Book 2 and the 3rd is free on Andromeda in Sudan!

The Sudanese Red Sea is equally spectacular if not better! The more experienced and adventurous divers have been coming here for years but as the word spreads of pristine reefs, healthy shark populations and fantastic wrecks, it’s becoming more and more popular so you may want to keep that to yourself! So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with our expert dive consultants to arrange your perfect Red Sea boat vacation!

And now we would like to announce our brand NEW promotion:

Our February, 2014 promotion in Sudan – the special THREE on Andromeda!

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3for2 on Andromeda in Sudan

Sudan scuba diving Liveaboard

We are preparing our next season in SUDAN FOR 2014. We are planning 18 scuba 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 on our Liveaboards M/Y Andromeda and M/Y Cassiopeia.

Sudan scuba Liveaboard

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Expedition for the pleasure seeker, the curious and for old salts!

Let us look a bit further South in Sudan… they say it is worth your while! So, we have decided to cruise around for a couple of weeks. The 5* Andromeda’s first Deep South diving safari in the Sudanese Red Sea will be in June this year.

We will map out the whole Deep South area for you beforehand, so when you arrive, we will be able to show you only the best sites in the region! Read more about our expedition in the Sudanese Red Sea…

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The Sudanese Red Sea – In Unknown Waters down to Eritrea!

We are greeted by scorching heat in Port Sudan/Red Sea. Followed by our safe landing, we are already sitting in mini buses and we are on our way to the Port Sudan marina to our liveaboard. Most of the group are first-timers to Sudan, while this is my ninth adventure to Sudan and the fourth in this region. Still, I am just as elated as anyone else. It does not take long to get to our liveaboard Andromeda. We have a few bites to eat, unpack, set up our diving gear and we are off to sleep. READ MORE about scuba diving the sudanese Red Sea!

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WE ARE TURNING 10 YEARS OLD!

The time has come in our company’s life when we can celebrate a milestone! A lot has changed since the beginnings… Red Sea Boats Holidays started its journey down a path in the first years of the 2000s as the vision of a young and relentless small team, that we believe it is still journeying on.

It all started in 2003 with an Egyptian diving tour… Read more about Red Sea Boats Holidays...

 

Hammerheads, grey reef sharks and whatnot

And here is what happened during another amazing week! Our last safari this season departed from Port Sudan with Andromeda last week. Right away we met up with grey reef sharks above the south plateau at Shaab Rumi and we counted about 15-20 hammerheads here and at Angarosh as well. We saw an eagle ray at Qita el Bana and we ran into ghost needlefish at Umbria.

Tour date: May 19-26, 2012
Itinerary: Sudan-North
Air temperature: 35-40 °C
Water temperature: 28-29 °C
Visibility: 20-30 m

Thankfully the group arrived in time, at around 11 o’clock at night and boarded Andromeda. The next day our check dives were at Shaab Suedi. Monday started with 15 hammerheads off the bat at Angarosh. Because the waters have already started to get warmer, the sharks have begun moving further south. Nonetheless, we were able to dive with hammerheads during our second dive as well. Our third dive was at one of Shambaia’s reefs.

We ran into an eagle ray at Qita el Bana the following day. Then we went on to Blue Belt and the Precontinent but sadly visibility was not as good as last week. The currents were barely noticeable but this did not bother a few sizeable grey reef sharks who were stationed above the south plateau. The other group noticed a larger school of hammerheads in the distance at about 50-60 metres but even from 40 metres only their shady silhouettes were visible.

Shaab Rumi bid us farewell in style the following morning – a school of 20 hammerheads spent some time with us along with mackerels as you can see from the video here. At Sanganeb a giant school of barracudas circled above us. Visibility was good enough to be able to watch from the outer coral wall the ever-changing circular shapes they were taking on. Our night dive and our 2 dives the following day were at the wreck of Umbria.

A peculiar little creature was snapped by the cameras while diving at Umbria. This little fish is called the ghost needlefish. It mainly lives in Indonesia and it is rare to see in the Red Sea. We saw only a couple of them at wreck of Umbria. They are the Harlequin ghost needlefish (Solenostomus paradoxus). The maximum length is 12cm and they can hide easily among the corals. They can often be seen hanging upside down. Can it be that Umbria proves to be exciting not only to wreck divers but to the lovers of the macro world as well?

