Central & North Route

Sudan (Red Sea)

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This is the classical and best-known route in Sudan. This includes the “Umbria” wreck and renowned reefs like Sanganeb or Sha’ab Rumi. There we will dive with schools of barracudas, jackfish, sharks, among spectacular coral gardens and the famous and nostalgic remnants of the Pre-continent II of Jacques Cousteau. We will dive in far North reefs like Angarosh, Merlo and the rests of Blue Belt wreck, visiting pristine coral reefs, with enormous whip coral gardens, huge amounts of marine life and will look for the big game out there, white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, and hammerheads

 

Day 1: PORT SUDAN: Upon arrival, immigration and baggage claim. Transfer to the port of Port Sudan. Boarding, welcome cocktail and presentation of the RED SEA BLUE FORCE 3 and the crew. Distribution of cabins. At the beginning of the cruise.

Intermediate Days: diving cruise route to “Central & North”: Diving cruise with full board and daily plan of 3 – 4 dives per day. Diving areas: Wreck Umbria, Sha’ab Rumi, Sanganeb Reef and the Triangle of Shambaia in the north.

Day 8: PORT SUDAN: Arrival to Port Sudan and transfer to the airport

One of the best wrecks from WWII, with a huge array of cargo still intact in its holds. Sanganeb Reef:  Barracudas, jackfish, grey reef sharks, bumphead parrot fish and even encounters with hammerheads. Sha’ab Rumi: Very long reef with a famous lagoon where we can find the remains of Jacques Cousteau Precontinent II program as well as an amazing plateau with grey reef sharks cleaning stations and one of the best places to spot the shy hammerhead sharks.

In the northern area of Sudan, we will dive Angarosh Reef: named after the number of sharks in the old times and where we can usually spot groups of hammerhead sharks, barracudas, and jackfish next to the incredible walls and whip coral gardens. Abington Reef: vertical walls covered with corals Qita El Banna: White tip reef sharks, big tunas and even grey reef sharks and hammerheads along a wonderful wall covered with soft corals.

Wreck “Umbria”: One of the best wrecks in the world. It was scuttled by her captain at the beginning of the Second World War. Still preserves almost intact its military cargo and hosts a large number of marine life. The wreck is easy to dive due to the depth (between 5 and 33 meters) and the virtual absence of currents. The exploration of the wreck represents a real adventure for divers.

The wreck is 150 mts long and is covered with corals, boasting a huge amount of marine life like snappers, sweet lips, butterflies, barracudas…

Located 15 miles NE of Port Sudan, this reef is marked with a beacon of the Victorian era at its southern tip. We can find different dive sites here. The north side is exposed to prevailing winds and currents and can be dived only with calm seas and preferably in the early hours of the morning. Mantas can be seen here and if you are lucky, you might find small groups of hammerhead sharks patrolling the blue.

The south side offers a plateau with some coral blocks and a lot of barracudas, schools of unicornfish, sweet lips and much more. There is a small sand area on the southwestern tip., where we will find white tip sharks.

In the north part of the plateau, we will find a steep drop off where grey reef sharks, hammerheads and even silver tips cruise by.

This huge barrier reef is located about 20 miles NE of Port Sudan. It forms a true coral garden and cleaning station for some pelagic species. On the west side, there are two openings that allow entrance to the interior lagoon. Just outside the entrance of the lagoon we will find the remains of the Pre-continent II, the underwater “village” built by the team of Jacques Cousteau in 1963. The southern area of the reef is more dynamic as two different currents bring nutrients from the deep. This attracts large schools of fish as well as different species of sharks that patrol the boundaries of the reef. With some luck, we will also spot groups of large Bumphead Parrotfish.

This huge reef system, 18 miles North from Shaab Rumi, holds the remains of the “Blue Belt”, also known as ” Toyota wreck”, due to the number of cars and trucks that were inside. Nowadays, the top of the wreck sleeps at 56 meters of depth and we can only visit some of the cars and trucks that fell off the wreck and now rest on the reef. The entrance to the lagoon holds an amazing coral garden and when the current is favourable, is a great spot to practice a “black water night dive” under the boat, where we will be able to spot thousands of little deep-sea creatures coming close to the surface to feed close to the lights

The name was derived from the Arabic Umm el Ghoroush (Mother of the harks) and was first dived by Hans Hass, who was surprised by the number of hammerheads and grey reef sharks he found here. A little sandy island marks this steep-walled reef. On the Eastern side, we find two plateaus, at 25 and 40 meters deep, covered with soft corals, whip corals, and great sea fans. Here we will be able to spot hammerheads, grey reef sharks, barracudas and groups of jackfish. On the shallower part of the reef, we will also encounter small groups of bumbhead parrotfish.

An amazing reef with a huge pinnacle of coral that sinks into the depth, completely covered by soft corals and where we can sometimes find oceanic mantas.

Abington use to be the most northerly reef dive of our trip. It is a wall dive with a plateau at one end. Its sharp walls take on strong currents and are visited by hammerhead sharks and manta rays. Jacks and trevally were everywhere and huge shoals of fusiliers kept engulfing us. There was also a massive anemone, blue-spotted rays and lionfish.

Included

  • Assistance at the airport in Port Sudan.
  • Transfers airport/port/airport.
  • 7 nights diving cruise in double cabin sharing aboard the RED SEA BLUE FORCE 3,
  • Full board and water.
  • Plan dives depending on route.
  • Air, S80 tank and weights.
  • Dive Guides.
  • Travel, scuba diving and cancellation insurance (see conditions www.blueforcefleet.com).

Not included

  • Flights.
  • Tourist Visa of Sudan: 155$ (pay to enter the country) US citizens USD 205.
  • Payments on board: Sudan, ports and Marine Park fees: 220€. Service Tax: 70€.
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks.
  • Possible supplements by extraordinary price increases of local taxes, fuel or devaluation of the currency.
  • Optional price per week:
    • NITROX:
    • For S80 tanks: 40€
    • For S100 tanks: 60€
    • Rental equipment:
    • Tank S100: 30€
    • Extra tank S80: 30€
    • 2 tanks S80 with opposed valves for Sidemount: 60€ (necessary to book in advance in order to ensure the availability)

 

 

 

Important

IMPORTANT: Cruise only recommended for advanced divers and with some experience.

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