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Diving Holidays to Sudan, Red Sea

reefs in SudanThe profuse and perfectly preserved reefs in Sudan bear witness to the Red Sea at its best. Almost every dive will offer a myriad of schooling fish and a dazzling display of coral gardens. Dense forests of soft corals and some of the world's best hard coral formations act as a Mecca to several species of sharks, barracuda, mantas and a huge variety of reef dwellers.

Wrecks, drop-offs and spectacular caves are just some of the attractions for the serious diver and underwater photographer. Sharks and mantas in unbelievable numbers are encountered in a technicolour marine environment, made all the more dazzling thanks to unsurpassed visibility.

Sanganeb Lighthouse Sudan

Experienced divers with a keen sense of adventure can embark on our challenging Sudan expeditions. Diving World operates out of Port Sudan on board the MY Blu Sudan Dolce Vita, MY Horizon, MV Don Questo, Felicidad and MSY Elegante.


Most of the diving in the Sudanese Red Sea is on coral pinnacle formations rising from great depths. These attract fish life in vast numbers, including large pelagic species. The microclimate created by the mountainous range on either side of the African and Asian continents and the deep active volcanic rift which creates hot currents all year round, makes the Sudanese Red Sea richer in sub aquatic life than any other in the region. The average water temperature is around 27 to 28 degrees centigrade with a winter low of 24 degrees and summer high of 28 degrees.

In the early 1980’s when border restrictions between Egypt and the Sudan were more relaxed, Diving World Red Sea would embark divers on board sailing yachts from Hamata in Egypt's deep south, and travel down to Port Sudan.

Operations subsequently changed to departures from Port Sudan on 1 and 2 week trips. The experience which was acquired from their long standing presence diving the Sudan has now evolved in the design and construction of better vessels and new itineraries, north and south from Port Sudan

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                         Southern Sudan Dive Sites - Suakin




liveaboards in sudan

Accommodation / Liveaboards in Sudan, Red Sea

Our Liveaboards in Sudan:


MY Blu Sudan Dolce Vita


Dolce Vita was launched in 2004 as an addition to the Red Sea Dream Divers Fleet, which included MY Excellence and the pioneering Sir Cousteau. Fully re- furbished in 2011 with yearly dry docks to date, she replaces the Sherazade in Sudan from Feb 2014 under the banner Blu Sudan Dolce Vita. Dolce Vita measures 36m length and 8.7m width, and has three decks as well as an uppermost open sundeck. The superior design of this twin-engine wooden vessel brings added comfort and style to the Sudanese Red Sea. 
Dolce Vita accommodates a maximum of 22 guests in eight twin cabins and three double cabins. 8 twin cabins with beds side by side are situated on the lower deck whilst 1 double bed cabin is on the main deck and the other 2 on the upper deck. All cabins have en-suite bathrooms with private toilet and shower, and all cabins are air-conditioned.

On the main deck is the saloon area and the dining area. The spacious saloon area is equipped with comfortable seating and TV, DVD player, and audio system for entertainment. This area is for relaxing after diving or for socialising and relaxing. Situated behind this is the dining area. The very rear of the main deck is the large dive deck & long dive platform - loads of space for kitting up. 

On the upper deck there is a covered sun-terrace area, with comfy bench-seating and smart bamboo chairs and tables. This is the perfect place to enjoy your meal al-fresco or to socialise while having a drink, or just viewing the sea. 

The top deck is for those who are fond of sunbathing during the day and to count the stars in the evenings.

Diving facilities include two tenders (Zodiac style boats) with outbound engines, Nitrox compressor onboard as well as a very large dive deck and dive platform with teak wood decking.

