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Scuba Diving in Sudan
Dive Site: Precontinent II
Location: Sha'ab Rumi, Sudan
Description: Reef and night dive
Depth: 5 - 14 metres (15 - 46 feet)
Visibility: 10 metres (30 feet)
Jacques Cousteau is probably the most famous figure in diving, past or present. He was a pioneer of underwater exploration and in 1963 used Sha'ab Rumi as a base for his second effort at living underwater. His boat Calypso moored at the reef and a series of habitats were anchored onto the reef where five divers would spend the next month. Support divers bought supplies from ship to village (including a parrot!) and the 'aquanauts' went about their daily lives for the next four weeks.
Diving here is like visiting an underwater museum. Relics of Jacques Cousteau's epic underwater experiment litter the sea bed giving an insight into the world he created for himself. There is the air-tight submarine hanger and a tool shed amongst other things. It's entertaining to swim among the remains for a while, but you will soon need to move off onto the reef itself and have an explore of the shallow coral garden, which is full of soft corals and reef fish. It is a pretty reef and good for practising photography. You can also do this dive as a night dive.
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