Saying that Sudan is not a tourist destination is an understatement. Political unrest, war and genocide in Darfur and a reputation for terrorism and violence has made Sudan an unlikely holiday spot. However, these waters are definitely something that should not be overlooked by serious divers who are truly interested in diving in some of the most appealing waters in the Red Sea. Some of the best places to dive in Sudan are Fasima Suedi, Merlo, Qita el Banna, Sha’ab Rumi, the Umbria wreck, the Suakin Archipelago and Cousteau's Conshelf II, among many others. Dense forests of soft corals and some of the world's best hard coral formations act as a Mecca to several species of sharks, barracuda, mantas and a huge variety of reef dwellers. Wrecks, drop-offs, pinnacles and spectacular caves attract fish life in vast numbers, including large pelagic species. Sharks and mantas in unbelievable numbers are found in a Technicolor marine environment, made all the more dazzling due to the great visibility. Schools of hammerheads and grey reef sharks patrol these waters. If you want to see manta rays, then you can visit Sudan in August and October but if you are more interested in hammerheads then you should go between December and April. Average visibility is from 10 to 30 meters and the average water temperature is between 24°C and 28°C. There are a number of deep and drift dives that make Sudan a destination that best suits experienced divers, although there are also great sites for beginners. The Red Sea can be dived year-round. In Sudan taking a liveaboard is almost the only option when interested in serious diving.
Sudan, is a country in North Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the northeast, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east, South Sudan to the south, the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, and Libya to the northwest. Its capital city is Khartoum. Sudan’s climate is hot and dry. The rainy season in the Red Sea coast is from October to December. Summers are very hot, whilst winters are cool. Temperatures can exceed 40°C year-round, but peak from April to July. September to April is the best time to visit. The dry regions are plagued by sandstorms, which can completely block out the sun.
To enter Sudan, a passport valid for at least six months is required by all nationals. Visas for Sudan are required by all nationals. The Sudanese authorities refuse entry and transit to holders of passports that contain visas for Israel. Sudanese travel visas are expensive and difficult to acquire for some nationalities in some countries. For more informations consult your travel agent or the Sudan Embassy or Consulate in your home country.
Vaccinations against diphtheria, hepatitis A, malaria, tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended. Sudan is a malarial region, so be especially cautious during the rainy season. Avoid bathing or walking through slow-flowing fresh waterways, due to the possibility to be infected by Schistosomiasis /Bilharzia. Please consult your doctor before traveling.
Prepaid international calling cards are available in Sudan. Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Coverage is widespread. Internet access is available in main towns, in many small Cyber Cafes and some hotels.
230V/50Hz European two-pin plugs.
Sudan no longer comprises South Sudan, which became an independent country on 9 July 2011. 25 November 2011- There is extreme risk to your security in Sudan due to military activity, high levels of violent crime (including kidnapping) and terrorist activity. We advise against all travel there.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Sudan? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Sudan, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Sudan have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Sudan and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Sudan? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Sudan? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Sudan.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Sudan? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Sudan. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Sudan? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Sudan. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Sudan? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Sudan. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.