Sudanese Red Sea
Travel to Sudanese Red Sea – Stunning Red Sea Diving
The Red Sea stretches south from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula past Sudan and Eritrea to the border of Djibouti. Its warm waters, heated by the tropical sun and pushed north by strong currents teem with exotic sea life not found at similar latitudes elsewhere. This underwater wonderland is a paradise for divers and snorkellers alike, providing some of the world’s best underwater exploratory experiences.
Dive trips take in the sites of Shaab Rumi, Sanganeb and Angarosh in the north, Mesharifa island offers the chance to see mating mantas in spring and the wreck of the Umbria provides one of the best Red Sea Wreck Dives. In the south the sea is not so clear and therefore not as visited as the north.
The Red Sea is some 1,900 kilometres long and 300 km wide covering some 450,000 sq km. At its northern end the Red Sea splits in two, separated by the Sinai peninsula into the Gulf of Suez to the west and the Gulf of Aqaba to the east. Sudan has 853km of coastline stretching along the red sea between Egypt and Eritrea.
Its relatively small surface area is deceptive as its great depth, some 2,500 metres in the centre, coupled with the fact that over 40% of the surface area is shallow and has exceptionally strong currents create the ideal habitat for an eco-system that supports an abundant sea life.
Water temperature is relatively constant. During summer maximum 28ºc and in winter not less than 21ºc. Seldom storms and rainfall (occasionally in winter), as well as mild currents prevent sediments to slow coral growth and allow excellent visibility. Almost every section of shoreline is encrusted with coral reefs, providing divers with superb exploration sites.
Most people visit the Red Sea to enjoy a beach holiday in one of Egypt’s resorts such as Hurghada or Sharm el Sheikh or at the quieter locations of Al Quseir and Marsa Alam. Here there is wonderful diving and those that visit are rarely disappointed.
Scuba Diving is also possible in Port Sudan from where the Red Sea is virtually untouched and far removed from the busy Egyptian resorts. Two diving legends dived in Sudan – Jacques Cousteau who led his maiden voyage on the ‘Calypso’ here, and Hans Hass back in the 1950s.
Huge schools of fish can be spotted, including mata ray, barracuda and hammerheads.
Dive trips can be organised from the Hlton in Port Sudan. However as with most specialist activities it’s wise to book courses and dive trips before you go rather than relying on finding someone on the ground locally – not all operations are safe and reliable. Wherever you go you’ll find snorkellers and non-divers are welcome participants too, making this destination great for all.