3rd-12th November 2013 £2199.00
Join Big Squid on this Sudanese Diving Adventure in November
Mesharifa Aboard: M/V Suzannah The vessel… Built in 2005, she is operated by a dedicated team with over 20 years experience of Sudanese waters, making her ideal for your liveaboard adventure! M/V Sherazade is a luxurious 33m steel hull vessel with 9 spacious cabins comfortably accommodating just 18 guests.
All cabins offer en-suite bathrooms, individually controlled air-conditioning along with bedside controlled lighting and music systems. The spacious saloon and dining areas offer a relaxed atmosphere with teak furnishings and comfortable sofas. Top up your tan on one of the two sun decks after diving from the large dive platform.
This itinerary covers the Sudan Classic itinerary dives plus the northern reefs and is the perfect itinerary for divers who would like a change from the Egyptian Red Sea and are also looking for a bit of adventure.
Famed for its pristine coral reefs, abundant marine life and historic sites, Sudan is a real untouched underwater paradise. Due to a history in difficult access, there are very few liveaboards operating in this region; meaning that dive sites have remained beautifully pristine and divers are able to explore them in practical solitude.
Wingate Reef & the ‘Umbria’ Wreck This huge reef offers a few dive sites which would be excellent for a “check dive”, but its main attraction lies sheltered at its core: the wreck of the “Umbria”. The wreck is one of these jewels you rarely dive and is considered one of the top 10 wrecks in the world. This wreck lies on its side at a maximum of 36m and a minimum of 3m and is completely intact. The holds are easily penetrated and the cargo (from ammunition to cars, passing by good Italian bottle of wines) is still there to be explored.
Mesharifa Mesharifa is in shallow waters protected by two reefs. It is here, at the right time of year that there is the opportunity to see large groups of manta rays. To swim with these enormous friendly creatures is an experience that you will never forget.
Shaab Rumi & ‘Conshelf II’ Lying north of Port Sudan, the reef offers a sheltered lagoon for mooring at its centre, plateaus at its tips and sheer drop-offs on its side: a perfect combination! It was on its west side that Jacques Cousteau and his team set up an underwater village to study the effects of long term underwater stays of a diver once he was fully saturated with all the gases in his body. The remains of this expedition, called ‘Précontinent II’ (Conshelf II in English), can still be seen some 40 years later.
Angarosh This reef features two plateaus and drop-offs all around. This site will not deceive avid shark divers with chances of silvertip sharks, schooling hammerheads, grey reef sharks and occasional tiger sharks. Manta rays may also glide by, amongst the schooling barracudas, tunas and other fishes. All dive sites are subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.
Due to diving conditions and remote location, divers must be a PADI Advanced diver or equivalent with a minimum of 50 logged dives to join this Big Squid safari.
Sudan Travel Information
Return flights London – Dubai – Port Sudan, 7 nights full board accommodation, tea/coffee/water, snacks, up to 19 dives & night diving, use of weights, weight belt and tank, tank refills
The price does not include, Diving equipment, Soft drinks, beer, wine, alcoholic beverages, caffè espresso, Satellite phone- Service tax Euro 40 per week
To be paid locally in cash:- Assistance at Port Sudan airport, transfers from/ to airport- Sudanese taxes, visas, local transfers- 1 week trip : 222 Euros.