Cheese is used to lure mice. How about sharks? Sharks do not need to be lured. At least not in Sudan. The giant groupers swarming near the reefs provide a good enough reason for the presence of larger predators.
Air temperature: 28C Water temperature: 23-24C Wind: slight wind in the first 2-3 days, almost dead calm by the end of the week Visibility:
Nothing proves this better than the fact that last week Angarosh was the only site where we did not see any sharks. However a manta was there and stayed with us throughout the entire dive. Looks like this year’s manta statistics will be pretty strong as we have had sightings every week so far.
A cloud of barracudas hovered motionless near Shaab Rumi’s plateau out in the deep, right where they were a week ago. A silent group of about 40 barracudas, each measuring at least a metre in length, awaited us again. But they seemed to be dwarfed by the grey reef sharks cruising above the plateau. If you are diving at Shaab Rumi for the first time, a “where do I look?” kind of feeling comes over you. And if you swim out into the deep, you can even check out the hammerheads.
Schools of hump-head parrotfish showed up and a curious turtle also had a look at our group. Click on the short video of our tour where you can see all this.
Tip of the week:
You can travel to Sudan only with a valid visa. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the departure date from the country. There must be at least 2 empty pages side by side for the visa. (and 2 empty pages for the 2 Egyptian visas, if travelling through Cairo). There must not be any stamps or visas from Israel in your passport, otherwise you will not be permitted to enter the county.
Are you planning on diving in 2014? Here are a couple of ideas where you could… We chose a few from the most beautiful and most exciting dive sites which you must definitely see in the Sudanese Red Sea! The world has already been searched far and wide, not leaving much for the newbie discoverers but luckily there are still a few places that are waiting to be discovered.
The safety of our divers is enhanced on both our liveaboards – M/Y Cassiopeia and M/Y Andromeda – by our Nautilus Lifeline diver search and locate security system. No fee is charged to anyone for this service. Our main concern is providing an environment for safe diving.
Why is this important? Leaning from the case of lost divers in Bali in recent days proves that the use of a simple gadget as this during diving can save lives, even in the case of experienced divers! It would have been easy to avoid such a turmoil of being lost at sea for days and a potentially fatal diving accident!
And yet, many divers still choose low cost over quality and safety.
Is it worth it?
To our best knowledge, only M/Y Andromeda and M/Y Cassiopeia is equipped with such a diver safety system in the Sudanese Red Sea area. It is especially important information as it is well know that there are no rescue services in the Port Sudan area and it is vital to try to avoid any diving accidents and divers being lost at sea.
The Port Sudan airport is only a 20-minute bus ride from the boats in the harbour. The quality of our services are guaranteed by the experience and high level of professionalism of our captains, dive guides and crew throughout the entire season.
We are preparing our next season in SUDAN FOR 2014. We are planning 18 diving weeks. Our Sudan itineraries have been expanded with the one-of-a-kind true adventure 1-week and 2-week DEEP SOUTH TOUR and the exciting ULTIMATE SUDAN TOUR with the combination of North and South dive sites. And we still offer the traditional NORTH AND SOUTH TOURS from which to choose.
Compare to the rest of the boats sailing in Sudan we have some additional benefits that are guaranteed to get the best services:
Dive Sites: Our itineraries include dive sites all the way from Angarosh and Abington in the north to as far as the most southern Sudanese site of Dahrat Ebid near the Eritrean border.
Unique itineraries: We are the only ones offering 1-week and 2-week tours in the Deep South of Sudan.
Diving: You can enjoy 3 day dives and a free night dive every day.
Safety: Ours are the only liveaboards (M/Y Cassiopeia and M/Y Andromeda) with a lost diver search and locate security system.
Speed: We are the fastest boats in the region, enabling us to reach the most remote sites.
Comfort: Our 100m2 sun deck is your ultimate escape to take it easy. 24h aircondition onboard.
Relaxation: We offer free delicious shisha onboard in our shisha room.
Fun: You can rent scooters onboard to make your dives even more exhilarating.
Boat: Our boat is made of steel, which is a necessary feature on the Sudanese Red Sea.
WIFI onboard M/Y Andromeda and M/Y Cassiopeia
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