Sudan Dive Sites

Sudan Dive Sites

Sudan has much to offer divers, with the historically unique Precontinent II and one of the best wreck dives in the world, not to mention the shark dives a liveaboard here is a perfect destination.

The Sudan dive sites are an ideal location for a luxury liveaboard cruise. The structure for day trip dives is not as advanced as some of the neighbouring countries so to see the best of the Sudan dive sites a liveaboard cruise for 7 to 14 days is ideal.

Dive sites include historical sites with plenty of shipwrecks to keep enthusiasts happy. As the area is not yet fully explored, many new wrecks have been discovered in recent years.

Jacques Cousteau’s remnants of his underwater living project are also here. The experiment was conducted in the 1960’s where oceanauts resided underwater for a month-long investigation to further our understanding of marine nature and the effects on the human participants.

The diving in Sudan is uncrowded with pristine reefs and a varied marine life. As with all the Red Sea visibility is generally very good and there are many shark sightings.

Take a look at the Liveaboard Cruise options below.

Sudan Dive Sites - 3 LIVEABOARDS

From $162 / day

Felicidad II

Felicidad II liveaboard is in Sudan. Completely renovated in 2018, a 32m steel liveaboard that has eight en suite cabins with both twin and double bed set up on the lower deck. The indoor saloon has a minibar, entertainment system and library and can be used for indoor dining if required. The upper deck has alfresco dining, and there are comfortable sofas and a sundeck with sunbeds and mattresses. There is a spacious deck with storage space and nitrox available.

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From $154 / day

Royal Evolution

Royal Evolution Liveaboard operates in Sudan & Egypt is a 40m luxury dive liveaboard that caters for 24 guests. There are 12 large double occupancy cabins with ensuite bathrooms, climate controlled and have picture windows. A large dining area and multiple lounge areas mean plenty of space to relax onboard. There is a spacious dive deck that is well organised with individual lockers and set up area. Nitrox is available, and there is a camera station.

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From $153 / day

Elegante

Elegante Liveaboard operates in Djibouti & Sudan is a traditional wooden schooner that was completely renovated in 2009. She is 25 metres long and comfortably accommodates a maximum of 14 guests in 7 air-conditioned, en-suite cabins. Enjoy al fresco dining and a relaxed atmosphere on board. Elegante is under Italian management and is staffed by a crew with years of experience in the Red Sea. Discover the untouched underwater wonders of Sudan and the whale sharks of Djibouti.

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Sudan Dive Sites

Angarosh

This is a remote site east of Mukawwar Island where it is almost guaranteed to have the dive site alone. The name means Mother of Sharks which gives an insight into the marine life found there. For experienced divers the site is ideal, it is a deep water plateau that connects to a reef that rises to 10m. The blue water of the deep area can have hammerheads and tiger sharks, along with silver tip and grey reef sharks. At the plateau and reef there are huge schools of tuna, snappers and trevally, and in the summer months are manta rays. The picturesque and colourful reef has many reef fish.

Cousteau's Conshelf (or Precontinent II)

This is one of the best known and most unusual and historical dive sites in Sudan and maybe worldwide. It was the location of one of Cousteau’s underwater living projects. Here are the remains of the village where five oceanauts resided along with a parrot for a month. There was electricity, air conditioning, fresh water and even TV here for them to enjoy while making new discoveries for science and medicine. There are shark cages a hanger, and a tool shed still intact, but only certified divers can enter the structures confined spaces. Species behaviours were studied here via a submersible including the many sharks that surround the area.

Sanganeb

A colossal lighthouse sits on a platform above the atoll and reef here to signal the site below. The reef rises from the deep in nutrient-rich water making it ideal for large pelagic life. Shark sightings include whitecap and grey reef sharks and possibly hammerheads. Schooling barracuda, jacks and snapper circle the area with Napoleon wrasse also present. The plateau itself has impressive coral coverage swarming with anthias and basslets.

