Scuba diving safari @ Brother islands, Daedalus reef, Elphinstone

Going on a scuba diving safari is different from how I used to dive in the past – stay in a hotel and make one or two dives on a daytrip. It means living on a boat for some days, standing up at a time I would call “in the middle of the night” and maybe getting so seasick that you have to sleep on the upper deck of the boat ;-) On the other hand it means having the chance to dive off-shore reefs and see a lot of big fish – and that’s what we’ve got!

Brother islands
- Grey reef sharks on several dives – unfortunately not close enough to take good pictures, but very impressive
- Ship wrecks of the Numidia and Aida
- Oceanic whitetip shark (“Longimanus”) during the descent

Daedalus reef
- Thresher shark on the first dive – very shy, but big and I swear it was starring at us
- Longimanus on almost every dive, very close, sometimes even three of them at the same time, usually at the end of the dive between 1 and 5 meters; all in all I was able to spend more than an hour with the Longimanus which allowed me to take some pretty good pictures and interact with the sharks
- Big shoal of about 15 hammerhead sharks in a depth of 50 meters

Elphinstone reef
- Lots of jewels grouper
- Shoals of barracudas
- Big Longimanus at the end of the last dive

Did I mention that we all had a lot of fun on board of the Golden Dolphin II and that our dive guides Matthias and Alba are the best in the world? :-P

Thank you very much to Peter Antoszkiewiez for taking great surface pictures! And to Gert Schnurrer for providing this video:

The video does not only show the Longimanus in action but also became a little “Making of” of my own photo series ;-) Enjoy!

- Bernd -

Our boat M/Y Golden Dolphin II anchoring in Port Ghalib (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Our boat M/Y Golden Dolphin II anchoring in Port Ghalib (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Jewels grouper in a colorful reef, Elphinstone (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Jewels grouper in a colorful reef, Elphinstone (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Sea turtle, Brother islands (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Sea turtle, Brother islands (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus with pilot fish, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus with pilot fish, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Napoleon at the Numidia wreck, Brother islands (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Napoleon at the Numidia wreck, Brother islands (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Shy thresher shark, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Shy thresher shark, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of fish, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of fish, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish, Elphinstone (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish, Elphinstone (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus approaching scuba divers, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus approaching scuba divers, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead shark, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead shark, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Barracudas, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Barracudas, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Longimanus, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Sea cucumber, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Sea cucumber, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Descent to 50 meters, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Descent to 50 meters, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead shark with our dive guide Matthias, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead shark with our dive guide Matthias, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Hammerhead sharks, Daedalus reef (© 2015 Bernd Neeser)
Scuba divers, dive guide Matthias and the boat crew (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Scuba divers, dive guide Matthias and the boat crew (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Sunset at the Daedalus reef (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
Sunset at the Daedalus reef (© 2015 Peter Antoszkiewiez)
 


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