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      - Straits of Gubal & Wrecks
      - Special wrecks & Brothers
      - Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone
      - Brothers (& Elphinstone)
      - Grand Red Sea Tour
      - Two week Egypt / Sudan
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      - Daedalus and St Johns
      - St Johns Reef
      - Deep South
      - Suakin Archipelago
      - Sudan
      - Elba Reef and Abou Fendera

The Sudan - North - South - Deep South

Sudan LiveaboardsThe profuse and perfectly preserved reefs in Sudan bear witness to the Red Sea at its best. Almost every dive will offer a myriad of schooling fish and a dazzling display of coral gardens. Dense forests of soft corals and some of the world's best hard coral formations act as a Mecca to several species of sharks, barracuda, mantas and a huge variety of reef dwellers.

Wrecks, drop-offs and spectacular caves are just some of the attractions for the serious diver and underwater photographer. Sharks and mantas in unbelievable numbers are encountered in a technicolour marine environment, made all the more dazzling thanks to unsurpassed visibility.

Experienced divers with a keen sense of adventure can embark on our challenging Sudan expeditions. Diving World operates out of Port Sudan and Mohamed Qol, offering 7, 10, 11 and 14 nights itineraries diving the northern and southern reefs from Port Sudan. Thanks to more modern and faster vessels, we now also offer both the north and the south in the same week. Our 2015 Liveaboards and new deep south 10, 11 and 14 nights itineraries will guarantee some World class diving comparable to Cocos Island, Galapagos and Fiji. Access to Port Sudan  is now as easier as ever with reliable flights operated by an Emirates Airlines subsidiary without the delays that hampered this destination in the past.

Sudan divingMost of the diving in the Sudanese Red Sea is on coral pinnacle formations rising from great depths. These attract fishlife in vast numbers, including large pelagic species. The microclimate created by the mountainous range on either side of the African and Asian continents and the deep active volcanic rift which creates hot currents all year round, makes the Sudanese Red Sea richer in sub aquatic life than any other in the region. The average water temperature is around 27 to 28 degrees centigrade with a winter low of 24 degrees and summer high of 28 degrees. Visibility is unsurpassed all year round.

 

7 Nights Itineraries:

North Route - Port Sudan - Port Sudan

 

1st dive

2nd dive

3rd dive

Night

Day 1

Fasma Suedi

Suedi Blue Belt

 

Fasma Suedi

Day 2

Qita El Banna

Angarosh

Merlo reef (S.W.)

 

Day 3

Angarosh

Angarosh

Merlo reef (N.)

 

Day 4

Sha'ab Rumi

Sha'ab Rumi

Cousteau

Cousteau

Day 5

Sha'ab Rumi

Sanganeb

Sanganeb

 

Day 6

Sanganeb

Umbria

 

 

North Route one way - Port Sudan to Mohammed Qol

 

1st dive

2nd dive

3rd dive

Night

Day 1

Umbria wreck

Sanganeb

 

Sanganeb

Day 2

Sanganeb

Sanganeb

Cousteau

Cousteau

Day 3

Sha'ab Rumi

Sha'ab Rumi

Suedi Blue Belt

Sha'ab Suedi

Day 4

Qita El Banna

Angarosh

Merlo reef

 

Day 5

Angarosh

Abington

Merlo reef

 

Day 6

Angarosh

Mesharifa (mantas)

 

 

North Route one way - Mohammed Qol to Port Sudan

 

1st dive

2nd dive

3rd dive

Night

Day 1

Fasma Mesharifa

Mesharifa (mantas)

Merlo reef

 

Day 2

Angarosh

Angarosh

Abington

 

Day 3

Angarosh

Qita El Banna

Fasma Suadi

Sha'ab Suadi

Day 4

Suedi Blue Belt

Sha'ab Rumi

Cousteau

Cousteau

Day 5

Sha'ab Rumi

Sha'ab Rumi

Sanganeb

 

Day 6

Sanganeb

Umbria wreck

 

 

South Route Sha'ab Ambar - Pinnacle with Sanganeb and Umbria wreck

 

1st dive

2nd dive

3rd dive

Night

Day 1

Sanganeb West

Hindi Gidir

Protector Reef

Protector Reef

Day 2

Protector Reef

Burkut Island

Shaab Ambar S.

Ambar Lagoon

Day 3

Pinnacle

Pinnacle

Shaab Ambar S.