Our colleague Daniel Selmeczi was onboard Andromeda this week again and we thank him for this week’s photographic materials.

Hammerheads and a scooter in Sudan

We have always known that the best diving is in Sudan, as this is the region in the Red Sea that is the richest in marine species but this past week had surpassed all our expectations. We have never seen so many things all at once! Hammerheads and grey reef sharks, dolphins and pilot whales!

Tour date: May 12-19, 2012
Itinerary: Sudan-North
Air temperature: 35°C
Water temperature: 28-29°C
Visibility: 40-60m

The group arrived onboard Andromeda luckily in time, at around 10 o’clock at night, so there was no trouble with the early morning start Sunday. We followed our usual route towards Shaab Suedi, already in the company of dolphins. We did the check dive at Shaab Suedi and the second and night dives at Gota Shambaia.

There were 2 dives at Angarosh Monday morning, the first of which was with a great school of hammerheads. Then we were on to Merlo Reef where curious sharks swarmed among lush marine life, and later continued on to Gota Shambaia.

The following morning we went for our first dive at Qita el Banna. Its walls drop steep in the deep with large coral beds and lots of sharks and other fish frequenting the place. We dove with a lonely hammerhead. Then it was Blue Belt at Shaab Suedi, where the most interesting sight is the 2,545-tonn wreck of the Blue Belt freighter. That afternoon and night we dove at Shaab Rumi’s Precontinent. We have not had such good visibility at this site probably this whole season.

Our Wednesday was spent at Shaab Rumi, as usual, in the company of burly fish and the usual great number of sharks. We met up with great schools of hammerheads and grey reef sharks along with giant humphead parrotfish in relatively weak currents, for a change.

One of the guests brought a scooter along which proved to be great entertainment for the team during the week. They were flying, playing train under the water as you can see in the video here.

There was one more dive at Shaab Rumi Thursday morning where again, an amazing size and group of hammerheads passed by us. Then came Sanganeb’s giant atoll’s north and south side, which lies 30km northeast of Port Sudan. On the north we ran into a 30-member hammerhead group, while on the south about 100 titan triggerfish laid, making this a spectacular but very careful dive. Our night dive and last day was spent at the wreck of Umbria with excellent visibility among rich marine life.

This week our colleague Daniel Selmeczi was also onboard Andromeda, so this week the images are courtesy of him.

The romantic side of Sudan

Last week the Sudanese Red Sea showed its most romantic side. Divers were able to experience some rare excitements. Scores of dates with hammerhead and grey reef sharks, a breathtaking encounter with a manta, the company of a turtle and we can go on. This is the only place on Earth where we can dive with these amazing animals together week after week and all divers visiting Sudan are awed by their sight.

Tour date: May 5 -12, 2012
Itinerary: Sudan-North
Air temperature: 35 °C
Water temperature: 27-28 °C
Visibility: 20 m

The group arrived onboard Andromeda at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, so we were able to start our first dive only in the afternoon, giving everybody some well deserved rest before the check dive.

Monday morning we started the first dive at Blue Belt, better known as the Toyota wreck. Our first meeting with a giant manta was on our second dive, at Qita El Bana, the video of which we have included here for you. The third dive was on the South side of Merlot with hammerhead sharks and a turtle. Our night dive was at Gota Shambaia.

On our morning dive Tuesday at Angarosh we saw a few hammerhead and grey reef sharks. Then we continued on to Shaab Rumi of which everybody – having seen the plenty of great footage these past weeks – had very high expectations. The day’s third dive was at the Precontinent where Cousteau proved in 1963 that divers are able to live underwater for long periods of time. The documentary of this – which probably every diver visiting Sudan has seen – is a world classic to this day. At the entrance of Shaab Rumi we discovered the eerie remains of the research station, lying on the shallow plateau. We missed our night dive because of the strong currents.

Shaab Rumi met us with very strong South currents on Wednesday morning but thanks to this, also with lots of sharks too. The huge range of the reef’s unparalleled marine life was waiting for us this week too as always… unfortunately with some poorer visibility due to the currents.

Our first dive on Thursday was still at Shaab Rumi. Although the currents weakened a bit, nonetheless we met up with a school of 20 hammerheads and uncountable grey reef sharks. Eager fish lovers were able to discover all of the Red Sea’s fish species along the walls of this dive site alone. Our second and third dives were at Sanganeb with hammerheads and a huge school of barracudas. We anchored for the night at Umbria.

