Emperor Superior on Simply the Best... 5,6,7 Maaaaantaaaa!
Trip report by Ana and Sergio
Manta, hammerheads and a whole lot more!
It’s Friday in Hurghada and that means Superior is waiting for something. Like every Friday a new group of divers arrives to Superior to enjoy the wonders of the Red Sea. This week it’s time for Simply the Best:
The Brothers Islands, Daedalus & Elphinstone are on the agenda with some others famous places too.
From Hurghada to Brothers is quite a distance and on our way we stopped first at Abu Ramada aka the aquarium. We can corroborate this is a well deserved name, this beautiful coral garden is the home for thousands of fishes, moray eels and numerous creatures. A relaxing dive here to make sure everything is working and we moved for the second dive… And such a dive, the Salem Express, one of the biggest tragedies in the world and also one of the most famous wrecks. For the night dive lovers, we stopped at middle reef to not disappoint them.
We woke up on Sunday at Big Brother with unbelievable conditions. Flat ocean, no wind and which is more unusual NO CURRENT! After a light breakfast we jumped into the water to explore the south plateau, always beautiful, completely covered with its fantastic and healthy soft coral. Millions of anthias “dress” the walls, hundreds of cornet fishes follow us hiding beside our tanks using the divers to catch some prey. The first group was the lucky one and a couple of thresher sharks made their dive.
For the second dive it’s time for a wreck. The remains of Aida, one of the two wrecks which rest in these waters. We enjoyed the wreck itself and also an amazing cloud of fusiliers with the company of a couple of rainbow runners hunting them. After lunch some of our guests visited the lighthouse and for the third dive another wreck: Numidia, this time Brothers look like Brothers again and the current is strong. Is this bad news? Absolutely not, strong current means FISHES! The action around Numidia is just spectacular, dozens of tunas hunting, snappers, surgeon fishes and a barracuda big enough to scare any shark away hovering peacefully over the wreck, like if the current was not even there… And the best for the end, just a few minutes before to send the buoys up a lonely white tip reef shark came from the depth to say hello… Bye bye Big Brother, we’ll see you again!
Monday morning and the weather is even better if possible. Let’s dive Little Brother. For the two first dives we went to the north point to visit the famous cleaning station, a lot of fishes were there waiting for us, tunas, barracudas, surgeon fishes, fusiliers and for some of our guests, the luckiest ones, HAMMERHEAD! And to say goodbye to Brother Islands we paid a visit to the wonderful Gorgonian forest on the east side of Little Brother where we saw also a group of schooling banner fishes “dancing” for us, some black snappers and of course our friends, the cornet fishes. And to put the ace on top of the cake a thresher shark not too deep delighted the first group joining them for a while and vanishing then in the depths.
We spent the next day diving Daedalus reef. Famous for the chance to see hammerheads, Daedalus never disappoints, we were not lucky with the hammys this time but a big manta ray showed up on each and every dive! Unbelievable! And beside the manta which was, of course, the main attraction of the day, we enjoyed also the west side with the famous Anemone city and the massive coral close to the south plateau, if you don’t see this coral by yourself you would not believe how big it is.
After Daedalus we headed to Elphinstone reef, one of the most famous reefs in the Red Sea. Elphinstone is like a colour explosion, the orange of the millions of anthias blends with the blue of the fusiliers and the pelagic trigger fishes. Stunning coral, bait balls of sardines… It’s easy to understand why this place is famous. After Elphinstone, Marsa Shouna, this shutter bay hides one of the richest reefs in the area, and a sea grass field always willing to surprise our Superior people. Sea grass field?? It sounds bored… Well, if you think this the two huge green turtles feeding in the grass, the trunk fishes and the huge trigger fishes which live in Shouna probably would change your mind in just one dive. Ras Torombi is a lovely coral garden with lovely creatures as lemon coral gobies, crocodile fishes and even a hawksbill turtle resting peacefully on a coral. So, we had to stop here for another fantastic dive.
Last day of the trip and we are back around Hurghada. Giftun island offered us an exciting drift dive enjoying one of the best gorgonian forest in the Red Sea. Gota Abu Ramada welcome us again to enjoy its beautiful coral garden and the last but not the least el Mina, the minesweeper boat sunk here during the six days war between Egypt and Israel makes another wonderful dive barely some meters from Hurghada’s harbour.
We want to say thank you so much to our dear guests this week for making our life super easy. It was wonderful have you on board and share the Red Sea and its wonders with you!
Huge thanks to our fantastic Captain Ahmed Omran, taking us during long nights to the dive sites and mooring always in the best spots. Thanks Capi. Thanks also to our magnificent and hard-working Crew; safe, professional, efficient and always smiling. Thank you guys, this would be impossible without you.
Take care. Safe trip back home. We hope see you soon again. Hugs from the depths of the Red Sea!
Sergio & Ana
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