Breathtaking images from Sudan!

This week we have received not only good news and breathtaking images from Sudan but a fresh, hot-of-the-press video surprise … off the back of a bird. Yes, you heard it right!

We had a “helicopter” with us for a couple of weeks that had already taken gorgeous aerial photos of Shaab Jumna and Umbria. You can watch one of the videos here.

The spawning season of the brown-marbled groupers has begun at Shaab Rumi and Sanganeb and as a result, the plateau is swarming with 50-80 groupers all about 50-80cm long.

spawning season of the brown-marbled groupersWe ran into an old buddy at Shaab Rumi again we have been seeing every year for the past 3 years – an enormous weatherworn barracuda. He is especially friendly this year and lets himself to be photographed even from a few centimetres. Voila!

barracuda in SudanAbout 10 grey reef sharks monitor Shaab Rumi, we saw 5 hammerheads in the deep blue and the plateau is truly alive. We have managed to run into a 20-member hammerhead school at Sanganeb and on the south plateau into 2-3 grey reefs and a quite lively marine life, all this matched by excellent visibility.

Sanganeb reef in Sudan
Tip of the week:
What kind of wet suit to bring to Sudan?
In May and June most divers can do with a shorty. Between February and April you are normally good with a 3 or 5mm long suit.

This is where we were this week:

Dive sites in Sudan
OUR LAST-MINUTE OFFER
May 5-12, 2014 *** M/Y Andromeda ***
Book by April 30, 2014 over the phone or in e-mail!

If you wish to know more about how to dive in Sudan, click here!
Magyar nyelven: www.redseaboats.hu/szudan/
In English: www.sudan-diving.com
По-русски: www.sudan-diving.ru

50% off from the second week in Sudan!

And now we would like to announce our brand NEW promotion!
Money-Saving Special for the 2nd week in Sudan!
Only valid for tours in April and May, 2014!

Special promotion in SudanIf by any chance you and/or your guests are able to extend your holiday by 1 week, we would like to welcome you for a second week and offer you 50% OFF from the boat rate.

Note:
Special offers apply to new bookings only.
Cannot be used in conjunction with discounted charters.
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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!

If you wish to know more about how to dive in Sudan, click here!

How to lure sharks closer?

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:

Hammerhead in SudanNothing 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.

Scuba diving in SudanA 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.

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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.

This is where were this week:

Dive sites in SudanOur last-minute offer:
March 24-31, 2014, M/Y Cassiopeia, Sudan-North tour
Book by March 26, 2014. We only have 7 available places. Book via e-mail!

If you wish to know more about how to dive in Sudan, click here!
In English: www.sudan-diving.com
Magyarul: www.redseaboats.hu/szudan/
По-русски: www.sudan-diving.ru