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          Southern Sudan Dive Sites - Suakin


Maximum Capacity:  22 Guests

Length: 38 mt ( 125 ft)

Width:  8 mt (28 ft)

Draft:    2,45 mt (8 ft)

Cruise speed: 10 knots

Fuel capacity: 18.000 lt

Engines: 2 MAN Diesel 800 hp

Water capacity: 10.000 lt

Desalinators: 12,000 lt/day (2 x 6000lt)
Generators: 3. 65kw ssilent, 88kw and 25kw
Instruments: 2 GPS colour LCD, Radar
50n .m, VHF, 2 Echo Sounder, radio SSB2 , 1 Chart plotter, 2 Radiotel. HF,SSB,DSC, satellite telephone
Safety Equipment: oxygen 80 lt tanks , fire alarm and fire protection, fire extinguishers, First aid kits.
oxygen. Fire Alarm/Fire Fighting: Faraday Marine Fire Alarm System Extinguishing Agent Release System. 45 lifejackets, life buoys, flares, 2 x 35 liferafts.


There are 8 cabins below deck. Each cabin has two twin beds, and is en suite with individual thermostatic climate control. There are 3 Double Bed cabins 1 on the main deck and 2 on the upper decks), each en suite and climate control. At the front for crew with separate bathroom and entrances. All guest quarters and living areas fully air conditioned, 24hrs.
Decks: 3 decks protected from the sun, furnished with teak wood, sofas, tables and solarium. Power: 220V, 24hrs, twin pin sockets.


2 x Bauer Mariner electric 240Lt/min . Nitrox Membrane system 2000L/m
Tanks: 20 x 12 lt Aluminium, with double valves DIN/INT and 20 x 15 lt Aluminium, with double valves DIN/INT.

Tender: 2 Zodiacs 5.5mt and 6mt with outboards 40 HP. 2 petrol tanks of 160 lt, VHF, Echo Sounder, GPS Garmin 45 - 



  2014 Sudan Itineraries

  Southern Sudan Dive Sites - Suakin



A sophisticated and sleek boat design, state of the art navigational equipment, talented crew members and probably the most experienced Sudan dive guides. Horizon is a luxury class Red Sea Yacht built by diving experts. Her temperate and elegant outlines are matched with classic interiors with carefully chosen and crafted materials and lay-out. The large salon on the main deck includes a living area and dining room designed with comfort in mind. Panelling and furnishings are veneered in matching Walnut, while floors are in refined inlaid Maple and teak. The vessel is fully air conditioned and offers en suite accommodation of a high standard , with plasma televisions, mini-bar and DVD. Notebook connection is also available. The accommodation decks develop in two junior suites with double bed and 8 twin berths cabins. Her cabins are spacious with plenty of storage space. Diving is conducted by experienced Red Sea Dive Instructors from the dive platform or the zodiacs.

The M / y Horizon offers luxurious accommodation for 20 guests in 8 double cabins and 2 deluxe suites. The lounge is furnished in wood and equipped with a bar and TV / VCR / DVD / Stereo. The large sunny deck with beautiful views and a quiet place to relax and sunbathe. The M / y Horizon is equipped with a broad platform specifically designed for diving, which offers space for 20 people.

Horizon is operated by a veteran team of crew and Captain, who have made the Sudan their home for over 20 years. This Liveaboard offers one and two week trips diving the remote and spectacular dive sites of the deep south Sudanese Waters, such as shab Ambar, Masamarit, Kazam Mazamarit and Dahret Gharb in the Suakin Archipelago, along with the extended Northern itinerary which takes the better known but no less unique sites such as Wingate Reef (home of the Umbria), Shaab Rumi and Sanganeb, and up to Angarosh including manta point Ma Suadi and more.


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Category: Luxury
Maximum Capacity:  20 Guests

Length: 40 mt ( 130 ft)

Width:  8 mt (26.2 ft)

Draft:    2,50 mt (8,03 ft)

Cruise speed: 12 knots

Fuel capacity: 14.000 lt

Engines: 2 engines Caterpillar 720hp/3412TA
Water capacity: 12.000 lt

Desalinators: 12,000 lt/day (2 x 6000lt)
Generators: 2 Stagmena ssilent 110kw.80kw Instruments: 2 GPS colour LCD, Radar
JRC 63n.m, VHF, 2 Echo Sounder, radio SSB2 Radar 36/48n.m, 1 Chart plotter, 3 Radiotel. HF,SSB,DSC, satellite telephone. 2 lines fax/data. Satellite TV.
Safety Equipment: oxygen 80 lt tanks , fire alarm and fire protection, fire extinguishers, First aid kits.
oxygen. Fire Alarm/Fire Fighting: Faraday Marine Fire Alarm System Extinguishing Agent Release System. 45 lifejackets, life buoys, flares, 4 x 8 persons liferafts.   


