A main stay for any Sudan Liveaboard diving trip Sanganeb National park is a marvel!
Consisting of more than 120 reefs and creating a vast environmental complex that gives life to 1000's of marine species and billions of individual creatures.
The cliffs and gorges, the schools of Sharks flying past and the sheer beauty of the corals will take your breath away.
Sanganeb is a huge atoll with 2 main point for diving, which are the South Plateau and North Plateau.
The South Plateau is a coral garden and wall which is populated by a vast variety of fish and occasional sharks. Another highlight of the Northern plateau is the Lighthouse which is a must visit between dives.
The Northern Plateau is a very weather specific place to visit and is considered a treat for those lucky enough to go there.
Shaab Rumi may be the single most amazing dive site IN THE WORLD!
just 5 hours sailing from Port Sudan it is one of Cousteau's favorite sites.
Home to the famous and coveted "Pre-Continent 2" that was used to experiment if a group of divers could survive for several weeks under water.
The southern most side is the most well known dive site and resembles a balcony stretching out to the open sea across and amazing plateau and surrounded by the steep walls busting with life.
The Hammerheads, Greys and Barracuda will become your best friends :)
And when we say Greys… we mean 5, 10… probably 20 ;)
Built in 1912 and named SS Bahia Bianca in Hamburg for hauling cargo between Europe and Argentina.
SS Bahia Bianca was acquired by the Argentinian government in 1918 to transport coal and agricultural products across the Atlantic until 1934 when she was purchased by the Italian government and renamed Umbria after the name of first of the two large tribes to populate Italy. The Umbri were a large tripe who settled on the Tiber River in 1000BC.
Her last voyage was a secret one. She set sail from Port Said, Egypt on the 6th June 1940 secretly carrying 6000 tons of bombs, 600 cases of detonators and 100 tons of various weapons. She also carried 2000 tons of cements and, to our delight, 3 Fiat 1100 cars! She was allowed to continue on her way due to Italy’s technical neutrality in the war.
On the 9th of June Umbria was forced to anchor at Wingate Reef by 2 British warships; HMS Grimsby and the HMS Leander under pretext of searching for contraband.
It was that same day the Umbria’s captain, Muiesan Lorenzo, heard on the radio that Italy had joined the war with NAZI Germany. The combination of events and news sealed old Umbria’s fate and the captain scuttled her at a depth of 38 meters.
She now lies at Wingate Reef as a relic. Weather or not she is a World War 2 relic is for you to decide!
Wingate Reef is also a great location for night dives and is inhabited by snappers, lobsters, crabs and octopus.
MV Liberty will visit Umbria on all our Sudan Liveaboard trips. So you will not miss out for sure