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Sudan, Red Sea and Middle East

Sudan offers a luxury liveaboard diving holiday with some of the best wrecks in the world along with excellent diving in the Southern Red Sea. Consider our Luxury liveaboard choice in Sudan in the Red Sea for uncrowded, untouched and unending choice of pristine dive sites. Located in the southern Red Sea, just south of Egypt, connections are easily provided via Cairo directly to Port Sudan where our recommended liveaboards are based.

This is really a destination for advanced divers with at least 50 logged dives due to the varying conditions and number of deep dives sites and prevailing currents. However, very confident beginners with less dives will be able to enjoy most more sheltered spots at shallower depths on the reefs at certain dive sites. However, it is recommended to build experience first in other locations to make the most of diving in Sudan.

There are schooling fish, mosaic, colourful coral gardens with densly packed soft corals and world class hard coral. This attracts a huge variety of marine life including schooling barracuda, mantas and shark. A mix of Coral Pinnacles, Walls, plateaus, drop offs, cavernous caves and wrecks provide some excellent dive sites and with superb visibility gives the underwater photographer a dazzling choice of shots on every dive. Some of the best wrecks in the world can be dived in Sudan. The Umbria, one of the most intact World War II wrecks, lies in Port Sudan. With little to no current it starts at 28m rising to the surface. There is much to see, penetration points and swim throughs. The Wreck of the Conshelf II, played host to Jacques Cousteau in the 60's during his famous living underwater dive experiements. Additional wreck sites include The Toyota Wreck or Blue Bell.


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Diving Conditions

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Best Time: September-April

Average Air temps: 30°C
(from 24°C winter - 38°C summer)

Average Water temps: 26-29°C

Visibility: 20-30m

Top Dive Sites: WWII Wrecks Umbria (Port Sudan) & Conshelf II, Sha'Ab Rumi, Sananeb (Sharks (Hammerheads Feb-Mar), Mesharifa (Mantas Aug-Dec).

Great Reasons to Dive in Sudan

  • North & South itineraries.
  • Quality luxury liveaboards.
  • Vast numbers of fish species, large pelagics & Schooling fish.
  • Moray eels, giant Parrott fish, Spotted Stingray & Barracuda.
  • Scalloped Hammerheads
  • Mantas, Humpback Jul/Aug



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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