Dive 254: Daedalus Reef, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 00:52:00
Max depth: 32.0 metres
Temperature: 28 C
Visibility: 20 metres
Buddy: John North
Surface interval 03:00:00
Mix: EAN 28

Our last dive at Daedalus was amazing – A SCHOOL OF HAMMERHEADS!!! I counted 12 of them!

We started swimming along the western wall stopping to admire Anemone City, a massive patch of anemones and various types of anemone fish at around 8 metres. We swam along a little further and then I saw Fiona pointing downward. I peered down into the murky depths and after a little while, a dozen hammerheads came into view swimming towards our group!!

We sank down to around 30 metres and they circled around us a couple of times then swam off into the blue. After a couple of minutes they circled back, did a few laps around us and past us, and then occasional one would break off and swim towards someone. At one point, one of them was about 5 metres away from me! They are just such beautiful and graceful creatures.

Our whole group was just mesmerised as they swam with us for about 10 minutes. Thanks to my 32% mix I still had plenty of NDL left! The rest of the dive we were just on a high and we couldn’t stop gushing about the experience back on the zodiac and then back on the Sea Serpent.

AMAZING! One of my top 3 dives ever!

Dive 253: Daedalus Reef, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 01:00:00
Max depth: 31.4 metres
Temperature: 29 C
Visibility: 20 metres
Buddy: John North
Surface interval 03:17:00
Mix: EAN 32

We dropped down onto the western wall and drifted with the current towards the southern plateau. We stayed down at around 30 metres, constantly staring out into the blue but couldn’t see anything big.

There was nothing exciting on the plateau either. The dive was really relaxing and quite comical looking at the cornet fishes using everyone for their stealth attacks. Also schools of bluefin trevally.

Decided to forgo the wetsuit on this dive since I was getting grazed knuckles from pulling on my wetsuit (which by the way I think has shrunk since last time, especially around the tummy!!!). I went for the long sleeve thermo top and hood and was OK!

Dive 252: Daedalus Reef, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 01:03:00
Max depth: 31.5 metres
Temperature: 29 C
Visibility: 20 metres
Buddy: John North
Surface interval 15:41:00
Mix: EAN 31

We dropped off the north eastern corner of the reef and swam off into the blue to look for the big stuff. It was noticeably colder down here at 27 C! Unfortunately we didn’t see anything other than a school of barracuda, so we swam back to the reef.

Just as we got back someone pointed down and there was a lone hammerhead swimming by!! Awesome! We swam back along the wall and admired some huge expanses of hard corals, loads of colourful fish, cornet fish, triggerfish, black snapper, sweetlips, and then at about metres we saw a turtle feeding.

Great dive!

Dive 251: Little Brother, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 00:53:00
Max depth: 35.1 metres
Temperature: 29 C
Visibility: 25 metres
Buddy: John North
Surface interval 02:59:00
Mix: EAN 25

HAMMERHEADS!!! All that staring out into the blue finally paid off!

I was down at around 30 metres on the northern plateau, a bit away from the group and the reef. I thought I saw a grey reef shark beyond the visibility but couldn’t quite make it out. As I swam back towards the reef, Fiona the DM pointed down and there were 3 hammerheads swimming beneath us! I could barely contain my excitement, especially when one (a juvenile) swam away from the other 2 and circled back towards me before turning away.

AMAZING! I couldn’t help but do a little dance at John I was that excited!

Also saw a barracuda, black snapper and a cute little network pipefish.

Such an awesome dive – my first hammerheads!!!

Dive 250: Little Brother, Red Sea (Egypt)

Dive time: 00:59:00
Max depth: 25.9 metres
Temperature: 29 C
Visibility: 25 metres
Buddy: John North
Surface interval 02:15:00
Mix: EAN 30

We jumped off the back of the boat with the plan to just spot sharks. The vis wasn’t as great though, so it was difficult to see anything out in the blue. We basically finned all the way to the northern tip before we reached the 30 minute mark so turned around.

The reef was the same as the morning so it was all about shark spotting. Didn’t see anything bar a barracuda so we surfaced and as we were getting back into the zodiac, John yells “SHARK!” and we looked down to see a small oceanic white tip with some accompanying pilot fish. It circled around our little group as we were bobbing on the surface, and came quite close to us on a few occasions. Every time I saw it swimming towards me I would pull up my legs because I was paranoid it was going to take a nibble!!