Ambar Lagoon

Day 4

Logan Reef

Keary Reef

Shaab Ambar W.

Ambar Lagoon

Day 5

Shaab Jumna

Shaab Jumna

Sanganeb South

Umbria wreck

Day 6

Umbria wreck

Umbria wreck

 

 

South Route Sha'ab Ambar - Protecor reef with Keary reef, Sanganeb and Umbria wreck

 

1st dive

2nd dive

3rd dive

Night

Day 1

Umbria wreck

Sanganeb

 

Sanganeb

Day 2

Sanganeb

Sha'ab Rumi

Sha'ab Rumi

Sha'ab Rumi

Day 3

Shaab Jumna

Shaab Jumna

Keary Reef

Ambar Lagoon

Day 4

Protector Reef

Protector Reef

Protector Reef

Protector Reef

Day 5

Shaab Jumna

Shaab Jumna

Sanganeb South

Umbria wreck

Day 6

Umbria wreck

Umbria wreck

 

 


WINGATE : UMBRIA WRECK

SUEDI : BLUE BELT TOYOTA WRECK

SANGANEB : HAMMERHEADS

QITA EL BANNA : WORLD CLASS SOFT CORAL - HAMMERHEADS - HUMPHEAD PARROTFISH

MERLO : HAMMERHEADS

RUMI : CONSHELF II COUSTEAU HABITAT

ANGAROSH : HAMMERHEADS - MANTAS

MESHARIFA : MANTAS

PINNACLE : (CURRENTS) HAMMERHEADS - CORALS - SHARKS +

PROTECTOR : TURTLES - SHARKS +

JUMNA : PLATEAU - SILKIES - HAMMERHEADS

....And Much More.

reefs14 Nights Itinerary NORTH:
1st day: WINGATE REEF UMBRIA
2d day: SANGANEB
3rd day: SHA'AB RUMI
4th day:
TOYOTA REEF
5th day: QITA EL BANNA
6th day: MERLO REEF
7th day:
ANGAROSH
8th day:
ABINGTON REEF
9th day: MESHARIFA
10th day: SHA'AB SUEDI
11th day: SHA'AB RUMI
12th day: SANGANEB
13th day:
WINGATE REEF UMBRIA

14 Nights Itinerary SOUTH - SUAKIN ARCHIPELAGO:
1st day: WINGATE REEF UMBRIA
2d day: SHA'AB AMBAR
3rd day: SILADA KEBIR
4th day:
GABR MUSA KEBIR
5th day: GABR MUSA SEGHIR
6th day: PINNACLE
7th day:
MASAMARIT - Suakin
8th day:
KASAM MASAMARIT - Suakin
9th day:
KASAM MASAMARIT - Suakin
10th day:
MASAMARIT - Suakin
11th day: DAHRET GHARB - Suakin
12th day: SHA'AB AMBAR - WINGATE REEF UMBRIA
13th day:
SANGANEB

All itineraries are subject to weather and Captain's discretion.

 

Deep South Sudan NEW 2015 – 10, 11 and 14 Nights

 

Once again Diving World Sudan leads the way in offering new itineraries to remote and unexplored dive sites. Our Deep South Sudan trips sail as far down as the border area between Sudan and Eritrea where marine life is undisturbed. This marvellous expedition starts with best dives south from Port Sudan, followed by the remote reefs in the Suakin Archipelago and then onto the Dahret Group of Islands and reefs short of Sudan’s border with Eritrea.  

