The Red Sea off the coast of Sudan boasts immaculate coral, large pelagics and some of the best wreck diving in the world. Less crowded than Egyptian waters and offering challenging dive sites, a Sudan liveaboard trip should be on every advanced diver’s bucket list.

Sudan’s Red Sea is teeming with marine life. Healthy corals and underwater caves support myriads of schooling fish. At remote sites only accessible by liveaboard, you’ll swim with sharks, moray eels, manta rays, barracudas, sea turtles and the impressively ugly humphead parrot fishes. Incredible wrecks include Jacques Cousteau’s Conshelf 2 and the Italian Umbria warship, sunk in World War 2 with 360 000 undetonated bombs still inside.

Many people steer clear of Sudan because of the political situation and as a result, you’ll have the dive sites practically to yourself. Divers who choose to take the plunge are guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind experience.

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QUICK ANSWER – THE BEST SUDAN LIVEABOARD TRIPS

  1. MY ANDROMEDA
  2. MSY ELEGANTE
  3. MS ROYAL EVOLUTION
  4. DON QUESTO
  5. MY SEAWOLF-DOMINATOR
  6. MY VOYAGER
  7. MY EXCELLENCE

 

 

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SUDAN LIVEABOARD REVIEWS

MY ANDROMEDA

Photo Credit: My Andromeda Liveaboard

The 40m MY Andromeda is sister ship to the MY Cassiopeia. This attractive liveaboard also features a shisha room and an enormous sundeck, as well as personal EPIRBs and underwater scooters for hire. The food is served buffet-style and comprises both local and international specialties, while snacks and soft drinks are always complimentary. Vegetarian and Halal meals can be arranged. The liveaboard has free wifi and nitrox is available onboard for a surcharge, but rental equipment should be booked in advance.

 

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MSY ELEGANTE

Photo Credit: Msy Elegante Liveaboard

Classic, traditional, stately…the name MSY Elegante says it all. Warm Italian hospitality welcomes you and thirteen other guests on board this 25m sailing yacht liveaboard. Renovated in 2009, the schooner features seven double cabins with private showers and air conditioning. Meals are often eaten al fresco, and guests can kick back in the lounge or on the shaded sundeck between dives. Rental equipment is available for hire; there is no internet and no nitrox but you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience on the MSY Elegante.

 

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MS ROYAL EVOLUTION

Photo Credit: Ms Royal Evolution Liveaboard

The 39m MS Royal Evolution liveaboard yacht has an impressive list of perks. The liveaboard boasts a wheelchair-accessible main deck cabin completely outfitted for disabled guests. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, a fridge and a television. The Royal Evolution is also the only Sudan liveaboard to have a jacuzzi, with a nearby bar and all-day snacks.

All liveaboard trips on the MS Royal Evolution start and end in Egypt; wifi is free when in range and the boat can support technical and rebreather diving. Rental equipment and nitrox are available for a surcharge. Divers can take a multitude of PADI courses onboard, among them nitrox certification and specialty diving courses such as night diving and drift diving.

 

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DON QUESTO

Photo Credit: Don Questo Liveaboard

Don Questo is a good pick if you want a more down-to-earth experience. The sturdy 34m boat was originally built for the North Sea in Europe before being reborn as a liveaboard. The liveaboard only welcomes a maximum of 17 guests, making for a more personalized experience and a very convivial atmosphere. Lunch and dinner are often made from the fresh catch of the day.

The Don Questo has a good environmental record and for this reason, it is a top pick for scientific research. The liveaboard is also the only Sudan liveaboard to have an on-board recompression chamber. Nitrox, rental equipment and diving certification are available for a surcharge. The experienced crew speaks English, Arabic, Spanish, French and Italian.

 

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MY SEAWOLF-DOMINATOR

Photo Credit: My Seawolf-Dominator Liveaboard

The modern and stylish 36m MY Seawolf-Dominator was just renovated in 2017. Each of the gorgeously appointed rooms in this liveaboard come equipped with their own private bathrooms, sound systems and minibars. Copious amounts of food are provided, with buffets three times a day, snacks in between and beer and wine included. As well as vegetarian options, Halal food is also available. Nitrox is available free of charge. Technical diving, rebreather, rescue diving and other courses are offered on board.

