SUDAN IS A DIVERS’ MECCA WHERE WE ARE GREETED BY THE PAST AND THE PRESENT AT ONCE

THE PAST TELLS STORIES OF OLD TIMES, EXPERIMENTS AND WARS

 

Sanganeb boasts the tallest lighthouse in the Red Sea. The 50m-tall tower was built by the British between 1958 and 1964. A mere 268 steps lead all the way up to the look-out where a 360° view awaits us onto the marvelous Red Sea, as far as the eye can see.

 

The Umbria is one of the most famous wrecks in the world. She is easy to dive and she is in an exceptionally well preserved wreck with a length of 150m. She lies in calm waters, void of currents, and protected by the Wingate Reef not far from the harbour of Port Sudan.

 

Her demise was not caused by surging seas but rather was the result of war-time conspiracy, that is, she sank at the hands of her own captain. The Umbria does not lie deep at all, since her deepest point is only at 36m, and the tops of some of its davits even peek out of the water. The parts of the wreck lying at a higher depth can even be dived without scuba equipment. Thanks to plenty of light getting through and to excellent visibility, the virtually intact hull that is overgrown by colourful corals and crustaceans, can be accessed on the inside and on the outside in her entire length.

 About 18 tons of ammunition and explosives still lie in her cargo holdings along with half a million of Maria Teresa coins. One compartment in the bow still holds aerial bombs, airplane tires, storage jars wrapped in straw, rolls of electric cables, and not-yet opened wooden boxes. The bags of cement in the third holding block have now solidified and turned into cement blocks. And right above them are the very much recognizable remnants of three Fiat 100cc Lunga motorcars.

Originally the boat was on her way to Eritrea with her cargo but she happened to set anchor in Sudan when Italy proclaimed war on the country. The Sudanese occupied the boat but then news came that she was sinking.

If you would like to dive the wreck, you can still join us this spring.

 The Precontinent II (Conshell II) is an underwater station at the Reef of Shaab Rumi. To this day it is a favourite dive spot.

Can man live underwater for an extended period of time? The filming of this attempt took place in 1964 at Shaab Rumi when the movie World without Sun was shot. The film was awarded the Oscar for best documentary.

Of the science station, built in the 1960s, only the cone shell and the scooter garage remain at the dive spot. All other elements had been removed from the sea.

 

In March of 2015, Cousteau’s grandson, Fabien and his colleagues came to Sudan to spend a week with us onboard Andromeda, and to dive the same sites that Cousteau did some 50 years earlier.

 AND THE PRESENT…

 … is a wonderful ecosystem, wrecks alive with abundant marine life, and coral reefs that today are part of the world’s most species-rich living systems. Its waters are teeming with hammerhead and reef sharks, dolphins, turtles, barracuda and jackfish, just to name a few!

 

Our weeks with availability:

19/03/2018 – 26/03/2018, North tour

30/04/2018 – 07/05/2018, Best of Sudan (Ultimate) tour

07/05/2018 – 14/05/2018, Deep South tour

 

Air temperatures: 30-35-40C

Water temperatures: 28-29-30C

Visibility: 20-40m

Travel: home – Cairo or Dubai – Port Sudan

 

For our special offers, contact us by e-mail: info@cassiopeiasafari.com !

 

Our Sudan fall season has officially started!

Great anticipation preceded our first week in Sudan this fall especially since this was going to be our first week-long Deep South tour in Sudan in the fall. We have travelled this itinerary in the spring many times and we were curious what it was going to be like down south close to the Eritrean border a few months later. What can we expect? What can we see? What is the weather like? How is the visibility? How warm of a sea can we jump into?

Sunset in SudanAir temperature: average 36C
Water temperature: 30-31C all the way to 40m
Visibility: varying from moderate to excellent
Tour dates: October 6-13, 2014
Itinerary: Sudan – Deep South
Boat: Andromeda

Mantas, even in groups, are a common sight, especially in the Northern region. But the South is not lagging behind either. 🙂 We were met by a world of gorgeous corals and insanely rich marine life. At the end of the dives, we almost had to force the divers out of the water!

Silky shark in the sudanese red seaOh, and since this is a true expedition and discovery tour, true to it, we have discovered a brand new site – Farsa Andromeda! 🙂

The schools of dolphins escorting our boat, sharks, brilliantly coloured corals, schools of fish packed by the hundreds in each school, magical sunsets, endless tranquility and smooth waters helped everybody soon forget the rush of civilization left behind.

Dolphins in the Sudanese Red SeaThe group this week was just as colourful and vibrant as the sights below the water but the week was spent in perfect and jolly harmony. Thank you for diving with us!

Group photo AndromedaTIP OF THE WEEK:
After a couple of our guests had planned on staying in Sudan after the safari and doing some sightseeing, we must emphasize that the Sudanese visa we issue you is valid

– only for the Red Sea State which is the Port Sudan area and
– only for the duration of the safari.