 Sailing on board the sleek and luxurious motor yacht MY Voyager you will be spoilt from the very first day with impressive shark encounters. We head south and fast for our first dive at Sha’ab Jumna, the northernmost reef in the Archipelago of Suakin. Jumna is a submerged reef which like a majestic tower collapsing into the deep blue, acts as a magnet to schooling hammerheads and several other species of sharks. Here you can also observe different sharks asleep in a fair sized cave fissured in the reef wall with shades of sunlight penetrating from above. An impressive reef with high pelagic presence and activity such as silvertip sharks, whitetip reef sharks, greys, barracuda and tuna. We then head a further 8 nautical miles south to Sha’ab Ambar for night mooring and a night dive in its sheltered azure lagoon. Ambar is an enormous horseshoe shaped reef with a sheltered azure blue lagoon. The outer walls sink into drop-offs, peppered with openings and crevices and festooned in colourful soft coral; here clouds of vibrant glass fish swoop over huge groupers and moray eels that guard the crevices. Encounters with large pelagic fish like tuna, barrracuda and sharks are quite common, with sightings of large tiger sharks hunting for jackfish. From the docile mooring base at Ambar we dive Keary and Logan. Keary boasts stunning coral formation, caves, hard coral, sea fans and encounters with barracuda, jacks and turtles. From the top of the reef’s huge boulders you will observe big pelagics in the deep blue. Logan’s plateaus are very similar to the madrepore terraces of Farasan Banks in Saudi Arabia. Perfect coral walls falling deep into the blue with group of hammerhead sharks and solitary grey reef sharks. Extravagant coral formations inhabited by clouds of reef fish absolutely indifferent to our presence. large blocks of rock totally colonized by soft corals whips and sea fans. Our early stages of the trip ends with dives at the stunning Pinnacle. Some call this the Pillar and it is where you see almost every shark specie in the Red Sea. A challenging dive indeed; this reef is totally exposed rising from the abyss and not always possible to dive in high seas. Similar to the Brothers in Egypt it attracts a dizzying array of marine species either dwelling, oceanic or from the depths. Big pelagic trevally, tuna, barracuda and especially hammerheads, grey reef sharks, silkies and silvertips, the list goes on and on. What impresses here is the size of the marine creatures you see. At just under 45m lies a 15m cave inhabited by giant groupers you would bet weighing not less than 100kg.

 The next stage of the itinerary is the climax. Following a night time crossing of 60 nautical miles and before the ‘expeditionary’ zone of Dahrat Islands we reach Karam Masamarit and safe overnight anchorage inside the Suakin Archipelago. Located immediately south of the Island of Masamarit. this huge reef rising from great depths probably displays  some of the most colourful coral reefs in the Red Sea. By positioning yourself on a ledge either to the north or the south depending on currents, you will see some unforgettable sharks. At 28 nautical miles to the south we enter the 'expeditionary zone' of our trip in the Dahrat Islands Group. We are now a stone's throw away from the Sudan Eritrea border diving between seven Islands and low lying reefs with names like Abu Aisa, Dahrat Abid, Dahrat Qab, Darraka, Ed DOMESH, Qab Miyum, Ed Dak. Those dives are for you to describe and chronicle and to add that what we have already experienced on our exploratory cruises.

 

Suakin Archipelago Group

 

Shaab Ambar:
 
Sha’ab Ambar is a massive reef system stretching over 5nm with a lagoon in the middle that is perfect for a night dive at overnight mooring, at the south east however lies a very nice plateau, a vast sandy area of which when there is a mild current the shoals of unicorn surgeon fish are mindless if divers, great barracudas coming to catch the weaker fish and the giant dog tooth tunas come herding their youngsters, not forgetting the weary garden eels and the small white tip reef sharks, at the drop off when the current permits one will often be rewarded with the super stars, schooling scalloped hammer heads and the odd grey reef shark!
 

Pinnacle:
 
This is a very small Habilli, just a bit bigger than the small Habilli at St johns, a very pretty reef which when there are currents hosts shoals of the yellow band fusiliers which in turn attracts the giant trevally and the tunas to feast on this wonderful bait ball, the usual grey reef and white tip reef sharks are around with the casual sighting of the scalloped hammer heads.
The underwater scenery is great with a very pretty cave at the 35m mark, a large room with enough ambient light and no place without direct visual contact with the entrance...

Shaab Jumna:
 
Jumna is a reef 15nm outside Port Suakin which is marked with a beacon, a lovely reef with the usual schooling fish and a very impressive topography, crevices and canyons all over the wall and one of the biggest schools of scalloped hammer heads...

 

Shaab Luka:
 
This is a big reef system stretching over 3nm with a great lagoon up at the northern tip where a big pod of dolphins have the habit to play, access to this lagoon is impossible for the boat however, the reef is marked with a big metal wreck stuck at the west wall, it is allegedly called Luka, hence the name of the reef, the dive here is at the south western wall, where a steep reef wall hosts the multitude of  red sea reef fish, white tip reef sharks are common also, to our surprise we saw a whale shark on one of the dives! Visibility here is a bit lower than usual however...
 

 Hindigidir:
 
This is a small sandy island masked with a beacon and what looks like some old out of use metal buildings, the dive here is at the south point, jumping south east one would drift down south towards a sharp point where if the current permits the first part of the dive is spent out in the blue waiting for the common school of hammer heads, back at the main reef the usual suspects are around, black fin barracudas, dog tooth tunas and the snapper family... a lovely reef wall encrusted with a hard and some soft corals.
 

