What brings us Sudan.
Above and below the surface of the Sudanese Red Sea.
Currently in Sudan there are few boats, only between 6 and 10, that organize cruises. This means uncrowded dives in an area of approximately 200 miles, where there are the most famous dive sites of the north and south itinerary. It means also that it is not a damaged sea by mass tourism. Fishing activity is limited in Sudan and along the coast there are no towns, no villages, no any industrial activities or pollution. For many, many years now, the reason why the tourism in Sudan is not taking off, but at the same time it is the salvation of the uniqueness of this sea, is always the same: because in the past you had to take into account some unforeseen delay with the flights, because generally is more expensive that Egypt, because Sudan is a country that unfortunately does not enjoy a high reputation.
But when you arrive here, you settle in your cabin, you find a coffee and a cake, you find the charging points for your headlights, flashlights or others, you definitely forget the anxiety or stress, you make your first dive and you forget the worries, you let your gaze wander the horizon and you begin to feel lighter and the tensions of everyday life are loosened; starving, you taste new foods and flavor and spice so pleasant, you sip a cold beer at the end of the day and you are rewarded, and inevitably at the end of your cruise you leave with a pinch of melancholy, already promising yourself to come back. Promise that is renewed looking the photos at home or finding fellow travelers for dinner.
And in fact, many are the friends who come back.
For these reasons, although so close to Europe, it happens to be really, totally alone during the cruise or in the good part of it. We feel and we share with our guests old emotions, almost as pioneers. We like to emphasize that in addition to sightings of sharks, the Sudanese Red Sea offers beautiful coral gardens and perfectly preserved Alcyonaria: large and small paradise for macro lovers, especially at Umbria, at Rumi "Precontinente", Shambaia and Merlo, both during the day dives, but especially during the night dives.
A large variety of nudibranchs: the Willey' Dorid (Halgerda Willeyi), the Membrotha of the Red Sea, the large Dragon (present in large numbers especially at Angarosh), Candy Hypselodorid. the Pyiama Chromodorid; graceful and ethereal shrimp as the delicate Urocaridella and the Vir Filippinensi. The Longnose Hawkfish (Falcon) in the branches of black coral, the appreciated Citron Goby Coral, the unique Giant Frogfish.
During the winter it's not hard to meet and see the manta ray gliding elegantly down the barriers in the open sea, it happens often at Qita El Banna.
We remember the friends that on March begins the show of groupers in love.
The vortices of barracuda at Sanganeb, Sha'ab
Rumi and Angarosh is a magical show as well.
This year it happened frequently to see dolphins and bottlenose dolphins during decompression. And you know, just a few minutes with them it's enough to let inside a feeling of joy, a smile and good mood for the rest of the day.
Upon completion of the show, with calm seas, we meet them parading under the bow while sailing, or, with rough sea, playing anticipating the foam of breaking waves, or jumping approximately 2 miles from Sanganeb or Sha'ab Rumi, almost an appointment and a warm welcome.
We must be alert and ready to meet grampi, their approach is curious, shy and quick, while transferring offshore to the north. In the Shab'Rumi lagoon a family of dolphins rongirostris is almost daily present, a hundred or so, available to play and be photographed. It is an unforgettable diversion when you are back from the dive or waiting for the next one.
Often you get upset and tired from the pace of work, stretched by concern and it is not easy to get used to the spaces and silence, to be able to continue to listen yourself, the friends and what surrounds you.
The recipe to be satisfied is to have an open mind, the senses on alert, new eyes ready to take: every dive can conceal a surprise, the wilderness is certainly not predictable and offers its jewels when you least expect it.