of course, we played with them.
Ulysses was next, inhabited by gorgeous purple Flabellina nudis and covered in soft corals and territorial sergeant majors, always a stunning dive, and highly weather dependent. After a critter rich night dive at the Barge, the always glorious Rosalie Moller was next. The Rosalie is simply magnificent: Amazing atmosphere, schools of crescent-tail big eyes, glassfish and cardinalfish all over, torpedo rays, many shrimps, peppered morays, schools of jacks. Of course, that aft mast is simply perfect, with its very long and lush purple soft corals, schooling cleaner shrimps, and covered in glassfish, cardinalfish and silversides … you could spend the whole dive just there. My teeth are now much cleaner after a thorough oral hygiene by a horde of those aft mast cleaner shrimps.
A very smooth crossing of the shipping channel took us to the Sinai side, where we all enjoyed diving on the Dunraven. Very clear visibility and a swift drift took almost everybody back to the Superior, no zodiac taxis needed. Ras Mohamed in the morning had just the right current going around Shark Reef and Yolanda to open up the lush and perfect soft corals and activate the orange clouds of anthias … simply one of my all-time huge favorites! The venerable Lady Thistlegorm was next, and nobody would have less than four dives on her, so four dives we did, mostly with good visibility and not too much current, there is always so much to discover. Neil even found his one pound Sterling note from 1978 and … the blue treasure box was luckily found by Matt … what a relief!
As currents and waves were running high, we skipped the Kingston and went straight for a lovely reef dive at Siyul Kebir, followed by Shaabruhr Um Gamar, where we found two very impressive stonefish having a tete-a-tete, one purple and one covered with algae. After a quick and beautiful drift along Little Giftun’s east side, we spent the rest of the day on wrecks again, the El Mina and the glassfish-filled fishing boat nearby, making all wreck lovers happy.
Dear Wreck, Fish and “Flowers” Friends, it was a blast to share the Red Sea and the Superior hospitality with you! We hope you had at least as much fun as we did, and hopefully even more ;-)
Thank you, again, to Svein, Jonas, and Dave and Caz, for contributing photos to our Facebook page.
Shoukran gezilan to our dear Captain Ahmed Omran and to his superb Superior Crew for making all these wreck dives possible and for bringing us back again safely. It is simply magic working with you!
Hope to see you all again SOON! Take care and happy bubbles! Remember to keep getting up at 5.30 am … because it seems to work so well … Brieeeeeeeeefing time!
Fat sea hugs