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5 reasons to book a liveaboard diving holiday to Sudan

This year, Planet Dive Holidays has worked with amazing operators to bring you fantastic cruises on board the Dolce Vita in Sudan. With 853km of coastline bordering the Red Sea, Sudan is regarded by many diving enthusiasts as one of the world’s best dive spots. With a consistent warm current, created by a deep volcanic rift between Africa and Asia, the waters around Sudan are rich in aquatic life. 

Here are 5 reasons why you should book a diving holiday in Sudan today!

1. A liveaboard boat that is as good as it gets

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The special attention to detail, makes a diving holiday on the Dolce Vita second to none. In total 22 divers can be accommodated across the Dolce Vita’s 11 cabins – making it large enough for groups without being crowded and uncomfortable if you just want to book a cabin as a couple. Each of spacious cabins are fully en-suite while the boat also offers separate lounge and dining rooms, two public washrooms and plenty of sundeck space for chilling between dives.

And the food on board the Dolce Vita is to ‘dive’ for. The chefs prepare three meals per day, with a buffet style lunch and dinner offering up the freshest meat, seafood and vegetables.

2. Cruises dedicated to manta rays

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While the reefs of the Sudanese Red Sea are home to a myriad of fish and kaleidoscopic corals, it is the mantas that are the hallmark of this region. Coral pinnacles, which attract fish in huge numbers, and are considered to be some of the world’s greatest pelagic feeding grounds, also bring in sharks and the world’s largest manta rays. During the months of September and October, the plankton blooms and divers are treated to an otherworldly display of mantas as they feed and mate in the lagoon around Mesharifa Island. At Planet Dive Holidays we will open the fall season on 2 October 2017 with a one-way Sudan liveaboard cruise dedicated to the manta rays of Mesharifa.

3. Combine land and sea in Sudan

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At Planet Dive Holidays we are also excited to announce a new land and sea itinerary with shore excursions including visits to marshes, lagoons and exploration of the islands of Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay. This world famous area is made up of an interconnecting system of mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs, pristine beaches and islets and its said to offer some of the best, unspoiled diving areas in the world. The area is home to a large population of dugongs, and divers can also expect to sea turtles, dolphins, mantas, sharks and barracudas. This diving and snorkelling itinerary is available from the end of December 2017 through to January 2018, and is something very special!

4. Shark central in Sudan

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Another favourite dive site amongst enthusiasts, the Sha’ab Rumi is a narrow plateau known as one of the best places in the world to see sharks. Divers regularly see 40-50 hammerheads at one time while reef sharks and big shoals of barracuda can also be found here. The reef itself is also spectacularly beautiful with  huge anemones and table corals. During the month of February 2018, cruises will be dedicated especially to Sha’ab Rumi for the sighting of sharks on the spectacular plateau of the south reef.

5. Discover an untouched paradise

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Diving in south Sudan harks back to a time of early exploratory diving and showcases an underwater world that has not been disturbed. A trip to the islands of the Suakin Archipelago offer up spectacular drop offs, azure lagoons, five mile long reefs, and towering pinnacles, while the deep south trips travel even further towards the Sudan-Eritrea border and the seven pristine islands found there. In April and May 2018 you can enjoy organised cruises in the archipelago south of Suakin, with itineraries offered that go right down to the Eritrean border.

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And what’s more, from mid-November right through to Christmas (at the end of the season manta rays), you can enjoy these cruises at discounted prices! So what are you waiting for? Book your liveaboard diving holiday to Sudan today!