...Good for: Large animals, reef life and health, visibility, wreck diving, deep dives and underwater photography...
...Not so good for: Beginner divers and non-diving activities...
Sudan may not be a high profile tourist destination, thanks to its history of political unrest. However, scuba diving tourism is very much on the rise as word spreads of beautiful, colourful, pristine reefs, healthy shark populations, uncrowded dive sites, unforgettable wrecks and big schools of fish. Liveaboard trips either depart from Port Sudan or from the Egypt's Port Ghalib, so it is in fact an easy-to-get-to destination.
Sudan usually attracts more experienced divers and those who may have been to the Egyptian Red Sea before. As such it is considered a bit of a step up from Egypt. Some of the dives may offer challenges in terms of depth or wreck penetration that would be a little too much for beginner divers in places like Sharm El Sheikh. To those in the know, it is simply the best diving in the Red Sea. Show more
Angarosh - Experienced divers enjoy the deep diving opportunity that Angarosh presents, approximately 12 km east of Mukawwar Island. It is also a site which normally enjoys impressive visibility upwards of 25m on average. The topography consists of a deep plateau of between 40 and 55m and a reef which rises to about 10m at its shallowest point. It therefore lends itself to a deep dive profile, sinking deep initially and then working your way slowly shallower close to the reef. Show more
The best dive sites in the Sudanese section of the Red Sea are spread out over quite a large area. Realistically a Sudan liveaboard is the only way to fully appreciate the wonder of this destination. For more information on the cruise options and all the other travel information you might need to visit Sudan, see:
Trips either depart from Port Sudan or from Port Ghaleb in Egypt. Normally those from Port Sudan are shorter itineraries of 7 to 10 nights while those that leave from Egypt may be 13 nights. These trips also visit some of the dive sites on the Egyptian side of the marine border.
Liveaboard diving safaris run all year round in Sudan, however, the conditions do differ from time to time throughout the year. Hammerhead season is said to be January to April, whereas manta lovers might plan for August to October. Most other sharks have no defined season and might be spotted at any time during the year.
You can expect good visibility, usually in the 20 to 35m range, all year round although some sites have lower general visibility. The dry season (November to June) generally enjoys better visibility than the rainy season (May to October).
Water and air temperatures peak between June and September when you can expect sea temperatures of 31 to 33°C. December to March see the coolest water ranging between 24 and 27°C. There is considerably less wind in the Sudanese Red Sea than to the north and consequently the surface conditions are generally calmer, although November to February are known to be the months with the most unsettled surface conditions.
Review our map below of Egypt, from where our Sudan liveaboards depart, and its location in the world. Here, you will find information on how to get to Sudan.
Depth: 5m - >40m
Visibility: 10m - 35m
Currents: Usually mild but can be strong
Surface conditions: Usually calm but can be choppy
Water temperature: 24°C - 33°C
Experience level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: >30
Recommended length of stay: 1 - 2 weeks