Off to the Sudan
Remote and edgy diving in the Sudan
During my trip to Indonesia I met Lionel and his two daughters, Line and Leslie. With some friends of his, he had chartered a boat called Le Baron Noir that sails out of Port Sudan. They had one berth left and asked me if I wanted to go with them. As I had never dived the Red Sea
before, I jumped on the opportunity of diving these unspoilt waters and seeing for myself what all the fuss about the Red Sea was, and how it compared to what I am used to in the Indo-Pacific region.
The diving was good even though we did not get to see the schools of hammerheads and other pelagics that Sudan normally offers at this time of the year. The water was running close to 30 degrees celcius so it was not really suprising that the hammerheads were hiding deep. The coral is in a fantastic state, not much evidence if any of human destruction. The Red Sea really does offer splendid reef and water colours. However, at least at the sites we dived, I was a bit left wanting for more macro. Now this is just my personal taste and does not reflect on the Red Sea itself, especially as I was told by some of the people I was with that a bit further north there was plenty of macro to play with. I guess I will just have to go check for myself!
I was not impressed at all with the boat and how we were received and treated by the captain, except for the food which was delicious, albeit very french.
Anyway let’s go and see what we managed to find in the waters of the Sudan………..