North: Pelagic Encounters - DUNE Liveaboard



North: Pelagic Encounters

8 Days

Trip itinerary

Day 1 :

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 :

The ship will depart from the marina during the night and will sail for six hours to reach the first dive site of the week. Wake-up call at about 8:00am. Hot drinks and biscuits will be available. Your guide will introduce the crew. Then you will have your first briefing for the “check” dive on a site called Sha'ab Swedi. The guides will tell you everything you need to know about the diving safety instructions and environmental protection.
A breakfast will be served after the dive as you will sail north for three hours to the second dive site of the day. Second (and last) dive of the day on Merlo's reef. After the second dive the boat will sail to Sha'ab Baher where you will spend a quiet and peaceful night, moored behind a big reef. Before dinner, the guide will give you a presentation on the sharks of the Red Sea.

Day 3 :

Three dives are on the menu with very short sailing times between the sites. Wake up at 6:00 am for the first dive on a site called Angarosh. After a good breakfast and a quick nap, your guide will give you a briefing for the second dive on the dive site of Albington. The third dive will take place at about 3:00pm on Merlo's reef. Then we will go back to Sha'ab Baher to spend the night there.

Day 4 :

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 :

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 :

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 and enjoy a Sudanese party.

Day 7 :

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 :

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.

Trip & Price Details

Embark on a thrilling 8-day liveaboard adventure with Dune aboard the luxurious vessel, Alia. This carefully crafted itinerary, "North: Pelagic Encounters," promises an exciting blend of comfortable accommodations and unparalleled exploration of the northern waters, renowned for pelagic wonders and diverse marine life.

North: Pelagic Encounters

8 Days
From USD 1973
/ Adult

Price Inclusion

Included in the price

  • 6 days full board (includes tea, instant coffee, water and soft drinks)
  • 7 nights on board in a shared double cabin (single cabin available with an extra fee)
  • 16 dives package divided from Sunday to Friday with a 12 L tanks (DIN or INT), and weights (w/o the belt).
  • Nitrox is free of charge.
  • Environmental Taxes

Excluded in the price

  • Visa (145$ to be paid upon arrival)
  • Government taxes such as follows : 7 Nights itinerary : 187€ ; 10Nights and 11 Nights itinerary 223€ ; 14 Nights itinerary 250€ (to be paid in cash upon arrival, please kindly provide change)
  • International and domestic flights
  • Cancellation and assistance insurance
  • Rental of diving equipment, diving computer, diving lamps, SMB
  • Diving courses
  • Assistance and visa delivery
  • Extras nights or day use before and after the liveaboard
  • Transfers airport/hotel or hotel/airport in case of day use before and after the liveaboard
  • Additional activities at the end of the cruise
  • Tips for the crew (50 euros/pers for the week to be given at the end of the trip and according to guest satisfaction)
  • Drinks such as beer, wine, and espresso