Ultimate Sudan (11 Days)

Ultimate Sudan (11 Days)

Why choose this route?

  • This is a chance to explore the very best of the Sudan's Red Sea.
  • You will enjoy 10 days of diving.
  • You will visit the southernmost point of Sudan, Dahrit Abid.
  • The Sudan offers magical dive sites with spectacular reefs and marine life.
  • You may explore the famous Cousteau habitat, Precontinent II
  • Mantas, sharks and Rosso Dolphins are some of the marine life you may encounter on this route.
  • The route includes the Umbria wreck.

Itinerary Highlights

Dahrat Abid

Dahrat Abid

The southernmost reef in the Sudanese Red Sea, Dahrat Abid lies 220km south of Port Sudan, only 30km away from the Eritrean border. A 500m long island that is populated with birds, the reef is easily recognisable by the wreck that lies on its north end.

Expect clear, blue water; dizzying drop-offs, as well as a bountiful marine life that includes white tip, silver tip and hammerhead sharks. The reef is also alive with black coral bushes and spectacular hard and soft corals.


Sanganeb

Sanganeb

Known for its high levels of biodiversity, many of the species found in Sanganeb are unique to the park. There have been 251 species of coral fish recorded, but estimates of the actual number suggest they could be as many as 300, if not more. Sanganeb is home to a large number of pelagic fish, including the wrasse species of tuna, barracuda, sailfish, manta rays, and sharks, specifically hammerheads. There have also been numerous sightings of hawksbill turtles on the Sanganeb.

Shaab Ambar

Shaab Ambar

A large coral barrier reef, the east of Shaab Ambar is a good location to spot hammerheads, while the southernmost point of the island brings grey sharks, groupers and other schools of fish to its sandy tableland. Meanwhile the other end of the island is a good option for a night dive.

Shaab Rumi

Shaab Rumi

A remarkable dive site with more than one location to visit, it is in the outer reef of Shaab Rumi where a unique piece of dive history lays. Built by Jacques Cousteau in 1963, the Precontinent II was an underwater experiment that aimed to research whether a group of scuba divers could survive several weeks living in an underwater village, and it still stands to today.

Apart from Cousteau’s habibtat, Shaab Rumi’s southernmost end is its most exciting dive site. A plateau that stretches towards the open sea, its three sides are surrounded by steep walls plunging into the deep. Expect to see barracuda, tuna, batfish, and reef, grey and hammerhead sharks.

The Umbria

The Umbria

The Umbria was an Italian passenger-cargo vessel over 150m in length that sunk during WWII. Unlike most wrecks in the Red Sea, the Umbria was sunk on purpose while anchored at Wingate reef close to Port Sudan. Carrying countless war-like commodities including detonators, bombs and ammunition, the decision to sink her was made in order to avoid losing the precious cargo to the British.

Almost entirely intact and ranging from about 5 meters to 35 meters, the Umbria is a rare and spectacular dive. Its shallowness leaves it with a lot of natural light and good visibility. Offering a variety of possible dive itineraries, the massive wreck is overgrown with vibrant soft and hard corals, while its fish life is splendid and plentiful.

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