Northern Wrecks & Reefs
March 23 – 30, 2020
$2600 Lower Cabin Dbl/Occupany
$2850 Upper Cabin Dbl/Occupancy
7 nights 6 days of diving the pristine reefs and wrecks of Sudan’s Northern Red Sea. We meet in Cairo and fly into Port Sudan where we’ll board the boat and begin the adventure. Get ready for some immaculate diving in this remote stretch of the Red Sea. The Sudanese coast stretches out for 400 miles along the Red Sea between Egypt and Eritrea. The reefs are virtually untouched. Most of the diving in the Sudanese Red Sea is on coral pinnacle formations rising from great depths. These walls attract fish life in vast numbers, including large pelagic species. The corals are stunning and teeming with life. When you are on the reef, you look around and realize: these are some of the least dived sites in the world.
The Sharks: Sudan is famous for its sharks. Schools of hammerheads and grey reef sharks patrol these waters December – May. We’ll see a lot of sharks on this trip. Silky sharks, reef sharks, great hammerheads and scalloped hammerheads are found in these waters.
The Legend: Experience legendary diving at Jacques Cousteau’s underwater village: Precontinent II. Cousteau built his second underwater habitat at Sha’ab Rumi where you can still see the tool shed and submarine docking station.
The Reefs: We will visit Sanganeb Reef- a Unesco World Heritage Site and National Marine Park. The reefs are virtually pristine and teeming with life. The Sudanese Red Sea is one of the least dived places in the world.
Blue Bell: She was sailing from Jeddah to Port Sudan with her cargo of Toyota vehicles and spare parts when she struck the reef in 1977, about 75km north of Port Sudan. The huge, 103m long wreck lies overturned on the reef wall at a 30° angle, her keel facing upwards and her bow pointing toward the reef.
The Umbria lies a few miles off Port Sudan in 16 to 118 feet of water. The sinking of this Italian WWII Cargo Ship is a fascinating story of how the crew scuttled the ship to keep it’s cargo bombs out of the British Navy’s hands. Everything is still there including hundreds of bombs and munitions that never made it to The War.
PORT SUDAN – PORT SUDAN
Transfer to the boat
Meet Crew & Welcome Briefing
Prepare Diving equipment
Dinner on Board
Boar will depart next early morning
Far North tour
Last Day Diving
2 dives before noon
Arrival to Port Sudan
Dinner On Board
Check Out after breakfast
** Number of Dives 3-4 Per day
Planned Dive Sites
SANGANEB North Unesco World Heritage Site
Sanganeb Reef is a huge coral atoll with spectaculars plateaus located in the North and South reef. There are breathtaking drop-offs on these reefs and among the hundreds of different species of fish you can encounter the resident reef sharks. There is a lighthouse that marks it location and can be walked up during your surface interval. Sanganeb steep walls are visited by big pelagics and huge shoals of barracudas, jacks, and millions of reef fish.
SHAAB RUMI NORTH PLATEU:
Sha’ab Rumi is a ‘must see’ for visitors. It is here where you will find the remains of Jacques Cousteau’s most famous expedition, the Precontinent II Outside of the lagoon, just 100 m from its entrance is where in 1963, Cousteau built Precontinent II – his futuristic world. Here he conducted his underwater experiments and today the Precontinent provides an insight into the lives of those who lived under the water in futuristic looking buildings and conducted research on marine life. The cages used for shark feedings still lie where they used to in Cousteau’s time. Sharks still come here as they did decades ago.
SHAAB RUMI SOUTH PLATEU:
In the South of Sha’ab Rumi you will find a plateau, lying in around 23m. Here you will find reef sharks, numerous barracudas, jack fish, bump-head parrotfish and almost anything else that you can imagine. This is where we get deep and in the blue for hammerhead sharks.
Blue Bell: At about 20 miles north from Sha’ab Rumi is located the wreck of the “Blue Bell”, known affectionately as the “Toyota’s wreck”. The Blue Bell was a large cargo ship that sank in the seventies, after an inexplicable strike on to the reef. It was carrying a cargo of Toyota vehicles, most of them now scattered alongside the reef balcony. The Blue Bell lies upside down and tilted on the reef with the stern resting on the sea bottom at around 80 meters. Looking at this huge ship disappearing into the abyss is a sight you will never forget.