The last dives on Friday were at the wreck of Umbria. This was a romantic week in every aspect. We have been sailing virtually all alone along the Sudanese reefs these past weeks. We are only able to experience such rich sights and such peaceful dives at these dive sites in the Red Sea.

Reporting from Sudan 6.

Can you get bored of seeing sharks for 2 weeks straight? Seeing them on every one of your dives? One shark is not a shark, say the more experienced divers, but 30-50 sharks on every dive… Now that is real Sudanese diving Paradise!

Tour date: April 14-28, 2012
Itinerary: Sudan North-South 2-week safari
Air temperature: 30-33 °C
Water temperature: 27 °C
Visibility: 20-40 metres

This season’s only 2-week diving safari ended last week. The team has posed us a big challenge as they are a cohesive, well-travelled group looking for true adventures who have travelled half the world but we were able to show them our best onboard and underwater during these 2 weeks in Sudan.

The divers boarded Andromeda at 6:30 in the morning, so the check-dive was delayed and we headed straight South, so everybody had a chance to rest a bit before the first dive. Jumna was the most spectacular from among the Southern sites but Logan, Pinnacolo and Ambar were equally amazing however the large fish were not really present at these sites this time. After a few days in the South, we stopped at Umbria and while the team was diving, the boat got loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables and water.

The next day we started our dives at Sanganeb and we saw a few grey reef sharks but the real show began the following day at Shaab Rumi. There were no dives where we did not see hammerheads and not just one or two but 30-50 of them at a time! After spending a few days at Shaab Rumi we continued on North. Where we were supposed to see sharks, we did see sharks and plenty of them!

On our way back at Qita el Banna, a dive site that is not really known for hammerheads, we were still able to see them. Shaab Rumi outdid itself as even during the late afternoon dives hammerheads were stationed there.

Our last day was at Sanganeb North – and to repeat the earlier –, with plenty of hammerheads crowning this dive too. This 2-week team did not have anything to complain about as this was one of our tours richest in big fish this season.

So far…

Thank you Eva M. Nemethne for the photos!

Reporting from Sudan

This season we are keeping a safari log about every diving safari onboard M/Y Andromeda in Sudan. We will tell you what we saw, where we went and all kids of interesting information to get your Mondays started and to give you a chance to read our stories and to marvel in the gorgeous underwater photos.

Here is our first week’s report:

M/Y Andromeda arrived in Port Sudan in the beginning of March. She did not have to wait too long in the harbour as within three days the first diving group arrived from Cairo and the boat had been filled with life again. And a few hours later, she departed for her first voyage towards Shaab Suedi, the usual spot for our check dives.

There were a couple more dives in the afternoon and at night at Gurna Reef which is a quiet, quaint reef, a perfect start to the promisingly exciting Shaab Rumi where the group descended the following morning.

Shaab Rumi did not disappoint, as usual. Sizeable grey reef sharks added to the excitement of every dive and in the early mornings the hammerheads also showed up. The only thing missing was the humphead parrotfish but the “big fish” made of for it. The afternoon and night dives were at the Precontinent – Cousteau’s famous underwater headquarters.

On the third day we headed for Sanganeb – which now we can say – was the most beautiful dive of the first safari tour!

The Sanganeb South plateau is a completely healthy and splendidly colourful reef. The dives were made unforgettable by schools of jackfish, barracudas and reef sharks. Seeing them 1-2 metre close was an amazing sight! Right after the dive the boat continued South in the direction of Shaab Anbar. The night was spent in the lagoon and a dive at dusk was the warm-up for the adventure-filled day that followed. Dives were at the north-eastern side of the reef and in the end, divers were even witnesses to a turtle couple fighting which was so engaging that they even forgot to take pictures of the whole event. J

After sunrise it was time for the Jumna reef, two dives, both with hammerheads. On the first dive there were only a few of them but on the second dive – everybody was blown away! An actual hammerhead curtain with at least 50 sharks passed right before the divers…

Too quickly but the week was coming to an end the direction was the harbour. The last night dive and the last two daily dives were at Umbria. Luckily Andromeda was the only boat at the wreck, so divers were able to discover her every corner undisturbed.

This is it for now from the first week. To be continued…