Sudan is the wildest and most virgin diving area in the Red Sea, where encounters with sharks and large pelagics are more common than in the Egyptian Red Sea and where you can also dive into mythical wrecks like the Umbria or the Blue Belt. Far from the overcrowded areas of the Red Sea, you can come across untouched coral reefs like Abington or Sanganeb and dive over the remains of Precontinent II, a submarine station created by Captain Cousteau in 1960.
The pristine reefs of Sudan have impressive walls visited by pelagics whose number and variety will surprise the most demanding divers: from schools of hammerhead sharks, to reef sharks or manta rays depending on the season, schools of barracudas or carangids. In its reefs we can also find all types of small common life in the Red Sea: butterfly fish, anthias, hawkfish, lionfish, clownfish, etc. An essential place for advanced divers dreaming of a purer Red Sea.
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Diving season in Sudan
The best time to dive in Sudan is between February and June, that’s when the sea gathers more different species and marine life is the richest. The autumn months are also very good, especially in October, the manta ray sighting season in Sudan, near the Mesharifa reef. The hammerhead shark season goes from January to April while the other common sharks of Sudan, like grey and reef sharks, can be seen throughout the year.
Sudan guarantees very good visibility, from 20 to 30 meters throughout the year, although some sites have a lower overall visibility. The dry season (November to June) generally has better visibility than the rainy season (May to October).
The temperatures of the water and the air reach their maximum point between June and September, when we can find sea temperatures of 31 to 33° C. From December to March is when we find the water somewhat less warm, between 23 and 26º C.
What diving certification do I need to join a diving safari in Sudan?
You can dive in Sudan with Open Water certification in Sudan but we recommend AOWD certification and at least 30 dives. It is an area that can have strong currents and great depths, so it is advisable to have some experience.
Flights to Sudan
Every liveaboard in Sudan includes the transfer from the airport to the boat in Port Sudan and the flight connections are quite simple so organizing the diving trip to Sudan yourself is very easy.
There are direct flights to Port Sudan International Airport from Cairo and Khartoum. Khartoum has direct flights from many cities in Africa and the Middle East, so most visitors make the connection in Egypt. It is important to note that to enter Sudan you should not have any stamp of Israel in the passport and that it is absolutely forbidden to bring alcoholic beverages. It is very important that after booking your liveaboard deal confirm with the boat booking crew time of boarding.