There are 8 cabins below deck. Each cabin has two twin beds side by side, and is en suite with individual thermostatic climate control. There are 2 Double Bed suites on the sundeck each en suite and climate control. At the front for crew with separate bathroom and entrances. All guest quarters and living areas fully air conditioned, 24hrs.
Decks: 3 decks protected from the sun, furnished with teak wood, sofas, tables and solarium. Power: 220V, 24hrs, twin pin sockets.


3 x Bauer Mariner electric 350Lt/min . Nitrox Membrane system
Tanks: 30 x 12 lt Aluminium, with double valves DIN/INT. 15lt available on request.

Tender: 2 Zodiacs 5mt with outboard 40 HP. 2 petrol tanks of 160 lt, VHF, Echo Sounder, GPS Garmin 45 - 




  2014 Sudan Itineraries

  Southern Sudan Dive Sites - Suakin

You could tend to think that the most beautiful things in these seas are deep.

On average, during a liveabord cruise, the first dive of the day is the deepest. All the expectations are usually on that first dive.

However, Sudan has proved us that this is far of being true. Last week’s cruise 24 March, we had a wonderful second dive (1PM) at Merlo, where we sighted hammerhead sharks, grey sharks and tons of anemones with clown fish, as usual, surrounded  by the incredible corals that you can only find in the red sea (this at no more than 20m/70ft!).

But just to convince us that better not necessarily means deeper, we made another incredible third dive at Sh'ab Rumi (North plateau), where 14 grey sharks were playing around us for about 25 minutes at just 20 meters; as if we were in a theatre.


At the end of this dive, during the “usually boring” safety stop, we start to listen the charming sound of something that someone could think were mermaids. Suddenly, we realise the source of that music... dolphins! They danced for us during 5 minutes just to close a beautiful overture of this opera titled “Sudan”.

Gabriel Bertone, Diving Guide. Sudan 2014. M/Y Dolce Vita

To: surf@diving-world.com
Subject: Sudan diving trip

Just wanted to let you know that I'm back home after the most fantastic diving holiday! Everything worked out perfectly, and the boat, crew, dive guides and the actual diving were all even better than I'd hoped. We were incredibly lucky with our dives, seeing huge groups of hammerheads, loads of white tip sharks, silky sharks, reef sharks and even a tiger shark, as well as one huge beautiful manta ray.
Thanks so much for organising the trip - I really had the most wonderful time!
All the best,


sudan divingMSY Elegante
To discover “Elegante”, means letting yourself conquered by nature, living closely in touch with the Sudanese Red sea . Wide comfortable surroundings and modern equipment will make your holiday unique eleganteand exclusive. We have onboard three electric generators and two air compressors to refill cylinders, with electric and petrol engine, these double systems avoid any possible failure for a good result of cruises. Elegante can accommodate 14 persons.

Please visit the MSY Elegante information page for more information by clicking here

The reputation of Sudan as a no-go area for tourists is somewhat unfair.  Although a trip to Khartoum is ill-advised, Port Sudan is perfectly safe for tourists, and the diving is so spectacular that it is well worth a visit.

The diving in Sudan is simply stunning.  The visibility is incredible, the coral completely unspoilt, and marine life so abundant that every dive was truly amazing; I quickly ran out of superlatives to write in my logbook.  A real highlight is the schools of curious hammerheads that come within a few metres of divers.  For those interested in diving history, a day and night dive on Precontinent II - the underwater living experiment set up by Jacques Cousteau – is a treat.

The diving is challenging, and the guides were very knowledgeable, professional, and friendly, as were all the guys working on the boat.  The boat itself is great – probably the best one in Sudan.  There’s plenty of space to relax, a huge sun deck, and a spacious dive deck.  The food was fantastic, & the cabins comfortable and well appointed. 