 Protector:
 
This is another large reef barrier with an enclosed lagoon almost right in the middle, the dive is at the south point where an elongated reef stretches for few hundred meters at a depth of 2m before it slopes gently to  form some of the most fantastic under water scenery, a very thin plateau stretches around 200m sloping gently down south, the sides drop down where the east wall has some dramatic scenery of underwater topography, the plateau reaches around 45m before it steeps into the abyss, after spending the time in the blue drifting south where a big chance to see some spotted eagle rays, the common hammer head school and some casual grey reef sharks, back at the plateau one might struggle to maintain position since there is a north eastern current present most of the time, just like hay stacks of the most colourful soft corals, white tip reef sharks are common, the usual red ease fish and a resident school of the clumsy but awesome looking bump head parrot fish.

  

Deep South Sudan - Dahret Islands

 

Dahret Abid:
 
This a small island 20nm north of the Eritrean border, 30nm east of the Sudanese shore line, the dive here is at the north eastern tip where a great reef wall slopes steeply into the abyss from a depth of 2m, if the current permits the first part of the dive is spent out in the blue where a great school of scalloped hammer heads usually cruises by when there are divers in the water, just above 30m at the reef wall itself there is a small collapsed balcony that hosts the most spectacular hard and soft coral formations, this balcony is home for lots of schooling reef fish, from the hump back snapper to the giant sweet lip, it is also home for a couple of white tip reef sharks that are agitated by the presence of divers which they are not used to yet, heading down south east the usual pelagic are very frequent, the wall however has more surprises, black coral formations are all over the place, and schooling long fin bat fish! This is a dive where one will not want to finish.
 

Dahret Ghab:
 
This another small island bigger than Dahret Abid and 12nm northerly... at the south west point a lovely reef wall slopes gently to 20m forming an elongated sandy bank to around 25m then a hard coral humpback up to 20m then steeps into the abyss at the 30m mark, the sandy bank is a playground for some big dog tooth tunas and barracudas, at the drop off, a solo great hammer head might pass by and check out the divers dashing in and out in what seems like(this is my place)sort of behaviour, a lovely plateau with lots of schooling fish and a small resident school of bump head parrot fish!
 

Habili Dahret Ghab:
 
Just around 2nm west of Dahret Ghab an almost round reef which starts from 2m under the surface has a lot of surprises, at the south point the reef slopes gently to about 30m forming a small sandy area then saddles back up to the early 20m mark and forms a small plateau that is practically covered with colourful soft corals which hosts an abundance of reef fish, just of the plateau a school of black fin barracudas gives a nice show, however, 12 baby silky sharks just under 1m each stayed at the diving deck, one will unusual go snorkelling with these babies, an experience beyond descriptions, we were always wondering where on earth are the parents!?
 

Dahret Darraka:
 
This is another small island between Dahret Abid and Dahret Ghab, we called it turtle island from the clear markings of turtles crawling up the sandy beach to lay their eggs, there is a plateau at the south eastern wall which goes down to around 25m and then slopes into the abyss, the topography of the plateau was the most interesting apart from the usual congregation of reef fish, just at the drop it looks like a half moon and at the eastern point of the plateau there is a great crevice which looks like a huge chimney going up almost to the surface!
 

Unnamed Habili: (Most probably Habili Dahret Abid)
 
Few miles east of Dahret Darraka there are 2 smaller islands which we have no names off at the charts, a couple of miles east also there lies one of the most beautiful dives we have ever done, a habili which has a south plateau and a north point, schooling scalloped hammer heads at both points at the same time! Shoals of jacks, tunas and barracudas, a great wall with lots of black corals and baby white tip reef sharks! The position of the reef however makes it difficult for diving in rough seas since it provides no shelter at all.

  

AVAILABILITY 'REAL TIME

 

Departure

Boat

03-Apr

M / y Voyager Sudan

20-Apr

M / y Voyager Sudan

01-May

M / y Voyager Sudan

22-May

M / y Voyager Sudan

01 Jun

M / y Voyager Sudan

 

Travel Itinerary

FLIGHTS

Sudan: Scheduled flights, NEW Sunday from European Airports to Dubai (DXB) and then onto Port Sudan (PZU).

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