The Wingate Reef is situated just outside Port Sudan harbor; it is where you will find the famous Umbria wreck. The Umbria was an Italian cargo ship scuttled in 1940; it lays intact into shallow water, allowing leisurely exploration of this amazing wreck. You can dive into its cargo holds and admire the amount of wine bottles and bombs carried, look at the huge coral encrusted brass propeller and, for the experienced divers, the engine room, corridors and cabins can be visited. She lies at 25m at about a 45-degree angle and in low tide the tips of her two masts even peek out of the water for an easy dive. About 18 tons of ammunition and explosives lie still in her cargo holdings along with half a million Maria Teresa coins. Originally she was on her way to Eritrea with her cargo but she happened to set anchor in Sudan when Italy proclaimed war with the country. So the Sudanese occupied the boat and they were about to order the Italians off Umbria when they got the news that she was sinking. The Captain and crew scuttled the ship rather than let it fall into enemy hands.
- 7 nights accommodation
- 6 days of diving (3-4 dives/day, incl. night dive; 2 dives on the last day)
- Dive guide
- 12 l tanks & weights
- Full board
- Soft beverages
- Taxes, fees and transportation to/from the boat – EUR 350 per person (included)
- Fuel surcharge – EUR 100 per person per week (included)
Obligatory surcharges Not Included
- Sudan Visa fee for US citizens USD 265 per person – Galaxy will assist
- Sudan Visa fee for Non – US citizen USD 200 per person
- International and domestic flights
- Private transfer
- Equipment rental
- 15l tanks rental
- Alcoholic beverages
- Crew gratitude
- Travel insurance
Frequently Asked Questions?
Which time zone is Sudan in?
Central-European time zone + 2 hours. There is no summer/winter savings time since 2011.
Sudanese taxes and fees
The Sudanese taxes are payable in advance along with the safari rates. The Sudanese visa fee is payable in USD in cash (the exact amount) onboard upon arrival. (Only cash payments are accepted.) The Boat will assist in obtaining the visa.
What kind of clothes to wear in Sudan?
Thanks to the warm weather, light clothes made of cotton, skirts, shorts, short-sleeve T-shirts and blouses, flip-flops and sandals are the best choice. Hats, sunglasses and a reef safe sunscreen are also important.
What is Sudanese cuisine like?
It is similar to Egyptian cuisine, very versatile, delicious and rich in fresh vegetables. The main meals are made of beef, Chicken and fresh fish is often used in the coastal regions and soups are also an important part of daily meals. The menu includes soups, fresh salads, meats, side dishes and sweets which are also available during the day along with fresh fruits.
What is the electrical current like in Sudan?
There is 220v current with European-style plugs.
Is vaccination needed for travelling to Sudan?
It is recommended but not mandatory for travellers to Sudan to get vaccination against: Hepatitis A (high risk of contagion), Hepatitis B (moderate risk of contagion), Typhus and rabies. However it is mandatory to get the vaccination against yellow fever if you enter Egypt after your stay in Sudan.
Make sure your passport is valid at least six months beyond the date on which you plan to leave the country
Make sure you review and meet global visa and/or immigration requirements for your nationality and the visa policy of Egypt AND/OR Sudan . Many countries require you to apply for and receive your visa in advance. Some countries may require proof of onward travel, such as a return plane ticket, as part of their entry requirements
Mobile phones can be used in Sudan. Contact your local mobile service provider for rates and details.
Friday is the official day off and in some offices Saturday as well.
Tips is a way of gratitude and appreciation from your side and it is very importatnt in Middle-East and in the Arabic world.
Dive accident insurance (to include medical evacuation) is mandatory for divers of all ages on all our trips
·Travel insurance and trip cancellation insurance (to include storm coverage where appropriate to the type of dive vacation booked) are strongly recommended