Intro to Sudan - Sudan or the Republic of the Sudan is a country in Northern Africa. It is the largest country in Africa and tenth largest country in the world by area. While Sudan may not be a popular tourist destination, their scuba diving tourism is currently on the rise.
Water Temperature: 26C/79F (Winter) & 29C/84F (Summer)
Visibility: 10 - 35m (33 - 115 ft)
Depth Range: 5 - 40m (16 - 131 ft)
Angarosh - Experienced divers enjoy the deep diving opportunity that Angarosh presents, approximately 12 km east of Mukawwar Island. Hammerheads, tiger sharks, silvertips and grey reef sharks are commonly seen here. You can also expect to see schools of barracuda, bluefin tuna and yellowfin, as well as beautiful soft corals and innumerable reef fish.
Cousteau's Conshelf (Sha'ab Rumi Reef) - This is one of Sudan's best known dive sites. This was the place for Jacques Cousteau's Conshelf II experiment in 1963. The rest of the dome is still at 9 m deep just south after the west passage of the reef. Only experienced wreck divers should explore the confined spaces of the structure. The surroundings are a pretty coral garden with plenty of soft corals and reef fish. Shark species include grey reef sharks, silky sharks and silvertips. During the November to April period this is one of the best places to see hammerhead sharks.
Sanganeb Reef - Great reef, including a lot of different sharks (Hammerhead sharks, Grey reef sharks, Whitetip reef sharks). The occasional Napoleon wrasse and humphead parrotfish might also cruise by.
The Toyota Wreck (Blue Belt Wreck) - This cargo ship sank in 1977 with its load of cars, trucks, tractors and spare parts, which explains the automotive moniker. This is an excellent wreck dive mainly due to the cargo. The Blue Belt now lies upside down on a slope of about 30° and you can enter it through a large opening in the hull at 36m and work you up through the inside to come out near the bow.
The Umbria Wreck - The "Umbria" is one of the most famous sunken ships in the world. It is one of the jewels in the crown of Sudanese diving. At a maximum depth of 36m, the Umbria is shallow by most wreck divers' standards. Snorkelers will be able to explore much of the wreck's upper area while scuba divers will benefit from the extended bottom time possible on the ship's shallower sections. Marine life that you can see there includes cleaner shrimps, a large school of snappers, spiney fish, butterflyfish and barracudas.
Best Time to Dive - Liveaboards operate all year round in Sudan, but the conditions might vary throughout the year. Hammerhead season is from January to April, while August to October might be the best time for you who want to see mantas. The dry season (November to June) usually has better visibility than the rainy season (May to October).
Topside & Non-Diving Activities
✓ Visiting Meroe Pyramids.
✓ Visiting Naqa and Musawarat
✓ Sufi ritual of drumming and trance dancing
✓ Excellent Sudanese cuisine with various influences, including Egyptian, Ethiopian and Turkish cuisines.
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