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
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.
Abeda is where the Hammerheads live! This amazing site is mainly known for the Mega-School of Hammer Head Sharks in the hundreds.
Abeda is also complimented by the vast fields untouched corals and abundance of marine life.
Dahret Kaab is a magnificent reef.
Here we have the possibility to see a large number of migratory fish including the famous Bump Head Parrot Fish trains, Barracuda, Jacks, and all manner of Red Sea colourful fish.
Daraka Island sports a great plateau especially famous for the school of Sweet Lips, Red Snapper and untouched corals.
Daraka Island is also known for schools of Hammer Head Shark, Grey Reef Sharks and White Tips
Habily Daharit Abida is yet another gem of the Red Sea!
Here we had a good chance to see large schools of Hammer Head Sharks and the elegant Silky Sharks.
The untouched corals on the plateau are an excellent hiding place for the beautiful Red Sea marine life.
The plateau of Habily Kaab might just hold the most lush and beautiful soft corals in the world! We understand that sharks are a main objective for many adventurers, but do not miss out on this experience for anything. There is truly heaven on Earth.
The only rival to this natural wonder is the Heaven Garden in Zabargad Island of Egypt.
Habily Kaab also sports a drop off populated with Silky Sharks, Grey Sharks, Groupers as well as beautiful hard coral formations.