The trip itself was very well organised: we booked at the last minute, but the company still managed to get our visas etc. sorted in time.  A day in Cairo is a necessity rather than a pleasure as the flights to Port Sudan only leave once a week, but it gave us time to see the Egypt Museum (where Tutankhamen’s treasure is housed) and the Pyramids, where my husband certainly perked up as he was offered the opportunity to swap me for some camels.  At the end of the week’s diving, we were also allowed to wander round Port Sudan, and to visit Suakin, the old port that was built entirely from coral.  Suakin is very dilapidated, but our guide reassured us by insisting that the buildings “only fall down during the night”.  

We have dived in the Egyptian bit of the Red Sea, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand: we can honestly say that the diving in Sudan is the best that we have encountered, and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

Harriet & John


Diving holiday programme, Sudan, Egypt (Red Sea)


7 Nights Itinerary

Extended North Route

1st day: UMBRIA – Check dive + 2 dives

2d day: SANGANEB - South west point and south reef

3rd day: SANGANEB - South west point . SHA'AB RUMI - Cousteau Houses

4th day: SHA'AB RUMI - South point. SHA'AB SUADI (According to weather conditions) - Reef

5th day: SHA'AB SUEDI& Ma Sharifa- Toyota wreck. SHA'AB RUMI - North point

6th day: SHA'AB RUMI - South point. WINGATE REEF - Reef

New North and South Route

1st day: UMBRIA (Wingate) & SANGANEB – Check dive + 3 dives

2d day: SANGANEB & SHA'AB RUMI - 3 daily dives plus night dive

3rd day:
JUMNA (2 dives), KEARY REEF, SHA'AB AMBAR Lagoon (night dive). 3 daily dives and a night dive

4th day:
Dives at PENDER Reef, PINNACLE Reef, SHA'AB AMBAR Lagoon (night dive). 3 daily dives and a night dive

5th day:
Dives on PROTECTOR Reef (2 dives), Protector Reef (night dive). 3 daily dives and a night dive

6th day:
Sailing back to Port Sudan with 2 dives on WINGATE reef. 2 daily dives. Last night on board in Port Sudan

14 Nights Itinerary

1st day: UMBRIA
2d day: SANGANEB
3rd day: SHA'AB RUMI
4th day:
5th day: QITA EL BANNA
6th day: MERLO REEF
7th day:
8th day:
9th day: MESHARIFA
10th day: SHA'AB SUEDI
11th day: SHA'AB RUMI
12th day: SANGANEB
13th day:

For Southern Sudan click here


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From August  to  November The Elegante 7 nights itinerary includes the reefs of Ras abu Shagara  (Angarosh, Merlo and Abingdon) and Mesharifa (Manta point) where you can encounter many mantas due to water plankton.

Itinerary in detail:

- Saturday arrival, boarding, papers permission and boarding taxes.

- Sunday departure to Sha’ab Rumi ( about 3,30 hours of navigation)  : the legendary Cousteau’s precontinent and the wonderful south plateau.

-Monday departure to Shab Suadi (about 3 hours) where you can see the wreck of Blue Belt (Toyota’s cargo); departure to Gurna’ reef to spend the night.

-Tuesday departure to Quita el banna’s reef (about 2,30 hours); departure to Abu Shagara reefs where  you can dive on Merlo reef. Departure to Shambaya to spend the night.

-Wednesday diving in Abingdon and Angarosh and departure (about 2,30 hours of navigation)  to Mesharifa island (Manta point) overnight stay.

-Thursday dive on Angarosh or Quita el Banna and then return to Port Sudan to repeat the best dive on the outward journe.

-Friday : Dive in the Sha ab Suadi South plateau and Sha’b Rumi.

-Saturday  morning return to Port Sudan.



Diving holiday departures , Sudan, Red Sea

Please see our departures page for availability and prices.


Accommodation is onboard Dolce Vita, Horizon, Don Questo and Elegante.

Prices include flights Dubai to Port Sudan, transfers, airport taxes, liveaboard, FB & diving.

