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Project Shark: Daedalus & St Johns

Departing from Port Ghalib

 

You must be a PADI Open Water diver or equivalent and have logged a minimum of 30 dives to join this safari.

As with all diving activities, the dive guide has the final decision regarding any divers competency to complete any particular dive.

Please note that night diving and snorkelling will only be allowed on some parts of this itinerary as it includes marine parks where this is prohibited.

 

Itinerary Highlights

This itinerary combines the spectacular drop-offs and big pelagics at Daedalus with the stunning variety of St Johns. There is a reef for everyone and the opportunity to dive some of the most beautiful sites in the Red Sea. Learn about the biology and behaviour of sharks within the Red Sea  with nightly lectures from a representative of hte "Red Sea Sharks" trust

 

Project Shark

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. Elke began the Longimanus Project in October 2004 and since this date she has been actively collecting underwater photographs and video-clips of the Oceanic Whitetip for catalogue, review and analysis. Since 2012 the project has expanded to become Red Sea Sharks (www.redseasharks.org) and increased its scope to include Grey Reef and Silky Shark catalogues and monitoring for many shark species.

 

Elphinstone

A Red Sea ledgend; a finger shaped reef, with north and south plateaus covered in hard and soft corals. This unpredictable and exciting reef is truly an awsome location where hammerhead sharks are regularly spotted in the summer and oceanic whitetip sharks often congregate in large numbers during late autumn.

 

Daedalus

This huge tear drop shaped reef rises from the seabed in the middle of the Red Sea. The sheer walls are covered in overgrown hard coral formations and a variety of reef fish. Napoleon wrasses and turtles are often cruising by. Daedalus is one of those places where anything can happen...oceanic whitetips, grey reefs and thresher sharks are often sighted, but Daedalus is mose famous for its scalloped hammerhead sharks which can often be seen in large schools out in the blue during the summer months.

 

Fury Shoals

This large cluster of reefs offers unforgettable and easy dives. From the northern site of Small Abu Galawa to its most southern site of Sataya. Fury Shoal can prove to be surprisingly diverse. Each dive site has its particularity: from dolphins, to stunning hard coral formations and not forgetting the two little wrecks "Tug Boar" and the "Yachts". 

 

St Johns Reef

Located on the Tropic of Cancer, this chain of reefs boasts stunning dive sites, most of which are very close to each other allowing you to move quickly and easily from one place to another. This adds to a lot of variety to your dives; drop-offs, tunnels and stunning hard coral formations. One of these dives (St Johns Caves or Umm Caralim) is truly unique and is a photographer's heaven with rays of light filtering through into the beautiful tunnels. The reef formation is not the only thing that will stun you at St Johns; the marine life and colours of the soft corals are some of the best in the Red Sea. With any luck, dolphins or pelagics will join you on your dives and St Johns will forever have a place in your heart.

Due to the locations of the dive sites visited on this itinerary there will be a substantial amount of travelling during the safari. This may mean that it is only possible to complete 3 dives on certain days.

 

Note: The above, is a sample itinerary and is subject to change without notice. The itinerary will depend on several factors including, but not limited to, weather, diving ability of guests & the number of other boats already present at the various dive sites. All dive sites visited are subject to weather conditions and are at the discretion of your dive guides and vessel captain.

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