Elegante is a 25m long sailing ketch, powered by a 260 HP Iveco diesel engine at a cruising speed of 10 knots. With a maximum capacity of just 14 guests, it is an ideal Sudanese economy liveaboard. Sudan is famous for its shark encounters, February to June being the best time to see hammerheads, as well as other shark species and large schools of fish. Manta rays are also present from September to October.
There are 7 guest cabins, each with its own private bathroom. Meals are served al fresco, towards the stern on the main deck. They are a mixture of rice or pasta dishes with a variety of sauces, salad, fresh fish or sashimi, vegetables, and meat. Also at the stern of the yacht is a social area, where you will find lounging beds for relaxation after a dive or sleeping under the stars. There is a small indoor saloon with a TV and DVD player that is used when it rains, and also a drinks bar.
The kit up area is on the deck of the Elegante mothership and 2 x 55 HP 5.75m motorised dinghies take divers out to all the best dive spots. The saloon has charging points for underwater cameras and torches so that you won't run out of power just as the hammerheads arrive! During these liveaboard cruises, guests have the option to make visit to the historic port of Suakin.
To prevent emergencies, Elegante has several important redundancy installations. 2 generators, 2 tenders, and 2 compressors ensure a smooth expedition. The only eventful liveaboard safaris in Sudan with Elegante will be those that are memorable for the right reasons.
Notes: Children of any age are welcome to share a cabin with their parents on Elegante. Child 0-12 years old - free of charge, child 12-16 years - US$ 435.
Dive experience: Only divers experienced in strong current and deep diving should join in Sudan liveaboard cruise with MSY Elegante.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, fruit juice, hot drinks, return transfers from local airport or hotels, dives (as detailed in the trips above), 2 experienced English-speaking divemasters, tanks (12 or 15 litre), belt and weights, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 174 per week), port fees (US$ 40), local taxes (US$ 225 per week), diving and travel insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only - EUR and USD).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, dive computer, torch (US$ 22 per week). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: Elegante departs from Port Sudan for its Sudan liveaboard trips. The first and last nights of the cruise are spent in the harbour. Guests arrive and board any time on the first day. There are flights from Cairo to Port Sudan (PZU) with Tarco, Egypt Air and Sudan Airways. This is a much easier route than flying into Khartoum. For more details see our travel information section for Sudan. We can assist guests with arranging flights to Sudan. Elegante will pre-arrange your "visa on arrival" (US$ 285, or US$ 235 for USA nationals).
The last dive of the trip will be at 1 pm on the penultimate day before the boat returns to port by 5-5:30 pm. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Guests disembark at 10:30 am on the final day.
Non-diver rate: US$ 54 discount off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin, or pay a supplement of US$ 707 for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 10 guests and 1 extra person can join the tour free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 12 guests and 2 additional persons can join the tour free of charge (total 14 guests).