Sudan Liveaboard Scuba Diving Safaris

Suddenly feeling the urge to get away from it all? Get away to Sudan for some winter sun and some of the best scuba diving to be found in the World. Get far enough south in the Red Sea and you won’t see other safari boats, or overdived reefs – just marine life, and lots of it!

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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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10 things you may not know about us

1. That’s right! Our divers’ safety in the water is ensured by our Nautilus Lifeline diver search and locate system.
2. Another crazy thing – we have a unique shisha room waiting for our guests where complimentary shisha and coffee is served.
3. Our uniquely designed pretty claret coloured Liveaboards have charming honeymoon suites – not to miss!
4. In the spring of 2014 we are awaiting our guests already with TWO Liveaboards in Port Sudan- woohoo!
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Divers Safety Nautilus Lifeline system

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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SUDAN – Deep South diving safari

The 2-week Deep South safari tour is perfect for those who have already been to Sudan and wish to see even more and for those who would like to be part of a true adventure.

This is a unique liveaboard itinerary, sailing all the way South to Dahrait Abid, close to the Eritrean border and including such sites as Masamirit, Barra Mussa Kebir, Keary, Pender, Logan and Protector Reefs, Shaab Ambar and Umbria, among others. The untouched and barely discovered sites hide marvellous marine life and tremendous sharks galore. READ MORE about deep south diving safari in Sudan!

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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.

Perfect shark statistics

Turtle escort, small caves, drift dives and surprise! – this week again perfect shark statistics! The guests took over the kitchen on the last night of the tour and invited the crew to a scrumptious dinner.

Tour date: April 28 – May 5, 2012
Itinerary: Sudan-North
Air temperature: 30-35 °C
Water temperature: 27 °C
Visibility: 20m

The group arrived onboard Andromeda relatively early, at 1:30 Sunday morning. We followed the usual route for our check dive the same morning. Our first dive was at Shaab Suedi Fasma, followed by Gota Shambaia.

Monday morning Angarosh was waiting for us, where in the big blue at 35 metres we saw the first bigger school of hammerheads. The water came to life, flashes and cameras started to work. The second dive here was almost the mirror image of the first one. Then we somersaulted out of the zodiacs at the southern side of Merlot for a nice, cinema-like dive. We difted by beautiful tiny caves being escorted by a curious turtle. The rays of sunshine shimmering through from above mesmorised us all. Our night dive was at Shambaia Reef.

On Tuesday the south winds picked up, so we turned back. Our morning dive at Quita el Banna was made perfect by the sight of another group of hammerheads, surprisingly. Then came Shaan Suedi and Blue Belt, or better known as the Toyota wreck. Under the water it becomes clear why the name. There are numerous Toyota cars and parts scattered around the sea bed. It would be no use removing the cars from the water as the Blue Belt cargo ship sank in the 1970s, so these cars would be quite useless these days on the roads. The deepest point of the wreck is at 90 metres. The beauty of the dive was just enhanced by the gorgeous soft corals.

Then came Shaab Rumi and Cousteau’s Precontinent – the dive site with the hundred faces but with quite a bit of current this time. There were things from over 40 years ago that Cousteau and his team had used, underwater scooter garage, their underwater quarters and the shark cages. Because of the strong currents, the night dive was cancelled.

On Thursday at Shaab Rumi the currents made the team sweat but thanks to numerous grey reef sharks, nobody was bothered by it above the plateau. Some of the divers in better condition and with more stamina, swam out into the blue to see about 50 hammerheads cruising by.

Friday morning was spent at Shaab Rumi with hammerheads and grey reef sharks then we were off to Sanganeb. Visibility was not the best because of the currents, so we continued on to Umbria after the first dive to dive this wonderful reef which you can see in our video shot this week.

Reporting from Sudan 5.

Last week we were off again to roam the wonderful northern reefs of the Red Sea’s Sudan region. We invite you to an exciting boating during which you will see what we saw, where we were, where we drifted… Posseidon was generous again as there was plenty to see and plenty of currents and our weekly harvest was quite diverse and rich in sharks!

Tour date: April 7 – 14, 2012
Destination: Sudan-North
Air temperature: 30-33 °C
Water temperature: 25-26 °C
Visibility: 20-30 m

The guests arrived at around 1 o’clock in the morning on Sunday and boarded Andromeda. We quietly left the harbour of Port Sudan early in the morning and headed for Shaab Suedi. The day was bright and the sun scorching which enabled us to sail all the way to Gota Shamaia following the check dive.