This visa is not valid for any areas outside of Port Sudan or for any periods before or after the safari.

In case someone wishes to do further travelling in Sudan outside of the safari period, please inform us about these plans in advance. In this case, the visa would have to be acquired from the local Sudanese Embassy.

Diving cruise AndromedaSchedule of the week:

Tuesday:
1. Shaab Ambar lagoon – check dive
2. Shaab Ambar South
3. Night Dive

Wednesday:
1. Dahrat Abid
2. Dahrat Abid
3. Darraka
4. Darraka – night dive

Thursday:
1. Habili Dahrat Abid
2. Quab Miyum
3. Habili Dahrat Abid

Friday:
1. Dibsel
2. Dibsel
3. Protector

Saturday:
1. Protector
2. Farsa Andromeda (a new site we have discovered! 5*)
3. Jibna
4. Umbria – night dive

Sunday:
1. Umbria
2. Umbria

Whaling around in Sudan

This is not the first time we have seen pilot whales in Sudan this year but this time around we were actually able to snap a few photos of them. Whale or dolphin? One thing is for sure – the pilot whale is one of nature’s loveable peculiar creatures, the interesting cross between a whale and a dolphin.

At first glance we might think we are seeing a dolphin but as soon as its head or tail fin appears from the water, we are in doubt. Usually they swim in pods of 10-15 and they are very active and playful.
Whaling around in Sudan
Air temperature: 22-30C
Water temperature: 24-25C
Wind: moderate winds throughout the week
Visibility: 30m

The first grey reef sharks appeared at Shaab Rumi and there was no lacking in hammerheads either, although the super-large 50-member schools did not show up this week. There were about 15 of them at Angarosh but truth be told, we had been very spoiled in the past few years when it comes to hammerheads. As we were sailing in the open sea toward Sanganeb, its famous lighthouse appeared, an atoll which lies on the outer edge of the coral reefs. Divers enjoy climbing to the top of the lighthouse after their dives to take spectacular pictures. You cannot go wrong with a photo from here.

Lighthouse at Sanganeb in SudanTurquoise blue sea as far as the eye can see where coral reefs can be easily spotted in the crystal clear waters. The atoll itself is unbelievably exciting where dozens of hammerheads and grey reef sharks live. This is one of the surest shark spots in the area!

Tip of the week:
Most common credit cards like American Express, Visa and Masterard are commonly accepted in Sudan but you must check beforehand where. On our boats we only accept cash payments.

This is where we were this week:

Divesites in SudanOUR LAST-MINUTE OFFER:
March 31-April 7, 2014, Cassiopeia, Sudan-North tour
Book by March 26, 2014 over the phone or in e-mail!

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A rare sighting in the Sudanese Red Sea

There was a rare sighting in the Port Sudan harbour last week, none other than the unusual line-up of stars. The ideal thing would be to see the line-up for yourself but for those of you who are not in the neighbourhood these days, we will tell you what you could see.

Air temperature: 25-28C
Water temperature: 23-24C
Wind: stronger in the first 2-3 days then calmer in the second part of the week
Visibility: 20m

Cassiopeia also arrived in Sudan from Egypt last Friday. She sailed out for her first, a North trip, yesterday, head to head with Andromeda.

Cruise Cassiopeia and Andromeda Red SeaWe are getting the hang of this season nicely, it is getting warmer and warmer every week and the visibility underwater is increasing. Again, it was Qita El Banna and Sanganeb that hid the biggest attractions of the past week. We dived with a manta at the former and a 20-member school of hammerheads drew a smile on our faces at the latter. And we were lucky to experience another rare attraction – whales!

Although we all expect miracles from the Sudanese Red Sea, these cannot be only megalomaniacal expectations. Not only tons of hammerheads, grey reef sharks and mantas swim in the area but the reefs with the thousand faces are almost worth a prayer! Attention photographers and divers! You can take the photo of your life in Sudan!

Diving reef in SudanTip of the week:

Attention! Your passport must
– be valid for at least 6 months after the departure date from Sudan
– not contain stamps or visas from Israel
– have 2 empty pages side by side for the Sudanese visa

This is where we were this week:
Shaab Suedi – Gota Shambaia; Angarosh – Angarosh – Merlo – Gota Shambaia; Qita el Banna – Qita el Banna – Shaab Suedi (Blue Belt) – Shaab Suedi; Shaab Rumi – Shaab Rumi – Precontinent II – Precontinent II; Shaab Rumi – Sanganeb – Sanganeb – Umbria; Umbria – Umbria

Cousteau's Precontinent in the Sudanese Red SeaOur LAST-MINUTE offer:

March 31-April 7, 2014 *** Andromeda *** Sudan-North tour
Book by March 26, 2014
Only 7 available places left
Book via e-mail!

A new week, good hopes, we will be back next week to tell you what we have seen.
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