Boat diving with 3 to 4 dives a day. Nitrox diving also available.

Prices range from £1295pp to 1690pp for 1 weeks diving with Dubai - Port Sudan flights.      2 week trips from £2550pp. Excluding International Flights.



Sudan's climate ranges from tropical to continental while most of the northern half of the country experiences a desert climate. The dry season ranges from three months in the humid tropical south to nine months in Khartoum with the hottest months July and August (41C - 50C).


Dubai (DXB) - Port Sudan (PZU) connecting with International.

UK Passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay. Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel. Visa Required. Vaccinations - International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever required if arriving from infected area within 5 days.

A comprehensive list of our prices for hotels and diving is in our brochure. If you would like a brochure, please fill in a "brochure request" form. Alternatively, just make an enquiry and a member of our team will respond with the details. Red Sea 2014

The Umbria & North - Wingate Reef
Sailing from Port Sudan, guests conduct their first dives on the wreck of the Umbria, an Italian freighter sunk on June 9, 1940, the day before Italy went to war. She was headed to East Africa carrying over 300,000 bombs and other war supplies for Italian troops. The reason for her unfortunate fate is a mystery, but some believe she was scuttled by her captain for fear that she would fall into the hands of the British. Others maintain that she was under threat from a German submarine. Today she lies on her port side in 35m to 40m of water.

The coral reef surrounding the site of the famous British-built lighthouse at Sanganeb has everything a diver could wish for. Rising from depths of 800m, the outer drop-offs boast caves and gullies, and one of the richest displays of soft coral in the Red Sea. Guests will spot an abundance of species in just 20m of water. In the depths, graceful hammerheads sweep back and forth awaiting a photo opportunity.

Sha'ab Rumi
In 1963, Jacques Cousteau mounted an expedition to Sha'ab Rumi to study Red Sea coral life. Guests are allowed to dive the remains of the team's underwater base, the Precontinent II shelf. Marine life is scarce, but the metal remains of the equipment shed and flying saucer-like structure, which are now delicately encrusted, are well worth a visit.

Sha'ab Rumi South Point
Prone to strong currents, this dive begins at the top of a coral formation and gradually drops to 20m, where you encounter three routes all falling away to 700m. Most species endemic to the Red Sea can be found here, including large numbers of barracuda and sharks that are not afraid to pose for the camera. Night dives are held in an enclosed lagoon.

Sha'ab Su'adi (weather and time permitting)
Guests are taken to the wreck of the modern cargo vessel Blue Bell, which lies keel-side up with the prow at 15m dropping down to 70m. Diving below 35m is not recommended, and divers are advised to keep an eye out for tiger sharks. Details of the itinerary are flexible and subject to weather conditions. Guests booking two-week trips will usually visit Ma Sharif and Angarosh, famous for their majestic manta rays. Two or three dives a day are included as standard, and two night dives during the week.

Southern Sudan
The Suakin Archipelago
(June & October)
South from Port Sudan past Suakin lies probably some of the best diving in the World. The Suakin Archipelago is made up of a group of islands offering some of the most unforgettable dives you will ever make in the Red Sea. A lot of the reefs within this constellation have not been dived, and journeys to the area are reminiscent of early exploratory diving.

The few dive sites mentioned here are resplendent of the Red Sea at its best with dazzling reefs and an underwater universe of dense soft and hard corals and unparalleled shark activity. Due to limited anchorage this itinerary is offered on a few selected departures between April and June.

Karam Masamirit offers relatively safe overnight anchorage inside the archipelago. Located immediately south of Masamirit, your first point of call from Port Sudan, this huge reef rising from great depths probably displays some of most colourful coral life in the Red Sea. By positioning yourself on a ledge either to the north or south depending on the current, you will see some unforgettable sharks.

Dahrat Ghab is rated by the few that have dived there as the best dive site in the Red Sea, boasting the most colourful and prolific growth of coral everywhere you look. Coral simply abounds in the most awesome visual expression. Here you can also expect to find some of the largest sharks you will ever see along with an abundance of every fish specie known in the Red Sea.

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