We did the first 2 dives on Monday at Angarosh in hair-raising currents. But we were able to catch the sight of a hammerhead and a couple of grey reef sharks too with our hair blowing in the current. We can say that pretty much the whole diving week was quite sporty like this along with some underwater flying but as you will see, all in all it was worth it. J We continued our exercises at Gota Shambia the same day.

We started our Tuesday at Angarosh in even tougher currents than the day before, not even being able to swim out towards the deeper plateau. The second dive was at Quita El Banna which was kind of like watching a movie in a current. We easily drifted motionless over the reef watching the show. The third dive was at Shaab Rumi’s Precontinent.

On Wednesday we jumped into the water over Shaab Rumi’s south plateau where the currents put us to the test once again but by the fourth day we got the hang of it J and reached the end of the plateau. And voila! Countless grey reef and hammerhead sharks awaited the sweaty team. There were some who fell behind while taking in the sight of the first sharks but most of us reached our goal and we could not get enough of the huge schools of sharks.

For the second dive at Shaab Rumi’s south plateau we trained beforehand onboard because we expected even stronger currents this time but we were able to dive with lots of sharks again. During the third dive we had it easy. We drifted weightless with the currents from Precontinent towards north. Our night dive was in a lagoon.

Our early morning dive on the fifth day was not without any difficulties but aside from the promising sight of pelagics, our underwater hair-raising speeding journey was exciting on its own. We saw plenty of hammerheads and reef sharks. For the second dive we jumped in at the southern part of Sanganeb as the wind was picking up. We drifted from the east to the west with the strong currents and our third dive was at the south plateau with some hammerheads and grey reef sharks. Night dive was at Umbria.

Exploring a bigger wreck can be a challenge for even experienced divers. Thankfully we were able to roam around the wreck of Umbria in calmer conditions for our last 2 dives. These were kind of warm-down dives after the week’s challenges.

This past week in Sudan can be really described as a training camp where we had to fight and struggle if we wanted to see anything but in the end everybody got to see what they expected to see in Sudan.

Due to the lack of video footage this week, we are sharing with you our best videos. And our next report will be 1 week later as we are having a 2-week adventure tour at the moment.

Reporting from Sudan 4.

Last week Andromeda took course from Port Sudan towards the Southern dive sites. These sites have earned their international popularity due to the untouched and pristine marine life and the often unforgettable experiences they offer divers. With this is mind, the tour got off with great expectations.

Tour date: March 31 – April 7, 2012
Itinerary: Sudan – South safari
Air temperature: 26 – 28 °C
Water temperature: 24 °C
Visibility: 20 – 30m

The guests boarded Andromeda at 3:30 in the morning and at 6:30 in the morning we were off to Sanganeb West for the first check dive. Taking advantage of the great weather, we headed South. The second dive was at Hindi Gidir and the third at Protector Reef. There was no night diving here because of the unusually strong currents towards the open sea. Instead the boat and the shisha room have become alive and a nice lively buzz filled the air.

Monday morning started at Protector Reef then Burkut Island for the second dive. We had to wait for the first big meet with hammerheads and grey reef sharks until our dive at the Southern plateau of Shaab Anbar. But there, during just one dive, three special species marched before us – white-tip, grey reef and hammerhead sharks. We had our night dive in the lagoon of Shaab Anbar, protected from the wind and currents, at an especially beautiful coral block pulsing with thousands of tiny fish.

Andromeda dropped anchor at Pinnacolo Reef Tuesday morning for the next 2 dives. Some hammerheads and grey reef sharks showed up although not in such big numbers as before. Our third dive was at the Southern plateau of Shaab Ambar where white-tips and grey reef sharks were swimming by. Night dive was by the coral wall next to the boat in the lagoon of Shaan Ambar.

By Wednesday the winds picked up and the itinerary had to be modified, unfortunately leaving out the Reefs of Logan and Keary. Everybody who has sailed at sea before knows that we must always be prepared for such things to happen. In the face of strong waves and bad weather even the toughest steel vessels and the best captains cannot win. But on the third dive at Jumna Reef it was all made up by the 50-100 hammerheads that marched right in front of us. It was an amazing dive! At night we found shelter again from the strong currents in the lagoon of Shaab Ambar.

During the early morning dive at Jumna, we were witnesses once again to a 50-member school of hammerheads swimming by. Our next dive was at the South plateau of Sanganeb as we could only leave the lagoon in daylight. Our night dive was at the wreck of Umbria.

On Friday, during the last 2 magical dives, everybody was able to discover the Umbria in beautiful sunny conditions before returning to Port Sudan harbour. You can see the highlights of this week in the video. Despite not so perfect visibility at the Southern dive site, the video speaks for itself.