The Toyota Wreck

Also called the Blue Belt Wreck is a cargo ship sank after hitting the reef in 1977, she was loaded with cars, trucks, tractors and spare parts, which gives the sites name. At 103m in length, she is large and sits upside down on an incline. Unfortunately, she slipped down the reef, and the deeper part is beyond 60m. In an attempt to reflect her after sinking the cargo was removed from the hold and is now scattered on the seabed. The cargo makes the site interesting with the trucks and cars that are now coral encrusted making for fun photographs.

The Umbria Wreck

Deemed as one of the best wreck dives in the world this site is renowned in Sudan. An Italian war vessel she was scuttled in 1940 by the Italian crew to avoid her being taken by the British when the war was declared in Sudan. She was loaded with 350,000 bombs and weapons in her cargo hold as well as the trucks that offer interest to divers. At 150m in length, she is a large area to explore, but the depth range is between 35 and 5m with the masts breaking the surface at low tide, so bottom time is usually not a problem. Coral encrusted with schooling fish and many crustaceans on her hull she has openings in the desk where penetration is possible.

Suakin Archipelago

With the many dive sites in the area, some of the highlights are:

Sha’ab Jibna

Also known as Jumna is a small reef with a beacon marker that has two dive sites, east and west.

There are fantastic walls with many caves covered in soft coral that is swarming with fish life. The cracks and crevices have plenty of critter life, and schooling hammerhead sharks circle blue.

Sha’ab Ambar

There are two beautiful lagoons here which is surrounded by reefs where dolphins play around the boats. Many sites are here, but the southeast has a large submerged plateau where sharks can be found in the sandy bottom.

Nakhalat al Quseir

This is also known simply as the “Pinnacle” as it rises from 70m to just below the surface at 5m in a cone shape. The site is known for the larger pelagic life where hammerheads, oceanic and manta rays are seen among the many fish.

Logan & Keary

The two reefs are located next to each other and are similar in topography. Hammerhead sharks can be seen on the plateau and the reef walls are full of colourful corals with walls of fish.

Sandcay Reef

Another site with a similar topography to the ones above. Hammerheads are also seen here with tuna and barracuda and a wall dive with plenty of fish life. Encounters with oceanic whitetip and silver tip sharks are also noted here.

Preserver

A massive reef at 3 miles long that lies just below the surface. A plateau descends down to from 20m to 50m with a soft coral coverage and large gorgonian sea fans.

Protector

Is considered one of the highlights of the area with a massive plateau with interesting features of canyons and crests. A drop off and wall are where the large tuna, jackfish and barracuda are found. Not a shark dive but manta rays, eagle rays and turtles are common.

Deep South

Sudan has a Deep South area close to Eritrean waters that are covered on two-week cruises due to the large distances needed to reach them. This pristine area rarely sees fishermen or divers and has ten dive spots that have been discovered so far with more to come. One of the unusual sightings here are the juvenile silky sharks which are not common in other areas.

The islands visited are:

Dahrat Abid

There are many varieties of hard and soft corals on a ledge area with pelagic fish around. Hammerhead sharks are seen here along with giant sweetlips.

Darraka Island

This is another site used by Cousteau for studies and experiments. The long island with a plateau at 20 to 28m. Many surgeonfish school here with jacks, tuna and barracuda. Occasionally small groups of hammerheads are seen here.

Dahrat Qab Island

Also has a plateau at 25m with beautiful soft coral coverage, here manta rays, sharks and turtles can be found.

Habili Lory

Close to Dahrat Qab Island, this is the place to see silky sharks among the soft coral. A plateau down to 35m with a wall there are table corals with gorgonian sea fans and whip coral.

Aside from the islands, there are many shallow reef dives. Here pristine corals, pelagic life and different sharks can be found.

Other Activities

Suakin is an ancient port city of the Red Sea that is named from the coral bricks used in its construction. It was at one time the main port of Sudan in the past but was abandoned due to the shallow water and an earthquake that struck the area. The interesting ruins can be visited at the end of the cruise.

Marine Park and Conservation in Sudan

There is one marine park in Sudan, the Suakin Archipelago National Park, which covers the islets over 579 square miles.