|Don Questo was built in Selby, England in 1964 as a trawling vessel. In 1984 she was transformed into an oceanographic research vessel under the Italian flag. In 1991 she had a complete overhaul but it was in 1998 that the Don Questo was fitted out to become a diving liveaboard ship.
New toilets and cabins were added, the restaurant and kitchen were renovated, state of the art compression systems were installed and a hydraulic platform was built. The diving area is arranged as a long bench so that you can put your cylinder in its slot, your dive gear is stowed neatly away underneath and the compressor system runs along this bench so there is no need to move the cylinders for a fill.
The Don Questo is the only ship running in Sudan that has a recompression chamber on board.
Three compressors of 39 cm per hour ensures a quick fill for your cylinders. There are thirty steel cylinders on board (a variety of 12 and 15 litres) fitted with H-valves, A-clamp/DIN fitting adaptors. Plenty of lead weights are available on board. Rental equipment, by Dive System.
Thanks to the hydraulic platform the departure and arrival of the zodiacs is done with ease. No strenuous effort for our divers, you simply kit up, get into the zodiac and the platform lowers you gently into the water. On the return you step out of the zodiac straight into the ship and the crew will deal with your equipment for you. What could be easier?!
Eight double cabins and one triple, all with air conditioning and wash basin with warm and cold water.
Four showers and five toilets are provided for the guests. All the w.c.’s are of the normal domestic variety with a single flush action!
The restaurant comfortably seats 20. There is a recreational room with television, video recorder, DVD and hi-fi system.
The upper deck is a sunbathers paradise with beds and deck chairs to stretch out and enjoy that hot Sudanese sun!
The voltage on the Don Questo is 220V with a two pin socket. Electricity is supplied 24 hours a day from four generators, one of which is specially soundproofed for night time.
Sudan has world class diving but unfortunately isn’t able to offer facilities in the same league. The closest recompression chamber is in Jeddah, Saudi. We believe that safety is a top priority and therefore we have invested in a one man hyperbaric chamber on the Don Questo, the only one available in Sudan. This is not a ticket to dive carelessly, the chamber has never been used (although it is tested regularly) and we would like to keep it that way!