Sudan

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of Sudan

To describe Sudan in a single word it would be: UNTOUCHED
Sudan is the shark paradise for shark lovers. Adventurous divers can experience huge schools of Hammer Head Shark, Silky Shark, Tiger Shark, Grey Reefs, Oceanic White Tip as well as many other pelagic fish. There are no words to express the beauty of the unspoiled coral reefs that bring it all together. Our expertise will make you Sudan Liveaboard a unique experience

Last update: Sunday 23rd May 2019. Almost finished with update! Just a few descriptions and photos. But all major info is updated.

BOOKING: Simply choose a date on the schedule, click book and fill in the form. We will get back to you within a day with complete information including payment options and how we can help you book your flights.
If you would prefer to book through a European Travel Agent (for travel insurance etc), we will connect you with one of our partners and they will handle your payment and flights for a small booking fee.

How to get there: Flights to Port Sudan are available on Sundays and Thursdays through Turkish Airlines. This is great news because you can now fly to Port Sudan through Istanbul from almost any city in Europe at VERY competitive prices.

Flight search tip: Istanbul - Port Sudan is an early morning flight. So remember that your flight search dates should be one day BEFORE arrival date and actual departure date.

When: M.V Liberty will be in Sudan from 16th February 2019 onwards until the end of April

Non optional extra costs for Sudan:
Visa: $155 ($205 for US passport) payable upon arrival. It is cheaper to apply for a tourist visa from your local Sudanese Embassy. In either case we will assist you with all visa processing requirements
Tourist Fees: €180 for 1 week visitors or €250 for 10 - 14 day visitors. These fees include your transfers, port fees and governmental fees.

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The South Sudan itinerary is designed for those who are infected with the Shark Bug!


We will visit a cluster of reefs which are approximately 4 hours sailing from Port Sudan and an hour sailing between them.

This makes the South Trip almost as comfortable as the North Trip in terms of travelling time between dive sites.


Most of the reefs in the South are well known for Hammer Head school encounters as well as an uncanny number of other sharks species including the elegant Silky Shark, Grey Reef Sharks and the ever elusive; Tiger Shark.


Another great aspect of the South Sudan trip is that there are still several opportunities for night diving due to the few overnight enclosures.


Example itinerary for South Sudan:


Day 1:

Arrive at Port Sudan international Airport (PZU) and transfer by bus to sea port, check in onboard M/Y Liberty cabins and prepare dive gear as we head out to sea right away.

On the way out, we will go over all paperwork, dive and safety briefings.

We arrive after 2 hours sailing at Shaab Anbar for a nice easy check dive in the lagoon. and head to Protector Reef for our second dive and a night dive.


Day 2:

We wake up at Protector again to enjoy the drop off this time around. We will sail back to Anbar for the 2nd and 3rd dives to enjoy the lush North and South Plateaus.

Anbar is a great place to anchor overnight as well as night dive.

Day 2 would be a good time to start praying to the Shark Gods!


Day 3:

1st Dive Logan Reef Plateau or Drop off and then sail to Kiri for your 2nd and 3rd dives

Overnight or Protector.


Day 4:

1st and 2nd dives are Jumna! 

3rd Dive can also be either Jumna or we will head north to Sanganeb for your third dive and a night dive.


Day 5:

1st dive Sanganeb North Plateau

2nd dive Sanganeb South Plateau

This is a perfect opportunity to visit the old light house!

3rd Dive Umbria or Wingate Reef

Night Dive at Wingate Reef


Day 6:

1st and 2nd Dive Umbria and head back into port


Day 7:

All day at port and a chance explore Port Sudan on foot, take optional Day tour or just chill onboard.


Return in early evening to check out of cabins by 8pm and await transfer to airport!




the dive sites


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

Shaab Anbar is an excellent location for check dives due to it's proximity to Port Sudan as well as gives great protection for staying overnight.


Visit the south plateau to enjoy Hammerheads, grey, white tip, barracuda, big school sweetlips, Jack fish 

Those who are lucky with weather get to dive north plateau which is frequented by Hammerheads and grey sharks

Protector Reef is famous for it's vast plateau with it's huge coral garden with several protruding pinnacles encased in all manner of reef dwelling fish.

Multiple visits can be made to Protector during a single trip since it is considered a very photogenic reef.

Protector Reef is also known for it's steep drop off where you can see Groupers, Jack, occasional Hammerheads, Grey Sharks, Red Snappers, and Napoleon fish.



With a lush plateau at a depth of 30-40m, Logan Reef is a great early morning dive.

The Plateau is famous for Silky Sharks and Hump Head Parrot Fish as well as occasional visits from Great Hammerheads.


Logan Reef also has a spectacular drop off famous for it's Hard Corals full of marine life and a suspicious amount of Black Corals.


Kiri Reef is a beautiful 30 - 35 meter plateau frequented by Hammer Head sharks and is a migratory point for Groupers and Barracuda who are always present in large schools and individuals.


Another major point for Kiri Reef and a delight to macro photographers is the abundance of Dragon NudiBranchs. The vast variety of amazing colours, shapes and sizes in the Dragon Nudibranch family have given them a near mythical status amongst divers. A well made photograph of the Dragon Nudibranch is considered a prized status symbol amongst underwater photographers.


Jumna is a classical Sudan experience.

The large reef protrusion surrounded by spectacular drop offs and known for mega schools of Hammerhead Sharks. Schools of up to 100 individuals have been seen here and is an almost sure hit.

When The Hammers are busy elsewhere; then Jumna will not disappoint you with it’s walls covered in hard corals and populated by Groupers, Barracuda and Hump Head Parrot fish.