Suakin Itinerary “A Taste of Adventure”

The south-Sudan itinerary starts from Port-Sudan and goes down along the coast of the Red Sea to Suakin. It is an invitation to adventure with the discovery of the exceptional and rarely visited sites of Suakin.In addition to the great Sudanese classics, this itinerary is perfect for the thrill-seeking divers.We frequently see many dolphins during the navigations (spinner, bottlenose and Risso dolphins)The richness of the fauna will amaze you: hammerhead sharks, grey reef sharks, silky sharks as well as schools of small barracudas, jackfish and humphead parrotfish. This itinerary includes all top 3 Sudanese dive sites: Sha'ab Rumi and the vestiges of Cousteau's Pre-Continent 2 expedition, Sanganeb Marine Park and the world-famous shipwreck of the Umbria. 

You must be a CMAS 2* or AdvOW with at least 50 logged dives in a natural environment.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Friday

    Friday Arrival at Port Sudan's International Airport.
    25 min bus ride to go to the marina.
    Welcome briefing.
    Cabin attribution.
    Document checking (diving card, logbook, insurance etc.)
    Payment of marine taxes and visa;
    Installation of your diving equipment.
    Small briefing about life on board and safety instructions.

  • Day 2 Saturday

    Saturday The Nemo will leave the marina early in the morning to reach the first dive site of the week.
    Wake-up call at about 7:00am and breakfast. Your guide will introduce the crew. Then you will have your first briefing for the “check” dive on a site called Sha'ab Ambar East. The guides will tell you everything you need to know about the diving safety instructions and environmental protection.
    After the dive, you will sail to the second dive site of the day : Sha'ab Ambar South.
    The boat will spend the night in a lagoon where a pod of spinner dolphins lives. Before dinner, the guide will give you a presentation on the sharks of the Red Sea.

  • Day 3 Sunday

    Sunday The boat will leave the lagoon during the night to head towards 3 different dive sites : Kerry's reef, Nahalat or Logan and Sha'ab Ambar south. We will spend another night in the lagoon.

  • Day 4 Monday

    Monday On that day we will start going down to the very famous dive site of Sha'ab Rumi. After a first dive chosen by your guides, the boat will sail for 1h30 to Quita El Banna and its steep drop-offs. It will then sail for another 4h30 to reach Sha'ab Rumi and moor there. The last dive of the day will take place among the vestiges of Cousteau's Pre-Continent 2 expedition.

  • Day 5 Tuesday

    Tuesday The first two dives will be on Sha'ab Rumi's southern reef-flat where you will encounter all the species the Sudanese waters are famous for. A night dive on Pre-Continent 2 will be proposed.

  • Day 6 Wednesday

    Wednesday It is not uncommon to do the first dive of the day on Sha'ab Rumi's southern reef-flat
    Then the Nemo will leave the site and sail for 1h30 to reach Sanganeb Marine Park and dive on the northern part of the reef. Between the dives you will have the opportunity to visit the 50m-high lighthouse and admire the panoramic view. The last dive of the day will take place on the southern reef-flat.
    You will then sail one last time towards Windgate Reef where you will spend the night.

  • Day 7 Thursday

    Thursday For this last day at sea, two dives on the famous shipwreck of the Umbria will be on the menu.
    After the last dive, you will rinse your diving equipment and go back to the marina.

  • Day 8 Friday

    Friday A visit of Port-Sudan in a traditional tuk-tuk (typical motor taxi) will be proposed (no obligation, of course) : 30€/tuk-tuk (3 passengers).
    Divers who do not wish to do the visit can stay on board but will have to vacate their cabin for the cleaning of the boat.
    Bus transfer to the airport.

The itinerary description of this liveaboard safari is only informative as these itineraries shall be adapted to weather conditions, currents and the divers' levels.

Dates & prices

Departures for French-speaking groups:

From To Price / pers. Boat Places Options Booking
€1,050 DUNE - NEMO 20 / 22 Book now!

Departures for English-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: 280

Included

  • Reception at the airport, transfers airport/boat/airport.
  • The liveaboard safari starts with the dinner, on the eve of the safari departure, and ends the day following our return to the marina after breakfast.
  • 14 night liveaboard safari : 15 days / 14 nights aboard in a twin share cabin (possibility of a single cabin with additional fees), full board (including tea, instant coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Package of 16 dives including 12L tanks (DIN/International), weights (belt not included)
  • Free Nitrox

Not included

  • International flights
  • Cancelation and rapatriation insurances

Payable on site 

  • Governmental taxes (187€ for 7nights, payable upon arrival, payable upon arrival). Make sure to have the exact amount. To be payed on board. 
  • Visas ($155) Make sure to have the exact amount. Payable upon arrival at the airport.
  • Tips for the crew (7€/guest/day recommended, to be given on site at the end of your stay). Tips are at the customer's discretion.
  • Drinks such as : beers, wine, aperitifs.All the expenses before and after the provided services are the customer's responsibility (Day use, meals, hotel...)
  • Gear equipment for rent 
  • Dive courses and certification
  • All the expenses before and after the provided services are the customer's responsibility (Day use, meals, hotel...)
  • Excursions, tour in a traditional tuk-tuk (typical motor taxi) : 10€/guest (3 passengers/tuk-tuk). Available according to return flight's departure time.