 

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MY VOYAGER

Photo Credit: My Voyager Liveaboard

The dedicated crew onboard the MY Voyager liveaboard has been providing memorable experiences to divers in the Red Sea for more than 30 years. Every cabin comes with a private bathroom, climate control and minibar. The MY Voyager has two sky decks, including a secluded “sky-deck” with sun loungers. Wifi is provided free of charge. Diving courses, nitrox and rental equipment are available for a fee. For visitors connecting through Europe, there are special 9-day itineraries tailored around the flight schedules.

 

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MY EXCELLENCE

Photo Credit: My Excellence Liveaboard

The MY Excellence is decorated in elegant tones of oak and mahogany. Guests will feel at home in the comfortable cabins with individual climate control and en-suite bathrooms. Local and international meals are served buffet-style; vegetarian and Halal meals can be arranged. Relax in the lounge or one of the shaded sundecks and catch up with friends and family back home thanks to the onboard wifi. The MY Excellence Onboard can be booked for groups and private charters at a discounted rate. Divemaster, technical diving and nitrox certification are available, and nitrox is free!

 

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COMPARISON TABLE – THE BEST SUDAN LIVEABOARDS 

PICTURE
LIVEABOARD
MAX. DIVERS
NITROX
WIFI
PRICE
PICTURE
LIVEABOARD
MAX. DIVERS
NITROX
WIFI
PRICE
MY ANDROMEDA
26
AVAILABLE
FREE
$$$
MSY ELEGANTE
14
NO
NO
$
MS ROYAL EVOLUTION
24
AVAILABLE
FREE
$$
DON QUESTO
17
AVAILABLE
NO
$$
MY SEAWOLF-DOMINATOR
24
AVAILABLE
FREE
$$
MY VOYAGER
25
AVAILABLE
FREE
$$
MY EXCELLENCE
22
FREE
FREE
$$

 

 


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4 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A LIVEABOARD IN SUDAN

WHAT TIME OF YEAR ARE YOU GOING?

Whatever time of year you go, diving Sudan will never be very crowded. Visibility is always good and even better during the dry season from November to May, especially from February on. Water temperatures run around 85°F (30°C) between June and September and down to 75°F (24°C) between December and March.

Typical Sudan liveaboard trips are one or two weeks long, and the most popular time of year for diving is between October and July. The water can be choppier between November and February.

 

WHAT MARINE LIFE DO YOU WANT TO SEE?

For your best chance of seeing hammerhead sharks, head to Sudan between February and May. Whale sharks tend to be more abundant between November and February, and you have a better possibility of glimpsing manta rays between August and October. Most other sharks and marine life can be spotted all year round. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

If you’re interested in a particular wreck or dive site, check the diving itineraries of your liveaboard operator. Most liveaboards cover different areas in different parts of the year.

 

WHAT’S YOUR COMFORT LEVEL?

Sudan liveaboards range from basic to luxurious. Le Baron Noir and the double-masted MSY Elegante are smaller, budget-friendly liveaboards that offer less amenities but a more genuine experience. For all the frills, try the MY Cassiopeia or the MY Andromeda, sister ships which both offer a shisha bar and personal underwater scooters for rent. The MS Royal Evolution boasts a jacuzzi as well as wheelchair facilities for disabled persons.

 

EASE OF TRAVEL: WHERE ARE YOU FLYING TO SUDAN FROM?

Some of the liveaboards on this list have their starting point in Egypt. Almost all nationalities need a visa to enter Sudan and Egypt. Check liveaboard details to see whether the cost of the visa and applicable taxes is included in the liveaboard price. The MY Voyager liveaboard has tailored a 9-day itinerary around flights from Europe for ease of travel.

People with Israeli stamps in their passport might not be able to enter the country. Don’t forget to look into travel advice regarding alcohol, safety and vaccinations before you book your trip to Sudan.

 

 

 

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