Sudan at The red seas coast and south of Egypt was formerly Africa's largest country but since 2011 when the country was divided it is "only" the third largest. You will still find great diving. You experience Sudan with one live board. There are no real diving resorts in Sudan, and the country is being debated as a tourist destination. Perhaps the best way to experience Sudan is by going to Egypt first. From there in southern Egypt, you then go on a liveaboard across the border and down to Sudan. This means that you also get the opportunity to dive the southern parts of Egypt such as St Johns on the way to the reefs and dive sites in Sudan.

You will have plenty of time to enjoy some of the Red Sea's absolute best dive sites while enjoying the comfort of a fantastic liveaboard. You will not spend any time on land.

The diving

The diving in Sudan is very good and varied. Some places are absolutely fantastic with coral reefs in the best condition, big fish like sharks and manta rays and then a number of wrecks which are really cool.
Dive sites such as Angarosh with an extremely large amount of fish and basically a guarantee of seeing various reef sharks. Mesharifa Island, which during the warm season collects large quantities of manta rays. A memory for life to take with you. Wingate reef best known for the Umbria wreck, perhaps one of the world's best wreck dives. She sank in 1940 and today lies in shallow water and can be enjoyed by all levels of divers.

Sanganeb with its plateaus and here you can pay a visit to the lighthouse that stands here. Sha´ab Rumi where you will find the remains of Conshelf II or Precontinent II. The Jacques Cousteau research station and the remains of the Blue Bell wreck. Even further south you will find the Suakinarki pelagic with lots of fantastic reefs and where there are often plenty of large sharks. Hammerhead sharks in particular are common in Sudan.

Photo credit: © Martin Örnroth, Robert Hansson and Ingvar Eliasson

Travel information Sudan

  • Time zone: GMT +3
  • Currency: Sudanese Dinars
  • Language: Arabic
  • Water: Avoid drinking tap water and ice made from tap water. Buy bottled water instead.
  • Visa: Obtain on site in Sudan, this is handled by liveaboard for you. The price is approx. 400 EUR per person. The fees for Sudan include visa, passport registration and tourist tax as well as fees for Egypt when the trip originates there. The liveaboard stops in Port Sudan on the outbound trip and the boat's staff will sort this out while you wait on board. Due to the visa regulations, trips to Sudan must be booked at least 30 days before departure.
  • Health: Contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice
  • Pressure Chamber: There is no pressure chamber in Sudan, there is one on one of the liveaboards IF it is there
  • Country code: +249
  • Electricity: 220-230 volts. The same plugs as at home, so an adapter is not necessary, but it can be good to have, liveaboarders can have different sockets
  • Weather: The northern coast of Sudan has a hot and dry desert climate with large differences in day and night temperatures.
  • Current water temperature and average sea temperature per month
  • Dress recommendations: Sharia law is practiced in Sudan. Alcohol and pornography are strictly prohibited from being brought into the country. We recommend that you dress in a representative and conservative manner when staying ashore