Payments on site can be made in cash (Euros) or by credit card (+3% bank fees)
The price of the Sudanese taxes and visa may be modified without prior notice by the local authorities and can increase due to exchange rates fluctuations.
(TAXES AND VISA : CASH PAYMENT ONLY)

Notes


To be booked before departure

  • Cabin choice : 40€ / person
  • Travel light (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, weight belt, computer NOT included) : 70€ / person / week.
  • 15l tank : 40€
  • Nitrox course + PADI kit : 130€ (certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • CMAS Nitrox course (2 dives) : 120€(certification : 40€ to be paid on site)
  • FFESSM Advanced Nitrox diver (4 dives) : 240€ (certification : 40€ to be paid on site + FFESSM Membership card)

International flights

The arrival and departure city is Port Sudan (airport code PZU)

Terms and conditions


Payment

  • A minimum 30% deposit will be required from the client for the booking to be confirmed (for individuals and groups).
  • Balance payment due 30 days before departure for individuals, 60 days for a group booking.

Cancellation conditions for individual bookings

  • Cancellation from 60 to 31 days before the date of departure: 30% of the total amount of the liveaboard.
  • Cancellation from 30 to 15 days before the date of departure: 50% of the total amount of the liveaboard.
  • Cancellation 14 days or less before the date of departure: 100% of the total amount of the liveaboard. 

Cancellation conditions for group bookings (from 8 people) and full charter 

  • Cancellation from 90to 61 days before the date of departure: 30% of the total amount of the liveaboard.
  • Cancellation from 60 to 31 days before the date of departure: 50% of the total amount of the liveaboard.
  • Cancellation 30 days or less before the date of departure: 100% of the total amount of the liveaboard. 

A minimum of 8 particpants is requiered to ensure the liveaboard departue. 
More than 30 days before the date of departure, Dune reserves the right to cancel a cruise without compensation if the number of participants is insufficient.
The boats scheduled on our planning may be modified and replaced by a boat of the same category without notice.

Liveaboard safari cancellation and case of Force Majeure

  • Dune reserves the right to cancel a liveaboard in a case of Force Majeure such as natural hazard, epidemic, war, strike, riot, etc.
  • Dune will not be held responsible for any event such as physical injuries, death or material destruction induced by war acts, insurrections, military operations, revolutions or exceptional weather and earthquake hazards that would occur beyond DUNE's control.
  • Any unpredictable, insurmountable or out of Dune's control event will be considered as a case of Force Majeure.
  • Should any event described above ever happen, the customer will be notified as soon as possible.
  • Should the liveaboard safari be canceled or shortened due to natural hazard, war or Governmental decision, no indemnity will be granted. (Likewise with anything that could prevent the customer to benefit from any services.)
  • Roads, airports, train stations, marinas shutdowns and train/boat/flight cancellations induced by transporters and administrations will not be Dune's responsibility, therefore will not give rise to any indemnity.

We remind you that the transportation of alcohol in your luggage is strictly prohibited in Sudan.

Insurance

Any diver going to Sudan must have a diving/repatriation insurance.

Practical info

Transportation


At the airport

Reception at the airport by our local agent before the customs authorities.
Pre-visa formalities have to be done before traveling. Visa will be delivered upon arrival. 

Tranfers

Liveaboards start from Port Soudan. Customers are transfered by bus or mini bus until the port to get on board.
Transfer time is more or less 20minutes.

Day Use

Last day : visit Port Soudan in tuk tuk (church, local market, school...). The visit includes transportation, guide and drinks.
To be payed locally = 10$/person

Budget & exchange

The local currency is the Sudanese pound (SDG). Make to sure to bring euros in cash for your personal expenses on board. There is no ATM in Port-Sudan, do not think you will be able to withdraw some cash. We advise you not to buy any alcohol in transit or come to Sudan with alcohol in your luggage because it will be seized by Sudanese customs upon your arrival.

Vital equipment


Recommendations and legislation on recreational diving in Sudan

  • Sudanese legislation limits recreational diving to a depth of 40 meters (without decompression stop)
  • Medical certificate allowing the practice of scuba-diving (mandatory document, must be less than a year old)
  • Dive cards, and diving logbook justifying the level and number of dives
  • Dive computer, SMB, and a surface detection aid (visual and/or acoustic), a hook.
 
Dune diving instructors are in charge on board the boats, therefore they mayforbid you to attend a difficult dive if your level or technical skills are judged insufficient.
This decision can be made for the safety of the customer but also for that of other divers.

Passport

You must have a passport (valid for at least 6 months after your return date).
In case of loss or theft you should make a copy of your passport, plane ticket, credit card and diving certificate.
Do not keep the duplicates with the master copies.

Visa

You should fill a pre-visa document before departure. Ask to the Sudan Ambassy in France to get all the information. The pre-visa document has to be send to our local agent. Once at the airport, you will give your passport to our local agent who will stamp your visa. You will leave your passport to our local correspondent and you will get it back when you return.
Cost of visa : $115. Make sure to have the exact amount. To be payed in cash. 
Travelers with an Israeli visa or stamp in their passport will not be allowed on the Sudanese territory (for more information, please contact the Sudanese embassy in your country)

Health information & recommendations

No vaccination certificate is required to this day, but vaccines to protect against yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, polio and hepatitis A are recommended.
Take your usual medication plus aspirin and paracetamol, an anti-diarrhea (Diarsed, Imodium, and an intestinal anti-septic (Ercéfuryl), an anti-emetic (Vogalene Lyoc), an anti-inflammatory ointment, adhesive plasters, Biafine.
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Destination
Liveaboard in Sudan
Activity
Liveboard Sharks Shipwrecks
Duration
8 days
Group
8 to 20 persons
Code
280
Price
From €1,050
Level
4/5
Comfort
3/5
Language(s)
French / English
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